The Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef World Heritage coastline offers fly-fishermen an excellent opportunity to enjoy world-class fly fishing to a huge range of species including Indo-Pacific Permit, and is home to Australia’s only reliable Bonefish fishery.
Fishing both the gulf and Ningaloo reef sides of the peninsula also provides a great diversity of fishing options available, from mangrove systems and shallow flats through to coral reef systems in crystal clear water. Also home to Giant Trevally, Queenfish, Cobia, Golden Trevally, Blue Bastards and Barramundi, Exmouth is also an excellent location to target all 6 species of Billfish on Fly.
Located 1200km north of Perth, the Ningaloo Reef is also renowned for its annual whale shark migration and fantastic scuba diving. This majestic reef runs 250km along the coastline and features deserted beaches, clear blue skies and an array of great accommodation options.
With numerous accommodation and package options available, Exmouth is great for grabbing a few friends or the whole family and heading west for some outstanding flats or Bluewater fly fishing. A short flight north from Perth, Exmouth has the benefit of providing sheltered fishing conditions from all angles, with both the gulf and reef side of town providing extensive habitat to explore.
We have a great range of select accommodations including private house stay’s, villa’s, resort style accommodation or deluxe eco-camping on the shores of the magnificent Ningaloo Reef. With plenty of amazing fresh seafood available and a decent range of dining options, Exmouth is also a great destination for couples looking to get away from the city and enjoy some of the non-angling activities on offer. Including snorkelling with whale sharks, turtle nesting, birding and observing the natural flora and fauna in a serene and remote location.
With a world-class permit fishery in the Gulf of Exmouth, and the development of Australia’s only reliable bone fishery since 2005, pioneer Brett Wolf can lay claim to putting Exmouth on the map within fly fishing circles.
Double figure bonefish are caught regularly in this part of the world, the sun is almost always shining and the local seafood is simply amazing.
However, it’s the Permit that many anglers travel to Exmouth to target with T. Blocchi predominantly landed and the occasional T. Anak species also landed on fly. Often seen in large schools, they share the flats with Bonefish, Golden Trevally and Giant Trevally well over a meter in length.
As with most guiding operations, you will be on the water early and have the option of chasing a variety of species each day. You can cast a fly at teased Marlin or Sailfish in the morning for example, then move in through the reef to the lagoon flats and cast a fly a Trophy Bonefish and feeding Permit in the afternoon with the sun over your shoulder.
The fringing reef off Exmouth and the North-West Cape is Australia’s largest, and lays anything from a few hundred meters to a few kilometres offshore – and it basically forms a giant lagoon inside. With extensive shallow sand flats and low tidal movement, it makes the perfect combination for polaroiding and sight casting from the front deck, which is equipped with an electric and lean bar.
Seasonally, the region fishes well year-round and there are a host of other species on the flats and mangrove creeks including, Milkfish, Barramundi, Queenfish, Spangled Emperor, Giant Herring, Tarpon, Cobia, and Blue Bastards.
If you are specifically interested in chasing Billfish on fly, then there are few places better in the world than Exmouth to realise that experience. Blue, Fly Odyssey works with a number of the best game boat operators in Exmouth from October – February each season, while we can also combine a trip to include both flats fishing and Bluewater on the one itinerary to suit the best moon phases and tides for each.
For larger group bookings, Fly Odyssey can arrange co-guiding with a number of other operators in the region.
As per all Fly Odyssey bookings, we will provide you with a comprehensive and detailed pre-trip fly fishing guide prior to departure.
Flights to Exmouth are less than 2hrs in duration and are available daily from Perth, Western Australia.
Flights generally depart very early in the morning or around midday which are perfect for connecting flights from Melbourne and Sydney.
Landing in Learmonth Airport which is fifteen minutes from the Exmouth town center, we can, arrange a private transfer, hire a car for your stay or local taxi to take you to your accommodation for check-in.
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Our tailored fly fishing and accommodation itineraries are designed with you in mind to suit your preferences. They are also quoted in your local currency with very favourable exchange rates.
Fly Odyssey have access to the best guiding and lodging rates, suitable tides and updated availability to this destination which can vary throughout the season.
This includes flight bookings, transit accommodation, transfers and a host of non-angling activities and experiences.
We specialise in family, couples and group says to the region, and our long involvement with our partners on the ground will ensure you are well looked after both on and off the water.
This includes extended stays in Perth, and holidays to the Cocos Keeling Islands.
Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers.
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Our knowledge of travel logistics saves you time, and our highly experienced team is here to ensure its spent on the water and not at the desk or on a long flight connection that you didn’t require. Since 2006 we have developed a valued client-base that has travelled to all corners of the globe.
We are a fully-accredited travel agency, where all of our flights, accommodation and associated travel bookings are done in-house, which means that you pay less. We have access to a huge range of specials, deals, great volume pricing and excellent currency exchange rates which allows us to pass these benefits directly onto you.
On the fishing front, our extensive expertise and experience around prime seasons, species, moon-phases, tides and personalised customer service is centred around one principal – preparation. This includes detailed gear and equipment lists, the fly patterns, transfer details, up-to date fishing reports and some of the finer aspects that can often be overlooked.
We travel extensively and understand that your free-time is important. Just as we all understand from experience, that the key to a successful trip is pre-trip preparation.
Our highly experienced team has fly fished the world for the last 25 years, and we understand the considerations and gear needed to turn a good fly fishing trip into a great one.
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