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Maui Trip ???????

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Im heading to Maui in a couple weeks. YAY !!!!!!!



Wondering if theres some nice wadeable streamer ripping I can do with a 6 wt rig and an intermediate line, or a 11ft. 7 wt fast action switch rod.

We'll be mostly on north, western, and southern areas for sure. UNLESS someone says I have to take the road to Hana for giant bones.

A little help?

808 Steelheader..............you still around?

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Lots of beach fishing on the west coast. A couple of nice wadeable flats if u check google map. Lots of deep drop offs too so make sure you do your research. Didn't get into any bones (saw lots while snorkelling) while I was there but lots of juvenile GT (6wt with small streamers mimicking bait worked great). Lots of fun fight saltwater fishes. Lots more hookups dawn and dusk. The trade winds kicked up pretty strong in the afternoons which makes for tough casting. Have a great trip!
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There's one well known fishing guide who is based on the south side of the island. He has a website and has posted youtube videos. The average size bonefish at that spot is huge.

That said, I searched around for good flats and there really arent many in Maui. Oahu has much better bonefishing.

My sister lives in Haiku (north side) and knows a lot of people and no locals really focus on fly fishing. I didn't even bother bringing my fly rod last March. Way too much to do for a first time visitor to Maui.

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Thanks guys.

I lived on Oahu once....and did fish for those big bonefish about 20 years ago...regrettably it was using bait....lol.

wrx. Yep....Im finding just a couple of the flats (yep, they are scarce) are getting mumbled about here and there in various blogs. And a couple videos are surfacing showing them....showing lanai and kahoolawe in the horizon so its for sure on the west side. Now Im zooming in on some nautical charts, too. Thats a start, anyway.

Oh, the exploring for these spots will be just torture....... !!!!!!

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If your willing to pay for a guide, then this is supposedly your best shot at bonefish. Sea kayak to a secluded spot... Or so I have been told.

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Molokai is another option too. Way better fishing there from a few acquitances in the know.
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trip report: day 7 of 12

I found 2 of Mauis 3 flats. They are small and not that hard to locate if you scan the beach with binoculars and pull off the side of the road often. I caught a small baracuuda, a lady fish, a juvenile blue trevally, and a cornet so far. I also had what I believe was a bonefish take off like a rocket for the deep water and scissor cut my line in the coral like a knife.

The good news is that the flats are waist to belly deep, so the ultra stealth stalking casting isnt a necessity. The bad news is that you are fishing blind for them. No tails or nervous water. If I knew the local patterns better I would absolutely not think a guide is needed. But I don't know the patterns.

A tide table, some VERY tough wading sandals and being on the water at first and last light is fishing 101.

More to follow.....

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Keep us posted and watch out for toothy critters in low light. Seen them snorkeling and they come right up to shore. Evidently a good amount of tigers there.
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Keep us posted and watch out for toothy critters in low light. Seen them snorkeling and they come right up to shore. Evidently a good amount of tigers there.
Tigers? As in Tiger sharks?
I was casting one evening in crotch deep water and got spooked by a fair large shadow swimming 3 feet away. Ended up being a sea turtle but the thought of getting chomped on by a tiger did cross my mind....
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I don't think he meant bengal tigers
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I don't think he meant bengal tigers
Haha. True enough.
Saw another fly fisherman wade chest high during one of my mid day outings. Figure he was a local coz he followed an unmarked channel out into the middle of nowhere before climbing onto a little knoll (he ended up casting in knee high water). Made me think that it was safe.... Sometimes when the fishing is good, I tend to lose track of where I am relative to the shoreline... . I found out later that a swimmer/surfer was attacked and killed by a suspected tigershark a couple months before my trip on the North side of the island. Wife said if there are turtles then there are tigers (one of their natural predators). Definitely something to think about...
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Hi Guys,

Im heading to Maui in a couple weeks. YAY !!!!!!!



Wondering if theres some nice wadeable streamer ripping I can do with a 6 wt rig and an intermediate line, or a 11ft. 7 wt fast action switch rod.

We'll be mostly on north, western, and southern areas for sure. UNLESS someone says I have to take the road to Hana for giant bones.

A little help?

808 Steelheader..............you still around?

Thanks,

SD
So sorry, I just read this post. I am from Kauai so not too familiar with the waters off Maui. Great to hear that you got out and found some fish! On Kauai, we have Anini beach and a former NU guide Rob Arita guides there. I never hooked into a Hawaiian bone the whole time I lived there! Sounds like there's some untapped fly fishing potential on Maui, cool stuff.

Of course I'm a Hawaii native who has totally been under grip of PNW steel so funny as it sounds to most, it's tough getting me on a plane that's headed for those rocks in the middle of the Pacific any more!

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I fished w a new buddy and local named Gilbert for a day in January. He is a great dude...works w his brother guiding flats...Capt Jon Jon Talbot of Local Fishing Knowledge out of Kihei. I believe Rusty mentioned this guide service in an earlier post. Definitely worth giving these guys a call. As far as I know, they are only guide service on Maui for fly fishing. Also def be aware of your surroundings. Had a 4-5' white tip swim right around me and never even saw it coming.
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There's also the endangered Monk Seals who mate around this time in the islands.

My sister's local surfing beach is on the northside on a beach called Hookipa (novices need not apply) and it's partially closed for sea turtles and the seals.

Never saw any sharks when I was there but I'll ask her about surfing stories gone bad next time I chat with her...

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Haha. True enough.
Saw another fly fisherman wade chest high during one of my mid day outings. Figure he was a local coz he followed an unmarked channel out into the middle of nowhere before climbing onto a little knoll (he ended up casting in knee high water). Made me think that it was safe.... Sometimes when the fishing is good, I tend to lose track of where I am relative to the shoreline... . I found out later that a swimmer/surfer was attacked and killed by a suspected tigershark a couple months before my trip on the North side of the island. Wife said if there are turtles then there are tigers (one of their natural predators). Definitely something to think about...
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yeah, there are turtles everywhere ive been fishing. The bonefishing off Oahu and Molokai is considered excellent, fish are an astonishing 8 -12 lbs Ive known this for awhile, and regrettably Maui is the toughest of all the places. but-----with my new companion........ that was our destination and the $$$ is locked up into staying here.... So I'll just make the best out of what I have. Leaving tomorrow.

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Welp, im home.............on the last day, I hooked what im pretty certain was a bonefish. it proceeded to head for the dropoff at the end of the reef an cleanly scissor cut my line in about 5 seconds. Done at light speed. Wow. And by line being cut, I mean.........my fly line. I used a small generic crawfish pattern that I use for carp and smallies back home. kinda hop-jigged-stripped it in.


I would recommend extremely durable flats boots, or even a pair of keens to deal with walking over all that craggly stuff. You are fishing over very jagged rock and coral here. No sand flats to speak of. Oh well, it was a wonderful place to fish anyway......and Im very grateful for the chance. I would also strongly recommend fishing at first light. Those winds are extremely strong and constant once 9 am hits during this time of year. "trade winds". Holy moley!!!! they were blowing sand off the beach and blasting my back 50 yards out !!!!!

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