Christmas Island 2023
Join United Women on the Fly and the Deschutes Angler Fly Shop for a women’s trip to Christmas Island in October 2023. This trip was originally scheduled for 2020 and we’re on our fourth year of being postponed due to Covid. We are fortunate to be able to offer the 2019 pricing. This trip will be worth the wait!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Christmas Island UWOTF / Deschutes Angler hosted trip.
The Villages in Christmas Island, Located in the South Pacific, equidistant between Hawaii and New Zealand, sits Kiritimati Island.
October 10th – 17th, 2023
Why Go on a UWOTF HOsted Trip?
These trips are so much more than a fishing adventure. Women of different ages, professions, backgrounds and fishing abilities come together to experience a trip of a lifetime. It’s a scary thing to step out of their comfort zone and join other women. The energy, laughter, smiles and friendships are like no other. We came as strangers and leave UNITED as fly sisters.
The largest atoll in the world known to anglers as “Christmas Island.” Not to be confused with the Territory of Australia “Christmas Island,” Kiritimati is a remote and largely-undeveloped island that is part of a long island chain that makes up the country of Kiribati.
Hosted Trip Cost
$2990. This is the 2019 rate. 50% Deposit due at time of registration to hold your spot.
- All Ground/Water Transfers While on Christmas Island
- Individual Guide Each Day for Each Guest
- 6 Days Guided Fishing
- Seven Nights Double Occupancy Lodging at The Villages (2 Anglers Per Room)
- Breakfast and Dinner at the Lodge
- Cooler Lunch on the Water with Guide
- Bottled Water, Juice, Coffee and Tea
- All Island Taxes and GSTs
- Flights in/out of Honolulu Hawaii.
- International Flights to and from Christmas Island/Kiritimati Island Cassidy International Airport (CXI)
- Accommodations, Taxis, Meals/Beverages and Activities while in Honolulu on 10/9/23.
- Gratuities for Guides and Lodge Staff
- Alcoholic, Beer and Sodas (Spirits and Wines Can Be Purchased in the Honolulu at the Airport Duty Free)
- Christmas Island Fishing License
- Laundry Service
- Wireless Service
- Equipment and Terminal Tackle
- Deposits to be paid to Amy Hazel. You can either mail a check payable to: John Hazel & Co. Inc. and mail to PO BOX 126 Maupin, OR 97037.
- You can also pay with a credit card with the credit card processing fee passed onto you. The cost of $2990 is the Yellow Dog cost so we have to pass on the processing fee. If you choose to pay with a credit card then you’ll call Amy Hazel at 541-395-0995.
- Credit Card Processing Fee is approximately $105.00.
Connect in the Facebook Group
We have created a Facebook Group specific for this hosted trip. Please utilize this group to ask questions and connect with other women who will be joining us on the hosted trip. This will be the location that the co-hosts will post additional event information to. Join Facebook Group HERE.
All women will fly into Honolulu the day before we all fly to Christmas Island (CXI) via Fiji Airways. Utilize the Facebook group to share lodging in Honolulu on 10/9/23.
Fly into Honolulu then take the Tuesday flight with Fiji Air to CXI. Flights to CXI only run 1x a week.
NOTE: The flight from Hawaii to CXI crosses the International Date Line. This means that we leave Honolulu at noon on a Tuesday 10/10/23, but land 3 hours later in CXI on Wednesday 10/18/23. Coming home, we leave CXI on Wednesday 10/25/23 morning and we land in Honolulu on Tuesday 10/17/23.
- Honolulu Flights
- Arrive to Honolulu no later than 10/10/23.
- Fly out of Honolulu on 10/17/23 early evening or later.
- You need at least 3 hours from the time we land into HNL from CXI to go through customs before you fly home.
- FIJI AIRWAYS Flight –
- Departing Flight
- Departure Time from HNL at 12pm on 10/10/23
- Arrive into CXI at 3:20pm on 10/11/23
- Return Flight
- Departure Time from CXI at 7:35am on 10/18/23
- Arrive into HNL at 10:40am on 10/17/23
- Departing Flight
Due to the confusion of crossing the international date line it is best to book your flights in two separate bookings.
Sleeping Accommodations – 2 anglers per air conditioned room. Each will have their own bed. Rooms are simple, clean and have air conditioning.
CXI is not known for its 5 star cuisine. The food is simple. Dinner usually consists of a sashimi appetizer, seafood and rice. Many anglers bring snacks with them.
A typical day starts at 6:00 AM with a simple breakfast. At this time fixings are put out for you to build yourself a custom-made lunch. You’ll meet your guides at the boats at 7am. You’ll fish from 7am to 3pm. Appetizers are at 6pm and dinner is served at 7pm.
Thursday 10/19/23 – Tuesday 10/24/23, 6 days guided fishing. Dates are different due to the international date zone.
Walk and Wade with single hand fly rods fishing with streamers or crustacean patterns.
Each angler will have a 1 on 1 guide. We will rotate boat partners and guides each day. Assignments will be announced each evening.
8 – 12 weight rods. You can get away with an 8 and 10wt. Floating lines and reels to match. Equipment is NOT included. Angler to bring rod, reels, lines, leader, tippet and flies.
The Villages utilizes several very unique, locally-crafted, outrigger-style transfer boats. These boats are used to transfer anglers to the flats, where you then wade the shallows for bones, triggers, trevally, and other species. The boats are very reliable and offer anglers a fun and effective mode of transportation to and from various flats. 4 anglers per boat.
Walk and Wade Flats
Most of the flats are easy to wade, as the bottom consists of solid white sand. You will occasionally need to navigate some coral outcroppings, rock shelves, and deeper channels, but overall the wading is very easy. When using boats for transportation, boat drivers will pick you and your guide up at the end of your “wading lap,” which means that you will rarely need to make long walks back to the boat through waters that you have already fished.
Bonefish, GT’s or triggerfish. Christmas Island is considered to be a bonefish angler’s paradise, and rightly so!
Bonefish are the main target species on Christmas Island, and they are found throughout the flats and shallow waters of the atoll. This is an excellent destination for beginner saltwater fly anglers due to the sheer numbers of bonefish that are available. The average bonefish throughout the ecosystem run two to three pounds in size.
We’re all singles here so we’ll be switching up boat partners and guides to ensure everyone gets to fish with different women. =) Assignments will be given each evening.
CXI Travel Requirements
Travel Insurance is highly recommended. We are excited to partner with Global Rescue to offer each angler travel and evacuation insurance. Sign-up HERE.
UWOTF is focusing on Education with all of our hosted trips. We will offer each woman a link to video casting drills to prepare for fishing saltwater. The afternoon we arrive to CXI, both Amy and Heather will help get everyone dialed with their gear, knots and help fine tune anyone’s casts if wanted. Each evening we’ll have nightly discussions about the day and what we can learn from everyone.
Safety is our biggest concern. We will share the most current Covid travel requirements into Kiritimati. Immunizations will probably be required.
Hosted Trip Disclaimer
This is a Drama Free Trip. We will be getting up EARLY on our fishing days. Saltwater Fishing can be difficult and it’s highly recommended to practice casting, both distance and accuracy, into the wind before the trip. There are several factors to a successful day of fishing. We cannot control the weather or fish behavior but we can control the amount of education and fun both United Women on the Fly and Deschutes Angler provides.
United Women on the Fly trips are about education, the experience, socializing and having FUN; catching fish is the cherry on top. Each angler will have their own bed in a shared room (unless single occupancy) with AC an en suite bathroom.
You will have your own guide each day. Remember – all guides are not created equal and you may prefer one over another. We will rotate all of the guides and assign your guide each evening. Christmas Island is not a trip for those who want 5 star lodging and meals. The rooms are clean and air conditioned and the food is good. We come to Christmas Island for the incredible fishing opportunities, you won’t regret this trip!!