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Hawaiian Bonefishing By Derek Bachmann

Taking my new bride to Hawaii for our honeymoon provided an opportunity to try an endeavor I had yet to experience, Bonefishing on the fly! As the Director of Web Marketing for FlyFishUSA.com it provided the opportunity to test out a few new rods and reels for the occasion.
I’ll be the first to admit I don’t get to fish as often as I’d like to, but give me an opportunity to fly fish the salt and I’ll always jump on the chance.

Derek Bachmann with his first Hawaiian Bonefish
Bonefish are an amphidromous species, they live in inshore tropical waters and move onto shallow coral and sandy flats to feed on crustaceans, like the Mantis Shrimp, with the incoming tide. The scientific name for bonefish is "Albula vulpes" and is derived from Latin, justly translated as "White fox", as these fish are elusive, easily spooked, and you must be stealthy and smart in order hunt them down.

Honolulu right before Flossie is suppose to hit
The day began at 5:30 AM, 74F, with overcast skies, and rain in the forecast. Not optimal weather for flats fishing for monster bones. But I came here to fish and nothing short of a Hurricane was going to stop me from trying.
We met up with Captain Mike Hennessy, owner of Hawaii on the Fly, and he informed me that we had a narrow window for “tailing” fish on the shallow flats before the tide came in. We headed out in his Action Craft flats boat in search of the ever skittish Hawaiian bonefish.

Tailing bonefish

I grabbed my Winston BIIISX 890 with the new Waterworks/Lampson ARX 3.5 loaded with a SA Bonefish Taper Floating line. Mike attached a Cognac Mantis fly and we started wading the flats. After walking about 100 yards I spotted my first tail and Mike told me to cast my fly 30 feet.
BAM!!! First cast and fish on!!! It is no joke when a bonefish takes 150 yards of your backing before you can even blink. It wasn’t a Monster, but it was a bonefish and that’s what I came here for! The fight only lasted for a few minutes but the initial take and run was exhilarating to say the least.
Not bad for first time bonefishing. I don't know who was more excited me or Mike? He kept saying, "Holy Cow, first cast and fish on!!!" I'm sure luck had a lot to do with it, but I give Mike most of the credit for all the tips and instruction he provided.


Mike Henessy & Derek Bachmann with a nice Hawaiian Bonefish
As the flats went from ankle deep to knee deep it was difficult to track these beautiful creatures while in the water, so Mike decided it was time to try some casting from the boat. I grabbed my Echo3 890SW with an Echo Ion 7/9 reel. As these bonefish were a little deeper I used the spool with the Airflo bonefish intermediate line. This rod was easy to cast and handle in fair winds. If the winds wouldn't have picked up to 15-20 MPH this combo would have been my choice because of the balance. Mike seemed to like the look and feel of this rod so I gave it to him to do a little more research at my expense.

Testing the Echo3 Saltwater rod and Ion reel!

Next it was time to give the Sage One 990-4 and Able Super Series 7/8 reel a crack at these beasts of the flats. There is no doubt that this combo is nothing short of amazing not only because it is pretty to look at, but because it is so easy to cast.

To give you an Idea of how easy, I took my buddy Mark Stansbury, who has never even casted a fly rod, out to the flats on my last day in Hawaii. With 20 minutes of instruction he was putting the fly where I told him to. Of course if you're gonna hook someone on the sport of fly fishing, hand them the outfit that makes it all seem easy!


Sage ONE 990 + Abel Super Series 7/8 with bonefish pattern = AWESOME!
Between the overcast skies, rain, and the wind, our visibility into the water was not at its best. Fly fishing for bonefish is not a “cast and pray” type of sport! We had a few breaks in the clouds over the next 4 hours and a few more chances at some monsters, but it seemed that they were just not ready to be caught or my lack of skill casting into the 15-20 MPH winds may have played a factor.

Mike Henessy of Hawaii on the Fly

There are many places to catch bonefish in the flats around Oahu, Hawaii, some you can drive or walk to, but I would recommend hiring a professional guide like Capt. Mike Hennessy of Hawaii on the Fly who knows where the big ones are and has the boat and the knowledge to get you there. Mike is one of those people that determines what type of person you are right away and then caters to your personality. He has a great sense of humor and is an amazing instructor with oodles of patience, which is something you absolutely need as a guide. His love of fly fishing for bonefish makes his job, if you can call it that, an adventure every day. Mike can be reached through his website http://www.hawaiionthefly.com/ or by calling him at (808) 366 7835 you will not regret!


Winston BIIISX 890 & Lampson ARX 3.5 reel "Lucky Combo"

Bonefish Rods


 #8 weights
Boron III-SX SERIES

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Boron III-SX890

Length: 9'       Line: #8     Pieces: 4   

I think this rod was built for bonefish. It was the only rod that I actually caught bonefish on. I deem this my "lucky rod" although I don't think it was all luck. The BIII-SX is super fast and easy to handle. I paired it up with the new Lamson ARX 3.5 and the balance was outstanding!
Rod weight: 4 3/8 Ounces.
Item Series Line Wt Action Handle Price To Top
890 Boron III-SX 8 Super Fast Full Wells $835 Sale Ended

ECHO3-890SW Length:9'     Line:#8     Pieces:4

ECHO3 9’0” # 8 In the salt it handles long casts into the wind without giving up. At home in the cold or the tropics it is the most popular of the “power” rods.

Series Item Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
ECHO3 890SW 8 fast   $379.99 Sale Ended
ECHO3-890SW with an Echo Ion 7/9 reel

ECHO3 9’0” # 8 In the salt it handles long casts into the wind without giving up. At home in the cold or the tropics it is the most popular of the “power” rods. This is a great setup for Hawaiian bonefish that is quickly becoming one of my favorites for the flats.

Series Item Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
ECHO3 COMBO 890SW 8 fast   $479.98 Sale Ended

 


990-4 ONE Length: 9'     Line: 9     Pieces: 4
I would like to give this rod a chance in Belize or Christmas Island.
Rod weight: 3 3/4 ounces.
Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
990-4 ONE 9 Fast M $785 Sale Ended

Bonefish Reels


Lamson/Waterworks ARX

Ingenious Design, Full Cage, Exposed Rim, Saltwater Tested
I was given an ARX 3.0 and 3.5 to take with me on my Hawaiian bonefishing adventure because it hadn't been tested on saltwater fly fishing as of yet. I paired them up with my Winston BIIISX 890 and the balance was perfect with the 3.5 and functional with the 3.0. This reel performed amazingly in all aspects and as with all saltwater equipment, you should rinse with warm water to remove any salt residue. Arx is carefully milled on the bottom third of the reel to expose a functional palming section. Even the drag knob has been designed to provide optimal grip without exposing a portion of the reel to line fouling.Format: Large Arbor
Materials: machines 6061 Aluminum, stainless steel
Finish: Hard Alox
Model 1 Line Backing Weight Diameter To Top
ARX #3+ 500-grain head 125 yd. #20 7.0 oz. 3.75"  
        Choose winding hand.
Stock Number Description Price
A3+ REEL Lamson Waterworks #3+ ARX Reel, Black Hard Alox Finish $439.00 Sale Ended
A3+ SPOOL Lamson Waterworks #3 ARX Spool, Black Hard Alox Finish $200.00 Sale Ended
Model2 Line Backing Weight Diameter To Top
ARX #3.5 640-grain head 150 yd. #30 8.8 oz. 4.00"  
        Choose winding hand.
Stock Number Description Price  
A3.5+ REEL Lamson Waterworks #3.5 ARX Reel, Black Hard Alox Finish $469.00 Sale Ended
A3.5+ SPOOL Lamson Waterworks #3.5 ARX Spool, Black Hard Alox Finish $210.00 Sale Ended
Model3 Line Backing Weight Diameter To Top
ARX #4 750-grain head 275 yd. #30 10.5 oz. 4.50"  
        Choose winding hand.
Stock Number Description Price
A4+ REEL Lamson Waterworks #4 ARX Reel, Black Hard Alox Finish $499.00 Sale Ended
A4+ SPOOL Lamson Waterworks #4 ARX Spool, Black Hard Alox Finish $225.00 Sale Ended


Echo Ion 7/9

Paired up with the Echo3 Saltwater 890 this is a dream combo that won't destroy your pocketbook!

Arbor diameter: 2.1"  Outside diameter: 3.9"  Width: 1.3"
Capacity: WF8F line with 200 yards of #20 backing
Capacity: WF9F line with 175 yards of #20 backing

Item Description Size Price To Top
ION-79R Echo Ion 7/9 Reel Matte Black $99.95 Sale Ended
ION-79S Echo Ion 7/9 Spool Matte Black $44.95 Sale Ended

Abel Super 7/8N For seven and eight weight rods.

The Abel Super Series reels are outstanding and reliable. Not only are they beautifully designed, they are one of the best reels on the planet!

Spool Option

Weight Oz. Spool Dia. Spool Width Hub Dia. Line + Yards of Backing
Large
Arbor
6.8 3.900" 0.850" 2.100" WF7F + 225  #20. WF8F + 200  #20
Model Description Price To Top
ABEL-7/8N Abel Super 7N Reel, Large Arbor, Get any one-piece Rio fly line listed in our online store and up to 300-yards of backing installed your your new Alel Super Reel for free until 12/31/2013. Large Arbor $700 Sale Ended
ABEL-7/8NS Abel Super 7N Spool, Large Arbor $315 Sale Ended

Bonefish Lines

Rio Bonefish Quickshooter Line

New For 2013!
RIO's latest saltwater line is a real asset for the saltwater angler, and particularly useful for when wading flats, or in poor light conditions when short range casts are the order of the day. The short, easy casting head loads a rod quickly and delivers fast, accurate casts with ease. It is also an ideal line for the novice saltwater angler.
  • Revolutionary design allows for incredible loop stability and distance
  • Unique, easy casting taper that loads a fly rod at close range
  • High floating running line that will not sink and impede the cast
  • Rio Bonefish Quickshooter Line
    Item Description Size Price To Top
    20284 Rio Bonefish Quickshooter Line, Blue WF7F $79.95 Sale Ended
    20285 Rio Bonefish Quickshooter Line, Blue WF8F $79.95 Sale Ended
    20286 RRio Bonefish Quickshooter Line, Blue WF9F $79.95 Sale Ended

    Bonefish Taper, Floating

    The long belly, long rear taper, stiffer core and reduced overall diameter allow more line to be carried with less wind resistance, giving you the distance and accuracy needed for bonefish. Floating lines are available for the times when fish are feeding in shallow water, and sinking lines for when the fish are deeper.

    Bonefish Taper-Floating

    floating weight forward fly line

     Horizon

    Size

    Color

    Length

    Price

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    WF6F

    horizon blue

    100'

    $74.95

    Sale Ended

    WF7F

    horizon blue

    100'

    $74.95

    Sale Ended

    WF8F

    horizon blue

    100'

    $74.95

    Sale Ended

    WF9F

    horizon blue

    100'

    $74.95

    Sale Ended

    Bonefish Taper, Sinking

    The long belly, long rear taper, stiffer core and reduced overall diameter allow more line to be carried with less wind resistance, giving you the distance and accuracy needed for bonefish. Floating lines are available for the times when fish are feeding in shallow water, and sinking lines for when the fish are deeper.

    • Clear: specially formulated saltwater PVC
    • NEW! Surf: specially formulated saltwater PVC integrated with with AST - Advanced Shooting Technology

    Bonefish Taper-Sinking

    sinking weight forward fly line

    sink rate = 1.50 - 2.00 ips.

    Clear

      

    Size

    Color

    Length

    Price

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    WF6S

    clear

    100'

    $74.95

    Sale Ended

    WF7S

    clear

    100'

    $74.95

    Sale Ended

    WF8S

    clear

    100'

    $74.95

    Sale Ended

    WF9S

    clear

    100'

    $74.95

    Sale Ended

     

     

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    Mark, Patty & Crew

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