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For adventurous and seaworthy anglers, motherships offer the utmost in access and exclusivity, and also provide an incredibly unique angling experience incomparable to traditional, land-based operations. By spending each night on the water, anglers awake in the heart of the fishery, oftentimes in areas that other outfitters simply cannot reach in a standard day trip. Run times to productive fishing areas are minimized, thereby maximizing fishing time. In addition, Mothership-based fishing trips are perfectly-suited for small, private fishing parties, as a single group of anglers can ‘take over’ an entire vessel. Lastly, with the entirety of the trip spent on the water, guests disconnect from the mainland and are immersed in the ecosystem. Leave land behind and explore these mothership fly fishing trips!

Nubian Flats, Sudan

Until recently, North Africa, and especially the coast of Sudan has never been considered a viable fishing destination. However, along the Red Sea coast of Sudan there are countless islands and wide expanses of shallow water flats, offering the adventurous fly angler a treasure chest of fly fishing opportunities. In 2013, Tourette Fishing began the long process of exploring as much of the coast as possible in order to evaluate the fly fishing potential. It didn’t take long to see the massive potential, as the flats were home to incredible numbers of triggerfish, bluefin, giant trevally, bohar as well as shots at bonefish and permit. The nature of the fishery makes a liveaboard option perfectly suited for the needs of fly fishermen visiting the Nubian Flats.

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Andros Island Mothership

The Eleven Experience Mothership is a 74’ Hatteras motor yacht that features three state rooms and ample living space. The mothership provids a comfortable home base for an adventure to Andros Isand’s famed and wildly remote west side. The west side of Andros Island provides a pristine saltwater wilderness featuring a vast array flats, channels, creeks and blue holes where fly anglers can target some of the largest and most prolific bonefish in the Bahamas.

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Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

Jardines de la Reina is a remote archipelago of islands lying some 50 miles off the southern coast of the Cuban mainland. This is a protected marine area with a limited number of catch and release anglers, divers and eco-tourists allowed to visit annually. The habitat here is pristine and untouched, enabling bonefish, permit, tarpon, barracuda, jacks, and snapper to flourish. With a total fishing area greater than the Florida Keys, anglers are given a large area per skiff to fish, ensuring that they rarely see other fishermen.

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The Rising Tide, Belize

The Rising Tide is a 58′ Hatteras wide-body yacht that serves as a live-aboard mothership for anglers and families looking for a unique and diverse Belizean fly fishing experience. Protected by the second-largest barrier reef in the world, Belize has long been an exciting destination for keen saltwater fly anglers. In recent years, Belize has made great strides in further protecting this resource, instituting new conservation laws and providing enforcement which in turn has been proving more and better fishing opportunities. Trips aboard the Rising Tide offer great variety, custom itineraries, skilled guides and an exclusive experience for groups of anglers from two to six people.

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Outpost Mothership, Louisiana

Eleven Experience’s 61’ Hatteras Mothership called the Outpost is a beautifully-restored vessel that places fly anglers squarely on some of the most productive flats in the world for large bull redfish. The yacht hosts groups of four anglers (two per skiff) and features four comfortable and well-appointed private staterooms and bathrooms. Anchored in the heart of the Louisiana marsh, guests on the Outpost have immediate access to fantastic opportunities for large bull redfish, black drum and sheepshead.

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Providence, Seychelles

Providence Atoll is just short of being the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles and contains two major land masses, namely Providence North and Cerf Island. This remarkable atoll has remained largely untouched, with fewer than a thousand people having visited this tropical wilderness in the last century. After guiding on Providence from 2004 – 2009, the Fly Castaway guides are now convinced that Providence is the most exciting and diverse fly fishing destination they have ever encountered. The sheer size and amount of fish-holding area makes both the flats and offshore angling potential almost limitless. It is a true fly fishing wilderness! The Mayas Dugong is an ex-research vessel which has been upgraded and modified into a mothership catering to long range fly fishing expeditions. A large, spacious and extremely stable vessel accommodating up to 12 anglers, she is the perfect base with which to explore the remote outer atolls of the Seychelles and other Indian Ocean waters.

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Eleven Experience Mothership, Florida Everglades

We are excited to announce that this fall, due to increased domestic demand, Eleven Experience will be offering 4-night trips aboard their beautiful Mothership in the Florida, Everglades. Beginning October 1st and extending through November, 2020. Fall fishing in the Everglades is truly a special experience and given the right weather conditions, this can be excellent laid up tarpon fishing. While giant sleeping tarpon in remote, mangrove-lined bays are the primary target, this time of year also offers snook fishing along secluded mangrove banks, and shots at redfish prowling the shallows. The Eleven Mothership has two double occupancy staterooms, each with their own bathroom, which is perfect for 4-angler groups.

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Rio Marie, Brazil

Deep within the Brazilian rainforest near the border with Columbia lies one of the most remote and exciting peacock bass destinations in the world. Officially launching in 2015, Rio Marié has lived up to its claim of being the greatest trophy peacock bass destination the fly fishing world has ever seen. Anglers enjoy true luxury accommodations on a purpose-built mothership that moves about to unfished water each week. With over 400 miles of private water and seasoned English speaking Brazilian guides, this is the place to target well-rested double-digit monsters. Be one of the first to experience this wild region that the locals refer to as “Rio de Gigantes”.

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For more information, contact Fly Water Travel’s Dylan Rose at (800) 552-2729 or email