THE WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION

We were all puzzled by Alec Gerbec's 'latest creation' clearly leading to the downfall of Alphonse triggerfish and parrotfish as photos of these fish with the fly sticking out of their maws travelled across the web in January 2018. The rubber curly tail reminded us of the famous Tequila Twister crab fly designed by Colby [...]

SBS – THE MIGHTY UGANDAN

A recent trip to Providence Atoll in the far outer reaches of the Seychelles, saw myself and Warwick tying up an absolute storm in the 8 months leading up to the trip.. regular "Whippet Wednesdays" sessions in Warwick's Garage, which has been converted into a flytying, beer and whiskey drinking haven, saw us furiously tying [...]

The fly fisherman’s ultimate brothel?

A photo essay about the tropical flats fishes of Alphonse and St. Francois atolls (Seychelles) Text by Leonard Flemming (the uncut version) Photos by Leonard Flemming (unless credited otherwise) This photo essay featured in Catch Magazine: Introduction It’s easy to develop an obsession around fly fishing. I suppose theoretically one could compare a fly fisherman’s [...]

ALPHLEXO IN DEPTH

While fishing with Alec Gerbec in Alphonse I quizzed him about the Alphlexo crab pattern and how it was different to the better known Flexo crab. Speaking of the Flexo, I searched the net for a possible originator of this fly and it seems that Richard Whitner is connected to the early development or at [...]

Honeymoon in Praslin

By Gerald Penkler Getting married is great, especially when the honeymoon takes you to Praslin Island in the Seychelles for a week and your wife is happy to fly fish too.  Praslin is a gorgeous little island, a short flight or ferry from Mahe. We had an amazing time swimming, sunning, cycling, snorkelling, and some [...]

This is the holy grail of flats fly-fishing

The following feature was published on the Red Bull website: The holy grail. A permit is not (only) something you need to legally be on the water. It is indeed a fish. THE fish As addictive as fishing warm water shallows, ‘flats,’ may be to saltwater fly fishermen, they can be frustrating deserts [...]

Electric Blue

The following informative article about catching bluefin trevally around Alphonse Island was published in Africa's Original Fly Fishing Magazine: Ewan Naude and I had barely stepped onto the sandy shore in front of the Alphonse Island resort and the blinding blue of the tropical flat turned electric. Baitfish started jumping in front of us. It [...]

COCONUT PUDDING, AN ALPHONSE REPORT

A few posts ago I discussed various knots and flies that were recommended to me for tropical saltwater fly fishing and more specifically (or in context) Seychelles. Ewan Naude and I departed to Alphonse Island on 14 October last year; here is a brief trip report of our experience with Alphonse Fishing Co. on the [...]

In preparation for Seychelles – Part 3: Know your knots

In this final instalment preceding a trip to Alphonse and St Francois atolls in the Seychelles, I’d like to elaborate on my thoughts about suitable knots for fishing tropical flats. Although I’ve been tying nylon to hooks for a very long time now and have my personal preferences to the type of knot I use [...]

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In preparation for Seychelles – Part 2: Scale down

After chatting to a few chaps that have been to Alphonse recently, and also after watching the Pillow Talk fly tying demo presented by Wayne Haselau (in which case he emphasised tying bonefish flies on a #8 hook) I realised that the fish responded better to smaller and more natural patterns compared to the flies [...]