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An assortment of milkfish and bonefish flies. Crabs and Gotchas are standard patterns in the Seychelles. Patrick Ford
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Anglers stalk the flats, hoping for shots at tailing milkfish. Patrick Ford
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When milkfish cruise through skinny water, they look similar to bonefish. But they’re longer tails are a dead giveaway. Patrick Ford
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Guide Arno Matthee reaches out to land a milkfish. Patrick Ford
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Milkfish have a reputation for tearing into the backing seconds after the strike. Patrick Ford
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Arno Matthee holds a fat milkfish prior to release. Patrick Ford
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The flats of the Seyechelle Islands are also notorious for hosting countless schools of bonefish. Patrick Ford
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A bonefish is revived after a grueling fight. Patrick Ford
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To chase fish like this, you’ll need sturdy wading shoes, quick-dry shirts and a face mask to thwart the sun. Patrick Ford
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This big bone couldn’t pass up a lead-eye Gotcha. Patrick Ford
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An angler drops his rod while trying to release a bonefish that went berserk. Patrick Ford
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Skiffs launched from the Sea Pearl drop you off in the morning, bring you lunch around noon, then pick you up at dusk. Patrick Ford
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It’s not easy walking the flats all day with so much gear, but it’s necessary considering you never know what you’ll encounter. Patrick Ford
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When giant trevally come into casting range, it’s time to focus. Patrick Ford
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Giant trevally hit with incredible force that has been known to shatter 12-weight fly rods. Patrick Ford
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Guide Corin Smith with a average-size Seychelle flats GT. Patrick Ford
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Smith gives a final farewell to his trophy before sending it back out to fight again. Patrick Ford
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It’s not difficult to find your own schools and hot flats when you’ve got miles of area to roam. Patrick Ford
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Another school of milkfish cruises past Ford’s camera lens. Field & Stream Online Editors
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Yellow margin triggerfish are just one of many exotic species that won’t hesitate to grab a fly. Patrick Ford
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This moustache triggerfish was easy to spot considering it was tailing like a bonefish. Patrick Ford
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While not the biggest fish on the flats, swallow-tail darts are quick to snatch a bonefish fly. Patrick Ford
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Emperor snapper will put a nice bend in a 9-weight rod. Patrick Ford
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They may not be as big as some of their cousins, but honeycomb grouper have a bad attitude and the teeth to match. Patrick Ford
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When the day is done, nothing airs out your sweaty clothes like a little hang time aboard the Sea Pearl. Patrick Ford

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