This is Fly Magazine will be taking their yearly trip to the Seychelles. We are hosting two weeks on Providence during April 3-10 and 10-17, 2018. There is limited availability for the first week. Providence must rank as one of the wildest places on the planet and one of the last great frontiers for saltwater fly fishing. Guests are expected to arrive in Mahe the day before the starting day of the trip which commences with a 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 1 hour 45 min onboard a private chartered Beechcraft 1900. Guests are met by their guides for the week at the landing strip and are then led on a 5 min walk to the bay where the MV Dugong which will be their home and base for the weeks fishing, is anchored.
The MV Dugong is an ex-research vessel which has been upgraded and modified into a mother ship catering for long range sea voyages. The vessel can accommodate up to twelve fly fishermen, four FlyCastaway guides, as well as eight crew members who cater for our guests every need. A large, spacious and extremely stable vessel, the MV Dugong is the perfect base with which to explore the remote outer atolls of the Seychelles and other Indian Ocean waters. As a fly fisherman it would be difficult to find a better boat from which to operate out of, with its ability to store and transport four tender boats on its spacious aft deck.
The group will spend the next six days fishing and exploring the islands, flats and channels of Providence Atoll. On the seventh evening the mothership will cruise back to Farquhar. The following morning the group will have plenty of time to pack their gear before their return charter flight, following which guests can connect to their international flights or overnight in Mahe.
During your stay on the vessel there will be four FlyCastaway guides including one head guide onboard. Each guide is a qualified skipper, has first aid experience and is extremely experienced with regards all facets of fly fishing these remote saltwater destinations. Their passion and dedication is infectious and rest assured they will definitely go the extra mile in search of your fish of a lifetime.
Written by: Cliff Weisse, Three Rivers Ranch
The common method of attaching the dropper tippet to the bend of the hook in front, poses some problems.
Illustrations by Cliff Weisse
Dropper tippets are typically tied off the bend of the hook. This is true whether you’re fishing multiple nymphs or dry flies, or a combination of a dry fly with a nymph dropper. So the first fly in line, the one tied to the end of the leader, has a tippet tied onto its bend that leads to the second fly. I’ve even seen three or more flies rigged this way in sequence, with each fly attached to a tippet which is tied onto the bend of the hook on the preceding fly.
Here’s the problem. When a fish is hooked on the first fly, or any fly except the last one, it’s not unusual for the dropper fly to become snagged on something, especially with larger fish that you can’t steer away from obstacles. This results in the hook being pulled out of the mouth of the fish. You hook the fish, fight it for a while, then end up snagged on the bottom with no fish on the line. If you fish droppers much, you’ve had this happen. It’s because the dropper tippet is attached to the bend of the hook so, when the dropper fly gets hung on something like a rock, it pulls the hook out as efficiently as grabbing the bend of the hook with your forceps. This is especially true with barbless hooks. (And you should be fishing barbless because there’s no good reason for fishing with barbed hooks.) Fortunately solving this problem is easy: Simply attach the dropper tippet to the eye of the hook.
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