A taste of Maldivian Salt with Gilly Bate

Fly fishing in the Maldives was awesome. We were up in the North on the most stunning Island. No guide for the first time which made the whole experience much more of an adventure. Schools of trevallys, beautiful bones, Big scary GT’s and so many others! Burning reels, bust reels, bleeding fingers and blistered palms and fish with attitude – FANTASTIC fun!!!!

The jewel in the Maldivian fishing crown has got to be the GT fishing on the flats. All of punched well above their weight and were perfect to target on an 8wt with a small baitfish pattern. The first GT took me well into the backing twice – not bad for a 3lb fish.

Honakulhi Island in the North Atoll was just sooooo cooooool! Every morning my other half & I discussed which part of the island, leader set up, rod, flies and also the excitement of stuff breaking…. including my skin! I love saltwater!!!!

The most awesome thing was snorkling with schools of bones – just drifting with them while them were feeding. I was about 5ft distance away and they were watching me too but totally cool about my presence. The big bones are always right at the back and low in the school and they really look you right in the eye.

I almost stopped fishing for them after that!

The resort is both stunning and luxurious with fantastic staff – nothing was too much trouble. This is without doubt the most exciting new saltwater fly fishing destination around and even better it’s within easy reach of the UK!

If you would like to visit this amazing destination Matt McHugh from Fly Odyssey has fishing trips to destinations around the globe working with UK experienced guides. Gilly visited the Maldives in February 2012.

Ladies Fishing went to Mexico with Matt & Paul Procter last year, we can’t recommend him enough. If you are planning a fishing trip abroad during 2012 visit the Fly Odyssey website.

Gilly Bate is a Orvis Guide working in the South of England, predominately on the River Test. She also runs ladies days for Orvis.

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