Oahu Fly Fishing Charters

Oahu Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Oahu

Fly Fishing in Oahu

Oahu may be better known for its awesome heavy tackle action, but few people realize the fly fishing Oahu has to offer is also outstanding. While the big game crowds rocket offshore in a cloud of diesel smoke, you can enjoy poling the shallows just a stone’s throw from town for monster Bonefish and GTs. If that somehow isn’t enough for you, head further out to place flies for hungry Tuna and Billfish. The action here is enough to put even the most serious fly angler to the test. Simply put, it’s way too good to miss!

What to Expect from a Fly Fishing Trip

There are plenty of small flats boats nestled among the offshore cruisers. Charter one of these anywhere on the island and you will be in for a day of pitched battles against hard-fighting fish on the flats. What you find will depend on where you go, but the action is outstanding all over Oahu.
 

South Shore

If you’re launching from Honolulu (and chances are, you will be) you won’t have to head as far as you’d think to find secluded flats. Ala Moana and Kahala are home to incredible numbers of Bonefish, which don’t seem to mind being right in the middle of town. Head round Diamond Head and you hit Kuliouou, another awesome Bonefishing spot.
 

North Shore

If you’re set on monster Bonefish (and we’re talking 10 to 15 pounds here) you may want to leave the hustle and bustle of Honolulu behind you and head for the legendary Kaneohe Bay. The whole bay is incredible for fly anglers, with plenty of GTs in its deeper reaches, too. The islet of Mokoli'i, colloquially named Chinaman’s Hat, is widely recognized as the best point in the bay. It’s well worth the trek north.
 

Offshore

So you want to get your hooks into something a little bigger? You’ve come to the right place! Head offshore from Oahu, and you’ll find monster fish hunting right on the surface around the FADs which surround the island. Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and even Billfish could be on the hit list for the ambitious fly anglers among you, so be sure to pack something a little heftier than an eight-weight!

What to Pack for Oahu Fly Fishing

If you’re planning on sticking to the flats, bring a fast-action 7wt or 8wt rod. We’d recommend an 8wt for more fish control but it’s down to how much of a challenge you want. Count on using a good 150 yards of backing, with 15-pound tapered fluorocarbon leaders to ward against getting cut off on coral. Mantis shrimp and crab patterns work well, but many local guides use custom-tied flies which they find work best in their waters.
 
Head offshore, and you will need much, much heavier gear, depending on what species you’re after. Think 14wt or even 16wt rods with the thickest tippets and the strongest backing you can find. Even then, you’ll need more than an ounce of luck if you want to bring in Spearfish, Mahi Mahi, or Marlin on the fly.
Oahu
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Based on 26,609 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Oahu

Just be aware, it’s not just a boat - the waves up north can be rough so consider gering sea sick.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Just be aware, it’s not just a boat - the waves up north can be rough so consider gering sea sick.
Melanie  A.
Melanie A. Honolulu, Hawaii
Know any fishing anywhere is subjected to luck. You need to plan on having a good time and be pleasantly surprised if you get a catch. You never know if you get one or not anywhere so take that into consideration.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know any fishing anywhere is subjected to luck. You need to plan on having a good time and be pleasantly surprised if you get a catch. You never know if you get one or not anywhere so take that into consideration.
Sharon  T.
Sharon T. Mililani Town, Hawaii
Sunblock and a rain poncho cause it does bowls all day long, and expect to have fun
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunblock and a rain poncho cause it does bowls all day long, and expect to have fun
Tim  S.
Tim S. Sterling Heights, MI
Trust they will take you out to the right fishing grounds. Can be slow due to weather at times but they will bite.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Trust they will take you out to the right fishing grounds. Can be slow due to weather at times but they will bite.
Jason  M.
Jason M. San Jose, CA
Remember it's fishing. If people caught a monster fish everytime they went out, everyone would be a sport fisherman for a living.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember it's fishing. If people caught a monster fish everytime they went out, everyone would be a sport fisherman for a living.
Aaron  W.
Aaron W. Billings, MT
If you have never done it before eat some ginger or take a Dramamine the seas are the seas the rough but not crazy. First word advice. If you’re not used to it don’t drink on the boat I’m talking alcohol that is otherwise have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have never done it before eat some ginger or take a Dramamine the seas are the seas the rough but not crazy. First word advice. If you’re not used to it don’t drink on the boat I’m talking alcohol that is otherwise have a great time.
Jeff  S.
Jeff S. Cudahy, WI
The fishing could be slow it could be fast you are indeed taking a risk whenever you go but I beleave you have good chances going on this charter. Prepair for big waves and lots of rocking, it will be very difficult to stand on your own without a firm handhold. Be ready to help when called on beacuse it will happen at a moment's notice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing could be slow it could be fast you are indeed taking a risk whenever you go but I beleave you have good chances going on this charter. Prepair for big waves and lots of rocking, it will be very difficult to stand on your own without a firm handhold. Be ready to help when called on beacuse it will happen at a moment's notice.
Alexander  D.
Alexander D. Genola, UT
Ask for Captain Eric, him and Lucas were excellent and explained everything very well as to what to expect and how to bring it in.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask for Captain Eric, him and Lucas were excellent and explained everything very well as to what to expect and how to bring it in.
RUTH  R.
RUTH R. SUGARCRK Township, OH
North Shore fishing is not like mainland fishing and can get a bit rough. Take your Dramamine the night before if you even remotely think you might get sea sick. The upside is there are some mighty big sea creatures in those waters with some really beautiful scenery!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
North Shore fishing is not like mainland fishing and can get a bit rough. Take your Dramamine the night before if you even remotely think you might get sea sick. The upside is there are some mighty big sea creatures in those waters with some really beautiful scenery!!!
Bob  N.
Bob N. Rochester, MN
Make sure for this trip you are physically fit enough and don't get really seasick.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure for this trip you are physically fit enough and don't get really seasick.
Joshua  S.
Joshua S. Phoenix, AZ
Reeling in a marlin is a “bucket list” experience. If you’re looking to take home fish you should look for a boat that is targeting smaller fish. If you want to take your chances to catch the fish of a lifetime and look for Marlin then I highly recommend five star fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Reeling in a marlin is a “bucket list” experience. If you’re looking to take home fish you should look for a boat that is targeting smaller fish. If you want to take your chances to catch the fish of a lifetime and look for Marlin then I highly recommend five star fishing.
Jason  J.
Jason J. La Grange, CA
This crew will go out of thier way to make sure you get a fish. They tried everything and it ended up working out. Amazing knowledgeable crew that was fun. Definitely would book again!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This crew will go out of thier way to make sure you get a fish. They tried everything and it ended up working out. Amazing knowledgeable crew that was fun. Definitely would book again!!
Adam  S.
Adam S. Cottage Grove, MN
Set your expectations. It's called fishing and not catching for a reason but the Captain and crew did their very best.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Set your expectations. It's called fishing and not catching for a reason but the Captain and crew did their very best.
Susan  M.
Susan M. San Antonio, TX
Do it! It’s fishing. Not catching! But if you’re somewhat of a fisherman or outdoors person, you’d understand. Sometimes the fish has the better of you and sometimes you have the better of them. The important thing is to pay attention to the crew to see how they are changing up rigs and tactics to put you on fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do it! It’s fishing. Not catching! But if you’re somewhat of a fisherman or outdoors person, you’d understand. Sometimes the fish has the better of you and sometimes you have the better of them. The important thing is to pay attention to the crew to see how they are changing up rigs and tactics to put you on fish!
Hung  M.
Hung M. Fort Collins, CO
Fishing is an experience, and not all about the catch. Bring a chill attitude, relax, soak in the environment and if the fish are willing, you'll bring them in.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing is an experience, and not all about the catch. Bring a chill attitude, relax, soak in the environment and if the fish are willing, you'll bring them in.
John  C.
John C. Seattle, Washington
Go with a apt Steve and Hayley… Ohanu Fishing is great. Capt Steve knows his stuff
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a apt Steve and Hayley… Ohanu Fishing is great. Capt Steve knows his stuff
Ben  M.
Ben M. United States
Use a reputable charter and pay attention to the captain. It definitely paid off for my family.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use a reputable charter and pay attention to the captain. It definitely paid off for my family.
Robert  D.
Robert D. Lawton, OK
I picked a trip that would be good for first timeers...kids. I was completely satisfied with the whole trip.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
I picked a trip that would be good for first timeers...kids. I was completely satisfied with the whole trip.
Paula  L.
Paula L. Columbiana, AL
Make sure the captain and crew are knowledgeable about what you are catching. There are a lot of endangered species or illegal to catch fish in hawaii so if not could get in some big trouble real fast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure the captain and crew are knowledgeable about what you are catching. There are a lot of endangered species or illegal to catch fish in hawaii so if not could get in some big trouble real fast
Andrew  W.
Andrew W. Aiea, HI
Take a shorter trip before jumping in big. This trip would be good for kids greater than 12
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take a shorter trip before jumping in big. This trip would be good for kids greater than 12
Glen  S.
Glen S. Cochrane, AB

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