Hawaii Fly Fishing Charters

Hawaii Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Hawaii

Fly Fishing in Hawaii

You have a lot of options when fly fishing Hawaii. The four main islands all have their share of sandy beach fronts, shallow coves, and deep bluewaters full of everything from Bonefish to Sailfish. Head inland, and you can find lakes and reservoirs stocked with Bass and even Trout. Hawaii may be best-known for heavy tackle trolling action, but there’s plenty here to keep fly anglers happy, too.

What to Expect from a Fly Fishing Trip

What you target kind of depends on the island you visit. Big Island and Oahu have some of the best flats fishing, with O’io (Bonefish), Kaku (Barracuda) and Ulua (Trevally) in big numbers. You can catch Bonefish without even leaving Honolulu, and Kailua-Kona’s flats would be famous if the town wasn’t already legendary for deep sea fishing.
If you want to head offshore, you won’t be short of big game fly fishing specialists wherever you are. Charter a trip with one of these boats, and you could get on Mahi Mahi, Ahi (Yellowfin and Bigeye Tuna), A’u (Marlin), and A’u Lepe (Sailfish). Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin can all be caught here, and anglers travel from far and wide for the chance to take them on the fly. Local charters are better-equipped than in many other places, and the sheer number of fish really brings that dream catch within reach.
But it’s not all about saltwater fly fishing. Head inland in on Kauai or Oahu, and you can find Largemouth and Peacock Bass, Rainbow Trout, Snakehead, and more. The fish here may not grow to record-breaking size, but they still put up some serious fight! You also couldn’t ask for a more beautiful place to target them.

Fly Fishing Techniques

Mantis and crab patterns work best for Hawaii’s Bonefish, with natural colors drawing more attention than bright reds and yellows. You’ll need a sturdy eight-weight rod with a quality saltwater reel and at least 250 yards of backing when going after Bonefish. 
If you’re heading offshore, most charter captains use custom fly gear somewhere in the 14-weight range. It obviously depends on the species you’re after, though. Bait-and-switch fishing is the most popular way to target Hawaii’s deep sea species. You can also enjoy some pure topwater action around the buoy FADs that surround the islands.

Need to Know

You don’t need a license to fish for saltwater species in Hawaii, whether you’re with a guide or out on your own. If you’re going after freshwater fish, you’ll need a freshwater fishing license. You can find detailed information and buy your license online
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Reviews of Fishing in Fly Fishing in Hawaii

Sea Verse III, A Great, Relaxing and Friend-Making Trip
Rey T. fished with Sea Verse 3 on April 8, 2021
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Go with the attitude of fishing, instead of catching. If you catch something that is a plus.
March fishing trip
Michael M. fished with Silky Sportfishing on March 29, 2021
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Experience is awesome just make sure what time of year you go and remember that it’s called fishing not catching.
Hats off to captain Rick
Daniel M. fished with Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing on February 15, 2021
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Make sure you use Oahu pelagic sport fishing and no one else top notch
Half day trip
Dennis R. fished with Kona Cowboy Sportfishing on January 22, 2020
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Don’t expect to catch anything so if you do it’ll be a great bonus. Fish don’t always cooperate with anglers so go with the flow and enjoy your time out on the ocean.
Good day at sea
Donald H. fished with Pacific Sportfishing LLC on January 8, 2020
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keep your fishing expectations to a minimum. The boat experience was good however.
Best Charter!
Shawn S. fished with Kona Cowboy Sportfishing on December 4, 2019
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Call Captain Shawn on the Kona Cowboy to book your charter. I have never met a more enthusiastic captain that showed how much he loves to fish.
6 hour fishing trip with Captain Harry and 1st mate Tyler was very enjoyable for our family of four
Randall M. fished with C Lure Charters on October 3, 2019
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Be certain to ask as many questions of the Captain prior to your departure regarding the number and ages of any children that you may consider taking on your charter and the amount & type of provisions/snacks that will be provided depending on the length of your trip. People that may be sensitive to motion sickness should certainly bring medication because the first mile or so out of the harbor we experienced some ruff water but eventually smoothed out once we were further out to sea.
3/4 day trip with Captain Jim And "Fish"
Gene M. fished with Go Get 'Em Sportfishing on July 29, 2019
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Enjoy the ride. Keep expectations low, no stress and hope for the magic. When it happens, everyone wins!

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