Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

Moloka’i Flats Fishing

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year!). It’s been awhile and I was hoping that I could get started on my blog and get back into the swing of things. Yet, life held a bunch of surprises that I hadn’t planned on and hence the delay in posting on my favorite blog.

Well, a lot has changed in one year and I am now working at the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. I won’t go into detail but I love what I’m doing under the leadership of current DHHL Chairman/Director ‘Alapaki Nahale-a. A heavy load of kuleana for sure at this juncture in my life!

Anyway, I was going over a few notes from my previous attempt at posting and I came across these links that might help my fellow fly fishermen who try to even the odds at every chance out in the water:

Stream Time Blog (Flyfishing in the Reel World) – A couple of posts with a few tips on flyfishing the Kona Coast of the Big Island. A nice read, as there is not much out there about fly fishing on the Big Island.

Mike’s Catch Report Blog – Nice blog with great pictures of flyfishing on O’ahu. Lots of slideshows! Mike travels to places that I hold dear to my heart. Including the Salmon River in Pulaski, New York and many of the noted historical streams in Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic states. Man! Do I miss the action out there but I don’t miss the cold this time of the year.

DIY Flatsfishing Blog – Getting a guide at a pristine destination will cost you big bucks! I’ll be the first to admit that local knowledge will definitely get you in the better part of the “catch” factor but especially in these hard times, every buck counts. So this site is a refreshing look at how you can start on doing-it-yourself and stretching your dollars a bit. The link is to the Hawai’i post and you get just enough information in finding a spot to fish on your own.

Fly Fusion Magazine (North America’s Fly Fishing Authority) – I’m a sucker for flashy, catchy fishing photography. This site’s not Hawai’i-related but has I couldn’t pass it up during my search for Hawai’i flyfishing sites.

Bonefish Kaua’i – Okay, so this is like, the only island that you can catch trout in a stream, catch bass/peacock bass in the river/dams and go down to the flats to fish for ‘o’io (bonefish)!  Kind of like the Hawaiian Grand Slam with a Twist! There aren’t a lot of guides on Kaua’i and this is one of the rare ones on the internet.

Hope you folks like my first post for 2012 and I’ll continue to write when I have time. Got my writing slippahs back on, so I’m ready!

Hanapa’a! (Fish On!)

Notable Links This Week

Sorry about the delay but I found a couple of interesting links over the last few days that readers might want to check out:

President Obama Flyfishing in Montana

Great to see the President flyfishing and having fun on a Montana river back in August. If you are a big fan of the President you might get a kick out of these photos posted by the White House. I’m not sure if he caught anything though during his outing. No confirmation. Anyone on his staff want to elaborate? Also, if he needs a guide here in Hawai’i, please let me know, my friend and I will get him some hanapa’a action!

Flyfishing on Moloka’i

As you all know, I’m also an avid saltwater flyfisherman, so this video from Captain Clay of Hallelujahou Fishing on Moloka’i was an eye-opener. My best friend, Miles Arima, has family on the island and it’ll be fun to meet up with the captain soon.

Extreme Carp Air

Wo! this story is not for the faint-hearted and might make your girlfriend/spouse think twice about going fishing with you the next time. Field and Stream Magazine, an awesome outdoor magazine, did a story on extreme aerial bowfishing and a freak accident that shows the fisherman’s fiancee getting “false cracked” in the jaw by a flying carp. Just looking at the pictures makes me “cringe”! Check it out !

Anyway, any comments will be much appreciated and don’t forget to get Hawaii Fishing News this month as my article on Honoli’i (Big Island) is featured.