Join Orvis's Tom Rosenbauer and Steve McLaughlin of Front Range Anglers for a week fishing Christmas Island in the Republic of Kiribati. Christmas Island, also known as Kiritimati Island, has historically had a reputation as an incredible international bonefishing destination. What most people don't realize is the sheer number of species opportunities that a fly angler can expect during a week, resulting in racking up an astounding number of species on a fly. From big bonefish to three different species of trevally — golden, bluefin, and everyone's favorite, giant or geet, to a myriad of triggerfish, and even milkfish, there is something new for everyone to check off their list. The interior, back country islands and ocean-side flats of Christmas Island are a mix of hard white sand, coral, and turtle grass, making Christmas Island truly a saltwater fly anglers nirvana.
This special departure includes a Helios 3 fly rod for each guest.
Location: Ikari House, Christmas Island
Dates: April 10-17, 2018
Cost: $3,900 per angler Includes a Helios 3 Fly Rod, a $898 value In partnership with Front Range Anglers
Tom Rosenbauer, outdoor writer and host of the Orvis Fly-Fishing Podcasts, has been with the Orvis Company over 40 years, and while there has been a fishing school instructor, copywriter, public relations director, merchandise manager, and editor of The Orvis News. He is currently Marketing Director for Orvis Rod and Tackle.
Tom has been a fly fisher for over 35 years, and was a commercial fly tier by age 14. He has fished extensively across North America and has also fished on Christmas Island, the Bahamas, in Kamchatka, and on the fabled English chalk streams. He is credited with bringing Bead-Head flies to North America, and is the inventor of the Big Eye hook, Magnetic Net Retriever, and tungsten beads for fly tying.
He has ten fly fishing books in print, including The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, Reading Trout Streams, Prospecting for Trout, Casting Illusions, Fly-Fishing in America, Approach and Presentation, Trout Foods and Their Imitations; Nymphing Techniques; Leaders, Knots, and Tippets, The Orvis Guide to Dry-Fly Techniques, and The Orvis Fly-Tying Guide, which won a 2001 National Outdoor Book Award. He has also been published in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Catalog Age, Fly Fisherman, Gray's Sporting Journal, Sporting Classics, Fly Rod & Reel, Audubon, and others. He lives in southern Vermont on the banks of his favorite trout stream.
Tom was Fly Rod & Reel magazine's 2011 Angler of the Year! To quote the magazine: "People who meet him know this: Rosenbauer is as valid a fly fisherman as they come - honest, approachable, generous, dedicated, and enthusiastic. It's that kind of enthusiasm and the written and verbal legacy he is providing that make Tom Rosenbauer Fly Rod & Reel's 2011 Angler of the Year."
Steve McLaughlin, owner of Front Range Anglers in Boulder, Colorado, has been a lifelong fly fisherman. Steve has fished trout all over the western United States, and is particularly fond of the small mountain streams of the Rockies, and chasing steelhead and salmon in Oregon & Alaska. He has also fished many saltwater species in the Florida Keys, Louisiana, Hawaii, the Bahamas, Yucatan, Costa Rica, and Belize. Over the past five years he has taken many anglers to Christmas Island, and has fished more than 60 days on the atoll for bonefish, giant trevally, bluefin and golden trevally as well as landed many milkfish on the fly.
Prior to owning Front Range Anglers, Steve was a successful senior executive for a software company based in Livermore, California. He ran several different operating divisions over the course of his 30 year career before he purchased Front Range Anglers in 2012.
About Front Range Anglers - located on historic Pearl St in the heart of Boulder, CO the store was founded in 1982. Front Range Anglers is an Orvis Dealer, selling premium select brands to support the anglers of the Rockies, as well as the traveling angler. In 2012 FRA became the US outfitter to Ikari House on Christmas Island, and over the past five years has hosted more than 380 anglers to the atoll over 28 hosted weeks.