Trailer: Epic Fly Fishing for Alphonse Milkfish

(Truly) epic angling in the Seychelles from Cpt Jack Films and Off the Grid Studios, as anglers take on milkfish on the fly in the Seychelles.

From the filmmakers:

“Nearly three hundred miles southeast of Mahé, Seychelles lies far-flung Alphonse Island and adjacent to it, St. François Lagoon. This is remote, even for the Indian Ocean. Alphonse, one of the famed saltwater destinations of the planet, is by most accounts home to the most prolific bonefish fishery in the world.

In addition to abundant bonefish (ranging in size from 3 to 8 pounds) there are three species of triggerfish, five species of trevally and a plethora of other flats and offshore species. Perhaps the most challenging fish to catch is the fabled milkfish, a turbo-charged algae eater growing to 40 pounds. It is therefore no surprise that the Alphonse Guide Team have not only caught these amazing and very secretive fish, but also pioneered the techniques which have allowed these vegetarian and notoriously difficult fish to be caught. It’s hard to accurately describe the sheer speed, breathtaking acrobatics and technical prowess needed to convert a fly cast to a connection with this greatly unknown species. So, our team traveled to this remote location and filmed it. This short film will play in the 2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour and will mark the first time the milkfish is featured in this capacity on the big screen.

What criteria indicate the best saltwater destination on the planet? Variety of species? Remoteness? Stunning landscapes and natural, untouched ecosystems? Yes, all of the above. While the very best saltwater destination is debatable, the footage in this production speaks for itself. From giant trevally crushing flies in the shallows, to capturing the process of landing the acrobatic milkfish – this production will leave crowds on the edge of their seats – and thirsty for more footage. Just the way we like it.

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Beattie Productions and Off the Grid Studios is excited to work with Jako Lucas and Cpt. Jack Films on this production.”

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More on this destination:

The Seychelles are a series of islands (or archipelago) that are located nearly 1,000 miles off the coast of Southeast Africa in the Indian Ocean. The Republic of the Seychelles is made up of 115 ecologically diverse islands and even include two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The surrounding waters are also diverse and hold a wide range of fish species that are accessible in the seemingly endless flats that are offered in these truly far out waters.

In many ways, the Seychelles remain a saltwater fly fishing frontier, and it is difficult to argue that there is a more remote saltwater destination. Often accessed by guides from South Africa, the islands belonging to the Alphonse and Farquhar groups are perhaps the most targeted by anglers. Species such as giant trevally, bluefin trevally, golden trevally, Indo-Pacific permit, milkfish, bonefish, triggerfish, bumphead parrotfish, emperor fish, sharks, tuna, barracuda, and sailfish are among the most prized fish in the region.

Fly fishing the Seychelles is one of the more expensive trips an angler can take, but the vast remoteness, multitude of species, solitude, and exclusiveness of the trip are among the reasons for the higher costs.

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