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, […]

Trash fish of the flats

Jako Lucas shares his passion for tropical flats fishes that are not frequently targeted by clients. He says: “I love the idea of promoting the trash fish of the flats. Every day I spend fishing the flats with clients I wish they’d be more open minded about the fishes they target. Whenever I get the opportunity to fish […]

Humpday Unwind

Those atolls in the southern reaches of the Seychelles islands are any fly fisherman’s dream! If you’re not convinced, take a look at Christiaan Pretorius’ sick short film!