Christmas Island Special |
By Jason Akl
Christmas Island one of the top bonefishing destinations in the world. Every serious angler should visit this tropical paradise at least once in their lifetime. Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, approximately 1300 miles south of Hawaii, it is easy to get to through Honolulu. Christmas Island has extraordinary coral reefs (140 square miles of reef to be exact). This fisherman’s paradise is home to a large population of bonefish which average anywhere from 3-6 pounds. Some fish can even be caught in excess of 10 pounds.
With nearly 650 square miles of bonefish flats surrounding Christmas Island catching bonefish does not seem like it would be a problem, except if you are using the wrong flies. The Christmas Island Special is a fly that was developed especially for this area as its name implies and there is no better way to fool bones into biting down hard. The Christmas Island Special is perfect for the crystal clear shallow water conditions found along the coast, and carrying this pattern in white, tan, orange and yellow will ensure you get a few looks from quality fish. The sleek design of this pattern is great for casting in clear water and not spooking fish while the heavy eyes and flash help to imitate all of the bones’ favorite food sources. Tie and try a few of these patterns out on your favorite bonefish waters, you won’t be disappointed with the results.