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    We do both wade and have a poling skiff. I have a Action Craft 1620 fly fisher.

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    The only problem with sneaking off on a 10 day fishing trip is catching up when you return! I think I have finally dug out from under all the customer requests while i was gone and had a chance to get back to thinking about fishing :-)

    Here are the flies that I used on the trip (they are actual battle weary veterans!). I had others with me but these are the ones the guides would reach for when you opened your fly box!

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    The popper is the NYAP (Not Your Average Popper) and was given to me by Capt Jesse - it draws some pretty violent strikes! For the GT brush flies, the guides like black/grey (mine was donated to a big GT on the last day) and the red/black & grey/silver best (think Mullet and Milk fish)

    If you're not familiar with the fly on the bottom left, it is the worm fly and the bones love it! The Christmas Island specials in the middle were the heavy lifters - sparely tied, not bushy! The fly on the far right is a fly the Brits cooked up for Triggers - note the extra heavy hook. It worked very well. It would have been better with brass eyes but they used what they had...
    Last edited by smp005; 12-03-2017 at 08:32 AM.

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    By the way....

    Yellow Dog has a CXI hosted trip scheduled for Oct 2018 - guess where I might be :-)


    https://www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/hosted-trips#1201

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    The guides choices arenít a million miles away from my first choice Seychelles patterns. Top to bottom, left to right

    Fat boy, Brush Fly x2
    NYAP
    CXI Special, Flexo crab, Merkin, Bedhead, Turneffe crab (the last 2 for trigger fish)



    Iíd probably add a decent spawning shrimp pattern and I havenít got any of my favourite poppers, called the Reaper, left (getting some made)

    Regards,


    Trevor


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    Quote Originally Posted by camelbrass View Post
    The guides choices aren’t a million miles away from my first choice Seychelles patterns. Top to bottom, left to right

    Fat boy, Brush Fly x2
    NYAP
    CXI Special, Flexo crab, Merkin, Bedhead, Turneffe crab (the last 2 for trigger fish)



    I’d probably add a decent spawning shrimp pattern and I haven’t got any of my favourite poppers, called the Reaper, left (getting some made)

    Regards,


    Trevor


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    Those last two look like they would be great trigger flies..

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    Great report! The Villages is a well-run operation but it's also quite a way from the harbour and the nearby popular flats like Paris 1,2 and 3...which then meets the bottom end of Texas flat and subsequently (in a semi-circular fashion via Whisper,Fred,Poland and Smoky Flats) to the Nine Mile and the back country.What this means is that if you're fishing here you have to leave the Villages much earlier than if you were staying at Ikari House,which is close to the harbour and has it's own private beach.Also,while the traditional skiffs are great fun and quite leisurely,Ikari also offers the use of fast boats that maximise your fishing opportunities (e.g.it's seven minutes to Paris 1 from Ikari).Re GT flies,I've revised my thinking re hook sizes and now prefer Gamakatsu SL12S 4/0 Brush flies in Grey over white and Brown over White.These also makes for easier casting over extended periods.

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    Something I just thought to add...

    I always carry a First Aid kit with me when hunting / fishing in remote areas or 3rd world areas.

    I have a custom kit from Wilderness Medical Systems: Medical Kits - Wilderness Medical Systems They are not cheap kits but are put together by professionals for serious use. I kept mine in my SIMMS backpack on the boat.

    Whether you need a simple band-aid or an emergency clot kit, it pays to be prepared... It can easily be an hour or more ride back by boat - slice your hand open deep and that would be a very long ride...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynaflow View Post
    Great report! The Villages is a well-run operation but it's also quite a way from the harbour and the nearby popular flats like Paris 1,2 and 3...which then meets the bottom end of Texas flat and subsequently (in a semi-circular fashion via Whisper,Fred,Poland and Smoky Flats) to the Nine Mile and the back country.What this means is that if you're fishing here you have to leave the Villages much earlier than if you were staying at Ikari House,which is close to the harbour and has it's own private beach.Also,while the traditional skiffs are great fun and quite leisurely,Ikari also offers the use of fast boats that maximise your fishing opportunities (e.g.it's seven minutes to Paris 1 from Ikari).Re GT flies,I've revised my thinking re hook sizes and now prefer Gamakatsu SL12S 4/0 Brush flies in Grey over white and Brown over White.These also makes for easier casting over extended periods.
    I had some in 4/0 as well - definitely easier to throw!

    I talked with a group on the plane home that stayed at Ikari House - they had a great time and said it was an excellent camp. The only difference we found in our discussion was we had one on one guides for the same price they had two on one guides. They had to pay a premium for one on one guides..

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    Yes, that's true about the one-on-one Guide service offered at the Villages,and this is a great service....but then one of the positive things about sharing a Guide is that you get the opportunity to learn to spot,stalk and cast to your own fish,and this leads to you being able to fish solo,which I have done for some years now (I still tip the Guide at the end of the day though) and truly IMHO this is the full experience of fly fishing in a remote location.I should also mention that Ikari House offers the best food on the island, by popular consensus.

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