9 Degrees South - Land Of Giants: Fishing Outer Islands of the Seychelles
For years, Keith Rose-Innes was instrumental in the first fly fishing expeditions to remote parts of the Indian Ocean. Working as a professional fly fishing guide across various atolls in the Seychelles since the late nineties, he stumbled across charts highlighting the Aldabra group - inaccessible, remote but captivating.
Keith began to explore the outer atolls in 2001. He decided to assemble a team who would travel 400 kilometres from the mainland of Madagascar to the most remote part of the Seychelles archipelago and explore the Aldabra group. Upon their first arrival, they were too unprepared to realise they had encountered the site of the largest population of giant trevally on the planet. However, they made sure they came back better prepared to tackle the dotted masses of rock that make up the Aldabra group.
In order to return, Keith began searching for a suitable vessel that could host fly fishing groups with multiple skiffs on deck. He discovered the perfect boat, the Maria II. After purchase, the Maria II was rechristened MV Maya’s Dugong. Keith’s dream was realised.
He contacted filmmaker Rich Morton to join him and his team on the 4th week of a 5 week expedition to the Aldabra group, after they had already racked up over 1000 giant trevally. ‘9 Degrees South – Land of Giants’ is the result of that experience sponsored by Smith Optics, Patagonia, Alphonse Island, Desroches Island, Orvis, RIO, Shilton, TUF-LINE, Buff, SeaToSummit and Enrico Puglisi.
Watch the trailer for the film below.
‘9 Degrees South – Land of Giants’ will be premeiring in London’s Farlows in Pall Mall on Tuesday 16th September from 12h00. Keith Rose-Innes and his colleagues will be on hand to answer any question about the remote destiantions they have visited, and also fly fishing tips.
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Article by Jack Bartrop