Coconut pudding, an Alphonse trip report

A few posts ago I discussed various knots and flies that were recommended to me for tropical saltwater fly fishing and more specifically (or in context) Seychelles. Ewan Naude and I departed to Alphonse Island on 14 October last year; here is a brief trip report of our experience with Alphonse Fishing Co. on the […]

In preparation for Seychelles – Part 3: Know your knots

In this final instalment preceding a trip to Alphonse and St Francois atolls in the Seychelles, I’d like to elaborate on my thoughts about suitable knots for fishing tropical flats. Although I’ve been tying nylon to hooks for a very long time now and have my personal preferences to the type of knot I use […]

In preparation for Seychelles – Part 2: Scale down

After chatting to a few chaps that have been to Alphonse recently, and also after watching the Pillow Talk fly tying demo presented by Wayne Haselau (in which case he emphasised tying bonefish flies on a #8 hook) I realised that the fish responded better to smaller and more natural patterns compared to the flies […]

In preparation for Seychelles – Part 1: The Tan Clouser

The reason for this post is to share the tying demonstration of a fly pattern, as tied by Chris Bladen, with Ewan Naude. Ewan and I will be fishing the Seychelles in a few week’s time and the rat race to get hold of as much info about the place as possible has started. Chris’ Tan Clouser worked well for […]

Return to Grand Anse

A tropical flat – any shallow area of sand, grass and coral surrounded by warm azure waters – will always grab my attention and imagination. The first real flats fishing I ever did was on the sand spit in front of the now disappeared Mason’s Travel in Grand Anse on Praslin Island. The Seychelles have, […]

Maldives Photo Report

A couple of weeks ago a couple friends of feathersandfluoro, Christo Hendriks and Brad Hall, and a few of their friends, went on little cruise around the Maldivian Atolls in search of massive hits on their topwaters and bent jigging rods. The lads unfortunately didn’t connect with any real trophies; according to Christo Hendriks, “Hey mate… […]

Into the Great Wide Open – Part 1: Adventures to St.Brandons Atoll

“Into the Great Wide Open…Under them skies of Blue… Out in the great wide open…. A Rebel without a clue”… I wonder if Tom Petty had wandering fisherman in mind when he penned his 1991 classic… But whenever I’m off on a mission to chase fish somewhere off the regular grid, this chorus is never […]