Each day the team is split up into groups of two anglers per skiff and guide. The four purpose built Mini-Mahe skiffs are left on anchorage at Cosmoledo atoll and are skippered by the experienced, world class and professional Alphonse Fishing Co guides. Each guide has first aid experience and is extremely experienced in all facets of fly-fishing these remote saltwater destinations. All the guides communicate with each other during the day to update each other on tides, water levels and fish found at different parts of the fishery. Their passion and dedication is infectious and rest assured they will definitely go the extra mile in search of your fish of a lifetime.
Many anglers are allured half way around the word to the Seychelles in search of the dozens of species found at Cosmoledo. The mainstay-targeted species are five species of trevally, bonefish, triggerfish, permit, barracuda, parrotfish, and the powerful milkfish. During certain tides, the bonefish literally pour off the white sandy flats, where ten, twenty and thirty fish sessions are not uncommon. The diversity of other non-typical gamefish species is staggering as well. While dredging with sinking lines off the edge of the atoll, some clients have reported landing over fifty species a week including yellowfin tuna, surgeonfish, lemon shark, grouper, dogtooth tuna, and every kind of reef fish imaginable. Other than the optional dredging session during slack tidal periods, nearly 100% of all fishing in the lagoon is done wading.
Here is the daily routine: Wake up at 7:00 a.m., breakfast at 7:30, board your skiff at 8:30 a.m. for fishing (can be tide dependent). Clients will choose between a packed lunch or back at the Lodge. Boat runs are rarely more than 10-15 minutes, and your fly line will be in the water by 9:00 a.m. at the latest. Guides always give a brief orientation and chat up the day’s game plan relative to what species you want to target, the expected tide, and fishing conditions. After a full day of fishing you return to the Lodge between 4 p.m.-5 p.m., with cocktails at 6:30, dinner at 7pm, and off to bed at 9-10pm. This regimented routine makes the week fly by.
Depart U.S. on overnight flight to Dubai with Emirates Airlines. There are daily direct flights from Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, and New York. Flight time is approximately 15 hours.
Arrive in Dubai mid afternoon or evening. Spend the evening exploring the city and/or resting in the business class lounge or a hotel room at the Millennium Hotel five minutes from the airport.
Return to the airport at approximately midnight to catch flight to Seychelles departing at 2:30AM and arriving around 7:00AM. Upon arrival in the Seychelles, travelers go through customs and then transfer over to the IDC hanger for charter flight to Astove/Assumption departing mid morning. After arrival to the S.Y. Lonestar, anglers are given a brief orientation discussing the next six full days of angling. Dinner and overnight on the yacht.
FRIDAY – WEDNESDAY
Six full fishing days at Cosmoledo Atoll.
A mid-day charter flight returns anglers to Mahe with ample time for connection with Emirates Airlines flight departing that evening for Dubai.
Early morning arrival back in Dubai in time for easy connection with Emirates Airlines back to Dallas, Houston, San Francisco or New York.
Seven Nights accommodations
Six Days of Guided Fishing w/ Shared Guide; Rod & Reel Rentals
All meals, water, soft drink, coffee and tea
Round-trip Air Charter to/from Mahe/Astove or Assumption
Water transportation to/from Cosmoledo Atoll
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
International Airfare to Victoria, Mahe Island, Seychelles
All Alcoholic Beverages
Guide and Staff Gratuity
Flies & Tackle
Telephone and Internet Charges
Flies and other Fishing Equipment
Conservation Donation: USD $175
Baggage Overweight Charges
Laundry Service & Items of Personal Nature
Mahe – Meals, Transportation & Accommodations (when applicable)
Departure Tax from Mahe (usually covered in your airline ticket price)
Dubai, London or other – Hotel Room and general travel expenses in (when applicable)
- Top Quality Saltwater Reels
- 8wt with floating line 20lbs Dacron backing
- 12-16lbs tapered leaders
- size 2 and 4 bonefish patterns
- 9wt with floating line 30lbs Dacron backing
- 16-20lbs tapered leaders
- Crabs (especially Flexo Crab)
- 10wt with Floating Line with 30lbs Dacron backing
- 20lbs tapered leaders
- Algae flies (Milky Way)
- 11-12wt with Floating Line and 80lbs backing
- 100lbs Fluoro
- Baitfish patterns with 6/0-8/0 hooks (Brushy)
- Poppers with 8/0 to 10/0 hooks (Reaper and NYAP)