In July 2016, we visited Ninamu Resort on the French Polynesian atoll of Tikehau. The Atoll is 200 miles from Tahiti and is 16 miles long and 14 miles wide. Jacques Cousteau visited Tikehau in 1987 and found a greater variety of fish species than any other place in French Polynesia.
The private island of Ninamu is owned by Chris O'Callaghan and his wife and features only seven hand-built bungalows. There was a wide variety of activities to do on the absolutely pristine atoll that we enjoyed daily, including snorkeling with a group of eight manta rays. We only brought one 8wt fly rod, but waded the endless coral flats to land over 15 species of fish on the fly, including bluefin trevally, yellow margin triggerfish, queenfish, goat fish, snapper, coral trout, trumpetfish, and more. We also fished the one pass out of the atoll to the ocean, which if it had not been for a strong wind we could have targeted tuna, marlin, wahoo and mahi mahi.
North Fork Light Tackle Charters is passionate about traveling in the US and abroad to fly and light tackle fish. Below are some of our favorite destinations and highlights of recent trips:
In August 2018, we made our third visit to Turneffe Flats Lodge, a premier fly-fishing operation owned by Craig and Karen Hayes from Montana with world-class guides. The Turneffe Atoll is a 250-square mile atoll 30 miles off the coast of Belize with pristine flats and consistent opportunities for a flats Super Slam (Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, Snook).
Over the course of the 6 days we spent there, we landed the super slam on the fly for the week. We landed 3 tarpon and jumped several more, 2 permit, countless bonefish, and a half a dozen beautiful snook.
We highly recommend Turneffe Flats and booking through our friends at Yellow Dog Fly Fishing (https://www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/).