Fly Fishing Excursions

Bonefish caught in Molokai in May 2018

Bonefish caught in Molokai in May 2018

We specialize in targeting Hawaiian bonefish on the flats of the island of Oahu. Catching a bonefish on the fly rod is one of the most exhilarating experience in the fly fishing community. We take up to 3 anglers per guide, and we offer half or full-day fly fishing charters. Fly fishing in Hawaii is for individuals with a moderate level experience. You will need to be able to cast at least 25-feet using an 8-weight or 9-weight fly fishing floating line with a fly designed specifically for bonefish. We also offer fly casting lessons for novice fly fisherman.

Our guides will help you find and see the fish swimming in the shallow waters in on the flats and offer expert tips to enhance your fly fishing experience. Having 3 individuals on a fly fishing trip can result in less individual attention and decrease the number of “shots” at bonefish. A “shot” is a cast or opportunity to present the fly in the front of the bonefish. We recommend one guide per angler, especially for inexperienced anglers. Anglers requiring less assistance in a group of 3 are encourage to take “shots” at fish they see.

SPOTTING BONEFISH

Bonefish are difficult to see on the flats of Hawaii. The water depth, bottom topography and composition, amount of sun and water clarity are all important factors for sighting bonefish. The bonefish are more visible in shallow water over sand compared to seaweed patches. Sunny days with no clouds and dark cloudy days are both great for spotting bonefish. If you have fly fished for bonefish previously, then you will have witnessed a brief pause to fishing while a single cloud blocks the sun, decreasing the visibility of bonefish. To help decrease glare caused by the Sun we always recommend using Costa Sunglasses with Copper or Sunrise lenses to help see the elusive Hawaiian Bonefish. It is also harder to see fish in brown water versus clean water. The bonefish can range in color from green or aqua to gray or translucent.

The best way to spot bonefish while fly fishing in Hawaii is to scan the water to your front and look for anything moving with slight variations in color. Then once you spot it, you need to focus on that area until you determine the direction the bonefish is swimming in.

CASTING AT A BONEFISH WHILE FLY FISHING IN HAWAII

Our guides at Keawe Adventures and Fly Fishing Hawaii will help you cast at the bonefish by predicting where the bonefish is traveling. The rule of thumb in regards to casting and presenting the fly is to adjust your cast based on the bones’ reaction. Gauging the distance between the fish and the fly is to start at one fly rod length and decrease the distance based on the reaction of the bonefish. Our guide will help in getting the fly in the front of the bonefish towards the bottom before the bonefish hits the mark. The fly needs to look as natural as possible.

FLY LINE RETRIEVE

Stripping or retrieving the fly line will while fly fishing in Hawaii for bonefish will vary depending on how the bonefish reacts, the water depth, bottom topography, weight of fly, and current. For the most part, you will need to keep the fly near the bottom, and the bonefish must see the fly. If the bonefish does not see the fly, then the chances of catching a bonefish decreases.

HALF DAY FLY FISHING CHARTERS HAWAII

Our fly fishing charters are located on the flats on Oahu, Hawaii. Our half day fly fishing charters are 4 to 5 hours in duration and include water and snacks. Full day fly fishing charters are 7-8 hours and include drinks and lunch. We provide a cooler with ice that may be used for personal snacks and drinks, as well. We allow up to three angler per fly fishing trip. Prices are subject to Hawaii State tax and processing fees.

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