Calling all permit chasers!
Arabian Fly Sport Fishing, in the Arabian Sea, on the coast of Oman is an amazing and extremely unique fishery. The outfitters of Arabian Fly are the pioneers of this area and the team that figured out how to target T. Africanus, the rarest of the 4 targetable permit species on Earth. Oman is the only place in the world that they can be targeted on a fly rod. The permit are definitely the main draw for traveling anglers, but Oman’s diverse waters give us the unique opportunity to offer a much wider variety of fishing.
An inshore and an offshore boat, as well as beach fishing, is all available with Arabian Fly. From the skiff, you can target large schools of tailing Africanus (the only place in the world to target them on the fly), Dorado, the occasional Giant Trevally, Milkfish, Queenfish, Bluefish, and Pompano, all while drifting along the vast cliff faces or exploring the shallow beaches and secluded bays. You can also choose to target big game in the Bluewater, with excellent opportunities to find Billfish and Dorado along the drop off, or get the blood pumping as you cast to large busting bait balls of Tuna. The land based fishing, hiking the beaches, is not for the faint of heart and often requires you to hike into remote beaches. Once there be prepared to run up and down the beach chasing the elusive Indo-Pacific Permit (T. Blochii) as they tail in the shallows or casting to Large-spot Pompano and Bluefish and the occasional Giant Trevally!
Read Justin Miller’s 2023 Trip Report for more details: https://www.theflyshop.com/travel/oman-trip-report
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Included in your package at Arabian Fly are: 7 nights / 6 days of fishing, ground transfers to and from the Salalah Airport, meals and accommodations at the Juweira Hotel, daily guided fishing.
Not included in your package at Arabian Fly are: Beer, wine, liquor, international flights, Global Rescue membership, 10% - 15% gratuities
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Seasons at Arabian Fly
Arabian Fly only books the region's dry season. You do not want to be there for the monsoon.
The prime fishing season runs October - May.
Getting to Arabian Fly
Arrival Salalah International Airport
Upon arrival into Oman’s Salalah International airport, you will be met by a representative from the Juweira Hotel and transferred directly to resort complex (approximately 20 minutes by car). The double occupancy rooms are very spacious and comfortable. Single rooms can be arranged for an additional charge. Breakfast and dinner are included in the package. Please note check in is at 3pm. Brandon King will meet you after check in to brief you on the following days fishing, set up all your rods and answer any questions that you may have about the week to come.
Breakfast is served from 7am in the hotel. You will meet the guide at the boat, which is located in the marina just behind the hotels swimming pool. It is just right there, easy to find. You will have 6 fully guided days fishing which includes lunch and water/soft drinks on board. Days are flexible, but you will return to the marina around 4pm. Evenings are at your own leisure, with a dinner served any time from 4pm to 10pm. A variety of options are available from the fixed menu of the hotel restaurant. You can also order off of the menu for additional cost, or visit one of the many other restaurant options inside the resort complex.
Depart Salalah International Airport
Check out is by noon. You will then be transferred back to Salalah International airport for your flight home.
Lodging at Arabian Fly
Lodging at Arabian Fly: You will stay at the Juweira Boutique Hotel, inside the Hawana Marina resort complex, located just 25 minutes from Salalah International airport. This beautiful 4 star hotel is situated along the white sandy beaches of the Arabian Sea with a stunning backdrop of the Jebel Samhan Mountains.
The hotel offers luxurious, air conditioned rooms, perfect to relax after a long hot day out on the water. Rooms are comfortable and spacious and have balconies overlooking the marina. Amenities include 2 international restaurants, a bar, 2 large swimming pools and a state of the art wellness center and treatment rooms.
Within the marina there are many boutique shops, cafes, restaurants, a bar overlooking the marina, a dive center, long stretches of pristine white sandy beaches, a waterslide park and 2 spas. This along with the many exciting activities and sights that Oman has to offer means that non fishing partners or family members can also enjoy a wonderful holiday away.
Breakfast is buffet style, with a choice of hot and cold dishes, breads, pastries, cold meat, fresh fruit and cereals. In addition, fresh fruit juices and coffee are freely available. You will enjoy a wonderful fresh lunch on the boat each day. All of the boats have a cooler onboard to keep lunch and snacks cool and fresh, and the guides will ensure that there are plenty of cold drinks available throughout the day.
Beer is illegal on the boat in Oman! But you can purchase beer and liquor from the hotel as soon as you get off the boat.
Dinners each evening are at your own leisure, with multiple restaurant options that serve any time from when you get off the boat until 10pm. A variety of options are available from the fixed menu of the hotel restaurant, which is included in the package price. You can also order off of the menu for additional cost, or visit one of the many other restaurant options inside the Hawana Marina resort complex. If you head out to fish in the Bluewater and are fortunate enough to land a Yellowfin Tuna, you can drop it off at the Island Bar on your return and they will prepare it for dinner that evening. Fresh tuna sashimi with soy sauce and wasabi, followed by a seared tuna entrée, makes for an amazing end to a fishing day!
Fishing at Arabian Fly
An inshore and an offshore boat, as well as beach fishing, is all available with Arabian Fly. From the skiff, you can target large schools of tailing Africanus (the only place in the world to target them on the fly), Dorado, the occasional Giant Trevally, Milkfish, Queenfish, Bluefish, and Pompano, all while drifting along the vast cliff faces or exploring the shallow beaches and secluded bays. You can also choose to target big game in the Bluewater, with excellent opportunities to find Billfish and Dorado along the drop off, or get the blood pumping as you cast to large busting bait balls of Tuna. The land based fishing, hiking the beaches, is not for the faint of heart and often requires you to hike into remote beaches. Once there be prepared to run up and down the beach chasing the elusive
Indo-Pacific Permit (T. Blochii) as they tail in the shallows or casting to Large-spot Pompano and Bluefish and the occasional Giant Trevally!
Fishing for the Africanus is absolutely incredible though… If you are considering this destination, you are likely a permit junky and these fish will not disappoint. They feed on top of boulders, in the crashing swell against the cliffs, eating mussels off of the rocks, as well as any little crustacean or other nuggets that get in front of them. As the wave recedes, you will see them tailing hard, heads down, ripping their food from the rocks, then the next wave comes and blasts them all around. It is absolutely incredible to watch! In all of this loud pandemonium, the fish are not as spooky as their cousins in the Atlantic. You have to hit the fish with the fly. A gentle cast off to the side will not get it done. Drill it in there, a couple feet past them, let it sink, then get the slack out and hopefully get the outgoing wave to suck it into them. It is nerve racking to get all of that to happen properly, as they tail like crazy and you try to slide a cast in there, in between waves, as the boat bucks in the swell against the cliffs… Exciting is an understatement!
Oman's coastline is formed up of sprawling sandy beaches, secluded rocky bays and sheer jagged cliffs that plunge dramatically into the ocean. With the Gulf of Oman in the north and the Arabian Sea in the south (a region of the north Indian ocean) Oman's landscape is truly diverse.
The Sultanate of Oman is situated on the south eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula. In the 19th Century it was a powerful empire, extending across to Iran and Pakistan and all the way south to Zanzibar, competing with Portugal and Britain for influence in the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean. In the 20th century the Sultanate came under the influence of the United Kingdom. Historically, Muscat (modern day capital of Oman) was the principal trading port of the Persian Gulf region and was also among the most important trading ports in the Indian Ocean.
Relatively hard to access, until the 1970s when Sultan Qaboos Bin Said came in to power, he brought economic reform and modernization to the country opening it up to the rest of the world.
Oman’s economy is reliant on its oil resources and petroleum products which have helped to rapidly develop the country. Both agriculture and fishing are important sources of incomes, and more recently a fast growing tourism sector. Oman's attractions include a largely untouched coastline, rugged mountain ranges, beautiful riverbeds or Wadi’s as they are referred to and vast sand dune filled deserts. There are also many towns steeped in rich history, with their forts, palaces and walled cities. It is truly a mystical and untouched destination with the most welcoming local people you could ever wish to meet.
The Arabian Fly Boat Fleet:
The "Arabian Fly" is a custom built fly fishing machine imported from the UAE. We spent months with the designer fine tuning it to make it a top notch fly fishing boat.
• 24ft mono hull
• Twin 4 stroke engines.
• Front and rear raised casting decks
• Lean posts
• Flush mountings to avoid fly line catching
• Under deck fly rod racks
• A very dry and soft ride
The "Arabian Fly II" is a custom blue water boat for targeting big game fish on the fly or conventional gear.
• 30ft mono hull
• Twin 200 HP 4 stroke engines.
• Carbon fiber outriggers
• Furuno Electronics and Radar
• Live bait well
• Full range of Penn big game reels and rods
• An extremely dry and soft ride
What Makes This Destination Special and Unique?
• SIGHT FISHING FOR T. AFRICANUS PERMIT. Oman is the only destination on earth where you can target this rarest of permit species. Watching them feed against the cliffs, tailing on boulders, ripping mussels away as the swell crashes over them is something that you will never forget.
• VARIETY OF FISHING OPTIONS. The main event is targeting the T. Africanus Permit from the skiff, but you can also choose to hike the beaches in search of T. Blochii, the “normal” Indo-Pacific Permit, in the lapping waves, along sandy beaches. Or go chase big game out in the Bluewater in search of Marlin and giant Yellowfin Tuna! You can customize each day with your guides the night before.
• WORLD-CLASS RESORT COMPLEX. The Hawana Marina Complex is absolutely luxurious. They have everything you need on sight to make this one of the most comfortable destinations that you will ever visit. Enjoy the swimming pool each evening and book a massage a couple times during the week for the ultimate relaxing holiday.