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General Regionoahu
Specific Locationvery small stream
Fish Caughtsmallmouth
Conditions & Hatchesmidges of some sort, mosquitos...crayfish

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ZzcantonFebruary 6th, 2007, 2:00 am
Fairbanks AK

Posts: 5
so we came down with a tasking to provide MEDEVAC coverage on Oahu an the big island while the national guard here was deployed. so the first month i was here i didnt bring my fly rod (idiot). but there are some cool little streams with lots of good pocket water, with waterfalls and plunge pools and the such. so i called around and even contacted fish and game. they couldnt tell me much, but i got ahold of a guide on Wahiawa Res. (lake wilson) who guides for Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Peacock Bass there. the headwaters of the Res have smallies. so i rented a canoe and made my way about 3 1/2 miles up and got into some decent bass and even some sort of a catfish with my 3 wt on a bunny hair minnow pattern. From the guide i also got some info on a stream near downtown Honolulu. so i checked it out. me and a buddie caught 31 smallies with the biggest being 13" or so. on a 3wt it was a blast. i was using a little size 8 or so bunnie crawfish and my buddie was using a rust beadhead wooly bugger #8. i tried a chernoble ant with no luck. my tippet was too thick i think. either way, we had a blast. reminds of the steams i grew up fishing in the Adirondacks in NY. and you are in a Jungle just outside a Major city. kinda weird....but cool. so if anyone goes to Oahu for a vacation, bring the 3 wt and some flies. pretty interesting. Logan
TroutnutFebruary 6th, 2007, 11:46 am
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
Sounds like fun! You're going to make everybody jealous, fly fishing in Hawaii while temps in the northern USA dive below zero... we're separated from the fish by 3 months and/or 12 inches of ice!
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
MartinlfFebruary 6th, 2007, 12:22 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
Logan, Hawaii is certainly gorgeous, and what an experience--fly fishing in paradise. Be careful wet-wading those streams, though; some have a nasty bacteria in them that can make you very sick. Check with local authorities. I also understand that there are also a few bonefish around the islands if you can find them, so travelers may want to pack a bigger rod too.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
ZzcantonFebruary 6th, 2007, 11:08 pm
Fairbanks AK

Posts: 5
i am definately gonna try to hit up some bonefish while i am here as well. i have never caught them before but know they are a real fight. there are warning signs around the stream we were wet wading, i think it was leptospirosis?? something like that, from rat pee or something. i got a cut on my foot too...i should start twitching an frothing at teh mouth soon...oh well, i am not too worried. i mean you HAVE to fish under all conditions, no matter what. Logan
MartinlfFebruary 7th, 2007, 5:04 am
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
Rat pee or pig poop, I can't remember which. But a dose of antibiotic should stop the twitching. Best of luck with the bones.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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