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Omani Gold

by clare carter king

Oman … the name alone conjures up images of the desert, sand dunes and camels. This is the place that I now call home and where my husband and I have started our fishing business: Arabian Fly Sport Fishing. Most people’s first reactions are “Oh yeah, I saw the movie Fly Fishing in Yemen. Is it like that?” Well we haven’t built our own river and stocked it with wild salmon, that’s for sure. Our business is saltwater fishing. Oman has over 2000 kilometers of coastline - from rugged, unforgiving cliffs that plunge into the depths of the ocean, to beautiful flat sandy beaches that stretch for miles. There is an abundance of exciting saltwater fishing to experience.

Situated in the Middle East, below the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the next question I usually hear is, “How safe is it?” I can honestly say, as a blonde female, I have never felt safer. The Omani people are THE most welcoming and friendly community I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I would quite happily, and often do, travel the length of the country on my own and camp out under the stars without any worries whatsoever.

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We arrived here in September 2014 and spent over six months exploring every inch of shoreline we could access by car, camping as we went. I’m not going to lie, it was tough and there were days I would have loved to give up and go home. In the end, the experience gained, as well as the outstanding fishing we have discovered, has been worth all the blood, sweat and tears shed along the way. Well I have shed … my husband is South African, so he’s a little tougher than I … on the outside anyway!

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