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Some questions regarding fly fishing.

Question:

Dear Stuart.

I am planning a trip to your fantastic looking resort; I have heard and read so many good reports on it. I see you allow fly fishing – this branch of the sport is a passion of mine. So I have some questions for you if you don’t mind regarding equipment and flies, etc. Do you allow less than 10-weight gear to be used for smaller species? In the heavy gear (10/12-weight) what flies and leaders do I need, also what lines are best i.e. sinking, floating, or intermediate?

Many thanks,
Johan from Sweden.

Stuart’s answer:

Hi Johan.

Thank you for your questions. There is little information available on our species, but the following is what we use. By all means experiment with fly patterns – not enough people do. You need to bring all your own equipment as Gillhams does not supply fly tackle. All hooks must be barbless or have crushed barbs. For leaders/tippets we recommend Seaguar fluorocarbon, wire can be used on our fly lure lake but not the main lake. No trebles or flies with multi-hooks can be used. Please be aware though that casting is not easy here due to the landscaped gardens.

All fly fishing equipment and flies to be supplied by the angler, we do not supply any fly fishing equipment you need to bring your own, we have restrictions for fly tackle to fish for our large fish such as arapaima you need a minimum 12wt outfit. All hooks must be single and barbless or crushed barbs no tandem or treble hook set ups, no lead core allowed or any line section below 35lb bs.

For Arapaima and other large specie the minimum is a 12 wt set up leaders must be minimum 35lb bs tippet. Lines I recommend are floating and intermediate. Flies anything fry patterns or tadpoles with plenty of marabou or similar to give the fly some life.

For red tails etc 10 wt set ups are allowed fly size maximum size 8 hooks, leaders minimum 25lb bs tippet. Lines I recommend for red tails and other catfish specie are sinking or intermediate. Flies tadpoles and cat whiskers small fry patterns.

For mini species 8wt set ups are allowed using fly size maximum size 12 with minimum 8lb bs tippet. Lines I recommend are floating. Flies shrimp patterns, buzzers, gold headed daddies, damsels and hairs ear.

The new fly lake has fish from 1 lb to 20lb. The lake has been stocked with some cracking fish from around the world, these include Goliath tiger fish, Nile perch, brycon, Atlantic tarpon, peacock bass, Indian mahseer, golden Dorado, red throated pacu, barramundi, wallago attu, giant snakehead plus striped and cobra snakehead. We intend to stock some other rare and exotic specie as and when they become available, you need to bring your own tackle we allow 6 to 8wt set ups maximum size 8 barbless hooks with minimum 15lb tippets and a soft coated wire trace minimum 15lb bs or pike braid, lines floating and intermediate only no sinking lines.

Flies tadpoles, cats whiskers, small fry patterns, mini poppers, any trout flies you use at home will work. As for the lure rods very light weight baitcasting outfits line minimum 15lb or 30lb braid soft coated wire minimum 15lb bs or pike braid, rubber lures only no hard plastic or metal lures one only single barbless hook, no multi hook rigs lures or bait fishing will be allowed. The best lures we have found are small 1 to 2inch storm lures or small jelly worms.
I never get time to tie my own flies any more, so it is always appreciated if clients bring a few extra flies over for my own use.

Any further questions please do not hesitate to ask. I look forward to meeting you as we do not get so many anglers here who share my love of fly fishing.

Best regards.
Stuart.