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
 
Hawaii
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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Hawaii

Get a good guide - fish are pretty different in this area from other coastal areas in the mainland US.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Get a good guide - fish are pretty different in this area from other coastal areas in the mainland US.
Jarred  M.
Jarred M. Melbourne, Florida
Get ready for some sore arms these are some big boys. Exciting ride with some big fights and even bigger fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get ready for some sore arms these are some big boys. Exciting ride with some big fights and even bigger fish.
Tariq  S.
Tariq S. Tucson, AZ
You will have a blast with these guys! Be ready to catch some fish and make some amazing memories!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You will have a blast with these guys! Be ready to catch some fish and make some amazing memories!
Becca  A.
Becca A. Wixon Valley, TX
Try a half day trip here before going on longer ones if you’ve never tried. Seasickness is real and miserable. Luckily I was ok but it was there. Someone else on our boat started puking 15 min in. Poor girl. At least she caught a fish too.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Try a half day trip here before going on longer ones if you’ve never tried. Seasickness is real and miserable. Luckily I was ok but it was there. Someone else on our boat started puking 15 min in. Poor girl. At least she caught a fish too.
Aaron  S.
Aaron S. Wilsonville, OR
Check the fishing calendar . I knew I could still catch a blue marlin in September . But June and July are better .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the fishing calendar . I knew I could still catch a blue marlin in September . But June and July are better .
Darren  G.
Darren G.
Don’t expect to catch the trophy fish but the captain will do everything he can to put you on the fish. Bring lots of snacks, food and drinks.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t expect to catch the trophy fish but the captain will do everything he can to put you on the fish. Bring lots of snacks, food and drinks.
Howie  C.
Howie C. Mesa, AZ
Trolling off Haleiwa can take time. Trust the crew. If the fish are biting they will find them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Trolling off Haleiwa can take time. Trust the crew. If the fish are biting they will find them.
Lana  G.
Lana G. Honolulu, HI
Sunscreen, sunglasses, Dramamine the night before and an hour before fishing. Ice cooler for your take home filets, food and drink for the day (they have a cooler you will use for that) tip the crew. They earn it
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunscreen, sunglasses, Dramamine the night before and an hour before fishing. Ice cooler for your take home filets, food and drink for the day (they have a cooler you will use for that) tip the crew. They earn it
Tess  T.
Tess T. 'Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Not sure what the seas are like year round but the sea was rough today and the fish were biting
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not sure what the seas are like year round but the sea was rough today and the fish were biting
Greg  O.
Greg O. Honolulu, Hawaii
Enjoy and be patient, its a great experience. Captain Kevin and Jason are great guys!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Enjoy and be patient, its a great experience. Captain Kevin and Jason are great guys!
Mac  V.
Mac V. Helena, MT
Follow the crews instructions to keep your bait close to the bottom while not getting snagged and pretty soon you should be catching and not just fishing. Everyone in our party of 3 caught fish and only one was an experienced fisher.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Follow the crews instructions to keep your bait close to the bottom while not getting snagged and pretty soon you should be catching and not just fishing. Everyone in our party of 3 caught fish and only one was an experienced fisher.
Drew  C.
Drew C.
Longer trip, spend more time on the water, deep sea probably better than bottom fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Longer trip, spend more time on the water, deep sea probably better than bottom fishing.
JAY  J.
JAY J. San Bernardino, CA
Make sure to bring nausea pills incase you're not sure if u get sea sick. Wear sunscreen and bring a hat and plenty of drinks. Make sure you tip. The crew works hard! Support the island!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to bring nausea pills incase you're not sure if u get sea sick. Wear sunscreen and bring a hat and plenty of drinks. Make sure you tip. The crew works hard! Support the island!!!
Janeece  T.
Janeece T. Honolulu, HI
Do it for the experience and just enjoy the time on the water. Definitely a great experience and fun with family.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do it for the experience and just enjoy the time on the water. Definitely a great experience and fun with family.
Jack  B.
Jack B. Honolulu, Hawaii
Be prepared for the elements. There's a lot on motion on the boat. Keep you're eyes open and pay attention.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for the elements. There's a lot on motion on the boat. Keep you're eyes open and pay attention.
Robert  J.
Robert J. Lake Stevens, WA
Be ready to get wet if the swells are big! And stretch out before reeling in the big ones.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Be ready to get wet if the swells are big! And stretch out before reeling in the big ones.
Danny  C.
Danny C. Auberry, CA
Yes, we all were on first fishing experience on a boat. Was a great day!!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, we all were on first fishing experience on a boat. Was a great day!!!!
Mark  M.
Mark M. Kailua-Kona, HI
Expect a lot of options with fish available. Rocky ride back to shore, but still enjoyable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect a lot of options with fish available. Rocky ride back to shore, but still enjoyable.
Ladislao  M.
Ladislao M. El Paso, Texas
Yes best time of the year to catch big Marlin's in the best premiere fishing location of the world.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Yes best time of the year to catch big Marlin's in the best premiere fishing location of the world.
Yeng  Y.
Yeng Y. Westminster, CO
Enjoy the experience. It's fishing so nothing is guaranteed. The waters are beautiful and the scenery is awesome!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Enjoy the experience. It's fishing so nothing is guaranteed. The waters are beautiful and the scenery is awesome!
Mike  K.
Mike K. Macomb, MI

Top Targeted Fly Fishing Species in Hawaii