Farquhar Atoll – Seychelles Fly Fishing: Cyclone Fantala caused significant damage to the infrastructure on Farquhar atoll. FlyCastaway will be utilizing the MV Maya Dugong mothership for lodging and accommodations. – Farquhar Atoll is commonly referred to as the most diverse saltwater flats fishing location in the world and since opening has attracted ambitious anglers looking to knock up to a dozen species off their list in one trip. This remote location is the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles chain of islands, lying just over 700km to the southwest of the main island of Mahe. It is by no means an easy place to get to but the fishing alone will leave you thinking about this angling paradise for years to come.
The Farquhar Atoll is comprised of a group of islands with a central, ear shaped, lagoon that provides easy access to endless flats, channels and surf zones which is the primary reason for Farquhar’s diverse fishery. A very small population of local Seychellois call the atoll home while running a small line fish program and operating as the skeleton crew who manage the island and air strip. For the most part, the atoll appears completely void of human life or influence.
The Fly Castaway fishing program at Farquhar has combined logistic ease with simple comforts. This fly in/ fly out operation utilizes a Beechraft 1900 to transport guests directly from Mahe to the atoll in less than two hours time. Once on island, guests take a quick tractor pulled trailer ride to the lodge, which serves as the homebase for the following six days and seven nights. The accommodations at Farquhar are basic but quite comfortable and have the aura of a truly special fishing camp. Everyone is housed in the main lodge which is fully air conditioned and has four twin en-suite bedrooms and a central lounge. The lodge is equipped with 24 hour 220 volt electricity and has a constant supply of hot water. There is full housekeeping and laundry service available on a daily basis. Breakfast and dinners are served at an undercover dining area right next to the ocean with spectacular morning and evening views.
Guests travel to Farquhar from all across the world for one simple reason: the fishing. This wade fishing paradise is home to a truly astonishing amount of species: Bonefish, various Trevally species including the world famous, predatory Giant Trevally, the elusive Indo-Pacific Permit, Triggerfish, Barracuda, Bumphead Parrotfish and Milkfish amongst the most famous. The amazing part is that it is not uncommon to see many of these species in just a single day of walking the atoll! The deep water fishing begins within sight of the main land and brings into the fold a whole new group of fish. The most common species encountered in the deep blue are Giant Trevally, Barracuda, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, Grouper, Bohar Snapper and Sailfish. Even the juvenile fish of these species will bend your rod into the water and spool well into your backing!
Although wade fishing the hard sand flats of the atoll is the primary attraction, Fly Castaway operates out of 17.3 ft. Angler skiffs, each of which carries 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 with comfort and safety. The Fly Castaway guide staff is one of the most professional, eager and knowledgeable groups of guides in the business. They will work with each guest to identify their desired target, explain the fish’s behavioral tendencies and the proper techniques to hook and land them. These guides are a wealth of knowledge whose experience and skills will make the difference even when conditions are not ideal.