One of our readers, Tim H., sent me these lovely pictures of his first Hawaiian trout. He's been on a veritable mission to catch trout all over and is willing to put in the long hard hours hiking and bushwhacking to find them. When I read about all the streams he explored with no luck, I was moved. There is nothing worse than doing everything right on the water and on the trail and returning fishless. We've all been there. I was even more moved knowing that he had hiked OVER a stream holding trout several times to get to streams that were empty. I believe all wild fish are precious and to fish these special places you usually have to fish with someone who has been there to get on these secret spots.
Tim's first break was reading this blog and the article Rainbows in Paradise.
A good friend of mine, Jac Koeman, once took me to one of his favorite spots to fish on the Provo. I've seen many anglers slog through this water and rarely catch a fish. And I've been the fishless guy on that stretch, myself. I told Jac at the time that I didn't think this stretch had fish, or not that many. Then he proceeded to catch fish on his first and many subsequent casts. More fish than I had seen pulled out of other "productive" runs.
When Tim sent me his in depth research about the area. I basically pulled a Jac and said "Try fishing that water you think doesn't have fish" and Tim being the good angler that he is discovered the gems he was looking for.
As are many streams, the waters in Kauai are temperamental and although you can catch big fish like this (checkout this article)
These bigger fish are "spawners" coming up from the reservoirs so it's really a timing issue.
The resident fish are smaller, unless you can find an unmolested fish in a big pool under a huge waterfall.
For more information on where to catch rainbows in Hawaii, check out the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources site.
Warning: I would not try to fish this area alone. The weather changes quickly and although it is warm and sunny down on the beach I became hypothermic once clouds and rain started relentlessly misting in the afternoon. The road went from super tight to super tight and slippery from mud. Not a good place for a rental.