Our fishing program
is based in the Tuamotus, a chain of over 76 volcanic atolls
scattered over a two million square kilometers of the
Pacific in French Polynesia. The Tuamotus are probably
Tahiti's most scenic islands and more to the point the
greatest flat's system we have found in our exploration
there. There is a remarkable diversity to the atolls in the
Tuamotus. Some are raised atolls formed over a million years
ago by uplifitng forces. They are also incredible roosting
sites for the endless migratory seabirds that frequent the
Probably one of
the most spectacular part of the Tuamotus is the life within
the atolls in the channels and on the flats. The basin
inside the atolls is truly one of the ocean's greatest
wonders. The snorkeling and diving is never ending and will
make even the most fanatical flyfisherman take a break from
bonefishing. The reef here is still intact and largely
There are approximately 7000 inhabitants in all of the
Tuamotu Archipelago. Most of this poplulation is on Rangiroa.
The other atolls are for the most part uninhabited. While
there are some locals that fish for subsistence, there is
not any commercial fishing of any consequence in the areas
we will be exploring. Certainly the coral reef, clarity of
the water, and vitality of the flats and channels is superb.
The overall vitality of the environment throughout the
Tuamotus is excellent.
Certainly the Tuamotus are a bonefisherman's paradise. For
the non-fisherman, one is left wondering why all the fuss
chasing big bones with a fly rod when there is so much else
to do and enjoy.
The Boat -
will operate from a deluxe, top of the line 58 foot Fountain
Pajot catamaran. The catamaran features four cabins which
each sleep two persons. Cabins are equipped with private
showers, toilets, and more than enough storage space. The
common area of the sailboat includes state of the art
navigation equipment, comfortable lounge couches, and a
wonderful dining room under the awning in the back of the
boat. The boat is staffed with a full time crew of three
including a French captain, an exceptional chef, and a very
talented deck mate/bonefish guide. Meals include include
sashimi, paella, and a variety of meat dishes.
The sailboat is
equipped with two zodiac rafts which allow us to access the
flats. Each morning the boat will anchor off the flats, and
then fishermen will travel to flats for a morning of
fishing. There will be one guide for each pair of fishermen.
Our guides have all spent significant time saltwater fishing
and have been retained for their ability spot fish as they
move through the shallows. All fishing is wade fishing, and,
due to vast flats, fishermen generally have more water than
time. Not a bad problem to have.
Like any great destination, the fishing is only a small part
of what makes French Polynesia special. French Polynesia's
marine environment is pristine and undeveloped. Vast white
sands flats, with beautiful mangrove and Palm lined bays,
are very typical. Sea birds and a host of other ocean fish
species are your constant companion as you traverse the
flats for the marauding pods of bonefish.
Each day we stop
at coral reefs which are home to a panoply of marine fishes.
In one snorkel excursion, our group identified 65 different
species of fish. The snorkeling is enhanced by the water's
clarity. It is truly a natural marvel and makes for a
wonderful break from fishing.
Our trips run from Saturday to Saturday. You will fly to
Papeete, Tahiti on Friday, overnight at the hotel, and then
fly out to the boat on Saturday morning. Upon arrival to the
boat, we will move to the flats for an afternoon of fishing.
We will then move from atoll to atoll during the week,
arriving at your departure point on Friday evening. On
Saturday morning, you will return to Papeete by plane and
returning to the United States later that day.
Many customers enjoy add-on trips before or after their week
of fishing. We highly recommend this. Bora Bora, Tetiaroa,
and Moorea, are just a few of the islands where we can
introduce you to some of our favorite escapes in French
The Fishing -
evening our boat will moor near the next morning's
bonefishing flat. Bonefish are the primary target of most of
our anglers, and we will spend most of our time pursuing
them. A day's fishing begins by making the short trip to the
flat to be fished. We fish two anglers per guide. Each pair
will begin wading a flat spread apart a short distance with
the guide close at hand helping spot and coach. Please keep
in mind that the bones here are huge and generally stupid,
so most anglers will find that spotting and catching the
fish is not a problem. At any rate our guides are
experienced and are always helpful and close at hand.
The bonefishing in the Tuamotus revolves around quality
fishing for large fish. The average bonefish here weighs
roughly 5 pounds with fish up to 14 pounds spotted daily.
The largest fish we have landed to date was 33 inches. While
this is not a quantity fishery like Christmas Island or the
Seychelles, the flats of the Tuamotus do have their place in
a bonefisherman's wish list. Quite simply it is one of the
best locations we have found to land a bonefish over 10
pounds. There are also solid numbers of milkfish, mutton
snapper, jacks and a myriad of other assorted flats fish
willing to grab a fly and run deep into your backing.
In addition the calm waters of the inner lagoons, the marine
life is an experience in itself. Spinner
dolphins erupt out of the water in pursuit of flying fish,
schools of yellowfin holding in the outflowing or inflowing
currents ambushing bait, and several species of
hard-charging jacks patrol the coral heads and edges for any
unwary/unlucky prey. It is difficult to imagine a wilder or
more spectacular place to fly fish
than for the giant bones of the Tuamotus! We hope you will