Keith Rose-Innes Fly Fishing Journal

Keith Rose-Innes – In a sport where egos are often measured in cms and kgs, it’s difficult to describe who you are and where you have been without sounding full of it. I’ll try, but forgive me if I fail. All I can intentionally say is that I am extremely grateful to have been afforded the opportunities to fish the amazing places that I have. Fly fishing is in my blood, literally. Long before Instagram profiles and brand ambassadors, my grandfather, Harry Stewart was the OG fly fisherman. He grew up fly fishing in Scotland, moved to Rhodesia after World War II, ran Troutbeck Inn, founded both Stewart’s Fishing Flies and Hairy Fairy Flies before settling in South Africa and in later years moving to New Zealand. Thanks to him and my father, I have been fly fishing for over 35 years with 23 of those years spent fishing and guiding in over 25 different countries. If I had to hang my hat anywhere in the world, it would be in the Seychelles. From being a co- founder of FlyCastaway and Flyz Inc, to co-founding the Alphonse Fishing Company and now our latest initiative, Blue Safari, my home is in the remote atolls of the Seychelles. Living where I do comes with obvious perks, not least of which is access to the incredible fisheries on my doorstep. I have been lucky enough to be the first to fly fish and guide trips to numerous of the now well-known outer atolls of the Seychelles.

Many would call it pioneering, but I see it as school fees. No matter where you fish, spend enough time on the water and that will translate into expertise. My time spent exploring the Indian Ocean has  allowed me to become an ambassador for the Giant Trevally (GT) and in tune with how best to guide for these powerful adversaries. Over the  years I have personally guided clients into catching over 5200 fly-caught GTs on the flats as well as being at the forefront of developing techniques on how to catch various previously “non catchable” fish species found in  the Indian Ocean, like landing the first bumphead parrotfish on fly.  The years I’ve spent exploring, promoting and establishing the remote atolls of the Seychelles as the world’s best saltwater fly fishing destination have been the best years of my life. Along the way I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside various fly rod, reel, line, hook, braid and clothing companies, developing a standard of tackle, gear and rigging that can survive the extremes of casting big flies and fighting explosive gamefish in the tropics. If I continue to have any say in it, there will be plenty more to come.

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Cameroon, West Africa, Nile Perch

Healthy environments are isolated and dwindling before our eyes, and a journey to this location in Cameroon is the opportunity to see a piece of Africa that is an extremely rare representation of how vast areas of the African continent…

Florida Keys, Tarpon, Fishing with Captain Joel Dickey

The Keys is a special place as it's the area where all the pioneering work was done back in the days paving the way for our amazing sport of fly fishing. Cpt. Joel Dickey convinced us to visit in July and to say it was epic is an understatement!
Varzina River

Varzina River, Kola Peninsula, Russia, Atlantic Salmon

A trip to the amazing Varzina River, Kola Peninsula, Russia in search of a big silver Atlantic salmon fresh off the sea. The river is small and dramatic with numerous rapids and amazing pools starting only seven kilometers from the sea.
Morocco

Morocco, Africa, White Marlin on a Bamboo Fly Rod

Morocco is truly a great place to target white marlin on fly and dare I say bamboo. This small billfish makes up in all departments by being wary and more technical than most other bill fish species. Bamboo white marlin mission complete!
Thomas & Thomas

The Bamboo Mission with Thomas & Thomas Fly Rods

To catch as many big saltwater gamefish species on the T&T Sextant range of split cane fly rods. Troy Jacques handcrafts these masterpieces to not only be beautiful but also powerful. The #bamboo mission is ongoing and addictive.
Tarpon

Apalachicola, USA, Big Tarpon on a Bamboo Fly Rod

The mission was to catch a big tarpon on a T&T bamboo fly rod. The perfect place to do so had to be the USA boasting the worlds best tarpon guides as well as one of the healthiest migrations of fish. Bamboo big tarpon mission complete!

Lena River, Yakutia Province, Siberia, Hucho Taimen

In 2005 I was fortunate enough to be invited by fly fishing explorer Ilya Sherbovich on my first trip to the remote rivers of Siberia. This adventure took us to two rivers, the Bisuke and Olanjok, in Yakutia province in search of taimen.
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