Fly Odyssey has teamed up with Nomad Sportsfishing Adventures in the Coral Sea, to provide a range of unique tropical fly fishing adventures to some of the most spectacular and remote coral reef systems in the world. Quite simply, the Great Barrier Reef in Far North Queensland offers some of the most diverse and exciting salt-water fly fishing anywhere on the planet.

There are more fish living on the Great Barrier Reef than in any other marine ecosystem on earth and it was the perfect setting to shoot the new Aquasoul Flyfishing Film, in 2015: Watch the Aquasoul Film Trailer.

From the luxury of the Live aboard 'Odyssey' you will be able to access remote pristine white sand flats, river and mangrove systems, and coral reef drop offs which provide an amazing array of fly fishing options on your doorstep. The huge range of different species will test your skill and gear to the limit, while you can retreat to the air conditioned comforts of the top-deck with great food, and cold beer on tap at the end of each day.

  • Season: the season runs from March to December
  • The Great Barrier Reef: makes up about 54% of the earth’s entire tropical coral reef systems
  • Claremont Isles: the premier fly fishing destination in the region
  • Ashmore Reef: Bluewater extreme fly fishing at its best
  • Coral Sea Explorer: perfect for 3 or 4 day getaways

Based out of the 80ft Mothership 'Odyssey' which has undergone extensive renovations and new fit-out in 2015, it has all the comforts you would expect - fully licenced bar with beer on tap, commercial galley kitchen, accommodation for 26 people, private cabins, 3 bathrooms, full satellite communications, full stereo/DVD entertainment system with plasma screen, and outdoor dining areas to name a few. Catering to a maximum of 10 anglers, all fly fishing trips are tailored to 2 anglers per guide.

To get you to the action, a fleet of 18ft centre console sportfishers equipped with 90hp Suzuki 4-strokes provide exceptional stability, front and rear casting decks and customised support bars. Fishing 2 anglers to one guide, you will explore extensive flat-systems, reef edges, estuaries, islands and lagoons, casting to a huge variety of species that have never seen a fly.

Flying north to the Lockhart River, the Claremont Isles are the premier Fly fishing destination in the region for the angler who wants maximum variety in a truly remote and spectacular setting. There is simply nowhere else in the world where you could potentially catch a Barramundi, a Permit and Dogtooth Tuna on a fly in one day.

From the anchorages visited on this expedition you’ll be able to head east and access the outer edge of the barrier reef to catch huge GTs, Coral Trout, Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo, Dogtooth and Yellowfin Tuna. While around the islands and reef flats that you will anchor near you’ll find a series of islands, sand flats and reef flats that are hard to match anywhere in Australia.

Permit, Long-Nose Emperor, Cobia, Queenfish, Golden Trevally, Bluefin Trevally, Triggerfish, and every other tropical saltwater species you can think of. And as Peter Morse can testify, the challenge is also there to tackle one of the most charismatic and enigmatic fish species in the tropics 'It’s not a fish you are going to get lucky with, and some people could go home in a straight-jacket because of them...' - the Blue Bastard.

Walking these flats and sight casting is a pleasure that is difficult to surpass in Australian fly fishing. And if that’s not enough, head west from the anchorage and you’ll hit the tropical coastline with some of the most remote river systems in Australia, just teeming with fish. The Barramundi and Jack fishing is just wonderful and the Queenfish at the mouths of the rivers on fly are incredible fun.

We now have access to recently introduced 3 and 4 day Fly fishing trips to the Escape and Ribbon Reef areas, for year-round tropical fly fishing action. The trips are tailored to your interests and can include a mixture of non-stop flats, blue-water and reef fringe fishing, casting flies to iconic species such as Black Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin and Dogtooth Tuna, Coral Trout, GT’s, Mackerel, Wahoo and a huge range of reef species on offer.

Departing Port Douglas or Lizard Island, these have been extremely popular with anglers who simply don’t have enough time to be away for an extended period, or who are travelling with family to the region looking for a quick break and to experience the quality fly fishing on offer.

Flying from Cairns to Horn Island, this truly unique and spectacular coral reef system is for those looking for the ultimate in Bluewater fly fishing adventures. In the remote northern Coral Sea, between Cape York and Papua New Guinea lies Ashmore Reef. It’s rarely visited and a true undiscovered paradise.

Damon Olsen, founder and co-owner of Nomad Sportfishing, has described Ashmore Reef as the absolute pinnacle for big GT’s and Dogtooth tuna that he has seen in 15 years fishing the Coral Sea. While patrolling the reef edges you can encounter Spanish mackerel in plague proportions, Wahoo, Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin and Longtail Tuna. Large sheltered lagoons and reef flats harbour massive Coral Trout, Red Bass, Emperors and Maori Wrasse ready to cause havoc on your fly supplies.

Nomad has visited recently in late November and early December for the some incredible action, and the 3 weeks per year that we have access to late season are the only time the reef gets fished all year.

There may be no flats to walk on at Ashmore, but if you want the best boat based mothership Fly fishing you're ever likely to experience and if getting hammered by very big fish in big numbers is your thing, then this is it. Extreme fly fishing at its best.

As per all Fly Odyssey bookings, you will be provided with a comprehensive and detailed pre-trip fly fishing guide, prior to your departure.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.



Contact Fly Odyssey to get travel details for your specific Coral Sea destination, ex-Cairns.

Departing Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane, Fly Odyssey staff can organise and host corporate groups on the “Nomad” and have you on the water the same day. For groups looking to combine business with the ultimate live-aboard experience, we can provide tailored 1-on-1 fly fishing tuition while on the water. All the gear is supplied and tied, to ensure your guests or staff get to experience the ultimate saltwater fly fishing experience. Includes photography, and on board chef & hostess to cater to any level of dining you require.

Departing ex-Cairns, Port-Douglas or Hamilton Island.

Price on Application.


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