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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Bone Fishing in Oahu

Will be spending month of Feb. on Oahu.
Any suggestions re flies,locations, possible guide?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 03:50 PM
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Contact Capt. Terry Duffield who is a member of CF Burkheimer pro staff:

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-21-2012, 04:03 PM
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Charlies and Gotchas are good in tan or brown for sight-fishing. Orange if it's windy and murky/blind casting. Never hired a guide and can't offer help there, but the owner at Nervous Waters Fly Fishers was more than happy to point me in the right direction during my last visit. Get out on the flats near The Marine Corps Base, Kailua Bay, and Ewa Beach for starters. I would recommend renting a kayak as a great way for setting out on your own.

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Coach Duff

I am fishing with Coach Duff in April...super excited about it! You will have to let us know how your trip goes...Enjoy!

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Oahu has some of the largest bones in the world. Went out one time for them and the weather turned south on us. Definatly go over by the base that is the prime bone spot on oahu.
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Coach Duff is the MAN

This guy lives, breaths and dreams fish. He is über passionate and a ton of fun. Call him, book a trip and enjoy.

p.s. he's a steelhead maniac as well
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Coach Duff and Mike Hennesy book dates ASAP as they both are pretty booked for the spring travelers. It is a hunting trip and I would fish with them before you tackle these beast alone. Good luck, it is a special place. Hard but special.
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I used to live there and fished for the bones quite a bit. If you are to spend a whole month there, you might want to fish with a few different guides to learn different styles. Duff and Mike are great to hire to get a chance to fish hard-to-reach flats from a flats boat, sight casting to large bones. Ed Tamai, the head guide of the Nervouswater fly shop, is the best one to pick if you want to learn wade-in sight fishing. The guy is an amazing sight fisher. Finally, you might want to hire Luis The Fish for a day to learn blind-fishing approach on easily accessible flats. If you ask Luis to teach you where to fish and how to fish, blind-casting, then you can fish on your own and have a reasonable chance of hooking bones on your own. I recommend that you learn from Luis especially because the month of Feb is usually the most difficult month to catch the bones, especially by sight fishing. Though there can be many days of nice weather in Feb, it tends to be cloudy and windy, with the sun hitting the water at low angles. When the condition is tough, sight fishing even from an advantageous flats boat produces very poor results. If you do not mind casting hours into channels and pockets on the flats, you would have a pretty good chance of hooking them, even in the toughest condition. For that sort of fishing, you might want to consider getting a hold of Meiser's 9'9" switch rod that can carry 450 to 500 grains. It would make your day on the flats whole a lot easier.

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