Seychelles is an island nation, an archipelago consisting of 115 islands situated in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar and east of Kenya. The small islands have a landmass of 452 square kilometres but incredibly are spread over an exclusive economic zone of 390,000 square kilometres. These tropical islands are mainly uninhabited and consist of 41 spectacular granite islands and 74 sparkling sand and coral cays.
The islands are brimming with life, with a vast array of flora and fauna, hundreds of species of birds and mammals, as well as the worlds largest population of giant tortoises. The marine life around the islands is equally impressive, home to more than a thousand fish species; it’s no wonder that Seychelles has long enjoyed a reputation of offering some of the best saltwater fly fishing on the planet.
The islands offer the perfect challenge to the angler; the crystal clear, rich blue waters offer diverse trophy species, Bonefish, Giant Trevally, Indo-Permit, Triggerfish, Bumphead Parrotfish, Milkfish to name a few. The destination is ideal for all those wishing to expand their range of species landed on a fly. The Alphonse Island group, Farquhar Island and the Atolls of Providence, Astove and Cosmoledo are some of the most popular and the epicentre of Seychelles fishing.
Below we have listed the main destinations for you to choose from.
Cosmoledo Atoll in Seychelles is the ultimate saltwater fly fishing experience. Each week just 12 lucky anglers with 6 guides get to explore this vast area in search of a very impressive species list. If you are looking for world-class saltwater flats fishing, with everything from big Bones to monster GT'S then look no further.
Astove Atoll gives six lucky anglers each week the exclusivity of one of the wildest, most rugged atolls on the globe for a wide range of saltwater flats species. This is a wild, secluded and remarkably remote small-scale destination for anglers seeking adventure and a unique fishing experience not to be missed.
Alphonse Island needs to be experienced to be believed. It's famed for its world-class saltwater fly fishing for numerous flats species, quiet picnics on secluded beaches, sunset cruises with loved ones, mesmerising encounters with marine life and blissful pampering treatments all set within some of the most picture-perfect surroundings on earth.
A true paradise where one can wade and sight fish to an impressive variety of species such as, Bonefish, Trevally including the ferocious Giant Trevally, the finicky Permit, Triggerfish, Bumphead Parrotfish and Milkfish. Farquhar is best known for the sheer diversity of species it offers anglers fortunate enough to visit her shores.
Providence is the final frontier! It is the largest fishable coral atoll in the Indian Ocean. The hottest and newest destination in the Seychelles for all fly fishermen, who have ever wanted to target huge GT’s and monster Bonefish. This Atoll ranks among the best fly-fishing destinations in the world.
Average Customer Satisfaction Score 96%
"Our primary focus revolved around GT’s, Triggers, Bumpies but with Farquhar being Farquhar we could easily run into 100lb Naleon Wrasse, monster Barracuda, Golden Trevally and a host of others. I am pleased to report we found everything we were all looking for. A special mention has to go to the guide team who took such good care of the whole group."
"What a perfect destination, first fished it back in 2013 and our group managed 17 landed GT's in the week. Since then we have travelled back and the numbers and quality of the fish have got better. As the guides have learned more about the destination, places to fish, tides etc our catch have increased. Highly recommend this destination. John"
"I was lucky enough to visit Farquhar as a single angler and also fish with Gerhard one of the main men who runs this operation. The lodge is basic but has everything any angler could want while staying on this stunning Atoll The fishing was very mixed and varied for the whole week with lots of opportunities to be had, caught and missed. Amazing fishing for GT's, bonefish and triggerfish. Although i did not venture offshore some of the group did and had amazing success. A real fisherman's paradise and as about close to paradise as an angler can get."
Located 1,030 kilometres southwest of Mahe, the atoll is a roughly circular lagoon stretching 13 kilometres, running north to south and 18 kilometres east to west. It’s situated a stone’s throw away from the world heritage site of Aldabra, often referred to as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. The ecosystem is pristine and untouched, with humans having had minimal impact on its environment over the years.
Cosmoledo is one of Seychelles’ best places for monster GT’s, with fish up to 130lbs caught on the fly; these are an adversary like no other. The water flow and tidal movement around the islands are turbulent and create the perfect hunting habitat for the trophy GT’s.
Along with the Giant Trevally, Cosmoledo is home to all manner of flats species, Bonefish, Triggerfish, Barracuda, and Milkfish. The fishing on the atoll is exceptional, both in the numbers and size of fish, you might expect to catch.
The fishing isn’t just limited to the atoll, as the waters surrounding Cosmoledo are equally rich and diverse. It’s possible to catch Sailfish, Wahoo, Dogtooth Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Barracuda and Bluefin Trevally. All of which can be tempted by a colourful popper or fly.
Astove Atoll is situated 1,055 kilometres southwest of Mahé and forms part of the small Aldabra group of atolls. It’s a tiny and unique atoll that spans six kilometres from north to south and just under four kilometres from east to west at the widest point.
A reasonably shallow lagoon with only one small entrance Astove Atoll is unique and home to a phenomenon that occurs on every tide cycle. The ebbing tide falls for ten hours of the twelve-hour process, emptying the lagoon, and then the flooding tides fill it back up again in just two.
These strong currents create the ideal feeding opportunity for all the flats species, especially the GT’s. In recent years Astove has taken the Seychelles fishing for GT’s to the next level due to its stunning results. In one week, a group of saltwater fly anglers landed an incredible 92 Giant Trevally, with a staggering 12 of them measuring over the magical 100cm mark.
It’s not just colossal GT’s Astove is suitable for, there’s also Bonefish, Permit, Barracuda, Milkfish, Bluefin Trevally, Triggerfish, plus offshore species like Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish and Marlin.
Situated approximately 1,600 kilometres off the east coast of Africa and 498 kilometres nautical miles southwest of Mahe, Alphonse is a tiny, triangular coral island that is one of three formations in a small and isolated group. Alphonse in the north, Bijoutier in the middle, and St. François in the south.
The Alphonse group is considered one of the most desirable saltwater destinations in the world. This diverse fishery enables you to catch several of the now 60 species targeted on the fly, including three Triggerfish species, seven species of Trevally, Milkfish, Barracuda, Sailfish, Dogtooth Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna and a variety of other flats and offshore species.
It is a paradise for saltwater fly fishing anglers due to its pristine waters and exceptional variety of species; it’s genuinely one of the untouched Edens of the world.
In the Seychelles chain, Farquhar Atoll is the most southerly, lying just over 700 kilometres to the southwest of the main island Mahe. The sizeable ear-shaped lagoon provides easy access to the countless flats, channels and surf zones and measures 170 square kilometres in size, spanning 18 kilometres north to south and 9 kilometres east to west.
A true paradise, where you can wade and sight fish to an impressive variety of species such as Bonefish, various Trevally including the ferocious Giant Trevally, the finicky Permit, Triggerfish and Milkfish. Farquhar is also one of the few destinations in the world where you have the chance to target the Bumphead Parrotfish on the flats, which are without doubt one of the most potent tailing fish you’re likely to encounter. Shoaling in numbers between five and ten, they can be seen from miles away, waving their big blue tails in the air.
Saltwater fly anglers, lucky enough to visits its shores, will be blown away by the sheer diversity of species it offers. Regardless of the tide or the moon state, there is absolutely no shortage of incredible opportunities.
The Providence Atoll is part of the Farquhar group of islands, situated 705 kilometres southwest of the capital, Victoria, on Mahé Island. The islands cover 345 square kilometres, with an aggregate land area of just 2.85 square kilometres. The region spans 18 kilometres north to south and 9 kilometres east to west.
Providence consists of two Islands, Providence North and Cerf Island. These are surrounded and separated by vast sandbanks, flats and channels, offering adventurous anglers a hugely diverse array of fishing scenarios. The pristine turtle grass flats and enormous lagoon system are a eutopia Giant and Bluefin Trevally, Triggerfish, Bumphead Parrotfish, Milkfish, Permit and Bonefish. The large Bonefish populations feed on the tides, and fish to over 10lbs aren’t unusual.
While diversity on Providence is every bit as good as any island found in Seychelles, the overall lack of accessibility and pressure makes this fishery genuinely unique. This Seychelles fishing destination was wholly closed and un-fished for six long years before opening at the end of 2015.