by Dave McCoy
Ever been hanging around the counter at a fly shop and heard an in-depth discussion about Hawaii? Likely not but believe me, that is about to change. Fly fishing and photography should go hand in hand in Hawaii. Some of the most striking photographic environments are in Hawaii. The lush tropical mountains, coconut trees and sunsets make for very interesting backgrounds and the battleships, Black Hawk helicopters and F-18’s add a new dimension to the water and air. In Hawaii, you can never put the camera down.
For me and my photography, I am in a constant state of putting together a full spectrum of images for any destination. Flora and fauna, culture and wide panoramas that tell a complete story. Hawaii is no exception. Add to the fact that the bonefish are big, very big but not in huge numbers so the fish that are hooked are sacred, as the leader cutting coral can cause a photographer a fair amount of frustration.
I appreciate the skill and effort that goes into capturing an image that has been set up after hours of thought and positioning. I admire as much or more the photographers who can expose something in the moment, shooting from the hip while still lending wonder and imagination to the image. This is the foundation for how I like to shoot.
Hawaii has bruiser bonefish, great scenery, non-angler amenities and Polynesian photographic opportunities. Did I mention world-class sunsets, poolside libations, sushi, history and a guide or two that will help create a fishing and photo trip to rival any flats destination? Aloha!