1 on 1 Guide
Join United Women on the Fly and the Deschutes Angler Fly Shop for a women’s trip to Christmas Island in October 2020. This will be the first time that any CXI lodge has been filled with all women. This is an excellent destination for beginner saltwater fly anglers due to the sheer numbers of bonefish that are available.
Event Dates – Tuesday 10/20/20 – Tuesday 10/27/20
Event Hosts – Heather Hodson and Amy Randall Hazel
Event Host Email – [email protected]
Location – Located in the South Pacific, equidistant between Hawaii and New Zealand, sits Kiritimati Island – 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.
Sleeping Accommodations – 2 anglers per air conditioned room. Each will have their own bed.
Fishing Days – Wednesday 10/21/20 – Monday 10/26/20, 6 days guided fishing.
Fishing – Four anglers per boat. Christmas Island is 99% Walk and Wade so the boat is only there to transport you from one flat to the next.
Targeted Fish Species – Bonefish, GT’s or triggerfish. Christmas Island is considered to be a bone fisherman’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.
Fishing Techniques – Walk and Wade with single hand fly rods fishing with streamers or crustacean patterns.
Fish Equipment – 8 – 12 wts. You can get away with an 8 and 10wt. Floating lines and reels to match. We have some equipment that people can borrow.
Guides – Each angler will have a 1 on 1 guide.
Boats – 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.
Walk and Wading 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 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.
CXI Lodging/Fishing Weekly Cost $2990 – includes an individual guide each day for each guest, 6 days of guided
fishing, seven nights double occupancy lodging (you share a cabin with one other person), all
meals, and transportation to and from the Cassidy International Airport on CXI.
Deposit – 50% due now and remaining due July 2020. This trip is through Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures. Deposits to be paid to Amy Hazel at [email protected]
Cost Does Not Include – Flights to and from Christmas Island through Honolulu. Lodging in Honolulu 10/19/20. Gratuities, alcoholic beverages or soda/juice at the lodge, flies, gear, trip essentials.
Travel Insurance is a must as there’s only one flight in/out of CXI a week. Runs around $180-$200. There is only one flight in and out of Christmas Island each week.
Hawaii Information – Arrive to Honolulu on 10/18 or early 10/19/20. It’s recommended to arrive on Sunday. We’ll share hotel costs in Honolulu.
Flights – Fly into Honolulu then take the Tuesday flight with Fuji Air to CXI. Flights to CXI only run 1x a week. If you get an Alaska Credit Card you should be able to get a free flight to Honolulu with miles.
Tentative Daily Schedule – 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.
Additional Information – We’re all singles here so we’ll be switching up boat partners to ensure everyone gets to fish with different women. =)