Action on the Providence Atoll Flats

by | Apr 23, 2022 | fly fishing Providence Atoll

Providence-AtollToday I fished with guests Dave Moeller and Allan Grosshart here on Providence Atoll.  Both are longtime Yellow Dog customers but this trip is the first time I’ve met either one.  I was much looking forward to catching up with them on the water.  Our guide was my friend Nick Isabelle of South Africa.  Like with most of the guides, Nick and I go back a number of years.


tiger-sharkIt was a beautiful day.  Nick drove us to a flat where he’s seen busting GT’s every morning this week.  We eased on it then began our walk.  I’m feeling normal again so while the guys stayed near Nick, I took a distant route of my own.  Other than a few busting schools of teenager GT’s in the distance, our highlight was getting back in the boat because of an aggressive tiger shark that we watched catch and eat a turtle!


saltwater-flyfishingThe morning was slow for the most part but by noon the tide dropped enough I found some triggerfish.  I got about five decent casts over the next hour but every single fish spooked at the sight of a cast or plunk of a crab fly.  They were extremely wary.


flyfishing-triggerfishThough a pleasant morning, by lunch time we hadn’t caught much.  Nick assured us the best tide flows were ahead for the afternoon session.  In my mind I had the chances at those triggerfish, it was on me to figure a way not to keep spooking them.  Shortly after lunch Dave proved they were catchable when he landed this beautiful mustache triggerfish.


Grosshart-flyfishingThe afternoon would indeed come right for us.  Nick took us to the north end of Providence Atoll to a massive flat that butted up against Providence Island.  At first there was hardly any water.  But the tide returned fast and along came with it were some bonefish and more triggers.  Alan picked off this beautiful yellowmargin triggerfish.


Currier-bonefishWhere I was at on the flat, I couldn’t find any triggers but the bonefish were huge.  While many anglers prefer to hunt bigger faster fish species, I find bonefish to be one of the greatest of all flats fish.  I went to work chasing a school of three monsters.  These were so big that at first I thought they might be milkfish.  But I proved it to myself, they were huge bonefish.  Naturally, the one I convinced to eat my fly was the smaller of the three.  Still not bad though!


Boyd-GTThough a slow start to fishing today, most of my anglers here on my Yellow Dog Hosted trip ran into some great fish in the afternoon.  Not only did Allan, Dave and I have a action, but so did everyone else.  Well worth mentioning was Dave Boyd’s 106cm GT which he caught far from the boat on his own.  A truly awesome catch!


Yellowdog-FlyfishingWith everyone having a great time so far, there was some celebrating tonight.  Before dinner we always sit up on the high deck of the Mayas Dugong and enjoy some beverages.  Tonight was really fun and I believe everyone has hit their stride.  I expect plenty more fish will be caught over the next five days!


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!