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: Flyfishing in Hawaii

03-20-2001, 10:11 AM
I am lucky enough to be vacationing in Hawaii, (Big Island and Maui) during mid April. I would like to try some flyfishing while there. Does anyone know what strategies might be reasonable? I would like to be able to shore fish or rent a kayak or skiff. Ideally I could head out, fish at sunrise and get back to the room by the time the family wakes. What rod should I bring, my 7wt or 9wt? What fish might I catch? What flies should I tie? Does anyone have any contacts there, such as fly shops or guides? Thanks for the help. Ed

03-21-2001, 05:49 PM
I figured out who it was who lived in Hawaii - October Caddis, who frequents the steelhead board. His last reply was to Dave P <!--http--><a href="" target="_blank">HERE</a><!--url-->

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I have asked around a little and hope we get more replies.


03-21-2001, 08:19 PM
BTW - Steve (October Caddis) lives in Seattle but is in beantown this week, I was supposed to meet him to go to the CCA meeting tonight but family obligations took precedence. Perhaps we could meet for a beer tomorrow night somewhere to talk about Hawaii, steelhead and stripers?

Let me know if you can swing it. Lunch works for me too, I work on the 128 corridor in Waltham.

03-21-2001, 10:19 PM
I lived in Hawaii for 3 years...specifically, windward side of Oahu in Kailua. Most fun for me inshore was casting bucktail streamers (this was over 20 years ago; pre-Clouser days) for Barracuda. My 8-wt seemed to be sufficient. The times I spent in Maui and on "the big island" at Kahualave (sp) was offshore for Tuna with a 10-wt, so I can't offer much help for any inshore species there. Don''t know if its changed over the years, but there wasn't a lot available for the inshore fly angler back then.

03-22-2001, 08:49 AM
Hi Juro,
Thanks for the tips on those sites. I was especially interested in ones that rent kayaks. This may be unrealistic, but I hope I could find a place to launch a 'yak in an area without huge waves. I'll email you about beer.

Thanks for the info on the bucktail streamers. Baracuda would be VERY cool....


October Caddis
03-22-2001, 10:07 PM
GreenPond Ed,
Kayak fishing can be real fun but always watch the wind line and I mean always. You could end up in Tahiti if your not careful. The guys who rent the Kayaks will fill you in and ask lots of questions about what to look for as far as changing conditions.
The south side at this time of year is safe if you go at 1st light but by 10 AM you will see the wind line outside and it moves in real fast. I fished down by big beach and little beach for Pepio which is a Trevally under 10 pounds. I would troll as I paddled and when I found a likely reef or rock cliff then I would cast into the rock as close as possibe. Fish hold right in the bubbles from the breaking waves. Almost always just used a floating line. Use the same flies you use for Stripers even the poppers. I would use a 30 lb tippet, momo if the swell was big enough to hide the tippet. If not just 10 pound tippet is good enough. If the fish gets into the reef it don't matter if you got 1000 lb tippet it's gone and wire won't work, water is just too clear. If you hook a fish try and back your kayak out as soon as you hook up. If your going with your wife or someone rent a double seated Kayak that way one person can back you into deeper water. A 5 pound Pepio will drag your kayak all over and that's great because he will get tired faster. Other fish you might come across is a fish they call the Pacific Tarpon. Can't remember the real name anymore but sometimes they cruise just outside the reef in 10 feet of water but on the top. Have cast to them from shore without luck but I guess they fight just like a taron.
I'll be at 781/335-5941 for the next few days in the early morning or evenings if you wan't more details just give a call.
Steve Wrye.

04-07-2010, 08:53 PM
I have lived on maui sense1974 and started flyfishing in 08. This is a relatively new island so we dont have flats. I can show you some spots however because we have lots of fish. What part of the island are you staying at? Bring the 9 wt. contact nervouswaters fly shop on Oahu. they will package up a hand full of flies that work here and send them to you. aloha Pete