How to make the most out of your guided fly fishing trip

How to make the most out of your guided fly fishing trip


By MC Coetzer

Good preparation and an understanding of the basics will turn any good guided fly fishing trip into an exceptional one. For example, if you were to take a guided trip to the remote islands of the Seychelles with Alphonse Fishing Company, you would want to make the most out of it. Here are five tips on doing just that.



Your guide will find the fish for you, but you have to be able to present a fly fast to be able to get it into their feeding zone. In order to maximise your opportunities you must be able to present flies on rod weights from eight to 12 at a distance of at 25 metres. If you cannot consistently reach this distance it is advisable to spend time with a good casting instructor before getting on that plane. Guides love guests who can cast well!


Listen to your guide

Your guides know both the environment and fish species better than you do. It’s that simple. You will double your catch rate by following their advice, irrespective of how experienced you are.


Reliable tackle

Your grandfather’s hand-me-downs won’t cut it in an environment like the Seychelles where extra sized fish are the norm. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to use top-end branded tackle to land that fish of a lifetime. What is important is that your tackle is reliable. If you are going to spend extra money on gear, then spend it on reels with good smooth drag systems. 



When stocking up on flies for flats species such as Bonefish and Permit, make sure to choose a wide range of differently weighted flies, rather than carrying 20 different patterns all in the same weight. Water depth, current and bottom structure will determine what the appropriate fly weight would be. Too light and you won’t get close enough to the fish’s depth; too heavy an it will spook fish in skinny water.


Wading gear

Two essential items of wading gear will ensure that you stay comfortable out on the flats after days of hard wading: wading boots and fishing pants. Your wading boots must be well worn and comfortable to avoid blistering. All flats fishing pants will eventually start chafing in the wrong places and to avoid this I recommend wearing a pair of lycra shorts under your normal wading pants. Once the chafing or blistering starts, it’s too late. It’s always best to be safe than sorry!

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