Christmas Island Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Christmas Island for Big Bones & GT's
- 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.
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. The consistent weather of Christmas Island allows anglers a year round opportunity to fish miles and miles of wade-able sand and coral flats.
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.
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!
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!
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Flats Fishing on Christmas Island is one of the most unique angling experiences on Earth.
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. The consistent weather allows anglers a year round opportunity to fish miles and miles of wadeable sand and coral flats. The nation of Kiribati, pronounced “Kir-ee-bahs,” is located in the Pacific Ocean along the edges of the Equator, includes the Gilbert, Phoenix and Line island groups. The isolated location of the Kiribati islands prevents tourism from flourishing and becoming a major business, even though the weather is consistently warm and the shallow water flats are teeming with bonefish, trevally, triggerfish, and numerous other game fish. It is important to note that Christmas Island is definitely not another Tahiti or Hawaii where you can go to relax and have nothing to worry about. It has few visitors, and they have to be prepared to “rough it.” That said, there aren’t many countries where the people are friendlier.
The fly fishing on Christmas Island is amazing.
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.