Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter located on Hawaii's Honokohau Harbor, minutes from the airport.

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Sweet Sadie

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter


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Kona, HI

  • Pacific blue marlin, striped marlin, shortbill spearfish, yellow fin and big eye tuna, mahi-mahi
  • The legendary fishery off the coast of Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii
  • We take guests, experienced and new, and help them catch the fish of a lifetime on the fly or with conventional fishing gear
  • Rates start from $950 per day
  • January through September for fly charters. Year-round for conventional gear charters

Orvis is pleased to offer our travel customers access to two valuable services: Global Rescue travel membership and IMG Signature Travel Insurance℠.

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The Story

Sail aboard Sweet Sadie when you join her namesake Orvis-endorsed outfitter for unforgettable fly fishing in Kona, Hawaii. We started Sweet Sadie with the ambition of becoming one of the top fly-fishing-focused billfishing programs in the world. After years of exploring and studying the blue waters of Kailua-Kona, we believe we have achieved our goal. Sweet Sadie herself is a 43-foot Merritt sportfisher, a legendary boat ideally suited to chasing big fish on the fly. Some say it’s like fishing out of a vintage Ferrari—her ability to maneuver in tight quarters gives our anglers great shots at marlin, shortbill spearfish, mahi-mahi, tuna, and many other trophy fly-rod game fish. Hooking into a multi-hundred-pound Pacific blue marlin on the fly is about as thrilling as it gets for a fly angler. Our captain and crew know the calm, fertile fishing grounds that surround Kailua-Kona intimately, and no matter your skill level, they’ll ensure that you have an unforgettable day on the water. We have top-quality gear (both fly and conventional tackle) for your use, and provide lunch and everything else you need—all you need to do is show up and be prepared to experience a fly-fishing trip of a lifetime with Sweet Sadie.

To maximize your chances of catching that once-in-a-lifetime fish, our fly-fishing charters generally last 10 hours. We leave the dock at 6:00 a.m. and return around 4:00 p.m. Our captain will coordinate with you shortly before the start of your trip to determine the best time to depart for the day, based on current fishing conditions.

Our conventional-gear, full-day charters last 8 hours, typically starting at 6:00 a.m. and returning at 2:00 p.m.

We supply all rods, reels, lures, flies, and other gear and tackle.

On our full-day and fly-fishing charters, a light breakfast is served, followed by a hot, freshly cooked lunch. We also supply juices, water, and soda. And we can often accommodate special requests with a couple of days' notice. If there is something you want us to bring, please let us know!

You will likely find that the style of fly casting utilized is different from anything you have done before. Not more difficult, just different. Our captain and crew will spend sufficient time with you at the start of the day if needed to make sure your cast is exactly right, so you can drop the fly in the perfect spot when that big fish teases up into the spread.

There are many reasons why Kailua-Kona is considered one of the finest marlin fisheries in the world. First, of course, is the abundance of quality fish! But also especially important is the nature of the fishing grounds themselves. All our fishing is done on the wind-protected side, also called the "lee" side, of the island. That means the water is usually very calm. We also fish very close to the shoreline, almost entirely within sight of land, which, too, lends to very calm water, not to mention some beautiful views and photo opportunities. Lastly, we have the ability to start fishing within just a few hundred yards of the marina, which means no long runs. We can get on fish fast, spend our day in the target zone, and not waste time running to the fishery, as is the case in many other locations. We are also located very close to the airport, and to downtown Kailua-Kona. We can help suggest nearby hotels and restaurants, all of which are very convenient for our clients.

Our fly fishing charters require an extra crew member and cost $1,500 for a 10 hour day.

A full 8 hour day conventional gear trip costs $1,300.

Half-day conventional gear trips, which last 4 hours, cost $900.

Do you release the fish you catch?

Yes, we generally release all marlin and billfish, unless otherwise requested by the angler.

Is a fishing license required?

No, no license is required when you fish on Sweet Sadie.

How many people can we bring?

Sweet Sadie is licensed to carry up to 6 passengers. However, a maximum of 2 to 4 adults is ideal.

What should I bring?​

Sunscreen, sunglasses, boat shoes (non-marking shoes) or flip flops, hats, and any alcoholic beverages you'd like.

Is Sweet Sadie family friendly?

Absolutely! One of our most frequent fisherman is a 5-year old! Our only requirement is that if you have any children under 10, there must be at least 2 adults on board, in addition to the captain and crew.

How do I find the boat?

We are located in Honokohau Small Boat Harbor in slip number H-13. We are on the south side of the harbor, almost directly across the parking lot from the Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club. Just look for our sign and head down the adjacent steps right to Sweet Sadie.

What if someone in my group gets seasick?

Given the calm waters of Kona, the smooth riding characteristics of Sweet Sadie and the absence of any diesel fumes from our engines, it is rare for passengers to get seasick. But if it does happen, we can return to the dock at anytime if the situation requires.

Is Sweet Sadie safe?

We are an insured Coast Guard certified vessel and have all necessary and required safety equipment. Safety is our paramount concern.

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