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Yellow Dog Flyfishing Indian Ocean Update: 2018

June 27, 2017

Here at Yellow Dog, we’re proud to offer the strongest, most complete and most professional line-up of fishing lodges and destinations in the Indian Ocean – an area that is famous for its incredible diversity of species and fishing scenarios. Giant trevally, Indo-Pacific permit, bonefish, triggerfish, milkfish, bumphead parrotfish, bluefin … the list of species found throughout the region is almost endless.

We’ve visited each and every one of these Seychelles and Mauritian destinations multiple times, and we can provide the most up-to-date, relevant and helpful information possible for those looking to book a trip to the Seychelles or St. Brandon’s for the near future. With that in mind, we’re pleased to provide the following update on each of the operations that we represent throughout the region, as well as a listing of current and remaining availability for the upcoming season. Dates book up fast for these programs, so if you’re considering a trip to the Indian Ocean in the near future, we encourage you to contact Yellow Dog right away for details.

Cosmoledo Atoll
An incredibly popular and in-demand GT fishery, Cosmoledo has become known as perhaps the finest giant trevally destination in the world: a legendary fishery that is perfect for anglers searching for the ultimate saltwater flats destination. This is one of the most remote, off-the-grid trips that we offer – an out-island, expeditionary adventure best-suited for anglers looking for an experience that is far from ordinary.

The atoll is fished while basing off of a live-aboard, mothership platform – the 85-foot “Lone Star” catamaran that accommodates eight anglers per week. This luxurious vessel was completely refitted in 2015 and features five private guest cabins situated on either side of the main living and social area. The sheer numbers and variety of fish species found within the Cosmoledo fishery has amazed the fly fishing world for years, with anglers from across the globe making the trip to sample the ultimate saltwater fly fishing playground. Most of 2018 and 2019 are already booked up and sold out for Cosmo, although a limited number of openings and weeks remain.

Alphonse Island
Arguably the best all-around operation in the Indian Ocean, Alphonse is ideal for anglers, couples, non-anglers and families. With great accommodations, amenities, services and activities, Alphonse is a private island that everyone can enjoy. And when it comes to the fishing, you can expect amazing and diverse action on Alphonse and nearby St. Francois every day of the trip, with shots at bonefish, GT’s, milkfish, triggerfish, several other types of trevally, and at least a dozen other “incidental” species that are both beautiful and exotic.

The guides on Alphonse are some of the finest guides in the business, and all are a pleasure to fish with. The food, scenery, service, and overall offerings of the operations are all fantastic, and compared to our operations in the Indian Ocean, this is the most “full service” lodge and resort. All Alphonse packages are 7 night / 6 day packages based on a Saturday to Saturday stay. (Depart Mahe to Alphonse on Saturday morning and return the following Saturday early-afternoon.)  If you’re looking for a great “first-time” Seychelles experience, then Alphonse is the place to start.

Alphonse Sailboat

Providence Atoll
As expected, this destination has been incredibly popular, having established a reputation as the most exotic, expeditionary and off-the-grid destination in the region. And even though the atoll is the largest fishable atoll in the Seychelles, our operators have decided to limit fishing pressure on the atoll in an attempt to extend the longevity of the fishery.

That means that we are offering a maximum of only 12 expeditions per year to Providence. This is split into two periods of no more than six expeditions each season: from October to December and again from March to May. This is a super-adventurous, remote, live-aboard operation that can accommodate 12 anglers per trip.

Farquhar Atoll
After being devastated by a massive cyclone in April of 2016, Farquhar is close to being fully rebuilt and operational once again as a land-based option for the Seychelles. The new guest lodge will feature six twin rooms with a maximum per-week group size of only 10 anglers. By October of this year, the atoll will basically have been rested for almost 18 months, and with this in mind, we are expecting exceptional fishing for the coming season.

There has probably never been a better time to visit the atoll. For the coming year, our operators have hand-picked the best 14 weeks to operate during the October 2017 through May 2018 period, taking weather and tide predictions into consideration to make sure that we offer our guests the best possible fishing. This will be a great land-based option for the coming season!

Fly Fishing Bonefish in Seychelles

Astove Atoll
The small Astove Atoll Lodge offers six lucky anglers per week total angling exclusivity on one of the wildest atolls on the planet. Astove is rugged, secluded and remarkably remote, making it the perfect small-scale destination for anglers seeking adventure and a totally isolated fishing experience. The lodge is situated only 500 feet from the famous “Wall” of Astove, where the flat sheers off and immediately drop from a few feet to well over 3000 feet.

It’s a fishery and ecosystem that is frozen in time, where the drama of predator and prey play out in front of your very eyes every day of the season. In addition to the giant trevally action, there are great permit opportunities in the inside of the lagoon, tailing triggerfish on the edges of the flats, skinny-water bonefishing, bluewater milkfish, and an array of other species available throughout the season. The fishing terrain on Astove varies from hostile shore breaks on the windward side to flat and calm coral flats on the outside to snow-white sand flats within the lagoon. A great option for those looking for a land-based operation with plenty of wading and hiking. 

St. Brandon's Atoll Giant Trevally

St. Brandon’s Atoll
Having made the transition from a live-aboard operation to a land-based lodge program, the new St. Brandon’s Atoll guesthouse is proving very popular amongst our guests. Fishing-wise, the atoll keeps producing the largest bonefish and the best Indo-Pacific permit action on the planet. On the last week of this season, the guests landed 12 permit for the week, and some of the largest GT’s, permit and bonefish landed in 2017 have come from St. Brandon’s! This is another super-remote and fairly rugged fishery that accommodates a maximum of eight anglers per week. With a very limited season of operation, spots on St. Brandon’s book up quickly.

We appreciate the fact that while fishing the Indian Ocean is always exciting, it can also be a bit intimidating, especially when it comes to the time of year, tides, weather and other important conditions. Tides and weather play a big roll with all of these fisheries, and if you are going to make the journey, then be sure that you’ve set yourself up for success. Yellow Dog knows the region and we know each fishery. We’ll work hard to line you up with the right location, the most important details, and the very best fishing at the right time of the season. If you’re interested in learning more about these fisheries, or if you would like to book a trip for the coming year, please let us know and we’ll get things started! 

Farquhar Wading Seychelles

2017-2018 SEYCHELLES AND INDIAN OCEAN AVAILABILITY:

Cosmoledo Atoll

  • November 23-30, 2017 (4 rods)
  • December 7-14, 2017 (3 rods)

Alphonse Island

  • October 21-28, 2017 (12 rods)
  • December 2-9, 2017 (5 rods)
  • December 9-16, 2017 (7 rods)
  • December 23-30, 2017 (5 rods)
  • January 6-13, 2018 (10 rods)
  • January 27-February 3, 2018 (4 rods)
  • April 7-14, 2018 (4 rods)
  • April 28-May5, 2018 (7 rods)

Farquhar Atoll

  • November 1-8, 2017 (3 rods)
  • November 8-15, 2017 (5 rods)
  • November 15-22, 2017 (3 rods)
  • November 22-29, 2018 (2 rods)
  • December 6-13, 2017 (10 rods)
  • March 21-28, 2018 (4 rods)
  • March 28-April 4, 2018 (4 rods)
  • April 4-11, 2018 (10 rods)
  • April 18-25, 2018 (6 rods)

Providence Atoll

  • November 14-21, 2017 (3 rods)
  • November 21-28, 2017 (6 rods)
  • March 27-April 3, 2018 (2 rods)
  • April 17-24, 2018 (3 rods)

Astove Atoll

  • December 4-11, 2017 (6 rods)
  • March 5-12, 2018 (6 rods)
  • March 19-26, 2018 (3 rods)
  • March 26-April 2, 2018 (6 rods)
  • April 2-9, 2018 (6 rods)

St. Brandon’s Atoll

  • October 3-13, 2017 (3 rods)
  • October 17-27, 2017 (2 rods)
  • October 31-November 10, 2017 (1 rod)
  • November 14-24, 2017 (8 rods)
  • May 12-22, 2018 (2 rods)

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