Oahu, Hawaii is world renowned for its breathtaking beaches, amazing surf breaks and beautiful mountain ranges. However, one thing the most isolated island chain on earth is not well known for is saltwater fly fishing and it’s trophy bonefish. The first thing that comes to mind when fishing in Hawaii is deep sea fishing. The island of O’ahu, which means the gathering place, is home to some of the largest bonefish or “‘O’io” on earth. We have amazing flats on both the eastern side of the island and the southern side that present the visiting angler opportunities to wade or pole the Hawaii Bonefish flats in search of these elusive giants.
Our Hawaiian bonefish average 4 to 6 pounds consistently, but come prepared for shots at some in the 8 – 10 pound plus range. Additionally, we do ocassionally have shots at different types of Trevally, including Giant Trevally, or “Ulua;” Blue Trevally, or “Omilu;” and Golden Trevally, or “Pa’o Pa’o.” On an average day on the Hawaii Bonefish flats we 40-100 fish in a day and have excellent shots on about half of them. Fly Fishing Conditions on O’ahu Hawaii can be challenging like many other saltwater fly fishing destination with strong winds, although we do have many great days with perfect wind and great visiblility. For those willing to accept the challenge the returns can easily yield the bonefish of a lifetime.
Bonefishing in Oahu Hawaii can be some of the most challenging Bonefish to catch with a fly rod rewards can be great with some of the biggest bonefish. We use 9′ saltwater fly rods 7wt, 8wt or 9wt with a saltwater safe fly reel with a good drag. WF floating saltwater fly line with 200 yds of 20-30 lb backing, 9′ to 12′ fluorocarbon tapered leaders with 16 lb and 12 lb tippet.