Alphonse Island Super Villas

I have been advising clients on their choice of fishing destination for nearly 30 years. If flats fishing and/or diving is your passion, I question if the new Beach or Super-villas on Alphonse Island, along with the world class flats and blue water fishing and the diving and snorkelling, is the strongest combination of accommodation and sport I have ever …

Milkfish Mayhem

“It’s gone,” Toby said with a melancholy look on his face. We had been well and truly defeated. “Did we make the wrong call on which way to go around the coral head?” I asked. The answer was there in the expression on his face. Toby had just hooked and, thirty minutes later, lost his first milkfish. Veteran guide Wayne …

Awesome Antarctica…

Warning – this blog has in excess of 200 photographs – please sit back, take your time and enjoy the spectacle that is Antarctica… Scott, Shackleton, whaling, massive calving icebergs, penguins, the Drake passage, leopard seals, albatross… we all know Antarctica is there but how many of us really believe that one day we’ll actually go there? Not me. The …

Considering Cosmoledo…

Let’s address what might be the elephant in the room right from the start. There has been much talk in the press about tourism in remote places. We have to travel further and further, and deeper and deeper into the wilderness to experience proper wildness. Cosmoledo might be a case in point for such a debate. A very remote atoll …

Astove Atoll, Seychelles February 2018

How many fly-fishing spots do you know that have become mythical or legendary in the past decade? Rivers like the Ponoi in Russia have risen to greatness in the modern era but over the past 20+ years. Lake Thingvallavatn in Iceland has had a meteoric rise to fame for its extraordinary trout but there are not many… however Astove is …

The Joy of Aaroy – 18th to 22nd June 2017

‘Such armaments were often found wanting on the Aaroy steeplechase, like the parade of defeated anglers that had fished its Platforms of Despair. The outbuildings behind the fishing house concealed an elephant’s graveyard of smashed rods and broken tackle.’ Ernest Schwiebert – ‘Extract from Platforms of Despair’ in the book Death of a Riverkeeper. I had read these words and …

Providence Atoll, Seychelles, 4th to 11th April 2017

Let’s get some details straight before we start this adventure. We were a party of three, all paying our way. This was a business trip for me but there was no obligation to be complimentary and, to be honest, if somewhere I visit is poor, I simply do not write about it. Our first team member was Dom Quinlan, a …

Spring Fishing from Ryabaga Camp, Ponoi River

This video was made during the first week of the 2016 season, 28th May to 4th June. The river was in perfect condition and guests enjoyed great floating line and skated fly fishing. Having warmed up from the long winter and come in to condition, the river fishes at its very best which is why the first week, sometimes considered …