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    Good morning guys

    Has anybody recently been to Southern Oman? Planning a trip to Hasik to fish the Hallaniyat islands in November. Any advice will be appreciated.

    There are a lot of information on spinning but not that much on flyfishing. Most of the flyfishing reports are only about Permit. I would prefer to target a variety of species so any first hand experienced advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

    Marius

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    I've fished southern Oman with a mate that stayed in UAE.

    Try dropping Matt (Beefbovril) a private message.
    He knew the places better than the locals.

    I can tell you first hand though the places are netted to hell.
    There were baitfish work ups in shore break and not one gamefish or any fish for that matter chasing them.

    Miles of abandoned nets and rubbish on the beaches and dead / dying turtles.

    Hope you find it different to us.

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    Hi Kevin

    Thank you very much for your response.

    That does not sound very promising at all. I truely hope we have a different experience where we're going.

    Will chat to Matt and do a trip report on our return.

    Thanks again.

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    Hi Marius,

    I've fished Southern Oman 5 times in the last 4 years, and heading back for my 6th trip end of September. The fact that I've returned time and again should say enough about the fishery.
    Granted my focus on my Oman trips has been on the spinning side, but that being said, the opportunities for fly fishing are fantastic in the early season as its around this time that the "light tackle" fishery around the offshore islands goes off its face, as well as inshore along the cliffs for a huge number of species.

    Offshore you have amazing opportunities for Yellowspot Travelly,Black Tip Trevally, Amberjack on Topwater, BIG rainbow runners, Blue Spangled Emperors,big Bonnies and insane Shad to 8 kilos.. I'd suggest a 9 or 10 weight set up for these..
    Inshore you've got Omani Bream, Queenies, Permit, Emperors, Golden Trevally, Diamond Trevally and more.. again a 9 or 10 weight would be your best bet.

    Of course Oman is famous for its big GT's... I personally wouldn't have any wish to target these fish on Fly gear, but it could be done... but you would need to be throwing massive flies a long way for long periods of the day!

    Bear in mind this is a boat focused fishery, so you need to be comfortable fishing off a boat, and you're casting will need to be on point to get big flies out in often windy conditions. I'd say an intermediate line would be your most often used set up, as you can fish poppers on it, as well as subsurface patterns.
    A heavy sinker might be good to have as well when targeting Spangled emperors etc around the bommies. Or over deeper Reefs for AJ's..

    Its not the easiest fly destination on the planet, thats for sure, but the rewards can be incredible because EVERYTHING grows big in Southern Oman.. so whatever you do tangle with is likely to be over size..

    Which operator are you fishing with for your trip?
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    Hi there Nepptune

    Thank you so much for this reply. I was getting worried that we've made a big mistake booking this trip...

    We have booked through GTfishingOman who gave us a very good package in comparison with some of the other quotes we got. We will be staying in Hasik( landing in Salalah ) and we'll be fishing from the boat everyday. I have sea legs and I'm quite happy casting from the boat. The wind is a different devil to deal with though...

    We also booked the trip with mainly spinning in mind but I would really like to catch a few fish on fly. My planned itinerary was:

    12wt with both deep sinking and floating lines
    10wt with intermediate line
    And possibly my 9wt with deep sink and floating line
    A variety of clousers, poppers, crab patterns and NYAP's

    I have no dreams of catching one of those monster GT's on fly but a few smaller fish would be more than welcome. I think to catch on of those monstrous Oman GT's on fly you need lots and lots of experience, and I'm not there yet...

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