Providence

Overview

As the world becomes more congested with each passing year, it is little wonder anglers are constantly searching for wild, unexploited areas where they can experience a world still raw and basic. Thankfully there are still a few such places and for anglers who dream of landing a fly in front of fish who have not seen a man let alone fear one, Providence must rank as one of the wildest. It is a place which has been surrounded by myth, excitement and more than its fair share of ghost stories. This enormous atoll is just short of being the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles, lying 710km south west of Mahe. It is roughly three times the size of Cosmoledo and hosts two prominent land masses, Providence North and the spectacularly beautiful Cerf Island in the south.

Guests are expected to arrive in Mahe day before or early on the morning of 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.

The fishing

The major attractions angling wise lie in the 30 miles of fishable flats, channels, cuts and lagoons that lie between Providence North and Cerf Iland. Fishing conditions include sand and Turtlegrass flats, the surf zone and an enormous lagoon system along with the hundreds of channels and drainage areas.

The variety of the fishing areas along with the multitude of targetable fish species is something quite difficult to put into words, with one of our major difficulties coming about when deciding which rod to carry, 9 wt or 12wt? The one moment you are on the hunt for the delightfully colourful Triggerfish, which literally shoal in a foot and a half of water, you turn around and a meter plus GT has confidently snuck up behind you to see whether youre a potential meal.

Basically Providence has it all, shoals of up to 50 GTs rampaging across a Turtlegrass edge, Bumphead Parrotfish waving their paddle sized-tails as they scour the bottom in search of a feed, fields of Yellow Margin and Moustache Triggerfish on the slower neap tides and thebonefishing during certain tides proving to be quite special, with very few fish falling below the 5lb mark.

Providence has plenty more to offer, specifically her offshore fishery. On the western side of the atoll the drop off is extremely pronounced allowing us easy access to deep water. We try to spend a fair amount of time on the deep blue, and for good reason. The fishing for Sailfish, Wahoo, Yellowfin, and the occasional Black Marlin is often mind-blowing. Needless to say tackle and knots are tested to the limits.

Details

Cost: $12,300pp ex Mahe

Single supplement: Available

Max Pax: 12 anglers (3 anglers to 1 guide)

Inclusions:

  • Full board and accommodation on board mothership for 7 nights based on two people sharing
  • Six days fully guided fishing
  • Tender boats & fuel
  • Soft drinks & water

Exclusions:

  • International flights from your home to Mahe
  • Ground transfers on Mahe
  • Meals and accommodation in Mahe or any other en route cities
  • Beers, spirits, wine, items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for guides and boat staff
  • Travel & medical insurance
  • Tackle & flies

Location:
Providence Atoll 380 nautical miles SSW of Mahe

Getting there:
Guests need to fly into the main island of Mahe. Guests will then catch a charter flight onboard a Beechcraft 1900 to Farquhar (1hour 45min).The mothership will be on anchor waiting for its guests arrival and will depart for Providence shortly after guests have unpacked and settled in. The crossing generally takes approximately 8 hours most of which is done throughout the night.

Target Species:
Giant Trevally, Bonefish, Milkfish, Triggerfish, Indo-Pacific Permit, Bluefin Trevally, Barracuda, Sailfish, Yellowfin & Dogtooth Tuna, Wahoo, Grouper etc

Fishing season:
October to mid November and again from March through to the end of April

Weather:
Temperatures range between 30 – 35C with high humidity.

Tender boats:
4 x mini Mahe panga style tenders

Pre trip

Time difference: GMT + 4.

Flight time from UK: 11 hours to Mahe

Visa requirements: 
UK, US, EU, USSR and RSA passport holders do not require a visa for entering into Mauritius for vacation purposes.

Medical & Health Requirements:
Mandatory emergency medical evacuation insurance
A Yellow Fever certificate is required is travelling from a Yellow Fever infected area.

Currency:
The currency of Seychelles is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR). US Dollar or Euro are however widely accepted and are the preferred currency for gratuities and expenditure on the Dugong.

Language:
Creole, English and French are spoken widely. All FlyCastaway guides and crew of the Dugong speak English.

Satellite Phone & Communications:
The main island is covered by the mobile network; the local mobile phone operators use GSM networks, which are compatible with most international operators.
The Dugong is equipped with a satellite phone which can be used by guests at an additional cost.

Tackle & Gear
Single-handed 9ft #9wt & 12wt saltwater outfits with matching tropical floating lines. The mothership will have 8 x 12 weight G-Loomis Crosscurrent Fly Rods and Shilton SL7 Reels and 8 x 9 weight G-Loomis Crosscurrent Fly Rods and Shilton SL6 Reels which can be rented on a weekly basis.

A comprehensive tackle and gear list along with an order form (should you wish to purchase your tackle through us) is issued after your booking has been confirmed. The guides will also carry limited stock of suitable flies and other terminal tackle, should you run out.

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