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Fine Memories from Farquhar in the Seychelles

blog-Dec-11-2014-1-flyfishing-at-farquharArrival to Farquhar Atoll in the Seychelles

blog-Dec-11-2014-2-flycastaway-flyfishing-guidesFishing with FlyCastaway and Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures

blog-Dec-11-2014-3-flyfishing-for-trevallyFirst day and first giant trevally

blog-Dec-11-2014-4-flyfishing-for-giant-trevallyRich starts off fast with a GT

blog-Dec-11-2014-5-flyfishing-farquharFly fishing the coral heads for all kinds of cool fish!

blog-Dec-11-2014-6-bumphead-parrotfishMonster bump head parrot fish posing with his catch of Tom and Wesley

blog-Dec-11-2014-7Fly fishing for Indo-Pacific permit

blog-Dec-11-2014-8-saddleback-grouperThe matchless saddleback grouper

blog-Dec-11-2014-9-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-grouperBlue African marbled grouper

blog-Dec-11-2014-10-flyfising-the-seychellesHooked up in the Seychelles

blog-Dec-11-2014-11-marbled-grouperBrown African marbled grouper

blog-Dec-11-2014-12-golden-trevallyHuff with the only golden trevally caught of the trip!

blog-Dec-11-2014-13-flyfishing-the-seychellesCasting to bumpies

blog-Dec-11-2014-14-flyfishing-for-sailfishThe “Spy” and a sailfish on fly!

blog-Dec-11-2014-15-napoleon-wrasseOne of two Napoleon wrasse caught this week.  Can you imagine a 400lber?

blog-Dec-11-2014-16-flyfishing-farquharCaught by surprise by GT’s

blog-Dec-11-2014-17-seychelles-bonefishingMark with another nice Seychelles bonefish

blog-Dec-11-2014-18-terry-graham-bumpy-fishingTerry catches the first bump head of the trip

blog-Dec-11-2014-19-jeff-currier-in-the-seychelles15 new species!  What a week!

blog-Dec-11-2014-20-flyfishing-farquharLast sunset this trip on Farquhar Atoll

blog-Dec-11-2014-21-farquharBack to work!

blog-Dec-11-2014-22-flycastaway-guide-teamClassic trip!  A special thanks to Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures, FlyCastaway, Winston Rods, Simms, Scientific Anglers, Ross and Abel for making these trips possible and providing the gear that can handle the world’s top game fish!

If Farquhar in the Seychelles sounds like a trip for you feel free to contact me or Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures for more information.

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Hunt for Scary Fish – Farquhar Atoll Seychelles

blog-Dec-9-2014-1-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-dogtooth-tunaThe colossal fish that destroyed me two days ago haunts me more than you can believe.  Of all the fish I’ve caught in my life, even the ones I’ve lost, NONE manhandled me like that.  We’re guessing dogtooth tuna but it maddens me that I’ll never know.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-2-flyfishing-in-farquharToday was our last day fishing here in the Seychelles.  I fished with guest Brad Thompson, better known as “Spy” and FlyCastaway head guide Tim Babich.  Most of you have seen the fly fishing movie “Waypoints” (If not you can contact me to buy one). Tim was the star of the St. Brandon’s segment.

 

Spy tossed a loop my way last night.  When Tim met with us to see what we wanted to do, Spy looked me in the eye and said get Jeff his doggie.  I quizzed him hard, “Do you really want to mess with deep water all day?  It could be boring.”  Spy convinced me he was ready.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-3-flyfishing-for-napoleon-wrasseTim has experience with dogtooth tuna.  He’s caught plenty and some on fly.  He said the best time to try is the end of the day.  Tim suggested we start our day bombing coral heads with sinking lines and try to catch a Napoleon wrasse along with an assortment of grouper.  Then hit prime time on the flats.  And then at 3 PM go to the “Dog Kennel”.  My god I could hardly sleep!

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-4-flyfishing-the-seychellesWe headed out promptly at 7.  Tim searched for some specific coral heads he knew were rich with fish.  Once found we cut the engines and drifted.  We had some big roller waves but very little wind making conditions ideal.  The depth varied from 15 to 25 feet and you could see all the way to bottom.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-5-brad-thompson-flyfishing-the-seychellesSpy and I were stoked for some adventure.  Truly an adventure for Spy because I’m not sure he knew what to expect.  We both filtered through a few bluefin trevally that give you a good tug to start.  But when Spy hooked a sizeable white-blotched grouper, the shoulder wrenching pull put a giggle in him and I could hear his feet trying to grip the boat deck better than the norm.  As mentioned before, groupers, and all fish of the reef and coral heads give an initial pull that would offer a challenging venue in the Strong Man Competition!

 

blog-Dec9-2014-6-flyfishing-for-two-spot-red-snapperSpy catches on fast and he landed that white-blotched grouper and followed it up with this superb mean looking bohar (two-spot red snapper).  I promise you, this bohar had the Spy dancing in the bow.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-7-bone-snapperFrom the back of the boat I took on a little excitement of my own.  First off all I knocked off the bone snapper.  New species #11 for the week.  Problem is, bone snapper is the name the guides give this fish but I can’t find him on google to save my life.  If anyone can help here I’d be thrilled!

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-8-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-marbled-grouperI also picked up a few of the usual’s such as small bohars, African marbled grouper and more bluefin trevally.  But as Spy was landing a small African, another larger African showed up to chomp his young friend for dinner.  Chaos broke out that naturally led to my fly separating Spy’s hooked fish and the large grouper.  I hooked him up and it was time for me to giggle and dance!  The ruckus got a wee bit serious for a minute when the African blue marbled grouper ripped under the boat and out the other side almost splintering my rod.  Happily, the 12-weight Winston wins again!

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-9-napoleon-wrasseSpy and I worked the corals for four hours.  We were exhausted and our fishing got sloppy.  The grouper and snapper we caught this morning were fish of a lifetime and they wore us out. Some were huge for their species and all were stunning.  I can count the places in the ocean that still have reef fish populations like this on one hand.  But the fish of the morning was Spy’s Napoleon wrasse!

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-10-brad-thompson-&-napoleon-wrasseFirst of all, very few Napoleons are caught on fly.  The fight from the Napoleon matched size for size with a grouper (and this is based on watching Spy battle) is much harder.  That says a lot.  Furthermore, Napoleon wrasse can obtain sizes over 400lbs!  100lb plus Napoleons are common in the Seychelles and quite possibly – “unlandable”.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-11-napoleon-wrasseSpy was lucky to get a small one.  This guy put the hurt on his 12-weight and there were few times I thought he lost him.  Honestly, I expected a 40lb plus potato grouper.  The colors of this amazing reef dweller as he came into sight of the boat was like an art show.  These photos DO NOT show how true the emerald greens, blues, grays and the lines on this fishes face look in real life.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-12-yellow-lip-emperorSpy and I weren’t sure we wanted to walk the flats because we were having so much fun on the corals.  But at 1 PM we were spent and needed lunch and a leg stretch so we walked a flat expecting triggers.  We saw a few but none were cooperative.  Unexpectedly I crossed a school of bumpies and as usual went nuts.  I had a look but my fly got stolen then broke off by a bluefin trevally.  I had time to retie another on and chase down the same bumpies.  Next good cast was intercepted by this yellowlip emperorNew species #12 for the week.  The bumpies were gone.

 

At 3 PM the bell rang.  It was time get in the ring and see if the dogtooth tunas wanted to cooperate.  I started having flashbacks from the monster of two days ago.  Was I going to put that memory to rest or get my butt kicked again?  Off we went on a boat ride straight out into the blue for five minutes to a high rise in the sea.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-13-flyfishing-for-dogtooth-tunaAny place, lake or ocean, where there’s a rise in depth surrounded by deep water there’s fish.  In this scenario there was bound to be monsters.  Tim carefully watched his GPS for depth and location.  We found some pinnacles that came up as shallow as 90ft.  That’s a long way to dunk a fly but the 700 grains with giant chartreuse Clousers made their way down.

 

The SECOND Spy and I reached as deep as we could get both of us got jolted.  Spy got tore up on this one while I battled in my first rainbow runnerSpecies #13 for the week.  Far more thrilling than my rainbow runner was the fish that chased it up from the depths close enough for a glimpse.  I’ll tell you this.  The fish was huge and Tim narrowed the sighting down to one of two things, a giant trevally or the mighty dogtooth!

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-14-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-rainbow-runnerIf I look disgruntled in my rainbow runner hero shot it’s because I wanted my fly back down and down fast.  The rainbow runner is a favorite food of the dogtooth so let’s just say, there’s a good chance I just saw a doggie.  I’ll warn you now, if you ever fish in a boat with me and an event of this magnitude occurs, I lose my mind!

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-15-flyfishing-for-doggiesSpy’s fly was down in the vicinity.  I made it down in the zone quickly also but we were mortified to both hook into yellowlip emperors.  What were they doing out here? We got those off as fast as we could and went down again.  That’s when Spy connected to something big.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-16-brad-thompson-flyfishing-farquharWe assumed dogtooth.  It wasn’t a grouper because he didn’t run straight down.  But Tim noticed the circular battle, Spy had a giant trevally.  He’s caught more this week than anyone so it seemed only appropriate.  He not only landed this one but another right after.

 

We drifted and dredged that spot several times hoping for that doggie to show.  We caught more yellowlips, bluefin trevally and white-blotched grouper, but the rainbow runner I caught seemed like a fluke.  The doggie attracting school of rainbow runners must have moved and we needed to find them.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-17-jeff-currier-&-brad-thompson-seychellesWe tried spot after spot, each time catching fish but not what we wanted.  We caught several large white-blotched groupers and also got into a school of green jobfish.  This is the first one I’ve ever caught.  Species #14 for the week.  Granny caught one on bait in Madagascar in 2011.  Yet another beautiful emerald green fish.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-18-yellow-edged-lyretailI finally got my chance an hour into the quest.  I was stripping my fly as fast as lightening.  I got stopped violently half way up.  The fish sat for a few seconds.  Then he wound up and took off.  The power was amazing but the experience short.  My 130lb mono tippet was sheared off clean.  I lost either a wahoo or a doggie (doggies can be selective to wire tippet).

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-19-jeff-currier-yellow-edged-lyretailThat would be it for our chance at a dogtooth tuna on the fly this trip.  A new fish war has begun.  We dredged another hour till about 5:30.  Spy and I added yet another new species (#15), these gorgeous yellow-edged lyretails.  We found a hump loaded with them and caught four each.  Hard to believe bright flashy colors like these struggling on the end of our lines didn’t arouse some nearby doggies.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-20-lyretails-for-dinnerWe reeled it in and returned to camp for the last night celebratory barbeque party.  Coincidentally lyretails were on the menu (not ours!).  But if I lived here, I’d hunt them.  The lyretails were absolutely delicious.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-21-coconut-crabThe after dinner event is embarrassing to admit.  We all climbed aboard the camp tractor with headlamps and went out to see the rare coconut crab – the largest land crab in the world.  Our guide found a couple and I got the chance to hold one.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-22-coconut-crabI was the only dummy to enjoy the opportunity.  I guess my gamble with the rattlesnake last month wasn’t enough, I took over the crab catching duties – just for fun. We had one that ran and hid behind the tire of the tractor.  I reached under for him anyway.  It felt like I had him correctly where the claws can’t reach but I was wrong.  My thumb was too close to the front on his belly and he clipped the tip of my thumb.  These things open coconuts!  I lost all the skin on the tip of my thumb.  Quite frankly I’m lucky.  Lucky to have a thumb and lucky they don’t do the crab hunt during the fishing week.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-23-flyfishing-at-farquhar-seychellesIt’s been an incredible trip.  Incredibly fun.  A fantastic group.  And I can’t say enough about the FlyCastaway guides on Farquhar Island here in the Seychelles.  This was the last day of fishing but tomorrow I’ll close the book with memorable photos.

 

If Farquhar in the Seychelles sounds like a trip for you feel free to contact me or Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures for more information.

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Near Slam on Farquhar Island in the Seychelles

blog-Dec-8-2014-1-terry-graham-&-mettieu-cossonToday was back with FlyCastaway guide Matthieu Cosson.  Along with us another of my guests this week here on Farquhar, Terry Graham from Australia.  Terry is a hardcore flats angler that like me, likes to walk, explore and for the most part, not be guided.

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-2-flycastaway-guide-matthieu-cossonThat being said, when we left this morning high tide made all flats far too deep to wade.  Therefore we went to the furthest south part of the Farquhar atoll and made a long drift in search of giant trevally (GT’s).  Terry took the bow while I played clean up man from the back.

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-3-abel-pliers-and-bohar-snapperClean up man is something I don’t do early in the week because it’s distracting to the guide and the angler up front hunting the target species.  But we’re all in the groove now and I knew I could stay out of the way.  That is until this bohar snapper (two spot red snapper) played major havoc with me and my 12-weight.  You may remember the ones we caught last March in Sudan.  These things fight!

 

It didn’t take long for Terry to come through.  I haven’t seen nearly as many giant trevally as I expected this week but Terry seems to be a magnet for them.  Right after I landed the bohar, a ray popped up on us.  Rays cling near the bottom and as they swim disorient crabs, shrimp and smaller fish.  Because of this, rays often have other fish hanging with them like they’re a moving cafeteria.  This ray had a GT following.  Terry literally dropped a 25 foot cast and in one strip he was on.  This GT smoked Terry!

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-4-terry-graham-fighting-a-gtAfter we released the GT it was my turn up front.  Terry went to work from the back.  It was the first time he’d cast for random species and he fell in love with it quick.  He too caught a nice bohar snapper and then followed it up with a bone snapper, a fish that I’ve never caught.  Meanwhile I patiently waited from the bow for the GT that never came.

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-5-jm-klug-photoBy 9 AM it was time to wade the flats.  We were near the South Wreck, an area I’d not fished yet this week.  An area where the best bump head parrotfishing generally occurs.  Because Terry likes to cruise the flats on his own, Matthieu and I walked together.  He immediately spotted a giant triggerfish (also known as the Titan or mustache) in the ocean surf.

 

I only saw the peculiarly shaped fish for a split second before the next wave crashed over him.  Being the aggressive saltwater angler that EVERYONE should be, I already had my cast in orbit.  One strip and the trigger was on.blog-Dec-8-2014-7-titan-triggerfish-tailing

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-8-giant-triggerfish-in-the-seychellesTriggers have been tough this week.  Only one has been landed and that was a Picasso triggerfish by Rich.  The hook up with this trigger caught me by surprise and I wasn’t as prepared for battle as I should’ve been.  I stayed tight for about 15 seconds before that gut wrenching slip of the line occurred.  My triggerfish was going to the jagged coral.  Once that line escapes it’s tough to grab again.  Fortunately I didn’t have much line out and the trigger got on the reel and I stopped the spool from spinning in a nick of time.  Matthieu tailed the sneaky trigger just as he reached the coral.  Even more exciting, when Matthieu lifted him from the water the fly dropped out.  It never hurts to be lucky!

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-9-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-triggerfish-iin-the-seychellesWe shot some hero shots of the cool looking triggerfish.  I’ve cast to numerous giant triggerfish not only here this week but also last March in Sudan.  I connected to several but each time had bad luck with either the hook pulling or breaking off on the coral.  The giant is a new species for me (#9).

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-10-crab-fly-patternEvery dog has his day.  And when it’s you, you recognize it.  I was so lucky on that triggerfish that I knew a bumpy was coming next.  They weren’t around at first but as soon as low tide occurred followed by the first surge of the high, in came the bumpies.  I stayed with the same crab (this exact one let me down on a permit trip in the Key’s once) despite the crushed in eyes from the powerful teeth of the triggerfish.

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-11-jeff-currier-flyfishing-on-farquharThe first school I cast at one ate my fly.  The bumpy left the group and tailed on my fly perfectly.  I felt him eat it and strip set hard and missed him.  Evidently this is where I went wrong.  Matthieu advised me to let them eat the crab.  Then when the line takes off simply lift the rod.  Like I explained earlier this week, parrotfish mouths aren’t’ meant for hooks.  The gentle rod lift is the best technique for hooking them.

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-12-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-parrotfishMiraculously it didn’t take long to fool another and I hooked him solidly.  But as also mentioned earlier this week, these big-foreheaded-bullies are all power.  Despite chasing him frantically and not letting this bumpy run far into my backing, he approached the coral.  I was pulling on him so hard that I was certain either my 30lb Flouro would break or my 9-weight would explode.  But neither, the cunning parrotfish fooled me by backtracking to a coral head I didn’t see.  Dang!

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-13-jeff-currier-flyfishing-the-seychellesI normally get in shape for these trips but I was gassed.  All the beers I drank with Tim Brune in Guyana and the numerous campfire feasts with Granny on the desert caught up with me.  But Matthieu cracked the whip.  I was taking a breather and he jumped on me to get after the next school of bumpies that were tailing in the distance.

 

Matthieu was right.  Next week at this time I’ll be looking at snow.  I put my pounding heart and gasping lungs aside.  I wiped the sweat off my forehead and continued.  Could I hook yet another?  Bumpies can be nearly impossible to fool.  Yes!  I hooked into another in the very next school and I put the “Currier” to this one like never before.  Kudos to that 30lb Scientific Anglers Flouro – there’s no doubt most other flavors would have broken.  I stopped this guy and ten minutes of battle ended with my second bumpy of the week!

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-14-hump-head-parrotfishMatthieu is great with the camera and we photographed the hearty bumpy for several minutes before I watched him return to his friends.  I was wet head to toe from crashing waves.  I believe that was one of my best “on foot” rumbles in years!

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-15-terry-graham-flyfishing-farquharTerry caught an assortment of miscellaneous fish on his hike.  He came to the excitement of my bumpy catch then went on to hook one of his own.  Unfortunately he didn’t sprint like a marathon runner and the leader broke on something sharp.

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-16-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-white-blotched-grouperAll I needed was a bonefish for the Farquhar slam.  But in the afternoon tides became too high to wade and we messed around blind siding coral heads from the boat (you know by now I like that best anyhow!).  We racked up a handful of bohars and various groupers, mostly Africans.  I managed species #10 for the week.  This is a white-blotched grouper.

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-17-SeyBrew-beer-in-the-seychellesBeers are $6.50 each here due to the difficulty of flying them in.  I’ve been sticking to cokes and water.  But tonight, after a day of two new species, a bumpy and taste buds that can’t handle another coke this trip, I bought myself a Seybrew!  Tomorrow is the last day.

 

If Farquhar in the Seychelles sounds like a trip for you feel free to contact me or Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures for more information.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Saddleback Grouper on the Fly – Farquhar!

blog-Dec-7-2014-1-flyfishing-farquharAnother day another guide another fishing companion here in the Seychelles.  This is heaven.  Today I fished with FlyCastaway guide Pete from Mahe, Seychelles and guest Bill Huffman (Huff) of Colorado.  Bills goal of the week is to catch a giant trevally (GT) and Pete specializes in spending entire days on a particular island where the GT’s flourish.

 

blog-Dec-7-2014-2-bill-huffman-seychellesWe took off promptly at 7 and traveled a half hour boat ride from camp before beaching on Pete’s gorgeous island.  The tide was high but dropping rapidly.  Rather than charge out to the ocean side of the island where the big GT’s live we wandered the leeward side and made some blind casts to some coral heads.  Huff wasted no time and had a tug of war with this brown African marbled grouper.

 

blog-Dec-7-2014-3-cleanupThings were slow for the first few hours of our hike.  I stayed out of the way of the GT quest and explored the island.  One thing that shocks people is how much crap shows up on the remotes beaches on the planet.  It seems much of the world uses the ocean as its garbage disposal.  Even huge ocean liners are known to dump their trash about anywhere.  Here in Farquhar there’s plenty of washed up rubbish but they do their best to clean it up regularly.

 

blog-Dec-7-2014-4-saddleback-grouperWe made it around the entire island with no more than a few blue spangled emperors.  I thought we were moving but Pete said we’re waiting out the tide to change and we’d circle the island again.  It was noon so I walked over to the coral heads where Huff started the day with his grouper.  I hooked up to the surprise of all surprises!

 

blog-Dec-7-2014-5-jeff-currier-saddleback-grouperYou can’t imagine the awe when you witness a fish of this suit chase then eat your fly.  It was the magnificently colored saddleback grouper!  Somehow I knew I was in the presence of a saddleback .  And there he was.  I mentioned yesterday of this strangely colored fish but honestly never expected to see one let alone nail one on the fly.  A thrilling new species for the list (#7)!

 

blog-Dec-7-2014-6-flue-african-marbled-grouperI didn’t stop there.  I was in my element of pounding away for mystery fish and I caught a brown African marbled grouper and followed him up a hefty blue African marbled grouper (#8) then an oversized bluefin trevally.

 

blog-Dec-7-2014-7-flyfishing-for-giant-trevallyAfter lunch the three of us made our way back to the big surf on the ocean flat side of the island.  Huge waves were smashing the jagged lava rock of the island.  Before the waves broke we had a clear view of the fish underneath.  There was a large nurse shark searching for lobsters and with him waiting for scraps was a decent GT.  It was “Huff” time!

 

blog-Dec-7-2014-8-flyfishing-for-gtsTo me and Huff, this GT looked like a hopeless quest.  The shark was 200 feet out in the big breaker waves.  Wading appeared impossible.  Pete patiently tiptoed over the lava rock never taking his eye of the shark/GT symbiotic relationship.  Then he had a plan.

 

blog-Dec-7-2014-9-trevally-fishing-at-farquharHe told Huff to pick up the pace and they headed to a point where they could wade out safe from the surf and intercept the shark and giant trevally.  I stayed up high and watched, thinking to myself, the odds of this unfolding with the GT were mighty slim.  Sure enough however, Pete was correct, if he and Huff moved fast enough they’d be able to wade out just far enough to get a cast.

 

blog-Dec-7-2014-10-giant-trevallyLo and behold they got to the place of attack before the nurse shark and GT.  The waves were busting over Huff and Pete but a 70 foot cast would put his fly in sight of the GT.  GT’s have amazing eyesight and can even track a fly in the air!  Huff launched and in typical GT style, the fly hit and the speedy GT was hooked so fast none of us saw him travel to the fly.  These fish are remarkable!

 

blog-Dec-7-2014-11-bill-huffman-giant-trevallyIt was great battle.  Through the wind and breaking waves I could hear Pete screaming, “I don’t want to see backing!  I don’t want to see backing!”  Huff hung on with his drag tightened to the max and the giant trevally struggled.  Within minutes the oversized jack gave in.  In record time Pete and Huff were posing with the respectable GT.

 

blog-Dec-7-2014-12-seychelles-giant-trevally-fishingHuff was so stoked, after he released his GT he generously gave me the boat to fish for whatever I wanted for the last couple hours of the day.  I hung tight tossing an idea because Pete suggested a permit flat.  I’d love to catch an Indo-Pacific permit.  But when we got there the permit were not to be found.  That’s when I suggested a return to the dogtooth tuna pinnacle.

 

blog-Dec-7-2014-13-flycastaway-seychelles-guide-peteJust like yesterday with Wesley, Pete gave me a funny look.  I gave it right back and started spinning my normal 12-weight reel off my Winston and pulled out my monster Ross Momentum LT #8.  Of course Pete talked with Wesley last night and he laughed and agreed to take the boat ride to the place.

 

blog-Dec-7-2014-14-winston-rods-&-ross-reelsI’m certain this was a slightly different spot.  Pete didn’t have a depth finder so we couldn’t hold to a reef.  Nonetheless I sent my rig down as deep as I could and ripped my fly back.  Fish of the blue water can see a long ways.  I was dreaming of a tug.  And I got it.

 

blog-Dec-7-2014-15-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-napoleon-wrasseAt first it seemed like a big fish that was giving in early.  I hooked him and though it took all my might he came up about five good strips.  Then he stopped and took off.

 

My 700 grain disappeared in a flash and my backing followed.  I had my drag so tight it’s a wonder I didn’t dislocate my shoulder.   But sure enough it stopped the fish again.  But I could feel his pumps.  This fish was a monster.

 

blog-Dec-7-2014-16-jeff-currier-trying-for-dogtoothThis was an opportunity to gain some line but not with the rod.  The best thing to do is to reel yourself to the boat deck by bending your knees to a squat.  Then without letting any line off the reel lift up and repeat.

 

I got about ten of these in fast.  I felt my monster coming up from the depths.  I was as excited as I’ve been about any fish in years.  What could it be?   It wasn’t running like a dogtooth should.  A giant grouper would have toasted me in the reef a long time ago.  This fish was an incredible mystery.  Perhaps the largest Napoleon wrasse ever taken on the fly I thought as I shook with excitement?

 

blog-Dec-7-2014-17-jeff-currier-seychellesJust as fast as the wonderful-heroic-fish-catching dreams came, they were shattered.  After my tenth lift and reel, my fish said no more.  He stopped me dead.  I couldn’t physically stand up and reel again.  He held me down and took off so fast I came close to going overboard or losing my 12-weight rig altogether.  If there’s such a thing as a terrifying run and a terrifying fish, this was it.  In less than ten seconds the ginormous fish buried me in bottom almost 200 feet down.  This was a dogtooth.  And it was game over.

 

blog-Dec-7-2014-18-flyfishing-farquhar-jim-klugNo doubt, that was a disappointing ending.  I was later told by head guide Tim that several years ago on a different island in the Seychelles he had a client catch a 200lb dogtooth tuna on trolling gear.  The fight took four hours!  I believe I was supposed to be relieved.  But I wanted that fish, three hours, five hours, whatever it would have taken.  I’ll take that lost battle to the grave.

 

If Farquhar in the Seychelles sounds like a trip for you feel free to contact me or Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures for more information.

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing for Grouper and More in the Seychelles

blog-Dec-6-2014-1-flyfishing-at farquharI slept well and woke up feeling strong today.  The full moon was setting.  The seas were calm and skies clear.  As the sun rose every bird on Farquhar sang which always makes me dread the cold I return to next week at home.

 

I fished with FlyCastaway guide Wesley De Klerk and my guest Tom Camp from Southern Cal.  Tom had a great first two days and he too caught a bumpy head parrot.  I packed along my sharpies for the trip and last night took on the challenge of his bump head on his tackle bag.  For the first bumpy I think it came out cool.blog-Dec-6-2014-2-jeff-currier-fish-artwork

 

The tides were exceedingly high as we left for the flats.  We had to wait an hour before considering wading.  We looked for some golden trevally and giant trevally (GT) from the boat in some key spots but no luck.

 

blog-Dec-6-2014-3-flyfishing-with-flycastawayShortly after the tide began to rush out, Wesley anchored the boat and we started our wading journey in water nearly over our head.  Tom is the shortest and Wesley had to pull him along by his collar for the first twenty yards.

 

blog-Dec-6-2014-4-flyfishing-in-the-seychellesOnce up on the normal waist deep flat we watched for GT’s but also had some blind casting options.  Our flat was a narrow path through several deep blue holes.  The fish that live in these holes can be scary at times.  I held back and watched as Wesley instructed Tom how to approach them.  Basically you drop your fly about twenty feet off the edge, let it sink and rip it back up over the drop off.

 

blog-Dec-6-2014-5-tom-camp-african-marbled-grouperIt didn’t take long for Tom to connect.  He hooked into a blue African marbled grouper.  All I heard was Wesley shouting not to let the fish take any line – a task easier said than done.  Groupers don’t run far but their strength in a short burst is sensational.  This grouper of Toms pulled so hard it nearly broke his 12-weight!

 

blog-Dec-6-2014-6-saddleback-grouperTom picked up a couple nice groupers and nearly landed a saddleback, a species I’m familiar with from pics on the internet but have never seen one in the wild.  They are one of the more stunning looking fish of the Indian Ocean.  I was in full sprint when I heard the excitement in Wesley’s voice at the sight of a saddleback on Tom’s line.  Unfortunately before they got hold of him for photos the barbless fly slipped out so who knows how long it will be before I finally see a saddleback.

 

blog-Dec-6-2014-7-moray-eelMy fishing was slow.  But I messed with a moray eel and I was having fun ripping a popper along.  I had one grouper take a swing at the top water fly but I missed him.  About then I saw yet another species I’d love to catch, the Napoleon wrasse.  The large emerald green fish waked across the flat and dropped into a blue hole.  He didn’t dive but rather cruised the surface slowly working his way to the far edge.  I was in hot pursuit but the single fish was just out of range.  After he sank from sight I blind casted my popper and then switched to streamers but no luck.

 

blog-Dec-6-2014-8-brown-african-marbled-grouperWe had a slow morning walking the flat for nearly five hours.  Next on Wesley’s agenda was to work back to the boat and dredge a proven drop off for GT’s.  That sounded good to Tom but I was drawn back to the blue hole where the Napoleon wrasse went.  He was there but on my first cast to him my fly got stolen by my first brown African marbled grouper (species #4 for the week).  The artist in me drew me to the color of his fins.

 

blog-Dec-6-2014-9-malabar-rockfishThe African spooked the Napoleon so I was back to blind casting.  Surely there had to be more than one Napoleon wrasse in this blue hole hotel.  That’s when I pulled out yet another unique fish, the Malabar rockfish.  I’ve actually caught these mean looking grouper before but they were tiny.  This aggressive fella had some attitude!

 

blog-Dec-6-2014-10-needlescaled-queenfishThe three of us were famished by the time we met up again.  It was almost 3 PM.  We’d been so focused that the time slipped away.  Wesley anchored the boat and we ate.  As we were chowing a school of interesting fish came in range.  I grabbed my quickest rig which was my Winston 8-weight with a shrimp.  The second the fly hit the water this needlescaled queenfish skyrocketed three feet out.  I’ve taken heaps of similar fish in Madagascar but this is yet another member of the large family (species #5).

 

blog-Dec-6-2014-11-flycastaway-fishing-guidesBy the time lunch was over it was time to get near camp for the last hour of fishing.  The tide was roaring in so wading flats was not an option.  Yesterday Wesley teased up some sailfish so we opted to give that a try.  As we were heading there I asked Tom if he minded me dredging for a dogtooth tuna for fifteen minutes or so before he manned the chance at a sailfish opportunity.  Not knowing what a dogtooth is Tom said, “why not?”

 

blog-Dec-6-2014-12-flyfishing-the-seychellesWesley knows exactly what a dogtooth is and gave me that “are you **** serious” look and cracked a smile.  Dogtooth tuna are one of the most ferocious beast in the ocean (see Madagascar 2011).  I opened my Simms Reel case and held up my Ross Momentum LT #8 loaded with a 700 grain Bluewater Express.  I didn’t need to say anything else.  Wesley’s smile got huge and he said I have a spot to try.

 

blog-Dec-6-2014-13-flyfishing-for-dogtooth-tunaThere’s a reef 90 feet deep surrounded by much deeper water out in the open ocean near camp.  Wesley used his GPS to find the distinctive pinnacle and I fed my 700 grain line straight down with a giant chartreuse Clouser – all the way to the Bimini connecting to my backing.  It was a spooky place to have your fly.  Then I braced myself in case of a monster and started stripping back as fast and hard as I could.  Ten strips in I got jolted!

 

blog-Dec-6-2014-14-jeff-currier-with-bluefin-trevallyMy heart skipped a few.  Anything down that far in the blue water had to be amazing.  But the hard pull only lasted a minute and I began gaining line fast.  In came the first of two hefty bluefin trevally.  Unfortunately other than one gigantic unknown fish that followed all the way to the boat those were the only two fish I caught.

 

blog-Dec-6-2014-15-flyfishing-at-farquharWe teased for sailfish the last 45 minutes of the day but to no avail.  We returned to camp at 5:30 and settled on the porch for stories and cocktail hour.  What a great day with Tom and Wesley.  Bring on tomorrow!

 

 If Farquhar in the Seychelles sounds like a trip for you feel free to contact me or Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures for more information.

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Bump Head Parrotfish on the Fly

blog-Dec-5-2014-1-jim-klug-photoI had a rough night of no sleep.  It was a mix of excitement of being here in the Seychelles, adjusting to a twelve hour time change and a big time congestion deal moving in my head.  I got up a 4:30 and slipped out on the porch to work on the blog.  I was absolutely munched by mosquitoes and every other insect to pass by.  Day 2 began a little shaky but with a stunning sunrise.

 

blog-Dec-5-2014-2-mark-rangitschI’m fishing with everyone in my group this week and today I went out with Mark Rangitsch of Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Our guide was young Brendan Becker of South Africa who’s quickly making a name for himself as one of FlyCastaway’s tops.  With low tide rushing out we headed for an area called the wreck.  Just like yesterday I held back while Brendan guided Mark onto the flat.  Once they set off in a direction I cruised the opposite.

 

blog-Dec-5-2014-3-redbarred-grouper-seychellesThe dropping tide wasn’t ideal upon the start and I cruised a mile of flat with hardly a cast.  I saw a couple of yellowmargin triggerfish (caught my first in Sudan last March) but neither paid interest.  However, I picked up a new species.  He’s nothing incredible and I found out later he’s a pest.  It’s known as the blacktip grouper, redbanded grouper, also known as the redbarred rockcod.  At 10 AM in the distance I could see Brendan waving me to join him and Mark.

 

blog-Dec-5-2014-4-flycastaway-brendan-beckerBrendan and Mark had about the same luck as I.  But we were entering prime time and Brendan suspected the arrival of bump head parrotfish (bumpies) on the flats just as low tide occurred and high tide began to rush in.  As we waited Brendan posed with this nice bluefin trevally I picked off on the crab.

 

The deal on the bump head parrotfish is this.  Unless you’ve fished in the Seychelles you probably haven’t heard of them.  Most North American flats anglers haven’t because bumpies aren’t found in the Caribbean.  But in the Indian Ocean, particularly in the Seychelles, bumpies are considered a prize.

 

blog-Dec-5-2014-5-flyfishing-for-bumpheadsBumpies are hard to catch.  They’re incredibly spooky.  These oversized parrotfish nearly always feed in schools.  Every fish does their job of eying for predators.  Anything suspicious sets off the alarm and the entire school goes running.

 

blog-Dec-5-2014-6-bump-head-parrotfishLike most parrotfish, bumpy heads feed on the coral, only occasionally eating crabs and shrimp.  Already, the best crab fly in your box only draws the infrequent look from a bumpy.  And if you get one to eat your fake, good luck hooking him.  All parrotfish have a hard coral busting beak for a mouth with very little soft tissue for a hook to stick.

 

blog-Dec-5-2014-7-flyfishing-for-bumpiesIf you’re lucky enough to get a bumpy to eat and hook up – good luck landing him.  Bumpies thrive amongst coral heads and coral cuts tippet and fly line like a knife.  You must be blessed to find feeding bumpies at least a few hundred yards from their normal territory.  Even so, the strength of a bumpy is amazing and he will do his best to get home and break you off.  A 9-weight with 200yds of backing is a must.  All this and your tackle still may not be enough.

 

blog-Dec-5-2014-9-flyfishing-for-bumphead-parrotfishAs predicted, the first bumpies wandered onto the flat with the first push of the incoming tide.  They were monsters, each likely over 50lbs.  Mark and Brendan went to work getting in position to cast.  I waited not far from them hoping for some bumpies of my own.  Sure enough some smaller ones came.

 

blog-Dec-5-2014-8-crab-fly-patternFor all flats fish I have an aggressive approach.  Basically I get my fly to them fast.  I can’t tell you how many times I fancy footed around casting short or too far ahead of feeding fish only to have them leave before ever seeing my fly.  I went on hot pursuit of these bumpies.

 

By the time I got in range I could see eight bumpies.  I dropped my crab amongst them several times.  One bumpy gave my fly a hard look but he refused.  Then they moved away to unreachable deep water.

 

blog-Dec-5-2014-10-jeff-currier-flyfishing-farquharMy chase wasn’t over.  I could see the bumpy school.  Sure enough they came back shallow and I got another few cast.  This time, one bumpy in particular broke from the school and took a good hard look at my fly.  He tailed and I waited for a pull but no such luck.  He spun and went back to his friends.  I cast specifically to him again.  Again he showed interest.  This time, rather than waiting for him to pick up the fly I did a long very slow strip.  Suddenly I felt resistance and saw my line taking off to the right.  I lifted the rod and the bump head parrotfish was on!

 

blog-Dec-5-2014-11a-jeff-currier-flyfishing-the-seychellesA belly bruising battle began.  I was using my Winston 9-weight SX and my Abel Super 9/10N.  At first I let the bumpy make a run but as expected he stayed with his school and headed for the coral.  I cranked the drag on my Abel as far as it would go.  My new Titan Taper line made a crackling sound as it left the reel but soon it was replaced by the smoother sound of backing zipping through the guides.

 

blog-Dec-5-2014-11b-bumphead-parrotfishBy now Brendan and Mark were cheering and running my way.  My bumpy looked to be about 25lbs and there was no way I’d be landing him myself.  I still couldn’t quite stop the bumpy but I managed to steer him clear of several large corals.  Finally I broke him from the school, the first sign of progress in bumpy battle.

 

blog-Dec-5-2014-12-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-bumpiesAbout eight minutes passed.  My leader was straight 30lb Scientific Anglers Flouro.  I was putting the heat on this bump head parrot.  I was literally dragging him back on to the flat and towards me.  Brendan shouted, “Wow Jeff!  I’ve never seen a bumpy go down so fast!  It wasn’t over but it was close.  “Roll him over to prove to me he’s tired and I’ll go for him”, announced Brendan.  I did just that and Brendan slipped a harness into the bumpies mouth and grabbed the tail with his other hand.  I had my bumpy on the fly!

 

blog-Dec-5-2014-13-jeff-currier-releasing-bumpyheadIt’s hard to explain the great feeling of meeting the goal so early in the trip.  I was thrilled as I admired my first bump head parrot.  His colors were unique, his scales were huge, and the mouth on him dangerous.  I could hold him fine by the tail and he posed well for pictures.  Overall the strange fish had a lot of personality and all the time I held him he was making a funny high pitched grunting noise.  When I released him he swam away like some sort of cartoon character fish waving his pectoral fins up and down in the strangest fashion.  What an awesome experience!

 

blog-Dec-5-2014-14-jim-klug-photo-seychelles-bonefishI went blank for the next half hour.  I was taking in my moment.  Ten days ago I was carp fishing in Arizona with no idea I’d be going to the Seychelles.  Now here I was with a long awaited species under my belt 8,000 miles from home.

 

Mark and Brendan continued their pursuit of the larger bumpy school but no luck.  I’d been extremely lucky to get a bump head to eat and then actually land him.  An hour went by and the tide got too high for further wading.

 

blog-Dec-5-2014-15-flyfishing-for-bonefishMark and I requested a look for some bonefish and permit.  We went for a boat ride back towards camp and settled against the beach on the leeward side of the main island.  Here there a few finicky permit and massive schools of bonefish.  Brendan went overboard to drag the boat along and I got up high to help spot for Mark.  It didn’t take long before Mark hooked several nice bonefish.

 

blog-Dec-5-2014-16-flyfishing-at-farquharWhat a great day on the flats of Farquhar.  I enjoyed fishing with Mark and Brendan and added two new species to my life list.  And one, the long awaited bump head parrotfish.  I’m super stoked!

 

We just finished up a fine dinner of sushi and grilled grouper.  After the lousy night of sleep last night I can hardly keep my eyes open.  Stay tuned. . . . Morning will come soon!

 

If Farquhar in the Seychelles sounds like a trip for you feel free to contact me or Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures for more information.

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Many Species Swim at Farquhar

blog-Dec-4-2014-1-flyfishing-farquhar-seychellesToday fly fishing on Farquhar in the Seychelles truly began.  I fished with my cabin mate Rich Cambria and today’s guide was Matthieu Cosson from France.  Matthieu is an experienced FlyCastaway guide who’s fished nearly all the waters of the Seychelles.  Matthieu gave us an in depth rundown of our fishing plans for the day and let’s just say we had a lot of fun things on the agenda.

 

blog-Dec-4-2014-2-seychelles-guide-matthieu-cossonFishing plans will be based hugely on tides this week.  We have a full moon coming and tides will fluctuate to the max and the fish will undoubtedly be affected.  Our first move was to search for bump head parrot fish (bumpies) on a nearby flat (I guess it’s already leaked out that my personal goal this trip is to catch a bumpy head).  Potential bad news however, last week there were almost none to be found.

 

blog-Dec-4-2014-3-flyfishing-the-seychellesThe weather here by the equator is always hot.  This morning winds were light, there were lots of clouds and we had a few sprinkles.  When it’s cloudy on the flats it can be hard to spot fish unless they’re tailing, waking of causing nervous water.  As we crossed the inside of the atoll close to camp Matthieu’s plan would be interrupted by milkfish.

 

blog-Dec-4-2014-4-flyfishing-for-milkfishAt least an acre of finicky grass-carp-like milkfish were feeding on the surface.  I don’t have milkfish on this week’s wish list but I’d certainly take one.  The Seychelles is a top location to target the nearly impossible plankton eating species.  You may remember friend Mark Murray and I had a successful milkfish session in Sudan last March.  A session that ended with an epic battle and a 25lb milkfish for Mark.  I told Rich to take the bow and try to catch one.

 

blog-Dec-4-2014-5-milky-dream-milkfish-flyMatthieu chopped Rich’s crab from his 9-weight and replaced it with a Milky Dream.  This milkfish fly looks like a size 2 piece of weed.  The idea is to drop the concoction directly in front of a school of milkfish and hope one finds it.  They rarely move for the fly so it literally needs to hit them in the face.  You cast right in front of as many milkfish as you can and stay tight with a very slow long strip, moving the fly through the zone before it sinks below them.  Some milkfish skim the surface with their faces above water while the real eaters are just below.

 

Rich made numerous casts but the milkfish disappeared.  Again, these fish aren’t easy.  They disappeared but luckily in the distance bumpy head tails were waving.

 

blog-Dec-4-2014-6-matthieu-cossonMatthieu anchored us on the edge of the flat and retied a crab on Richs 9-weight.  I held back again and watched as Matthieu eased Rich into range on foot.  All bumpy heads are big.  These ones looked on the small end of big likely in that 25 – 35lb range.

 

I’m no expert on bumpies but they’re parrotfish and do more picking at coral than anything.  That being said they’ll crack a crab and crab patterns are the best option.  The idea is to sink it in front of them, stay tight and hope one picks it up.  It’s basically the same technique for permit only we soon learned that bumpies may be spookier.

 

blog-Dec-4-2014-7-matthieu-cosson-flycastawayRich got numerous casts at the bumpies but to no avail.  Eventually they caught on and moved off the flat not to be seen again.  Matthieu then took us a short boat ride to the next place.

 

The next spot was an ocean flat and sure enough, there were more tailing bumpies.  Rich and Matthieu took off in pursuit.  This time I grabbed my rods and headed out as well.

 

blog-Dec-4-2014-8-blue-spangled-emperor-fishTag teaming a school of fish on the flats is a sure way to spook them all.  I headed in the opposite direction in hopes to find some bumpies of my own.  The tails of the bumpies are so huge that I could see in my direction there were none.  However, some interesting smaller tails skimmed the surface in the turtle grass ahead.  I eased my way there and dropped a crab to the mysterious fish.  Four blue spangled emperor fish charged my crab and for the next half hour I hammered away on this colorful new species for my life list.

 

blog-Dec-4-2014-9-flyfishing-for-giant-trevallyMeanwhile Rich and Matthieu worked the bumpy school, gradually pushing them to deeper water and soon out of reach.  I kept a watchful eye as to pick up any of the dos and don’ts to perhaps help me in my own pursuit this week.  I joined up with them just in time to spot a huge shadow a football length ahead.  My fish spotting eyes were coming together and soon Matthieu could also see the suspicious shape.  It was a giant trevally.

 

blog-Dec-4-2014-10-flyfishing-for-trevallyMatthieu handily carries the rods for different fish and he handed Rich his 12-weight with a large poodle fly.  The giant trevally (GT) was moving uncharacteristically slow but in our direction.  Rich peeled off 70 feet of line, made a practice cast then stripped in and waited.  Soon it was time and Rich landed his poodle perfectly about ten feet ahead of the trevally.  With the rod tip down Rich began a violent strip.  Before the second strip the trevally was on!

 

blog-Dec-4-2014-11-flyfishing-for-gtsThe shear power of a GT surprises all anglers who haven’t yet hooked one.  The initial run is astounding and if you’re not careful can end before you enjoy it.  The best plan is to tighten your drag to the fullest and start running after the fish.  Undoubtedly this backing stealing fish had Rich in awe!

 

blog-Dec-4-2014-12-fly-fishing-for-giant-trevallyRich went on to handle his GT beautifully.  Both he and Matthieu charged after the oversized jack-like fish aggressively and kept him from the dangerous leader severing corals in every direction.  There were definitely some close calls but the end result was an efficient tail grab by Matthieu followed by several celebratory hero shots.

 

With the tide roaring in wading the flats came to an end before noon.  Matthieu took us to a deep turtle grass flat to drop anchor and have a lunch break.  We’d be pleasantly interrupted by yet another school of bumpies.

 

blog-Dec-4-2014-13-jim-klug-bumpyheadsWith a GT under his belt, Rich told me to have a go.  Here the boats are larger than an ordinary flats skiff and guides don’t use poles to pursue fish.  Instead they go overboard and drag the boat along.  During the next hour Rich and I got a dozen excellent casts to the bumpies.  I had one pick up my fly but on his knuckle busting run the hook pulled.  Yes, I was disappointed but the eat was enough to let me know, I can make this happen this week.

 

blog-Dec-4-2014-14-flyfishing-for-milkfishThe rest of our day was from the boat.  Once again we ran into a massive school of milkfish and Rich made casts to them for an hour.  There were so many a catch seemed emanate but no such luck.  I kid you not there were thousands of milkfish and at times they were feeding a ten foot cast from the boat.  But their diet is 99% plankton and they wouldn’t eat the most proven milkfish fly.

 

blog-Dec-4-2014-15-flyfishing-for-grouperThe fishing day ended drifting outside the reef over coral heads.  Matthieu attempted to tease GT’s but few fish were around.  Rich added a small bohar snapper (two-spot red snapper) and this fine looking brown phase African brown-marbled grouper to his catch.  This would be a slow day for me however the spangled emperor was a new species and sightings of numerous bump head parrotfish on the flats would put me to bed with a smile.

 

If Farquhar in the Seychelles sounds like a trip for you feel free to contact me or Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures for more information.

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing the Seychelles – Farquhar

blog-Dec-3-2014-1-flyfishing-in-farquhar6 AM couldn’t come soon enough.  That’s when our taxi to the LDC airport here in Mahe, Seychelles for our charter flight to Farquhar Island picked us up.  I’ve been waiting years for this dream to come true.  Not only I, but the six Yellow Dog guests that I’m hosting on the trip, Rich Cambria, Mark Rangitsch, Terry Graham, Tom Camp, Brad Thompson and Bill Huffman were stoked as well.  We are all first timers to fishing the Seychelles.

 

blog-Dec-3-2014-2-flyfishing-in-the-seychellesThe LDC airport is a small charter flight agency off the main airport we landed at yesterday.  This is where tourist catch flights to other islands in the Seychelles.  The Seychelles is lengthy country of scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean.  They weighed us and our luggage then of we went on a Beech 1900 aircraft.  1 hour 40 minutes later came the first views of Farquhar.

 

blog-Dec-3-2014-3-flyfishing-the-indian-oceanFarquhar is stunning as you fly in.  The place is the perfect definition of an atoll with a very minimal amount of land, a scattering of islands and miles of flats, beach and coral reef.  You can’t imagine all the shades of blue and emerald greens you see on the water from a quarter mile above.  The spectacular tropical atoll was so impressive it reminded me of my first glimpse of a tarpon flat in Belize almost thirty years ago.  Farquhar is that beautiful.

 

blog-Dec-3-2014-4-fly-fishing-at-farquhar-seychellesOnce landed we were met by the guide staff of South African fishing destination company FlyCastaway.  FlyCastaway offers some of the most optimum saltwater fly fishing on the planet and is recognized as having the finest saltwater fly fishing guides in the world.  After a quick introduction they led us to some shade where refreshing drinks awaited.

 

A group of Russian anglers from the week before exchanged their hello’s and wished us luck then boarded our aircraft and took off.  Their week ended and ours began.  We took a short tractor drive to the camp.

 

blog-Dec-3-2014-6-jim-klug-photographyWhen you arrive to camp it’s not a race to the room.  Instead, everyone makes a beeline to the water for a look.  What you see  is dumbfounding.  About forty massive giant trevally swarm the water in front of camp.  These monsters are camp pets not to be fished too.  Some are nearly 100lbs and the insane fish beg for food like they’re your dog!

 

blog-Dec-3-2014-5-Farquhar-Island-SeychellesCamp is simple.  The rooms are comfortable with air-conditioning and the outdoor sitting area gives you and incredible view of the entire atoll.  The eating area is outside literally ten feet from the marauding trevally pets.  It’s been only a day and I can tell this place is extremely well organized.

 

blog-Dec-3-2014-7-the-guides-of-flycastawayShortly after settling in our rooms the staff ran us through orientation.  We enjoyed a breakfast of fresh fruit and omelets and then with the help of the guides set up our gear.  The best rods for here are a 9-weight and a 12-weight.  Of course I go overboard and have the Winston assortment of 8-, 9-, two 10’s- and two 12-weights, each armed with either a Ross or Abel Reel and Scientific Angler fly line.  I’m heavily stocked not only because I’ll likely be targeting some unordinary species this week but also well prepared for any rod mishaps that might happen to anyone.

 

By the time we finished sorting our tackle it was time for lunch.  Following lunch it was time to fish.  Arrival day here is a day when guides reorganize and do maintenance on boats and etc.  Therefore instead of being guided today the entire group sets off down the neighboring beaches.

 

blog-Dec-3-2014-8-flyfishing-farquharWe have a full moon coming this week.  The tides will be large and the pushes strong.  These tides can be excellent for fishing but the wind is not in our favor.  Its not that the wind is blowing, in fact not much at all, but its been coming from the West for days and drove in an excessive amount of hot water pushing fish from the flats.  The guides know where the coolest water exists and its not like we won’t find fish, but it won’t be the norm.

 

blog-Dec-3-2014-10-bonefishing-in-the-seychellesOur afternoon fishing around camp was a “work the kinks out” session.  It’s always like that day 1.  For me I’m out of practice.  My last trip to the flats was Sudan back in March.  I needed to regain my fish spotting skills and also get in the “groove” .  My first few cast to fish were short or off line.  All of us are also contending with jet lag and the affects of more than sixty hours of travel.

 

blog-Dec-3-2014-9-flyfishing-for-bluefin-trevallyOverall there were a few fish caught but they consisted of small bluefin trevally.  This little guy is gorgeous but I can promise you the blog will show some much larger as the week progresses.

 

blog-Dec-3-2014-11-flyfishing-with-flycastawayToday was a long one.  We had an early departure from Mahe, a flight, gear organizing, getting to know the guys on the trip and an exceptionally long walk.  It’s time to call it.  Fishing begins bright and early tomorrow.  Stay tuned for what should be an inconceivable blog week. . . . !

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

The Long Awaited Step into the Seychelles

blog-Dec-2-2014-1-flyfishing-the-seychellesI’m in a time warp after what has already been 45 hours of travel to the complete other side of the world.  I’m exactly twelve time zones ahead of Idaho here in Mahe, Seychelles.  I’m jetlagged and my bio clock is completely upside down.

 

blog-Dec-2-2014-2-seybrew-beer-of-the-seychellesBut I’m here and so are all the other guys on my hosted trip to the Seychelles.  I’d not met a single one of these guys until today but all seem cool and in fact we’re already in the groove together sipping a few of the local SeyBrew beers on the beach which happens to be right next to the hotel.

 

blog-Dec-2-2014-3-coral-strand-hotel-seyechellesWe are presently at the Coral Strand Hotel where we’ll overnight.  Then early tomorrow we’ll catch our charter to the small atoll of Farquhar.  We expect a full afternoon of flats fishing tomorrow.  The weather is an incredible 85° with light winds and a few scattered clouds.  If this weather holds all week we should experience some superb flats fishing.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Half Way to Fly Fishing Paradise – the Seychelles

blog-Dec-1-2014-flying-emiriates-to-dubaiTravel was hard yesterday.  The stress of flight cancellation fear from Jackson Hole to Salt Lake City from the terrible storm we were having kept me awake for 36 hours from Friday afternoon till Sunday morning.  I couldn’t even drive to Salt Lake City to by pass my JAC to SLC connection because of a road closure.  Anyhow, I made it out yesterday morning then connected SLC to Los Angeles.  Once in LA I relaxed and had a nice lunch in the international terminal.

 

Last night I took the 16 hour direct flight on Emirates all the way to Dubai.  This is my second trip through Dubai this year.  (If this is news, you need to check out my fishing blog from Dubai back in March.)  What was special about last night was that I flew on this Airbus 380-800 jet.  This is larger than a Boeing 747 and I believe it’s the largest commercial jet in the world.  Notice the double deck goes the entire length of the plane.  Just to give you an idea the size, I was in row 80 and I was not in the far back of the plane!

 

I’m presently in Dubai and in four hours catch a 5 hour flight to Mahe, Seychelles.  Once I load this blog I’ll track five of my clients that are hopefully in the airport here somewhere.  In case you’re not up to date, I’m doing an emergency host job to the Seychelles for Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures.  Be ready for a blog about some incredible saltwater fly fishing!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing