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Alphonse Island Resort
Alphonse Island Resort
Alphonse Island Resort
Alphonse Island Resort
Alphonse Island Resort
Alphonse Island Resort
Alphonse Island Resort
Alphonse Island Resort
Alphonse Island Resort
Alphonse Island Resort
Alphonse Island Resort
Alphonse Island Resort
Alphonse Island Resort

Details

  • Saltwater
  • Season

    October - May
  • The 2016-2017 fishing rate is $8500 US pp for a bungalow and non-fishing is $4900. Not included is RT flight from Mahe which is $700 for a total cost of $9200. The rate is based on a single room and sharing a guide.
  • Number of guests

    They take 10 anglers per week and can take additional non-anglers.
  • Species:
    • Bonefish
    • Trevally
    • Milkfish
    • Triggerfish

Alphonse Island Resort

Seychelles >> Alphonse Atoll >> Alphonse Atoll
Fishing and Species
This destination has a quite a diversity of species, but not at the expense of world class bonefish, trevally and milkfish. The guides have these and other fish dialed in. In addition, there are three species of triggerfish, wrasse, bluefin trevally and more. Anglers are ferried each day to St. Francois where they board a flats skiff for the day’s fishing. The wade fishing is very good but big tides can make certain waters too deep to wade. For those fly fishers who have been looking for the next great challenge, try milkfish. They can rip line off reels at about twice the rate of a large bonefish, they jump like a tarpon, and they demand techniques and presentations akin to fishing over selective trout. Milkfish are not carnivorous, rather the mainstay of their diet is algae, and for this reason they have been thought of as virtually uncatchable. Several guides at Alphonse Island Fishing Company have been experimenting for years in an attempt to unravel the milkfish puzzle, and although much is still to be learned they are now able to catch them with reasonable regularity. Anglers are ferried each day from Alphonse to the St. Francois lagoon (approximately 30 minutes) and then transported to the flats in skiffs. These same skiffs can be used to access a series of channels and cuts around coral heads to fish for giant trevally. Although these are considered a bonus species, fisherman are encouraged to take along some heavier tackle to try these bruisers on for size.

For the ultimate saltwater fly fishing getaway, visit Alphonse Atoll in the Seychelles. It’s located 290 miles by plane southwest of Mahé. Beautiful white beaches line the edges of the dense natural forest, which is interspersed with the remnants of old commercial coconut groves. There you will find ancient ambling tortoises, scurrying crabs and an interesting array of bird species. The warm, shallow waters of the lagoon are home to a myriad of colorful fish and fascinating sea life while the depths of the ocean open up a whole new world of underwater fauna and untouched corals. Accommodations are at Alphonse Island Resort, a fine hotel that affords those fishing St. Francois Lagoon with ten beachfront chalets (all air conditioned), a main reception and dining area and a freshwater swimming pool. Prior to the building of the resort, the island was almost uninhabited for some twenty years, but it has a history of copra production and at one time it had up to 100 inhabitants.

I sailed to St. Francois in 1998 on the High Aspect and fished there before the lodge was built. The fly fishing was epic and beyond our wildest dreams. Anglers continue to fish there, and many are repeat customers as the experience and the action continue to be world class. The fact that anglers keep returning to a destination this remote and expensive says it all.

St. Francois is often referred to as the most beautiful island in all of the Seychelles. This crescent-shaped island is set within kilometers of the spectacular sandy flats of the St. Francois atoll and is a wilderness adventure in itself. Apart from the world-class fly fishing, it boasts a host of interesting bird species.

It is generally accepted that the St. Francois Lagoon has the best fishing in the Seychelles and arguably some of the best bonefishing anywhere in the world. Since Alphonse Island Resort opened in 2000, anglers have marveled at both the size and number of bonefish seen and caught during a day of fishing. One of the most unique things about this fishery is the way in which these bonefish travel. You will see singles, doubles, and small groups of fish in the three to seven pound range feeding lazily over flats during the course of tide changes. It is a rare occasion when you actually cast to "schooling" fish, so you have the opportunity to select specific targets throughout the day. In addition to superb bonefishing, there is a great mixed fishery here with five species of trevally, three species of triggerfish, milkfish and a host of other fly-taking fish to be caught. The record from Alphonse Island Resort is 42 different species caught on a fly in one week!