Whether coming from the US or Europe Dubai is a key hub and stopping in the middle of the night can make the journey tiring. A stop in Dubai really takes the sting out of the trip and there are other benefits. Go to the basics of what fly rods we usually use. How often are we out with our 10 to 12 wt and big flies? Switching from salmon or trout to strip-striking and laying in to a GT is a big change. There is the adjustment to the psyche from playing salmon or trout to fighting a saltwater fish, in some cases trying not to yield any line. A stop in Dubai gives you the opportunity to adjust.
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. Queenfish and Golden trevally are the main targets
Frontiers can advise on and assist with your hotel accommodation and transfers.It is possible to be picked up from the hotel dock of certain hotels, we can advise. Fishing is from 7am to 12 noon approx so it is also possible to be dropped off at a recommended lunch location to link up with others.
Here is the great thing – there is no need to bring gear or, if you are passing through, unpack your gear. They can provide all of the fly fishing gear which includes Thomas and Thomas rods, Abel and Hatch Reels, Scientific Angler, Rio and Cortland fly lines with custom tied flies.
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. There is 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 a as, at times, you are fishing in front of the 7 Star Burj Al Arab Hotel, Atlantis Hotel or the 200 skyscrapers.
$715 per morning from 7am to 11am or $860 for 7am to 1pm in a custom-built, centre-console boat 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 etc.
Although England is in a current lockdown, countries are beginning to open up again for travel without quarantine. In the past week the UAE is one of the countries that has re-opened to us.
These are the current regs for UAE: