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: recommendations about the fly patterns for Seychelles?

12-20-2004, 07:57 AM
Hi out there,

I'm going to the Seychelles at the end of February.
Do you have any recommendations about the fly patterns?

I learned so far that bright colors with gotcha, clouser and silli crab are recommended.


Regards from Austria

12-20-2004, 08:50 AM
I haven't fished the Seychelles so no first hand experience. Anything that resembles the local forage (shrimps, crabs etc.) in form and size would be my choice. The gotcha and crazy charlie derivatives all work well because they are good general representations.

If you tie flies I strongly recommend taking a small tying kit along. It doesn't need to be the "kitchen sink" - just a plentiful supply of hooks in a range of sizes - small to large. Some craft fur, pantone pens, flash etc. a good selection of dumbell eyes and you have enough to come up with something close to the specifics of the particular island/flats you are fishing.

Think 'size', 'general profile' and 'sink rate' rather than specific patterns.

12-20-2004, 09:10 AM
Hi Gue
I have been to the Seychelles twice now and am going again at the beginning of March.
The flies that you need for bonefish are gotchas and crazy charlies sizes 2-6. Some Shallow H2Os. Clousers in various sizes. The bonefish coming onto the flats on a rising tide will take almost anything. I have caught them on 1/0 clousers.

You can catch Trigger fish with merkins size 4. In fact it is worthwhile taking a lot of merkins as there are a lot of other fish such as emperor fish in the turtle grass that take merkins. There are also permit around.
For blue fin trevally basically anything will work.
For Giant Trevally you can take poppers, baitfish patterns like Decievers size 2/0 and also big clousers size 2/0 and 1/0.

For milkfish you need a special algae fly which looks like a hook dragged through pond weed. If you want info on this let me know.

Remember to take lots of leader material and spare lines as the fish coming off the coral flats will wrap the line around coral heads and you may loose the complete fly line.


12-20-2004, 01:30 PM
Thanks Pete!

Gue and Pete

Please let us know how you get on and post loads of pics :smokin: