Hawaii Fly Fishing

While Hawaii has both fresh and saltwater fly fishing opportunities, it is not widely considered to be a world class fishing destination.
Oahu has limited inshore habitat, a large human population, and intense fishing pressure. More than a century of essentially unregulated harvest has impacted the reef eco-systems and severly depleated most saltwater fish populations, particularly the larger species. In Hawaii people go fishing to catch food, and the concept of catch-and-release is practiced by a slim minority of recreational anglers.
With the right tackle and realistic expectations, it’s really not too difficult to be pleasantly suprised.
Most fly fishers consider the conditions here to be pretty tough, as 15 to 25 knot tradewinds are typical.
Most fly fishers consider the conditions here to be pretty tough, as 15 to 25 knot tradewinds are typical. Sight-casting can be marginalized by cloud cover or the angle of sunlight as it changes with the seasons.
If you intend to fish the inshore salt, an 8 to 10 weight rod and a saltwater safe reel with 200 yards of backing is ideal. A full floating line will work in almost every shallow water situation, but it is also good to have an intermediate and sinking line handy, depending on where you fish. 9-12 foot tapered leaders and tippets in 10-16 lbs. class are sufficient. Proven flies include xmas island specials, small clousers, reef specials, charlies, and hula shrimps. Most other standard bonefish patterns will also work. It is easier to fish smaller flies due the weather, and because they allow you to catch a wider range of fish. Other gear you will need includes, flats boots, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen and appropriate sun clothing. There is no saltwater license in Hawaii.
Freshwater gamefish on Oahu and Kauai include Peacock Bass, Largemouth, and Smallmouth Bass. There are also bluegill, catfish, and various species of cichlid available. There is also limited trout fishing on Kauai. Freshwater fish populations are healthier than in the salt, since the reservoir on Oahu is catch and release only for the bass and peacocks. You will need a license to fish the freshwater.
Freshwater tackle include standard trout/bass gear in the 4 to 7 weight range. Reels do not need much backing. Small streamers and poppers work well for bass, peacocks, and bluegill. The lake is almost entirely tree-lined with very limited bank access and is better fished by a boat.


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Nervous Water
3434 Waialae Ave, Honolulu Hawaii 41231 808-734-7359
Hawaii has both fresh and saltwater opportunities. Saltwater opportunities include Trevally, Bonefish, Barracuda, Ladyfish

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