Dubai on the Fly
The Emirate of Dubai is the second largest of the seven United Arab Emirates which was formed in 1971, but has the biggest population at over 2.1 million inhabitants.
Size has been synonymous with Dubai as it continues to build the first, largest and the biggest construction projects in the world. Dubai’s dynamics are always transient and ever-changing with its constant urge to construct something better and bigger than the previous. If there was a Palm Island, Nakheel thought of the World Island. Burj Al Arab seemed too timid when Burj Khalifa cropped up, distancing itself to being a loner in the crowd. Dubai constantly dwells in a suppressive competition with itself trying to magnetize tourists to a dreamy world of attractions and unheard of luxuries.
The emirate’s scoring point’s lie in its entrepreneurial abilities to create the inconceivable found in its tourist attractions, landmarks, shopping centers, nightlife and hotels. Although it strictly safeguards its traditional practices, it allows space for other religions to breathe, a rare quality amongst the conservative Arab world. Thankfully, it has been successful in shielding itself from extremism, much-needed for it to survive. Today, Dubai has emerged as a cosmopolitan metropolis that has grown steadily to become a global city and a business and cultural hub of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region.
But the best part of all of this is that Dubai has some truly amazing fly fishing right in the middle of all of this luxury and mind blowing attractions.
Fly Fishing in Dubai
The Arabian Gulf is a shallow body of water that has a huge abundance of life from the smallest baitfish to the biggest pelagics. It is quite astonishing the amount of fish in the middle of Dubai under the towering skyscrapers and luxury Hotels. Dubai has built everything bigger and better and this includes building the biggest man made reefs in the World. The Palm and World Islands have changed the face of Dubai but more importantly created huge habitats for small fish which attracts game fish and in turn attracts us as fisherman. We are lucky to have a wide variety of species patrolling the shallow waters close into Dubai. The main target species are the ever present queenfish which are truly a perfect fly fishing species, they are big, aggressive and jump once hooked making for an amazing visual spectacle from the take to the fight to landing the fish. We have a wide variety of species to target including milkfish, golden trevally, yellowdot trevally, orange spot trevally, barracuda, cobia, king fish and many more.
Fly fishing off Dubai is truly unique and we refer to it as urban fly fishing as you are at times fishing in front of the 7 Star Burj Al Arab Hotel, Atlantis Hotel or the 200 skyscrapers in the Dubai Marina. Our trips are easy and usually half day in the morning or afternoon leaving enough time to explore the many sights of Dubai. Dubai is the perfect destination for a quick holiday, lay over on your way to another destination or the if you live in UAE and want to cure the fishing bug.
We fish throughout the year, but the main season is September through to June which is generally out winter and cooler months. We are lucky that the queenfish, trevally, kingfish, barracuda, cobia etc are here throughout the season but will move to different areas depending on baitfsh, currents and water temperature, so we will vary out plan of attack depending on the conditions and season.
Fly Fishing Gear
The gear we recommend for fly fishing off Dubai is all high end to handle the speed and size of the fish. We suggest 9# or 10# outfits preferably a fast action rod with a good reel to enable you to get in long casts and to be able to lift a fish and fight the fish. We mainly use floating or intermediate lines that are close to the surface as most of our fishing is sight fishing to blitzing fish. But we do use quick sinking lines at certain times of the year to target golden trevally, barracuda, cobia etc that hand are on pinnacles and drop offs.
We mainly use 20-30lbs straight fluorocarbon leaders and flies are no1-2/0 we use clousers and other baitfish patterns in natural colours like grey/white, blue/white, black, chartruese/white etc depending on the season and the size of the baitfish the fish are feeding on.
We can provide all of the fly fishing gear if you don’t want to bring gear which include Thomas and Thomas Rods, Abel and Hatch Reels, Scientific Angler, Rio and Cortland fly lines with custom tied flies from Flyz Inc and Jono Makim. For more information on the gear for your trip drop us a message or call and we can discuss and confirm whats required.
Custom Fly Fishing Boat
We run 3 x boats and all are set up for fly fishing. They are all custom built center console ranging for 27ft-34ft. The boats are powered by Mercury or Yamaha engines with cruising speeds of 30-40knots. The boats are all fully rigged with Garmin electronics, safety gear, Yeti Coolers, and all the requirement have a fantastic comfortable days out on the water.
On all the boats the trips include the boat, captain, fuel, fishing gear, water, and cold drinks. All you need to bring is yourself some snacks and a camera to take pictures of the fish and fantastic urban scenery around Dubai.
Our boats are moored in Jumeirah 2 Fishing Village 1 near the Four Seasons Hotel https://goo.gl/maps/MrrJTsRgYsM2.
There many airlines flying into Dubai and UAE but the main recommended airline is Emirates and a lot of layover deals can be found. Once in Dubai it is very easy to get around with taxis but if required we can arrange a car to pick you up from your hotel and drop you at the marina for your charter and settle the bill directly.
There is a wide range of accommodation from the 7 Star Burj Al Arab to good value 3 star hotels. We work with a wide variety of hotels and can book you a package depending on budget and requirements. We normally suggest a hotel near the Mall of the Emirates so you are central to all of Dubai’s landmarks along with the marinas.
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