Alphonse is undeniably one of the best saltwater fly fishing destinations in the world
Alphonse Island in the Seychelles boast incredible saltwater fly fishing for bonefish, trevally, milkfish and trigger fish in the Indian Ocean from the shores of the St. Francois Lagoon.
The finest bonefishing on the planet
The multi-national guide team pairs up the twelve rods and the guides rotate every day. From Alphonse, the transfer boat makes the daily crossing to St Francois Atoll and its 10,000 acres of flats. In addition to superb bonefishing, it is a great mixed fishery with five species of trevally, three species of triggerfish, permit and a host of other fly-taking fish to be caught. An Alphonse specialty, milkfish or Chanos chanos, are one of the hardest fighting fish that you can land on a fly.
Virtually all fishing is done by wading, with both anglers fishing simultaneously. The white sand flats of St Francois are teeming with bonefish, either large schools ghosting across the flats or large singles and doubles feeding along the drop offs. For those looking for trevally and triggers reef walks along the coral edges, finger flats or the old wrecks are highly exciting. Alphonse is one of the few locations in the world where it is possible to target milkfish on the fly as they feed in the channels or weed lanes around the outside of the atoll. Milkfish on the fly was conceived here and the guides are highly knowledgeable and proficient in their capture. Casting from the skiffs for trevally is helpful in certain situations and skiffs are often used to fish tricky wading areas or follow hooked milkfish and big trevally. At the low spots of the tide it is possible to fish around the reef edges, often surprising anglers with a multitude of species before heading to a particular area for the incoming push. Bluewater fishing can also be booked allowing anglers to target pelagic species such as sailfish, yellowfin and dogtooth tuna both on the fly and using conventional tackle.
Breakfast is available from 0600 with fishermen meeting at the fishing office at 0700 each morning. Once everyone is assembled, you will be ferried out to the mother ship for the 40 minute trip to St Francois. When you arrive in the St Francois lagoon you will be transferred to your skiff with your fishing partner by your guide and set off for your day on the water. Lunch is taken either on the mother ship or on the individual skiffs and you will transfer back to Alphonse at approximately 1630. Guiding takes place on a rotational basis. Your rods will remain on board the mother ship for the duration of the week and fresh water will be provided to rinse your tackle at the end of each fishing day.
Charming Beach Chalets Await
Combined with the fabulous fishing, the accommodation at Alphonse Island is amongst some of the most comfortable of any fishing operation in the world. Guests stay in the iconic A-frame chalets (Beach Bungalows), all with air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and private outdoor shower. The bar provides the ideal venue to relax in the evening breeze after a hard day on the flats.
Diving is also available on Alphonse with thirteen dive sites around Alphonse and St Francois for divers to explore.
a true wading destination
Alphonse Island is part of the Amirantes group of islands 292 miles to the South West of the capital Island of Mahé. This idyllic tropical island combines a 4 star resort with some of the best saltwater fishing available on the planet.. Alphonse is the best known saltwater destination in the Indian Ocean and perhaps home to the most prolific bone fishery in the world. The sheer diversity of species gives the angler the opportunity to target a myriad of different species during the course of one trip.
“Time and time again, I have returned to Alphonse; it is undoubtedly one of my favourite destinations.” M.T. – UK
“Alphonse has remained at the top of my list for saltwater fishing for a decade, and every time I go I fall in love with another species. It took me a couple of years to get trigger fish out of my system, and I am now a Milkfish fiend. The accommodation is second to none.” V.R. – UK
Location: Alphonse Island, Seychelles
Water Type: Saltwater
Price: US$8,500 per person plus $700 charter flight
Species: African Pompano, Barracuda, Blue Fin Trevally, Dog Toothed Tuna, Moustache Trigger Fish, Picasso Trigger Fish, Yellow Margin Trigger Fish, Bonefish, Giant Trevally, Milkfish, Permit
Activities & Amenities
The Seychelles is 3 hours ahead of GMT and flying time from London is approximately 10 hours plus transfer time.
Visas are not required for British passport holders.
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