Oahu, Hawaii

We offer guided fly fishing for two sub-species of Pacific Bonefish (O'io in Hawaiian) and three species of Trevally on the varied and expansive flats of Oahu. Freshwater guided fly fishing for Peacock Bass (or Tucanare) is also available on a reservoir in central Oahu. The Bonefish in Hawaii average between five to eight pounds, with numerous chances at double-digit fish measuring over 30 inches. These large fish often travel as singles or in 2-packs or 3-packs. Our guides have between 8 and 12 years experience guiding in Hawaiian waters, and specialize in optimizing your time on the saltwater flats based on tides and the prevailing weather conditions. Our trips predominantly consist of wading, with boat and kayak add-ons available (additional charge) to allow access to a few offshore flats and deeper water. Wade trips are significantly less expensive, extremely tailorable and flexible, and usually more productive than sharing the casting platform fishing from a flats boat. Our local guides are friendly, extremely knowledgeable and highly skilled at polishing your casting technique and putting you on fish. A typical, productive day on the water consists of: sighting 10 or more fish, casting to 3 to 5 fish and (hopefully) hooking and/or landing one or more fish. While on the flats, you will also have the opportunity to catch a wide variety of other saltwater fish, including: barracuda, needlefish, pufferfish, triggerfish, and any one of three species of Trevally: Giant Trevally (Ulua in Hawaiian), Bluefin Trevally (Omilu), and Golden Trevally (Budaguchi). Small Trevally of any variety are called Papio in Hawaiian. For the serious saltwater angler, Oahu is the perfect base of operations to add on a day trip (or longer) to one of the other islands (tides and weather permitting), especially Molokai and/or Kauai. Bonefish and Peacock Bass are Catch and Release.

Food

Our guides can arrange for a packed lunch on most daily guided fishing trips. Additionally, our guides know all the "hidden culinary gems" on the island. They are a tremendous resource for dining recommendations if you plan to eat off the beaten track and away from the downtown tourist traps. Contact us if your plans require a complete set of meals as part of a week-long lodging package at one of several island vacation rentals.

Lodging

We can assist with daily or weekly lodging arrangements at various local hotels or island vacation rentals. Contact us if you need lodging during your stay.

Travel

Plan your flights to arrive and depart Honolulu International Airport (HNL). Contact us if you would like assistance with air transportation. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

Fishing Gear

Your trip cost includes the use of top quality gear, including rods, reels and flies. Saltwater flats boots may be available in your size. Check with your guide before arriving. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own equipment -- fly rods should be 8wt or 9wt with a large arbor reel. Saltwater flats boots and polarized sunglasses are essentially mandatory gear. Plan to dress to protect against both wind and sun exposure and always have rain gear available. Some other items to consider packing: camera, hat and/or buff, stripping basket, waist pack with water bottle and sunscreen/chapstick.

Read About this Destination

  • Fly Fishing in Salt Waters magazine, May/June 2010 - "Hawaiian Punch" (by Dave McCoy)
  • Destination Fish magazine, Spring 2009 - "Aloha: Fishing Hawaii's Flats in Search of Behemoth Bones" (by Terrence Duffield)
  • "A Slice of Paradise: Hawaiian Waters Provide a Plethora of Angling Opportunities" column by Will Leschper - printed January 13, 2008
  • "O'io Boy'o! - Bonefishing in Hawaii" column by Steve Schweitzer - printed
    February 22, 2004
  • Fly Fishing in Salt Waters magazine, January/February 2001 - "Bonefish: the Ghosts of the Flats" (by Scott Leon)

Non-fishing Activities

Sight-seeing, snorkling, hiking, golf and surfing are just a few of the non-fishing activities available. Contact us for assistance with any non-fishing activity suggestions for you or your family and friends.

Cost

A full day of guided saltwater fly fishing costs $400, including a packed lunch and pick-up/drop-off at your hotel. Additional anglers or use of a boat may add additional cost. Gratuities for your guide are not included in this cost.

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Testimonial

A phenomenal job explaining the ‘Why’ and the ‘How’ of the stalk on each shot at fish … I would not hesitate to contact you guys again when another Hawaii trip comes up.
Rick S., Amherst, NY

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