A Fly Fishing Expedition to the Indian Ocean By Field & Stream Online Editors | Published Mar 6, 2008 5:00 AM Uncategorized Field & Stream Online Editors SHARE An assortment of milkfish and bonefish flies. Crabs and Gotchas are standard patterns in the Seychelles. Patrick Ford Anglers stalk the flats, hoping for shots at tailing milkfish. Patrick Ford When milkfish cruise through skinny water, they look similar to bonefish. But they’re longer tails are a dead giveaway. Patrick Ford Guide Arno Matthee reaches out to land a milkfish. Patrick Ford Milkfish have a reputation for tearing into the backing seconds after the strike. Patrick Ford Arno Matthee holds a fat milkfish prior to release. Patrick Ford The flats of the Seyechelle Islands are also notorious for hosting countless schools of bonefish. Patrick Ford A bonefish is revived after a grueling fight. Patrick Ford To chase fish like this, you’ll need sturdy wading shoes, quick-dry shirts and a face mask to thwart the sun. Patrick Ford This big bone couldn’t pass up a lead-eye Gotcha. Patrick Ford An angler drops his rod while trying to release a bonefish that went berserk. Patrick Ford 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 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 When giant trevally come into casting range, it’s time to focus. Patrick Ford Giant trevally hit with incredible force that has been known to shatter 12-weight fly rods. Patrick Ford Guide Corin Smith with a average-size Seychelle flats GT. Patrick Ford Smith gives a final farewell to his trophy before sending it back out to fight again. Patrick Ford It’s not difficult to find your own schools and hot flats when you’ve got miles of area to roam. Patrick Ford Another school of milkfish cruises past Ford’s camera lens. Field & Stream Online Editors Yellow margin triggerfish are just one of many exotic species that won’t hesitate to grab a fly. Patrick Ford This moustache triggerfish was easy to spot considering it was tailing like a bonefish. Patrick Ford While not the biggest fish on the flats, swallow-tail darts are quick to snatch a bonefish fly. Patrick Ford Emperor snapper will put a nice bend in a 9-weight rod. Patrick Ford 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 When the day is done, nothing airs out your sweaty clothes like a little hang time aboard the Sea Pearl. Patrick Ford MORE TO READ RELATED Best Gifts For Men Need a gift for the outdoorsman in your life? We've got you covered READ NOW RELATED This Week’s Best Deals: Guns.com Black Friday is almost here. To help you save, Field & Stream found all the best deals at Guns.com. RELATED This Week’s Best Deals: Fishing Favorites on Sale Now Field & Stream hooks you up with the best deals on fishing gear this holiday season.