Far Flung

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WHILE THERE AREN’T MANY new fly-fishing discoveries in this vociferous age of chatrooms, GPS, and social media; there are still a few “developed” spots so wild and remote that you feel a certain Captain Cook vibe when you first step ashore on a small island located 10 time zones from your home.

The Seychelles have long been on my must-visit list, so you can imagine my response when Frontiers asked if I was up for a photo shoot on the other side of the world. These tiny pearls in the Indian Ocean on the far side of Africa have long been the playground of wealthy Euros seeking a beach holiday; but pay-to-play fishing is still a relatively new industry for the Seychelles.

Organized fly-fishing first came to Alphonse Atoll in 2000 when a group of South Africans spruced up an old coconut plantation adjacent to the flats they’d been exploring. When word spread of phenomenal bonefishing, with lots of diversionary species, to boot, the angling travel set showed up in droves.

During our week on Alphonse there was a relative lack of opportunity for GT’s and milkfish, but the crazy numbers of bonefish, triggers, bluefins, emperors, and other exotics kept us plenty busy. It’s an amazing fishery, and a pristine resource, with some of the best guides I’ve ever fished with. If you’re pondering a visit, contact Bob Artzberger at Frontiers.

I’ll stop jabbering now and let the photos speak. If you’d like to see the entire shoot, please click here.

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First glimpse of Alphonse

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Like Gilligan’s Island, with A/C and bartenders

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When your ramp is made of sand, you launch with ingenuity

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Mothership to skiffs, loading the lunch coolers

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If wading is your thing, you can hoof it for miles

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The best bonefishing you’ve ever seen; no seriously

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Rush hour

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Deco flotsam permit

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Yard pets

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Bent stick on “Bonefish Sunday”

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A combat wade for GT’s on the outer atoll

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Geet meat

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One day it was cloudy, but just for a few hours

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A proper shore lunch

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Bluefin trevally from Baghdad Wreck

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Sorting gear on the morning commute to St Francois

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Mustache triggerfish

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Watching the drop for GT’s

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Hey, there’s one!

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Alphonse was once a working coconut plantation

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One morning it rained, but just for a few minutes

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Alright then, back you go

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The liar’s lounge

 

4 Responses to “Far Flung”

  1. Robert Ochoa says:

    Those were really great shots Tosh, I would love to take my boys there one day!
    RobertO

  2. Ford says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait to have a beer with you and hear about it.
    Ford

  3. Ben says:

    That underwater shot of the fly is really cool, looks nice underwater.

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