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
4.2 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Oahu

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
Fishing anywhere is unpredictable; fish don’t bite, aren’t there, the weather is crappy, the water is turbulent, etc. The experience is worth it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing anywhere is unpredictable; fish don’t bite, aren’t there, the weather is crappy, the water is turbulent, etc. The experience is worth it.
Donna  C.
Donna C. Sun Valley, NV
Do your homework and understand the season availability of the species you are targeting.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Do your homework and understand the season availability of the species you are targeting.
Peter  F.
Peter F. New Hartford, CT
Great couple of hours on the ocean with Captain Danny & first mate Issac on the Sashimi.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Great couple of hours on the ocean with Captain Danny & first mate Issac on the Sashimi.
John  C.
John C. Immokalee, FL
Relax and enjoy the day. Fishing is fishing. Some days are great and some are not.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Relax and enjoy the day. Fishing is fishing. Some days are great and some are not.
Ronald  M.
Ronald M. Littleton, CO
This is definitely a first time, small catch, family fun type of outing. Boat was great for a party of 4, unsure how it would be for more people. Please note, taking seasick meds with you is probably a good idea, even if you think you won't need them.
Very good
4.0 / 5
This is definitely a first time, small catch, family fun type of outing. Boat was great for a party of 4, unsure how it would be for more people. Please note, taking seasick meds with you is probably a good idea, even if you think you won't need them.
Christine  S.
Christine S. Novato, CA
2 hour trip is reasonable price to get out on water and catch reef fish.... big stuff you wanna go half day at least.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
2 hour trip is reasonable price to get out on water and catch reef fish.... big stuff you wanna go half day at least.
Christopher  H.
Christopher H. San Leon, TX
Go with the attitude of fishing, instead of catching. If you catch something that is a plus.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with the attitude of fishing, instead of catching. If you catch something that is a plus.
Rey  T.
Rey T. Manvel, TX
keep your fishing expectations to a minimum. The boat experience was good however.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
keep your fishing expectations to a minimum. The boat experience was good however.
Donald  H.
Donald H. Janesville, WI
Take your seasick pills and dont get upset if you dont catch its fishing you dont always catch
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take your seasick pills and dont get upset if you dont catch its fishing you dont always catch
Micheal  B.
Micheal B. Kihei, HI
These waters are not a "first timer" fishing - the waters can be rough. Be ready w/ a scopolamine patch!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
These waters are not a "first timer" fishing - the waters can be rough. Be ready w/ a scopolamine patch!
Jeremiah  W.
Jeremiah W. Round Rock, TX
It is deep sea fishing, so it can be rough out there. Beautiful area to fish in!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It is deep sea fishing, so it can be rough out there. Beautiful area to fish in!
Zack  L.
Zack L. Edgemoor, DE
It was too hot to go fishing, but not so bad in the sea. The landscape which I watched Waikiki from the sea was wonderful.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was too hot to go fishing, but not so bad in the sea. The landscape which I watched Waikiki from the sea was wonderful.
Younghyun  C.
Younghyun C. United States
Large variety of types of fishing and species to catch, in a beautiful area!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Large variety of types of fishing and species to catch, in a beautiful area!
William  C.
William C. Leander, TX
Be realistic on expectations, you are fishing for a wild animal in a huge ocean ,
Very good
4.0 / 5
Be realistic on expectations, you are fishing for a wild animal in a huge ocean ,
Michael  G.
Michael G. Newberg, OR
Arrive on time and follow all instructions from Captain and first mate. Be ready for a beautiful and fun filled day!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Arrive on time and follow all instructions from Captain and first mate. Be ready for a beautiful and fun filled day!
Janet  D.  G.
Janet D. G. Honolulu, Hawaii
Just remember that it's called fishing not catching. And when a fish bits hang on,gets very existing.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Just remember that it's called fishing not catching. And when a fish bits hang on,gets very existing.
Dale  W.
Dale W. Honolulu, Hawaii

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