The flats at Farquhar consist of hard white sand, turtle grass, and broken coral, making for comfortable wading. Anglers can wade and sight fish to an impressive variety of species which include Bonefish, various Trevally species including the ferocious, trophy-sized Giant Trevally, the finicky Indo-Pacific Permit, Triggerfish, Barracuda, Bumphead Parrotfish, and Milkfish. The Seychelles is known for the sheer diversity of species it offers the angling pioneer, so if stalking Bonefish in skinny water, throwing crab flies at the colorful and charismatic tailing Triggerfish, or holding your nerve as a large GT charges in at your fly interests you… well then Farquhar is certainly the venue for you.
Deeper off-shore water, too, begins very close to shore, and spending time tussling with some of the monsters which prowl the deep blue is certainly an exciting and rewarding bonus. The most common species encountered are Giant Trevally, Barracuda, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, Grouper, Bohar Snapper, and Sailfish… all of which are guaranteed to show your backing the light of day!
The primary outfitter we work with in the Seychelles is FlyCastaway, who operate on the remote Farquhar Atoll. Farquhar is the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles chain of islands, lying just over 700 kilometers to the southwest of the main island, Mahe. This remote atoll has a total area, including the large lagoon, of 170.5 square kilometers, and measures 18km north to south and 9 km east to west. The atoll features a serviced concrete landing strip situated on the most northerly island. Farquhar has a small population of local Seychellois, whose main roles include running a small commercial line-fish operation as well as acting as a skeleton crew which manage the island and service the airstrip.
Guests are expected to arrive in Mahe on the Saturday before or early on the Sunday morning of the day of the charter flight to Farquhar. The group will meet an hour before the scheduled departure time at the domestic terminal (next to the international terminal). The flight from Mahe to Farquhar is one hour forty five minutes on board a private-chartered Beechcraft 1900. Guests are then transferred in true island style via tractor and trailer on a short fifteen minute ride to the lodge, which will be their home and base for the week’s fishing.
Accommodation on Farquhar takes the form of a basic but comfortable guesthouse which caters for eight to ten anglers at one time. The main lodge itself is fully air-conditioned and has five twin en-suite bedrooms and a central lounge. The lodge is equipped with 24-hour 220-volt electricity, air-conditioning, and has a constant supply of hot water. There is full housekeeping as well as a daily laundry service available. The covered dining area on the water’s edge has a magnificent view and forms an idyllic backdrop for both breakfast and dinner. All meals are served around the outside dining area with the chef preparing a mix of Creole and international food. All mineral water and soft drinks are included in the price of the trip; the lodge also has plenty of local beer for sale, while spirits and wine may be pre-ordered to insure you have your preferred beverages of choice. Alternatively, you may bring your own bottle of preferred spirits and wine.
The next six days will be spent fishing and exploring the islands, flats, and channels of Farquhar Atoll. Guests are transported in 17.3-ft Angler skiffs, each with a single 90-HP 2-stroke Yamaha engine. These boats have been specifically designed and fitted to fish both the flats and offshore waters of the Seychelles in comfort and safety; they have a draft of approximately 9 inches, allowing anglers to access some extremely shallow areas of the atoll, though the main attraction still lies in wading the flats. These boats are also sure to make the excellent offshore fishing far more enjoyable and rewarding, as all of them are equipped with a fish finder. Other added features include fly rod storage fittings, bimini tops and cushioned seats.
Each boat is skippered by one of the world-class FlyCastaway guides, all of whom are qualified skippers and speak English. Whether it’s on the flats or offshore, these professionals will help you identify your desired target species, the areas which they frequent, and explain the correct techniques with which to catch them. They will without question go the extra mile for your fish of a lifetime. On the seventh morning the group will have plenty of time to pack their gear and prepare to fly back to Mahe. The flight from Farquhar to Mahe will leave at midday and on arrival guests can connect to their international flights or overnight in Mahe.
Fly fishing in the Seychelles is more than just another trip; it is a one-of-a-kind adventure to one of the most remote corners of the saltwater fly fishing frontier. Nowhere else in the world offers the diversity of species that can be found and targeted on the fly. Accommodations provide for all the comforts needed, and the FlyCastaway team has thought of every angle to insure a positive trip experience for anyone making the long journey to explore the Indian Ocean.