Olly Thompson

The seed that started Olly’s love of fishing was a small stream set in the flatlands of Norfolk. A seed which spread its roots into a career in fly fishing, he has spent the last decade guiding on some of the world’s most remote and exclusive fisheries.

Working on the East and West Ranga in Iceland and then Norway steered a move to Northern Argentina in 2013 where he guided for Golden Dorado at Pira. He then travelled south to the Rio Grande in search of Patagonia’s sea trout and the world famous Kau Tapen Lodge. Following Argentina, Olly spent four seasons on the famous Russian fishery of the Ponoi. In an attempt to expand his angling acumen, he spent the winters sight fishing for New Zealand’s trophy trout. It was this passion for sight fishing that was to prevail and it developed into four years of guiding saltwater in the Seychelles for the Alphonse Fishing Company on Alphonse, Astove and Cosmoledo. Much of this time was spent on the more remote fisheries of Astove and Cosmoledo helping fishermen tangle with giant trevally. In between seasons he was rarely seen off the water and has used his spare time to travel extensively, fishing in the Caribbean, New Zealand and the American West.

He is a member of the Hardy Pro Team with an extensive knowledge of all types of equipment, is a keen fly tyer, photographer and fly caster.


Olly’s Story


Favourite places

Cosmoledo, Seychelles, Aardvark McLeod

Cosmoledo Atoll, Seychelles

Cosmoledo Atoll is an exceptional destination for giant trevally, bonefish, milkfish, bluefin trevally, sailfish and tuna. Its eco lodge allows access to some of the planet’s most pristine saltwater wilderness.

New Zealand, brown trout, fishing, Aardvark McLeod

Nelson, New Zealand

Nelson is at the centre of one of the most scenic and prolific wild brown trout fisheries New Zealand has to offer. While fishing this prolific area you will be looked after by John Gendall, one of the region’s most renowned guides.

Astove Atoll, Seychelles, fishing, Aardvark McLeod, GT, giant trevally

Astove Atoll, Seychelles

Wild, rugged and remote, Astove atoll offers six anglers the unique opportunity to exclusively fish an outer atoll. Astove is land based, using the rebuilt original Coral House. Leisure guests can enjoy snorkelling, kayaking and paddle boarding.

Travel Tips

  • Take a moment to soak up the environment you are travelling in. It can be too easy to focus on only catching fish.
  • Before leaving make sure all of your kit is in good shape and suited to the environment you are fishing in.
  • Listen to your guide, they will have the best idea of how to fish given the current conditions.
  • Practice your casting before you go, this will allow you to make the most of each opportunity presented to you.
  • If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us, this is what we are here for.