April 26, 2012
OFF, LLC wants to announce a hosted trip scheduled for April 30th - May 7th, 2013 to Christmas Island, Kiribati. As of today, the April 23-30th trip is 100% full. Having been there multiple times, let our experience work for you. Don't have equipment, we can provide it at no additional charge. Some pics from the 2011 trip below and more pics can be seen at the gallery :http://www.opportunityflyfishing.com/gallery.aspx?id=9
5 Most Common Questions Regarding Christmas Island(CI):
Q: Where is CI and how do you get there?
A: CI is part of the island nation of Kiribati. It is located 141 miles North of the equator and about 1065 miles due South of Honolulu, Hawaii. To travel to this fly fishing paradise, you normally need to overnight in Honolulu on a Monday as there is a Air Pacific flight that goes once a week from HNL to Fiji, with a stop on CI every Tuesday. It is a commercial 747 flight.
Q: Will I catch fish and what kind?
A: Yes, usually lots of them. More than you can imagine. I tell people CI is a catching trip, mainly because the weather pattern is very stable. Average temperature variations is less than 15 degrees everyday, no matter the time of year. CI is known as one of the most prolific bonefisheries in the world. Personally, I like going there to target Trevally (GT, Golden, & Blue) as well as the various blue-water species that show up in waters surrounding the atoll. Other species caught on the flats are various triggerfish, queenfish, sweet-lips, really too many to list
Q: I've never saltwater fished, how far do you need to cast?
A: For the bonefishing, most casts are short and the need to be accurate and quick is better than casting far, athough a little bit of distance doesn't hurt at times. One of my favorite quotes about CI came from a friend, LW, who fished with me there 2 years ago. He was saying that the guide would say "Bonefish, 1 o'clock" and LW would look and say "how far?" The guide would then say "15 ft." And LW would then asked how do I cast 15 ft with a 9' rod and a 10ft leader! lol
Q: Why would I choose CI for my first saltwater adventure
A: Let me count the reasons...
1. There are no shared boats. Most flats fishing consists of 2 anglers per boat, per guide. Meaning when one person is casting the other is sitting. At CI, all bonefishing is done by wading, meaning that although you are sharing a guide, once you start seeing fish on your own...you can cast to every fish that comes your way.
2. The water is very shallow and clear. Unlike bonefishing on Hawaii or FL keys, it is very easy to spot bonefish.
3. The equipment necessary is minimal. What do you need to go bonefishing? An 7 or 8 wt. rod, with a saltwater reel, and saltwater flyline. Any decent steelhead rod will do and we just need a saltwater flyline to optimize. Add flats boots, some lightweight clothing, good sunglasses, and sunscreen and your in!
Q: How does bonefishing relate to trout fishing?
A: I like to say that a good day of bonefishing is very similar to a good day of dry fly fishing to rising trout. You see every fish, you move into position, you make the cast, and you watch them eat. That's where it ends! Every bonefish will generally make you see your backing knot. There's nothing like watching an experienced freshwater angler hook their first bonefish, and swear that it's 10 lbs. only to land a fish that bearly breaks 20 inches.
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Double GT Hook-up