UFUDU FLYFISHING SAFARIS HOSTED AND UNHOSTED TRIPS
Ufudu Flyfishing Safaris offers the option of hosted fly fishing trips as well as a variety of unhosted trips to destinations that may or may not include fly fishing, depending upon client requirements.
Every year Ufudu Flyfishing Safaris invites guests to join us on hosted flyfishing trips to exciting flyfishing destinations in southern Africa and the Maldives.
All the trips are planned, taking great care that they coincide with the best flyfishing seasons and/or tides. To ensure guest safety, comfort and personal attention, the number of anglers on each trip is limited to six.
Your host, Ben Pretorius is an accomplished fly angler who is familiar with the fishing destination and in on hand to offer advice on where and when to fish, fly choice, what tactics and strategies to apply and assistance with knots and the construction of leaders. Ben will fish with guests on a rotational basis, pointing out fish and offering advice on aspects such as casting and stripping techniques. He will also ensure and enforce clearly defined safety measures and precautions at all times.
In the recent past a number of clients, have approached us for advice and assistance in planning trips to destinations with which we are familiar. We have been able to provide detailed trip information and have secured very good rates for these clients. As a result, we now offer several trip options to the Maldives, Mexico and Rocktail Bay in South Africa that include all forms of fishing, game viewing and adventure travel.
The Maldives comprise 26 atolls and are spread in a north to south direction over a distance of 868 km between latitude 7 degrees 6′ 30” north and 0 degrees 42′ 30” south and offers exciting flyfishing possibilities from flats to surf to blue water. The atolls are large and unique in that there are, atolls within atolls and lagoons within lagoons, and it is this unusual geography that produces some of the most picture-perfect scenery one could imagine.
Vast, brilliant white sand and coral flats stretch for as far as the eye can see and are bisected by deep, blue channels and cuttings that provide direct access to the open ocean and deep lagoons.
In 2008, we conducted our first exploratory trips to these waters to asses the fly fishing potential. We have subsequently conducted more than 40 fly fishing trips to various atolls and Islands of the Maldives and have been very impressed with the quality and abundance of the fish stocks. We are constantly discovering new and better localities, catching more and bigger fish only to realise that we have only just begun to uncover what this amazing country has to offer.
The main species to target on the flats are triggerfish, snapper, giant trevally, bluefin-, and yellowspot trevally with the occasional barracuda, bonefish and permit.
The surf zone produces a multitude of snapper and rock cod species, green job fish, giant trevally and an abundance of bluefin trevally. Giant trevally up to 100 pounds are often seen and a number 70 pound fish have been landed. (Please visit our photo gallery)
Currently the only feasible way to fish the numerous uninhabited islands of Maldives is by way of a live-aboard charter. In the Maldives, as opposed to other Indian Ocean atolls, there are no lengthy open ocean crossings or rough outside anchorages. Most of the sailing is done within the calm waters of the expansive lagoons.
Hosted trips of seven to ten days for a maximum of seven anglers are planned to co-inside with the best tides and season. Fishing time is maximised by the detailed planning of tidal flows and travel between fishing areas.
We offer guests the choice of a Couples trip, on a luxury motor boat, or trips for the more serious fly angler on a traditional but very comfortable safari dhoni.
Couple’s Trips to the Maldives
It is not often that fly fishermen can follow their passion in the company of their partners while exploring some of the most beautiful islands in the world on a luxury cruise vessel. Well, this is exactly what Ufudu Fly Fishing Safaris has done for several years. The rave reviews received from guests left us in no doubt that the entire experience is a winner and worth repeating year after year.
The Boat M/Y Conte Max is the perfect synergy between luxury and home-from-home comfort. A delightful crew is on hand to attend your every need and there is a team of chefs who produce excellent local and international cuisine. With a high level of design and excellent quality finishes, this 33 meter yacht boasts three sundecks, indoor and outdoor dining areas, gleaming wood furnishings and parquet flooring.
There are eight cabins (four triple with double and single beds and four twin cabins) for a total of fourteen guests (seven couples plus your host, Ben Pretorius). All cabins have en-suite bathrooms with air-conditioning and skylights.
The lounge is the perfect place to relax in either the comfortable couches or at the bar. There is also a small boutique, a library, television, music and Internet point. The Conte Max also has a small health spa with an Ayurveda therapist.
A comfortable Maldivian traditional boat, known as a dhoni, equipped with diving and sporting gear as well as a canoe and a motorised tender will accompany Conte Max for the duration of your trip. (Photographs attached)
The Fly fishing
All fly fishing is hosted by Ben Pretorius (see profile attached), who has hosted many a memorable a trip to the Maldives during the past 10 years. At all times he will assist/advise anglers in matters relating to safety, tackle, knots, fly choice and fishing techniques and tactics.
Each day’s fly fishing outing is planned to ensure the safety, success and enjoyment of the anglers. Factors such as location, tides, weather, desired species and skill levels will be taken into account.
During the seven day trip the boat will travel to several well researched island destinations that will include expansive flats, sand bars, deep channel drop-offs and surf zone.
On the flats and sand bars, sight fishing to species such as yellow margin/- and titan triggerfish, bluefin/-, yellowspot and giant trevally, will be the order of the day. On a few occasions bonefish have been encountered on the flats in the south.
For you and the many fly anglers who dream of casting a fly to a GT as it cruises the flats in search of prey, this is your opportunity as you are most likely to encounter one of these powerful predatory fish on one or more of the flats that we will be visiting.
On certain flats, given good light and weather conditions, the quality of the trigger fishing will match that found anywhere on this planet. Making accurate casts and delicate presentations to sighted triggerfish and enticing these wary fish to eat your fly, is a challenge many a fly angler look forward to.
Fishing the surf zone is more challenging due to wave action and irregular underfoot conditions but it is there that angler’s stand a good chance of landing big bluefin trevally or GTs.
Fishing the drop-offs anglers will be making quick casts of feeding bonito, bluefin trevally, bohar snappers or GTs.
Non- Fishing activities
An array of spectacular destinations will provide opportunities for you to scuba dive and snorkel in crystal clear water with unique and colourful varieties of corals, tropical fish, big game species, Manta rays and turtles.
You will explore several islands, visit a fishing village, and enjoy a romantic dinner on a remote, uninhabited island. Highly qualified and dedicated crew members will host the on-board, adventure and snorkelling activities.
Scuba Diving Guests
On past trips we have had guests whose main focus was to experience the unrivalled scuba diving the Maldives has to offer. With a little more planning we were able to accommodate them very comfortably without compromising any of the other activities.
Guest can do up to two dives per day with one night dive during the week provided it is compatible with the rest of the group program. Two or three diving/snorkelling guides are always present (instructor / dive masters).
OUR BOOKING POLICY
- To confirm your reservation we require a 50 % non-refundable deposit (read with cancellation policy below)
- The final payment is due 90 days prior to departure
- A minimum of 10 pax (5 of which must be fly anglers) are require for the trip to go ahead. Once a minimum of 10 pax have been confirmed the final payment becomes due and non-refundable 90 days prior to departure.
- Ufudu Fly Fishing Safaris has the right to cancel 90 days from the start of the trip if less than 10 pax less (5 of which are fly anglers) are confirmed and will refund all deposits paid to date.
- A monthly update of confirmed bookings will be sent to clients.
Please Note: It is advisable to take out a trip cancellation policy in conjunction with your travel insurance policy.
PROFILE of BEN PRETORIUS: Owner of Ufudu Fly fishing Safaris, fly fishing host and fly casting instructor
Ben started fly fishing 29 years ago in the salt water but has also fished fresh water throughout southern Africa and Europe.
Since 1999, with the establishment of Ufudu Fly Fishing Safaris, he has hosted fly anglers professionally at venues along the southern African coast, Mexico, Mozambique the Maldives and the Seychelles.
He has written numerous articles for fly fishing magazines and books, has been a guest speaker for various fly fishing associations and is a fly casting instructor. He is actively involved in several conservation and marine research initiatives.
Ben’s fly fishing passion began with targeting fish in the rock and surf zone off the east coast of Africa and specialises in catching big GTs. In South Africa he pioneers the tactics of catching GTs in excess of 100cm from the rock and surf zone and has landed some of the biggest GTs ever caught on fly in South Africa.
After spending two months fly fishing the remote islands of the Seychelles he conducted the first exploratory trip to the Maldives in 2008.
Since 2008 Ben has hosted more than 30 live- aboard fly fishing trips to the northern and southern atolls of the Maldives hosting a maximum of seven fly anglers on each trip.
During his extensive travels to the north and south atolls, he has discovered many islands, sand banks and surf zones that have produced some of the biggest GTs , triggerfish, barracuda and bluefin trevally ever caught on fly in the Maldives
As a host he assists guests with all tackle and fly related matters, where and when to fish, fly fishing tactics and techniques as well as ensuring their safety.
Maldives Fly Fishing trips: For the more serious fly angler.
Each year we offer several of these 7-8 night hosted trips to either the northern or southern atolls of the Maldives.
The trips are all planned to coincide with the best seasons, tides and moon phase and are limited to a maximum of six anglers per trip.
This is traditional and very comfortable safari dhoni that offers shared accommodation and excellent food for a maximum of six anglers. The boat which is ideally suited to these fly fishing trips is accompanied by a tender that transports anglers to the various fishing localities.
Depending on the season trips are planned to uninhabited islands of either the northern atolls or to those of the southern atolls.
Fly fishing trips for 2022 (northern atolls)
We have recently discovered new venues in the north that present guests with totally different, yet very exciting fly fishing opportunities. On a recent trip we visited both these venues and we are confident that future trips to both these venues will provide guest with the near perfect trip.
Consider this prospect…for the first 3 days of the trip you will be sight casting to some of the biggest GTs imaginable in the surf zone.
Here GTs of up to1.5metres (fl) well within casting range are regularly seen in the crystal clear water of the surf zone providing anglers with the exhilarating prospect of hooking and hopefully landing one of the most powerful and dirty fighting fish in the sea. To date fish of 1.3 metres have been hooked (but not landed) and several fish over a metre have been landed.
Then for the remainder of the trip you will be making pin-point casts to wily tailing triggers, bluefin, snappers and GTs whilst wading kilometres of snow white sand flats. Feed –back of trips to the north from several well-travelled guests was unanimous that value-for-money they would be very hard to beat.
It must be said that attributes such as physical fitness, a good sense of balance, good casting skills and the ability to see fish are essential to be successful when fishing the surf zone.
2022 TRIP INFORMATION: MALDIVES NORTHERN ATOLLS
On behalf of Ufudu fly Fishing Safaris I would like to invite you to join me one of our 2022 hosted trips to the northern atolls of Maldives.
I have been hosting fly fishing trips to the Maldives for the past 10+ years and in the very recent past I have discovered some of the most productive fly fishing islands this country has to offer. Islands with kilometres of sand flats and surf zone that are home to some of the biggest GTs I have ever seen, triggers, bluefin and yellowspot trevally, snappers, milkfish and bonefish to a lesser extent.
Fly fishing for GTs
If your main ambition is to target GTs, this is where you want to go as you will encounter GTs in excess of 130 cm fl (100pounds). Islands where you can sight cast and blind cast to GTs in the surf zone as well as Islands where you can sight cast to them on the flats.
In the past few years several GTs over the 100cm fl have been landed here. (Please see attached photos of a few of the most recent GTs caught from these islands.)
The net result of discovering these new venues is that I am now very confident that I can offer our clients consistent and varied opportunities of casting flies to big GTs and other exciting species in the surf and on the flats at very affordable prices.
It must however be cautioned that to catch one of these big GTs it requires the following skills and attributes: good casting and stripping skills, the ability to see fish, to be physically fit, to have patience and a good sense of balance.
Other fly fishing species
Other notable species that you will encounter at these islands are the following: Bluefin trevally with fish up to 75cm fl, yellow-spot trevally, yellow margin and titan triggerfish, milkfish, snappers, bonefish and permit to a lesser extent.
Hosting duties and responsibilities
As your host I will advise and assist guests with all matters relating to tackle (gear set up, knots, leaders and fly choice), casting and stripping skills, safety precautions and seeing fish.
The Live- Aboard Accommodation
The live-aboard accommodation is aboard the safari dhoni Gahaa (see photos attached) which is a traditional but very comfortable boat that offers full board air conditioned single en-suite accommodation to 6 anglers.
The trip information
Please refer to the Maldives 2022 Trips page
Ufudu Fly Fishing Experience
Tel: (w): (+27)87 087 0302
Mob: Ben Pretorius: (+27)82 802 1677