Sudan is Africas third-largest country and covers an area of over 1,886,068 square kilometres. It has land borders with Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Chad, Libya and a coastline of 853 kilometres bordering the Red Sea. It’s long been well known as one of the worlds best diving hotspots. However, slowly over the past decade or so, it’s becoming more and more renowned as one of the best saltwater fly fishing destinations anywhere in the world.
Dotted along the Red Sea coast of Sudan, there are countless islands and a massive array of shallow water flats. The Nubian flats, recognised as one of the most fruitful area’s, is home to some of the best saltwater fly fishing available and is a haven for all manner of different fish species. Giant Trevally, Triggerfish (yellow margin & titan), Snapper, Grouper, Bumphead Parrotfish, Greater Barracuda, to name a few, all patrol these crystal clear flats looking for their next meal.
Previously due to the Nubian flats’ remote nature and the fact, there was nowhere to stay or be based out of, they were considered unfishable. Still, thanks to the aid of a luxury liveaboard mothership, we now have access to miles and miles of untouched unspoilt and unfished virgin waters. We’re confident that, without a doubt, the Red Sea and Nubian Flats will put Sudan Fly Fishing firmly on the map for adventurous fly anglers all around the world.
Nubian Flats is home to some of the best saltwater fly fishing available with miles of untouched and unspoilt areas to explore. Previously these waters were inaccessible until now. With our partners, we can now offer two liveaboard fly fishing operations, one in the north and a longer trip in the deep south giving you access to some of the most virginal saltwater fly fishing around.
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"I won't lie I was a little dubious about staying on a liveaboard, but it was clean, comfortable and a fantastic base to travel from each day. The fishing was fantastic and throughout the trip, I landed a plethora of different species."
"What a breathtaking destination! The operation from start to finish was an absolute dream, the staff and guides were amazing and did everything they could to ensure we had the very best time. Nubian flats I will be back!"
"50lb Giant Trevally, numerous 4lb+ Bonefish, a handful of Triggerfish and even a Milkfish ensured that I had the most wonderful time on the Nubian flats. The waters were warm, crystal clear and certainly fish-filled! Where to go next..."
The majority of Sudan Fly Fishing is wading the flats looking for cruising and tailing fish. The fishing area is so vast it means each day, you can visit a different location on the flats, as well as some of the stunning small islands off the coast. Rotating the areas ensures the fishing grounds stay well-rested, keeping this unique fishing experience as pristine as possible.
To transport you to the fishing grounds from the mother ship, we have two 5.75m Marshall Rubber dinghies with 55 Hp Yamaha outboard engines.
If you’ve never fished the flats before, please read our blog on Top Tips On Sight Fishing.
Besides wading and flying fishing on the flats, deepwater dredging off the tender boats is also effective with a fly. Conventional anglers can do some speed jigging offshore and popper fish over specifically earmarked reefs.
Sudan’s Nubian flats span over 640 kilometres of coastline and represent a natural saltwater fly fishing playground, home to a wide range of fish species. You can expect to target a vast number of Triggerfish and many Bluefin Trevally. You will also encounter many chances of cruising GT’s, Mangrove Snappers, and very large Milkfish, which are now becoming a popular species due to their speed and difficulty to hook.
Other species include the elusive Bonefish and Permit, these tend to be a bit trickier, but there are chances each week of catching them. Around the edges of the flats where you find deep blue waters, there is enormous potential for big GTs, Dogtooth Tuna, Bluefin Trevally and many Grouper species; this fishing style is exciting and high paced.
All the fishing will be under the watchful eye of your professional fishing guides, who will be with you, helping you to achieve your primary fishing goals.
The Nubian Desert to the northeast of the country is extremely dry and hot; it has a tropical climate and temperatures often exceed 40°C, and rainfall is negligible. Dust storms frequently occur in the desert zone.
The fishing season runs from February to June, with a peak for most species from March to May, avoiding the rainy season in July and September and the unbearably hot temperatures.
The majority of the fishing is done on foot, wading the flats, so it’s beneficial if you a reasonable fitness level. Being such an unexplored, untouched, wild area, some of the terrains can be hard at times and some of the area’s covered with sharp uneven coral.
The days can be quite long and hot, and fatigue can sometimes set in; however, this destination offers the adventurous angler the opportunity to experience a setting and culture like no other.
Flights depart the UK and fly to Dubai, where you overnight. From Dubai, you fly to Port Sudan. Upon arrival and once you have cleared customs, you are greeted by an English speaking representative from African Waters who will transfer you to the marina where the mothership will be waiting. The transfer to the mother ship is approximately three hours.