Low key, but highly respected by anyone who has ever fished or worked with him, Kyle Simpson is one of the stalwart guides of the Seychelles, a freakishly good fly tyer and a pre-eminent Indo-Pacific permit whisperer.
5 best things about where you guide with Alphonse Fishing Co.?
- Definitely having my family with me and watching my little boy, Maks, grow up and being around all this fishing.
- Having the option of moving to all the destinations that Alphonse fishing Co. Has to offer such as Cosmo , Astove , Farquar Alphonse and in particular Poivre Island. I even have the coordinates tattooed on me in case I forget.
- Always having the option of catching bone fish if the other bigger species won’t play along.
- Working with a team that not only enjoys guiding and fishing but also understands conserving and protecting this perfect paradise. The tagging projects we get involved in are incredible. Added bonus … we get to catch the Gts and milkfish.
- Beer and more Beer. Seybrew at the end of the day is world class. Would have been my number one 1 but thought I would go with the family thing first. Happy wife, happy life.
5 indispensable flies for saltwater?
- Spawning Shrimp.
- Pillow Talk.
- Personally tied Alphlexo.
- Bucktail-tied GT baitfish patterns.
- Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD). You have to have it.
One of Kyle’s personally tied
5 of the most difficult guiding/teaching experiences so far?
- When a guest arrives with all the gear and I am in the middle of permit land and they start Spey casting with a single hand rod. ”Okay guys, let’s go to this coral head”.
- Trying to get someone to see a fish and they don’t speak English. It’s not their fault. It’s just hard. There is only so much I can extend my arm with a fly rod.
- Trying to get guys to keep their rods down when setting the hook and not to ‘STRIKE’. But, if you are going to ‘STRIKE’ then do it properly.
- When walking an area and your guest is holding his rod across your field of vision. We need the vision for sight fishing.
- Line management. Good grief! This is by far the worst. Or rolling your boot over your beautiful fly line on the casting platform.
5 fishing-connected items you don’t leave home without before making a mission?
- My Costa Green Mirror sunglasses. I can’t deal with the bright sun.
- Cataflam and Myprodol. Years of guiding have caught up with me. Some help is needed.
- My Yeti bottle with ice cold water… only if the beers are finished.
- My Hatch pliers because, for some reason, my teeth stopped biting through 130lb leaders.
- Blue Steel Anti-Chafe Cream, so that I don’t start walking like a cowboy.
All photos by Brian Chakanyuka.
Read the rest of Kyle’s High Fives in issue 35 below. As always, it’s free.