We, Keith and Rob, have just returned form an amazing trip to the outer atoll of Farquhar, Seychelles, were we sight fished for an array of tropical flats and blue water species. The fishing that we experienced was so mind blowing that the only way for us to fully recount our trip, is a separate blog for each day. Enjoy:
Departing for Seychelles and First Days Fishing.
Boarding a flight at 11h55 is never fun, but this inparticular flight was departing from Johannesburg and headed in a north east direction for the Island of Mahe, Seychelles, so any traveling irritation was well doused in anticipation of some world class salt water fly fishing. After landing in Mahe, it was a quick taxi ride down from the airport, to the private charter hanger, where our plane was awaiting to take us to the Indian Ocean Atoll of Farquhar.
Upon our arrival, after a flight of just under 2 hours, we were met by the Fly Castaway professional guides that were going to be looking after us for our week. As with any trip of this nature, stories from the previous weeks guests were related to the new arrivals, while luggage and supplies were offloaded. The stories were so numerous that were left were let in no doubt that we were in for an incredible week of fishing.
Over lunch, Tim, the head guide for the destination, briefed us on the procedures for the trip, as well as general day to day game plan. A quick lunch and tackle was set up.
The general tackle we carried was the standard flats outfits. A 9wt, rigged with floating line, as well as a 12wt. The Shilton 6 and 7’s reels were preloaded with lines prior to departing on the trip, so it was merely a case of putting the rods together, tying leaders, and selecting flies.
This first afternoon of fishing was based within walking distance of the lodge. The guides had earmarked these arrival days for boat maintenance, a welcomed effort on their behalf since the boats were superb and worked beautifully throughout our trip. With the guides busy, this left us with a great opportunity to explore the nearby flats. Although this first afternoon was a short session, we managed to cast at many sighted fish, including a couple schools of good sized bonefish. These bonefish were very spooky, and although we tied on lighter leader material, stepping down from 17 to 15lbs, we didn’t manage to get further shots at them after this.
Keith managed to cast a black brush fly in front of a good sized Blue fin Trevally, which didn’t hesitate at all in committing to hitting the fly.
A short while later Keith spotted a good sized Barracuda, and although it was eager to chase the fly, we couldn’t tease it into a solid take.
By the end of this first short session, we had managed only a couple of decent Bluefin, but the anticipation of the following day was higher than ever.