Bucket List Trip – Fly Fishing the Seychelles

We just returned from an incredible trip fly fishing the Seychelles.  It is a destination that is on the radar of nearly every serious angler, and this year we were able to make it happen.  Just getting to the Seychelles is an adventure in itself.  Two full days of travel were required with long flights and longer layovers.  

Once we arrived on the main island of Mahe there was a moment of relief, immediately followed by horror as we realized our bags didn’t make the flight with us.  After speaking with the airline we were informed that was very little chance of our bags arriving in time for our charter flight to Farquhar the next.  That’s the moment when it really pays off to fish with a top notch operation.  After a couple of emails and a phone call with FlyCastaway we were quickly assured that the team on the island would be able to provide us with all of the fishing gear and clothing that we would need.

After a 2 hour flight the next day we arrived at Farquhar Atoll.  It is the southernmost land mass in the Seychelles and well known for the diversity of its’ fishery.  Farquhar was leveled by a cyclone 18 months ago, yet we were all impressed with our brand new and well-appointed accommodations. We had a great collection of anglers on the island for the week and were eager to get on the water.  

image of Farquhar guesthouse
View of the Farquhar guesthouse from the water

The first thing that comes to mind when most people think of fly fishing the Seychelles is GTs (Giant Trevally), and Farquhar has plenty of those high powered marauders prowling the flats.  We had shots at GTs daily and everyone in the group hooked up.  I have never seen a fish with the closing speed of a GT.  When they decide they want to eat your fly there is absolutely nothing that will stop them.  The take is often ferocious, and if the hook holds then you had best have your drag locked down or they will clean you up in short order.  The reputation GTs have earned as a marquee fly rod species is well deserved.  

image of Farquhar GT
Farquhar GT

What is really astonishing about Farquhar is the sheer number of different species on the flats.  We had shots at permit, bonefish, triggerfish, bluefin trevally, bumphead parrotfish, barracuda, grouper, snapper, sharks, and many, many more.  The abundance of life in a remote healthy ecosystem is overwhelming.  We quickly learned that even though Farquhar is remote, the fishing was demanding.  These fish didn’t just eat everything we threw at them.  They required good presentations and proper technique to bring to hand.

image of Bumphead Parrotfish
Bumphead Parrotfish
image of Triggerfish
Triggerfish
image of Bluefin Trevally
Bluefin Trevally
image of Marble Groupler
Marble Grouper

By the end of the week we were all tired, sore and satisfied.  We hadn’t even left the island yet and the thought of returning was already pulling on us.  The guides were all excellent, the food was outstanding, and the fishing was everything we thought it would be.  If you’ve ever dreamt about fly fishing the Seychelles I can say without hesitation that you should go.  You will not be disappointed.

image of Sunset on Farquhar
Sunset on Farquhar