Heading to Kauai late April, fishing intel?

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  1. Randall Clark

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    sweet, that's right where the house we're staying in is!

    Thanks for the info....hopefully I can actually do something with all of this information and throw up some fish pics when I head over...
     
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    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    Another thing to consider is a smallish size 12 or 14 olive/green marabou pattern for the seaweed eaters out there. Maybe even develop a frozen pea pattern, often times folks feed the coral fish with these. Heck you might even try chumming yourself!
     
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    Derek Young Emerging Rivers Guide Services

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    Fishing Kauai in early April, I'll give a report.
     
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    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    Interested in seeing both Randall's and Derek's reports!

    Fishing vicariously is nice but I wanna go back and personally catch fish, not just see 'em!!

    :crossed fingers:
     
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    hopefully there will be more pictures than just landscapes...
     
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    Eric B Montana hillbilly

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    I'm heading there in Early February. I don't imagine that the dates matter that much in Hawaii. Is that a good assumption? We will be staying in Kepa a. I will follow all of your guys' great suggestions and hopefully have a decent report. I think a day with a guide is in my budget since I'm staying with relatives. It is my first time fly fishing in the islands, very excited to give it a shot.
    Eric
     
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    jersey livin' the dream

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    Fished the north shore beaches in september, but didnt hook up with anything substantial. Lots of smaller reef species which were all new to me. Anini was fun as we spent most of our time there, but for species variety, the beaches on the northern end were better to me.

    My eight year old son walked on water when "that rock moved and looked up!" He snorkled over a massive turtle, its head was literally basketball-sized.

    Have a great trip
     
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    Eric, would love to hear a report when you get back. I will be headed over there in late march. It will be my first time fly fishing in Hawaii.

    Jeff
     
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    I think we need to have this thread just renamed "The Official Fly Fishing Kauai Thread"
     
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    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    I'll keep that in mind...although with the salt about ten feet out the front door, I can't see myself heading elsewhere...
     
  13. Eric B

    Eric B Montana hillbilly

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    So here is my late report. I was able to mess around in quite a few locations on the island. I started out by getting a 1/2 day guided trip with Rob Arita at Anini beach http://www.bonefishkauai.com/. He was super helpful and got me a really good shot at a nice bonefish. He was following my fly, but wouldn't quite take it. The weather was constantly changing that day and when the sun went behind the clouds it was really hard to spot any fish. But I learned a lot from him and had a good time. I would recommend a trip with Rob if you have good weather.

    I tried to go again at the same place a few days later, but it was after some serious rain, water was murky, overcast, & windy so I basically had to give up sight fishing.

    I went to the north side of the island near Hanalei Bay and found some cool areas near the west side of the bay (away from town). I caught a 4 foot trumpet fish which was cool. It didn't fight very hard, but it looked really interesting up close and out of the water. I caught a few other smaller fish (the kind you are supposed to enjoy through a mask:)), but nothing too crazy. I saw a few larger fish silhouettes, but was unable to get them to grab.

    The best fish I had on was actually out on the SW side of the island near Hanapepe. Out at the saltwater pond beach, right at the end of the airport runway, there are some large rocks that the surf pounds pretty hard. Past that, there are some shallow areas where the surf comes in over some super rocky flats that are protected from the waves. I had a given up on the shallows and was trying off the rocks, dodging waves right before sunset when I finally got a massive strike. I never really got to see it, but whatever it was, it hit super hard and then took off. Once I got all my line squared away, it took a quick run and busted me off. It got my heart racing, but it was over pretty quick. Not sure how I would have landed the fish on those rocks anyway, just would have been sweet to see what it was.

    I think next time I will maybe rent a kayak, or spend a few days w/out time constraints and try to get dialed in. There are a lot of options on places to try. I hope this helps & I Hope you have a good trip and I look forward to your report.
     
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    Thanks for the report, Eric. I'll most likely have a couple of hours each morning, but probably not much more than that....so hopefully the weather will cooperate for at least some of that...
     
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    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    I think you need to go back and try again! :)