Fly fishing New Zealand report by UK brown trout journalist…
A HIDDEN GEM ON THE WORLD STAGE
This trip is in huge demand for 2020, and we have secured the prime opening week in June next year.
We anticipate fantastic fly fishing after a 10-month break, and are advising that if you have been considering the Wessel Islands, then this will be one of the best weeks to do it.
The fly-fishing last season was spectacular. Watch the Wessel Islands film trailer here
East Arnhem Land
Cost: AUD$11,200 per person
Dates: 10th – 17th June, 2020
Host: James Laverty (Fly Odyssey Australia)
Inclusions: 7 nights (twin share) luxury Waterline Charters 115ft live-aboard (ex. Gove, NT) including full board, five-star dining, all beverages, premium wines, beers and spirits, 6 days guided fly fishing (2:1) with experienced guides and crew, casting decks and electrics fitted on all skiffs, fuel, local permits and fishing licenses, return airport transfers to and from Gove to the mothership, Fly Odyssey host and comprehensive pre-trip guide and assistance while there.
Exclusions: Domestic flights to and from Gove, Northern Territory, Fly fishing gear and flies, items of a personal nature and gratuities.
PLEASE CONTACT our Australian office on: +61 (0) 4999 00 816 or email email@example.com for more information.
The northern Wessel Islands are one of the most remote, untouched and truly unique saltwater fly fishing destinations left anywhere in the world.
Located in remote East Arnhem Land (Northern Territory of Australia) you will fly to Nhulunbuy before boarding the Mothership and steaming north overnight, to the far reaches of the Wessel Islands chain in the Arafura Sea. Nhulunbuy is home to the Yolngu People, traditional owners of the land and waters of Northeast Arnhem Land, steeped in Aboriginal culture, stories and traditions.
With beautiful sandy bays, beaches and an array of flats home to large Indo-Pacific permit (both T.anak and T.blochii), the iconic Australian Blue Bastard, and a variety of saltwater species, the Wessel experience is capped off aboard the magnificent Waterlines Charter luxury yacht.
The southern waters of the Wessel Islands chain are different to those in the north, lined with mangrove creeks holding large numbers of Barramundi, Mangrove Jack and some deeper flats systems which you will also get to fish.
In addition to Permit and Blue Bastards, there are Tusk fish, Queenfish, Giant Trevally, Diamond and Golden Trevally, Brassy Trevally, Longtail Tuna, and Coral Trout to target on Fly. It is a hidden gem on the world stage.
Additional photo credits: Joshua Hutchins and Christiaan Pretorius.