Decompressing on the Flats of Mahe, Seychelles

by | Dec 6, 2019 | fly fishing the Seychelles

jeff-currierSwift action last night after our Providence trip cancelled due to the cyclone got four of my guests out on an 11:55 PM flight on Emirates.  Today Yellow Dog got two of my guests willing to spend some serious extra dollars down to Alphonse Atoll.  And a couple more went home.  Now there’s five of us left and we all fly to Dubai tomorrow night.


The storm has left this area and will be a dead strike on the southern atolls of the Seychelles (Providence included) by tomorrow this time.  That’s about 450 miles away and believe it or not, it’s now beautiful here.  Such bad luck!  But rather than stew about it, I went fishing on the overfished flat right here in Mahe.


flyfishing-saltwaterWhen I say overfished I’m not exaggerating.  I watched two boats netting coral heads not far from where I was wading.  Nonetheless it was good to get out.  I’ve been stuck at the hotel waiting for calls, emails and texts all week and haven’t enjoyed a minute of being here.  Its been one of my toughest weeks.


thornfishBest of all I caught a few fish.  None were new species and none were big. But it’s a tug and entertaining at least.  This picture is of a type of thornfish.  They are incredibly pretty and he hammered my crab fly.  The last place I caught them was Sudan a few years ago.  One of the others was a type of cornetfish in the picture below.  I catch cornetfish in Baja often.


cornetfishIncredibly, I fished to a gigantic bonefish.  I got three casts.  My heart stopped on my third cast when he veered from his lane for a look at my fly.  Unfortunately he was a wise one and he refused and took off for Africa at full throttle.


That’s all for now.  Time to continue decompressing after this draining week.  The five of us are heading out for dinner and beers.  Stay tuned, I don’t fly to Dubai till tomorrow night so I suspect I’ll search for that big bonefish again.


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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!