Fly Fishing Abu Dhabi – Queen Fish

*This post is from April*

Headed out a few weeks ago to the small collection of islands off the Abu Dhabi mainland and scouted around for some queen fish. Queen fish are an awesome fish to catch on fly. They give an initial run and a few more before tiring out and easily landed. They are in abundance around Abu Dhabi and indeed across the UAE.

It wasnt long before leaving the launch spot that we ran out an into some bird action and hitting the water for small bit fish. Slowly approaching them and engines off, we drifted over and cast into the pack and instantly a hook up for Chris and then for me. Small queenies these were but fun all the same and taken on a nice medium size hook white and blue clouser.

I like clousers as they are a good all round fly for catching a variety of fish. They are also relatively easy to and i always have a good selection of white, blue, chartreuse and pink patterns in my fly box, they have never let me down yet.

Due to the currents moving quickly with the tide changes the school of bait fish had moved on and so we decided to head out to a small island overlooking the western region and indeed back to the city of Abu Dhabi. I walked the beaches looking for fish to sight cast to but no luck for me. Chris on the other hand had a nice silver tail and a small hammour.


The weather is warming up in Abu Dhabi now as summer approaches but the fishing will still continue as we target queenfish, trevally and Milk fish which are usually here all year round.

The boat is in for maintenance at the moment up in Fujiarah but will be in the water and ready for taking out clients for guided trips again very soon and im looking forward to having you all out on the boat very soon.

Here are some pics of the boat being prepared for you all. She will be a great fly fishing, light tackle spinning and deep sea trolling platform!



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Fly Fishing Abu Dhabi UAE

After a crazy week of weather in Abu Dhabi, where we saw hurricane winds, rain, sink holes, buildings damaged, trees up rooted, airplanes damaged, you name it, if it was in the weathers ways, it got hit and smashed big time.

Got myself a Gopro Camera recently after wanting one for a while so eager as a kid can be with a new gadget, i headed down to the Salt Flats today to test it out.

No fish caught today unfortunately but saw some big splashes and jumps way out in front of me but couldn’t reach them with a cast as they were well over 200 feet away.



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Fly Fishing Abu Dhabi – Bait Balls, Queen Fish and Black Tip reef Sharks

I was invited a week ago to fish with Chris who had recently taken delivery of his new boat and was keen to get it out on the water and fly fish.

We met near Chris’s home and and rigged up the rods and boat and set off for the launch spot. Conveniently the launch spot is only 15 minutes drive away so by 9am, we were on the water and heading for the fishing grounds. After a bit of confusion on the right direction to the spot we wanted to hit, we eventually found our way passing many jumping fish (which looked like Mullet) along the way which was encouraging to see as the tide was rising into the channels.

Upon reaching the spot, we drifted for a short while and blind casted and monitored the currents and any sign of rises and bird activity.

It was pretty quiet for a while then all of a sudden Chris spots a few splashes and upon closer look we see birds hitting the water and what appeared to be a bait ball.



Drifting with the boat closer to the bait ball, we then notice it was a massive school of queen fish and along side them, 2 5 and half feet black tip reef sharks, all smashing the bait fish!




Neither the sharks nor queen fish seemed both by one another and were instead together in harmony working the bait fish into a tight pack where they munched till their hearts were content.

Chris cast a line and was first into a nice sized queen, and a bit of playing the fish, he had it boat side and along followed 4 other queens watching their buddy be brought in. I flicked my line out with the trusted green and white clouser to the following fish and boom, hook up and “fish on”! Again after a few minutes of play, the fish were both on board for a few pics and released. Awesome!


By now the area around us was raining bait fish, queens and the tow sharks and i literally mean raining bait fish, splash, splash, splash all around us and we could literally take our pick of where to cast….awesome!  Between us we hooked around 7-8 fish throughout the morning and it wasnt until several other boats approached the area that the fish then all scarpered and the bait ball moved on.

The boat was an perfect size and ride for the area we fished and extremely stable. For its maiden voyage, it did both Chris and I proud.

An awesome mornings fishing and a lot of fish taken in the 4 hour trip we did!


“Fish On and Hit It..!”


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Grunters on the Salt Flats – Fly Fishing Abu Dhabi

Back on the salt flats yesterday morning to further explore my old fishing ground with Captain B. Previous week it was far to windy to cast or sight cast and was very difficult fishing.

Left the house around 7.15 am and called to check on Captain B who was en route from Umm Al Qwain to join me for the morning. B was already close to the fishing grounds and i was just leaving, he’d made good time taking only two hours to get there! Time to put my foot down on the petrol and get a move on. It never seems to amaze me how easy it is to get up in the morning for something you love doing and have a passion for:)

Beautiful morning as i made my way through Abu Dhabi towards the flats and almost zero wind around. Got off the highway and followed the road down to the flats where i found B’s car parked up and i could see him in the distance already casting away. I geared up and packed the food and drinks into my ruck sack. Unfortunately there were no Chicken Francks for us today in the ADNOC station which is not a good sign. As i reported before, we live for fly fishing and chicken franks so had to settle for  a cheese, turkey and black olive croissant:)


I set off to catch B up and after a good 20 minute walk reached the flats and spoke to B. No luck just yet on any fish so we had a quick chat and discussed tactics. The tide was rising slowly and flooding onto the flats which is a good sign that there would be some good predators around to target and as we scanned the flats, we could see some tails which were thought for a minute could be milk fish !!! After further investigation, we realized they were very large needle fish which we don’t really like as they annihilate your fly and although they dance and give a good fight, we were really after different species. I waded out to a spot and stood on the rocks, knew deep in the water and began with a small clouser, white and blue colour. A few casts and some small strikes later i caught a bloody needlefish hahahaha! A quick retrieve and release, i cast again and carried on. Ten mins must have past and then i changed up my fly for a green and white deceiver which had weighted eyes so i could get down a bit further as i felt the fish were deeper and i also had on my intermediate fly line. Several casts later and with a slow retrieve i get a very good take on the fly , boom and the rod bends and line goes tight (we all know that feeling…:) )!! This fish felt good and started to take line , i turned to B who hadn’t noticed and shouted “FISH ON”, then he noticed:)  Deeper the fish dived and more line taken, i was wondering what it was, hammour nah, couldn’t be, queen fish, could be but hadn’t seen any jumps yet, needle fish (i hope not…) and then i got a real good flash of silver and a bit of surface and i could see it was either a sea bream or Nagroor (grunter).


Fish dived again and took more line, i tightened the drag more and got the excess line back onto the reel and got in control. Still knee deep in the rising tide i stepped back a bit into the shallows and began to play the fish towards the shallow waters and eventually landed a very nice Nagroor.


I decided to keep this one for the table and dinner on Saturday. Whilst i took the fish back onto dry land, B stepped into where i ad been casting and fished on (tag team you see:) ). After a good 10 minutes away fro the action and putting the fish away, i saw that the fly was quite badly damaged from that action so checked the box and didn’t have anymore of the same size flies so went up a few hook sizes and put on the same fly but larger. I moved back into place and cast again, several casts later i got another cracking take and this felt the same as before but a bit stronger. Same process and play time i had a feeling it was another nagroor and after 5 minutes of playing the fish it came up to surface and it was indeed another nagroor only slightly fatter. Again i backed into the shallows and as i bent down to grip the fish, it flipped and i got one of its spines in my thumb, line snapped and after running for a second in pain from the inserted spine in my thumb, the fish swam off laughing as it went…….! I took the snips i had and pulled out the spine , cursing as i did and allowed the blood to flow.


We then had a visit from the coats guard who asked us to move on from where we were fishing, so we packed up and made our way back to the main land and take a break and have a cheese,turkey and black olive croissants.

We fished on for a further 30 minutes making our way back to the cars as we did and eventually reached the other side of the flats and broke down the gear and packed up to drive home.

Another great adventure and a fish for the table!



Tight lines, fish on and fly fishing Abu Dhabi!

Wetting the new Fly Rod and Reel Set up

Just took delivery of my new Reddington Pathway Rod and reel last week so headed out on Friday early morning for a trip on the flats.

Forecast was not great with high winds and scattered rain but aint no stopping me with a new bit of tackle to try:)


Stopped off at the petrol station along the way for supplies and of course the legendary Chicken Franck Sandwich (every fisherman should consume one in their lifetime )and then back on the road to the fishing grounds.


A good few years since ive been here to fly fish and quite a bit has changed with respect to the entry points to the flats. Used to be able to drive my car right up and walk a few hundred yards. Now you need to pull up quite far away and walk a food 25-30 mins to the flats. But like i said, aint no stopping me with new tackle to try and this place has a special place in my heart. Have caught good fish here in the past and a good variety to from queens, to breams to milk fish.


Extremely quite when i arrived and begun the walk around to the flats, set up with a floating line at first and a red and white clouser.



Nothing doing after 35 mins so changed onto a blue and white clouser and had some takes from needle fish (the rats of the ocean…). Eventually hooking and landing this little fellow which i put back safe and sound to annoy me another day…


Lots of Flamingos feeding and wading in the background made for a pleasant view and the rain did actually hold off for the 3 hours i was there but sadly the winds did not.



In the end id tested the rod and reel and was satisfied id had my fishing fix for the day. Lunch was planned in Dubai in the afternoon so packed up and drove home for some bacon butties and a cup of the tea with the wife:)

Tight lines and Fish On!


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Back fishing-Long overdue Trip to Oman

After a few years away from Fishing  due to working in Qatar, changes of circumstances etc i am now back In Abu Dhabi where my fishing adventures in the UAE began and in fact this very blog!:)

I feel a great sense of excitement as i sit down again to type and update you on my latest trip out to Oman to a place called Khasab. Ive wanted to explore Oman for a long time as there are some great fishing spots to be explored and with the right patience and knowledge, also some world class fishing to be had. Over 2016, Oman and its different areas are a definitely on my to do list and of course i will share any updates here:)

So Captain B and I left Umm Al Quwain early morning around 6am. I convinced Captain B to stop off at McD’s for a quick breakfast butty (real fishermens food) before we hit the highway. Captain B wasnt disappointed and i can see him becoming a regular there!


Onto the highway and to RAK as e’d be crossing the border there and into Mussandam and eventually Khasab. Along the way we encountered many beautiful sites and places and after around a little over an hour, we reached the Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) and Oman border. Here we went through the exit entry points and then got back into the car and onto Khasab. As soon as you are done with the legal stuff and into Oman,Boy oh boy are you met with some of the most beautiful scenery i have ever seen! Coastline and mountains! I could have stopped easily several times to cast a line and indeed run us off the road from staring but Captain B as co-pilot kept us on track:)


Eventually the coastline runs up a mountain and into 4 wheel drive and up, yp and up you go. Once at the top, you then descent down into Khasab and eventually reaching the port town. Many cruise ships are now operating in this area and from the scenery, its a no brainer that everyone would want to see this magestical paradise. after a few quick chats with the locals (best part of any adventure..!) e headed over to the marina to try and find someone to take us by boat to one of the islands. The car was loaded with camping gear and enough food and water etc for a few days. We found one of the locals who seemed to be running a few tourist dhows out of the port and started negotiating a speed boat to take us to an island and then after a few days pick us up again. Price negotiated and boat loaded up, off we set to our very own little paradise for a few days. No to be noted, there is mobile phone signal here so we knew we would be at peace of mind form all the social media which would ensure a total relaxation.


Now we were off and into the open sea, a few KM’s away and you turn into the mountains and man words can not explain how beautiful this place is. We searched a few spots and eventually settled for what im nicknaming the Martian Island (more of this later…). We unloaded and set up camp. We were fishing with squid and shrimp and planned just to really sit and kick back and strike on any fish that decided to go for our bait. This was after all be a relaxation trip of the christmas holidays so no kayaks or boats just chill and fish.

Literally on Captain B’s first cast he gets a bite and after a few minutes landed this medium sized pretty little fish (not sure of the name but lovely all the same). Released after a few pics. Myself had zero luck all afternoon until the afternoon tide started to retreat and then my rod doubled over and after a few minutes , i beached this black bream. with enough food for a few days , i decided also to put this one back and again set up the rod with bait for fishing.




Quite a few dhows came by throughout the day and we have some trespassers to Martian island (ok , ok i know its not our island but hey i can dream:) ) A nie family form mexico who stopped by snorkeling and we had a good chat before they left back to their boat (they wouldnt pay any trespasser fees though….).



Later afternoon Captain B and i decide to explore the island and search out some fishing from the higher up rocks. We found a nice spot (come on, is this not a nice spot…!!) and B had a live bait and myself a yo zuri casting lure. B first cast (this man is lucky…) as his live bait hits the water gets nailed by a Big Barracuda, but cunning as they are these barracudas, he missed the hook and got away. All the same the adrenaline running through us both now was best described as two kids being given a new ipad each ( or a bag of sweets:) ). From this vantage point looking down to the sea, we could easily see any fish approaching the lures and live bait and we had many follows from needle fish and other small preadtors but nothing hooked and the barracuda had by now moved on.


As we sat and looked out over the spot we were in, a massive splash happened below us and a very large im guessing 10-15 KGs grouper smashed what it thought was a dead fish but was in actual fact a small piece of plastic floating on the surface. It was enough to get the two of use excited and again we began casting down the same area but no luck in enticing the big guy back to out bait offerings.

The sun was starting to set for evening now so we decided to head back to camp and get set up for dinner, BBQ style.




BBQ lit we fired up the stove and put on some corn and water for tea. Not long before the smell must have hit the noses of a small family of goats and they came down to check us out. We fed them and then equally shooed them on their way so we could eat in peace.

Dark had now set in and with no mobile signal, we had very little by way of entertainment. Then Capt B remembers he has an audio book on his phone of the new movie the Martian so the two of us sat back on our chairs, lit the fire pit and sat back and listened to the narrator tell the story. This experience i cannot put well into words but it brought back memories of being a kid and listening to the radio on a sunday back in the UK when the BBC used to have such stories narrated for kids and i would eagerly listen in. Imaging, total darkness, mountains lit by a climbing moonlight, the stars there bang in your face like you could almost touch them, total silence, a fire pit roaring and the sound of a voice narrating a story about an astronaut on planet Mars, Awesome! For two hours we sat there listening to that and i kid you not it was the best entertainment ive had in a while, simple yet effective and couldnt have been more fitting for such an occasion! And so was named our “MARTIAN ISLAND”…!!:)



We continued fishing into the night but catching small fish which we reigged up as live bait , casted back into the sea for larger predators. Nothing seemed to be coming to investigate these small live baits so we decided to pack up for the night and head to bed. We were due to go on the boat tomorrow and do some trolling as agreed when we negotitaed the speed boat service.

Next morning we woke at 5 am and started to make bacon butties and coffee. Back came the goats and and shared some breakfast before we then started to pack up camp ready for the boat pick up and to go do some trolling. The boat came and we loaded all the gear up and set off trolling round the mountain edges and then eventually into the open sea. We saw a few dolphins along the way but as we reached the open sea, it was really rough and not good for trolling. Capt B also started to get some sea sickness so we decided after an hour to call it a day and head back to port and set off back to the UAE.

Another pleasureable drive back and we arrived at Capt B’s just after lunch time. After unloading his gear i bid him farewell and continued my drive onto Abu Dhabi and home.

All in all a very pleasurable and memorable trip and looking forward to the next Oman adventure!

Tight lines and Fish on!