Christmas Island Fly Fishing
Big bonefish are the main target, but the presence and availability of Giant trevally for the flats angler definitely makes Christmas Island fly fishing special.
Christmas Island is one of the most unique angling destinations on Earth. This giant atoll sits 1,300 miles south of Hawaii and 100 miles north of the Equator. One great thing about Christmas Island fly fishing is the consistent weather. It allows anglers a year round opportunity to fish miles and miles of wadeable sand and coral flats.
Christmas Island is the Largest Atoll in the World
Located in the South Pacific equidistant between Hawaii and New Zealand sits Kiritimati Island – the largest atoll in the world that today is known to anglers as Christmas Island. It takes a bit of time to get here, but once you arrive, you find a saltwater wilderness area that is absolutely massive: an area that is home to impressive numbers of bonefish, milkfish, triggerfish, giant trevally, golden trevally and numerous other species. The interior and exterior flats of Christmas Island are a mix of hard white sand, coral and turtle grass, creating the ideal setting for wade fishing enthusiasts.
If you’re looking for a great first-time flats trip or a destination that will deliver impressive numbers, then a Christmas Island fly fishing trip should be high on the list.
Why you should consider Christmas Island fly fishing:
- Species include bonefish; trigger fish; trevally; tuna; sweetlips; red bass and snappers.
- Bonefish are the target species, and they average two to three pounds.
- The presence and availability of giant trevally for the flats fishing angler makes this fly fishing destination special. The guides know where to find feeding trevally on the flats, and, a well-placed fly will get it done most of the time.
- The consistent weather of Christmas Island allows anglers a year round opportunity to fish miles and miles of wade-able sand and coral flats.
Oh Nelly! It was awesome! Missed the grand slam because we couldn’t get on the tarpon but naild a 15lb permit with so many bones my arms are sore and I’ve got blisters all over my hands. Hurts so good!
If you’re looking for a classic fly fishing trip where you can catch a number of species and get away from winter back home…. and that won’t break the bank, this is it. There’s nothing quite like flats fishing!
I am going back again this year with my wife and hoping to get into some Tarpon! They begin to migrate late summer and can be great in September and October. These tarpon are much larger than the resident tarpon available all year.