The Seychelles, located in the eastern Indian Ocean, consists of 41 spectacular granite islands and 74 sparkling sand cays and out-of-the-way atolls. There are more than 100 atolls and islands, which are scattered over an area of some 1,400,000 square kilometres. For the fly-fisherman however one location stands head and shoulders above the rest - Alphonse Island Resort and St Francois atoll where you will live in unparalleled comfort and fish some of the most pristine and well-protected flats in the world.
The Alphonse group is considered one of the most pristine, untouched Edens of the world, making it a nature lover’s paradise. The magnificent island threesome comprising of Alphonse, St Francois and Bijoutier lies in the very heart of the Indian Ocean as part of the Seychelles outer islands. An exceptional variety of saltwater species meets Seychelles luxury, making Alphonse one of the most desirable saltwater fishing locations on the planet.
Each day you will depart from Alphonse in Tam Tam, a comfortable and fast mothership, which will take you on a 40 minute journey to the uninhabited atoll of St Francois. Consisting of a central lagoon, vast hard white-sand flats and a coral perimeter reef it is considered by many to be the worlds most exquisite and diverse saltwater fishery. Sixty different species of fish are available to be caught on fly however it is the amazing opportunities to catch Bonefish, Milkfish and Giant Trevally for which it is has obtained its almost mythical status amongst saltwater anglers.
Giant Trevally (GTs) - These are one of the most sought-after gamefish and will challenge anglers and their tackle like none other. They are fearsome predators growing to over 100lbs and will attack virtually any large baitfish pattern cast in their path. Once hooked, they are a handful on a fly rod and only the strongest rods and reels will subdue these bruisers. Stalking Giant Trevally in the surf is an unforgettable experience however be prepared to hop back to the skiff to chase these fish down.
Milkfish - Algae and weed eaters, until fairly recently milkfish were considered virtually impossible to take on a fly. Techniques pioneered by anglers staying at Alphonse have unlocked the secrets needed to entice Milkfish to take and they are now targeted almost exclusively by some anglers. Pound for pound Milkfish are considered one of the strongest flats fish, and once hooked, require a boat in order for the angler to stand a chance of landing them. Runs of over 200 metres are not uncommon and they often leap clear of the water during the fight.
Bonefish (Bones) - The ghosts of the flats, Bonefish patrol the white sand flats in huge numbers providing superb action. The more experienced anglers may wish to migrate to the shallow waters surrounding St Francois where the sport is incomparable. The average size of the fish is between 4-6lbs
Triggerfish - The Alphonse guides were the first to develop the flies and techniques to deceive these fish, as well as to introduce triggerfish as a much sought-after trophy for flats fisherman. Triggerfish are opportunists, feeding mainly on small crustaceans. There are a number oif differeent species including Yellowmargin and Moustache Triggerfish, the largest of the Three species.
Indo Pacific Permit - Also known as pompano, it is a relative of the Atlantic permit. Alphonse has good populations of permit and tends to have these fish spread out over the entire fishery. The Alphonse Guides have near-perfected the art of catching these fish, considered the Holy Grail of saltwater flyfishing!
The unspoilt waters of Alphonse and St Francois atoll are home to the most incredible variety of blue water fish species, making it a great destination for offshore fishing. The structure and sheer drop-offs are ideal for attracting a variety of pelagic species that can be caught on fly as well as conventional trawling methods. Fish such as sailfish, wahoo, dogtooth tuna, yellowfin tuna and dorado can be challenged on any given day. Anglers can choose to either spend a half or full day targeting some of the hard fighting fish on offer.
Alphonse Island features a single resort comprising of Beach Bungalows and Beach Suites built alongside the water’s edge, each with scenic ocean views. Freedom of movement around the island on foot or bicycle permits self-discovery of the wonders of this special place.
The main hotel complex consists of a reception area, beach bar, dining area, swimming pool, tennis court and main office. Guests stay in one of 22 privately spaced air conditioned Beach Bungalows or five one-bedroom Beach Suites, offering every kind of comfort. The bar area, pool and lounge area provides the ideal venue to relax in the evening breeze, after a day out in the sun and houses the restaurant which serves freshly caught fish of the highest quality.
The 22 Beach Bungalows are set amongst lush tropical plantations just metres from the beach. Located on the eastern shoreline of the island the Beach Bungalows are decorated in a unique style that emphasises the raw and natural beauty of the island. With a layout that keeps guests’ relaxation foremost in mind, the Beach Bungalows are ideally situated to make the most of the beautiful surroundings.
Each Beach Bungalow has its own veranda, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Perfect for watching the sunrise with a cup of coffee or watching the sunset with a cocktail in hand.
Guests fly to Mahe International Airport in the Seychelles, a 10 hr flight from the UK and 7 hrs from South Africa. British Airways now flies direct and there are good connectrions using the Arab based airlines. On arrival you transfer to the domestic airport for a 1 hr charter flight to Alphonse.
Fly to Mahe
Transfer tom IDC Terminal
Charter Flight to Alphonse
Depart to St Francois
Full day Fishing
Return to Alphonse
International Flight Home
The season runs from October to May
Beach Bungalow Fly Fishing Package: $9,250 USD
Leisure Package (Non-Fisher) - Sharing -$6,000/person Single $6,700/person
Park Fee Excluded: USD 175 (USD 25 per day) (paid in cash on the island)
-Seven nights at Alphonse Island Resort
-Six days guided fly-fishing with a guide shared between 2 rods
-Price includes individual accommodation
-Return Charter Flight: Mahe/Alphonse/Mahe
-All meals and soft drinks
Price does not include international flights, alcoholic drinks, gratuities, meals on Mahe, blue-water fishing. Angler capacity 10 anglers
The moon and associated tide state play a big part in what species of fish you are most likely to catch. For GT's the full moon period with the biggest tidal range is best.
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