The maldives consist of 1190 island grouped in 26atolls, all of which are situated atop a submarine ridge than runs 960 kilometres from north to south. With one of the richest marine ecosystems anywhere in the world, it is a fly fisherman´s dream.
These shallow waters are prime habitat for yellow margin triggerfish, red snappers, bluefin trevallies and not least GTs - Gian Treavallies that do indeed live up to their name when fish up to 20,30 orr 40 kilos appear on flats that are only a few feet deep.
Season: year round
Fly to Male from Europe. Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, etc are the main airports to board an India to Maldives flight. Depending on lay-over time, it takes approximately 7 to 11 hours to reach Male Airport from Indian cities.
Male Airport (MLE) is the main point of entry for international flights in Maldives. The capital city of Male is facilitated with an international airport which connects this island nation to other parts of the world.
Day 1: Departure Europe.
Day 2: Arrive to Male and transfer to chosen atoll.,
Day 3-7: Five full days of fishing.
Day 8: Last day of fishing and evening flight home.
Day 9: Arrival in Europe.
Fly fishing the Maldives is a mix of flats and reefs. Low tide on some flats mean opportunities for trevallies, triggerfish and the occasional bonefish. Other flats can produce shots for cruising GTs, always looking for an easy meal, and the reefs or surf will mainly hols GTs, bluefin trevallies, snappers and sometimes sharks or barracudas.
Fishing GTs might look easy but it isn`t. Most often, a short window of opportunity will open when you are wading a flat in water up to your waist, making distance casting more difficult. Or, when you are staked out on a coral brommie and fish are coming from a direction that calls for a cast straight into the wind.
At other times, you are trying to spot fish that suddenly comes in from the breaking white water of the surf and suddenly appear out of nowhere on the darker bottom of the outer reefs. Sooner or later, you will get the cast just right and hook your GT. A tug-of war that can be both heart and line breaking follows, and if your reel doesn`t give in, your rod doesn`t break or your hook doesn`t open - then you might ust find yourself in pure paradise, hlding the fish of any saltwater fly fisherman`s wildest dream.
You need a multipourpose fly box for the Maldives. The GT´s demand large baitfish flies on sturdy hooks. GT´s are big fans of darks patterns, and black, blue and purple are the go-to colors.
Triggerfish are really into crabs - and tan crab flies will most oftren do the trick. It´s always recommendable to bring crabs of various sizes and weights for different spots and tides.
Smaller treavllies species like baitfish flies too but downsizing a bit will get more strikes and make the flies more enjoyable to cast on the lighter gear.
Bonefish in the Maldives are no different from bonefish anywhere else in the world and you`ll do well with a selection of lightly colored proven patterns.
Variations tied on heavier hooks will double as triggerfish flies.
9´#11 or #12 saltwater rod for GT
9´#8 or #9 saltwater rods for bluefin trevally, triggerfish,bonefish etc.
#12 saltwater reel with 300 m 80lb braid backing
#9-10 saltwater reel with 200 m 50lb braid backing
#11 or #12 floating tropical saltwater lines with extras strong core - 50lb or more 9´#8-9 floating tropical saltwater lines.
Tapered saltwater leader 16-25 lb
100.150 lb mono or fluorocarbon