I had some fun with the light flyrods while we were in Kona recently...good times tangling with various species on shrimp, crab and marine worm patterns of various types and sizes. Here’s an amalgam of shots from several of our favorite spots on the Kohala coast.… Strip strip strip… Lots of action over a couple days, including rudderfish (Nenue), hawkfish (Po’opa’a), various wrasse and the state fish. They don’t know they’re the state fish. They’re too busy defending their bommies and getting enough to eat. Nenue are VERY strong fighters! This conversation was not what you might think. This chick and her two girlfriends were harfing on the pakalolo for several hours before this. They’d watch me land a fish and she’d toss out hilarious one-liners. With my wife laughing and snapping photos, she ambles over and asks me if I tie my own flies. She then goes on to tell me about her bamboo rod she refinished herself, the various rivers she fished growing up in Pennsylvania, how she prefers to use dries over wets and nymphs for the aesthetic satisfaction and how I’m the first fly fisherman she’d ever seen on that stretch of coast. I just about had her convinced I was a hallucination….. [/URL] Mrs. Mingo with a fat triggerfish... [/URL] And a fat hawkfish... [/URL] I also caught several yellowtail wrasse this trip. These are pugnacious, tough battlers that will immediately dive into a cave if you don't keep the pressure on them. [/URL] Christmas wrasse [/URL] Surge wrasse damselfish [/URL] [/URL] Saddle wrasse [/URL] A good ghillie / beer wench is an essential part of a successful fishing day…… Back to chill out at Lulu’s for a couple cold ones that evening. [/URL] Waiting for a strike. The day was slow. We only hooked up once and our buddy farmed it off by not winching fast enough when the wahoo ran at the boat. Oh well….fun times with good people and cold beer almost make up for a skunking…almost. [/URL] Having a couple Lilikoi margaritas at Bamboo in Hawi to get the right mood going….. [/URL] Then hitting the cool little Wild West Hawai’i town for some shopping…… [/URL] The freakin' nenue gave me a nice puncture wound on my finger with his spikes, then spiked my foot as I was releasing him! Oh well...that's fishing. I'll take a spike wound any day to tangle with another of those guys. GREAT battle on the light gear! All good things must come to an end, but life is good…..back to Seattletude, work and some local fishing. Searuns and silvers near Port Ludlow……. Mrs. Mingo gets in on the action ….. Looking for silvers in the S.S. Dingleberry…..a job I take very seriously…. Mark hooked up! Mark’s silver was dinner that night along with some crab….. yeah buddy, you just keep slaving away cracking those EFFING crabs for dinner, I’ll sort out my fly box for tomorrow nyuk nyuk… Then onto my semi-annual upriver C&R flyrod fun with pinks. I don’t care what anybody says, pinks are fun on a 10’ 4 wt stick. Why anyone would try to snag a fish that willingly hits flies is beyond me... Good times.