A few months back flyfishing guide and photographer Adrienne Comeau joined our team’s bonefishing trip to an undisclosed Hawaiian island. In addition to catching some powerful fish, she also captured a collection of stunning images of Eddie Bauer guides Lel Tone and Andrew Bennett in action. We picked 38 of our favorite Comeau images from the trip and asked her to provide the captions. Without giving too much away, we’re ready to jump a flight to the islands right now. —LYA Editor
Top: Andrew looks at his fish in joy and awe. Being able to hold one of these creatures in your hands is an incredible privilege.
Above: Blue water, green jungle and bright sunshine. Hawaii at its finest.
Above: Lel Tone getting ready to head out for a morning paddle.
L to R: 1. Early morning clouds hang over the volcanic peaks during a flight from island to island. 2. Sunrise lights up the sky as the winds break around the islands. 3. One of the many giant moths that shared our residence. 4. Lel Tone walks the beach in the glow of a perfect Hawaiian sunrise. 5. Sunrise is the perfect time for a quick paddle. Mornings are usually the calmest time of day. 6. Fantasy island.
Above: The weather can change quickly on the flats. Todd Moen makes a cast as the skies change.
L to R: 1. When you need to put a new line on you make use of the tools you have at your disposal. 2. Andrew Bennett sorting through his box to find the right bonefish fly. 3. Fishing guide Clay educates Todd Moen and Jeremiah Watt on the particulars of hunting big bonefish on the flats. 4. Being able to make long accurate casts in the wind can make all the difference in your success on the water. 5. Todd Moen sends a tight loop towards an ominous looking sky. 6. There is nothing quite like a warm tropical rain storm.
Above: Lel Tone figured out the best way to enjoy an afternoon drive along the coast.
L to R: 1. There is no shortage of places to relax, from the beautiful sand beaches to a hammock in the front yard. 2. Rods and reels. 3. A fast action fly rod with anodized components and a good quality reel with a strong drag system are a must when fishing in the tropics. 4. Why just drink a delicious Hawaiian beer when you can cut a hole in it and shotgun it. 5. Beachside beer shotgunning after an afternoon paddleboard session. 6. Lel and Andrew celebrate a successful paddle and an equally successful beer shotgun with a chest bump.
Above: In an ocean full of predators, the colours of a bonefish provide it some important camoflage.
L to R: 1. Andrew Bennett instructing Lel Tone on the fine art of fly casting. 2. Andrew Bennet getting ready to land a beautiful bonefish. These fish are fast and strong, their first run can take you into your backing almost instantly. 3. Hawaiian bonefish are strong and thick, renowned for being well above average size. 4. Bonefish are built for speed, with thick shoulders and a torpedo shaped body. 5. Videographer Todd Moen stepped out from behind the lens to catch this amazing fish. 6. Bonefish mouths are shaped perfectly for digging in the sand to find shrimp, crabs and other delicacies. They often feed in shallow water where their forked tails will be sticking out of the water as they root in the sand for food.
Above: A wall of morning fog moves across the ocean as Lel finishes a yoga session.
L to R: 1. Andrew learning about yoga from Lel. Outdoor yoga surrounded by palm trees while smelling the ocean air is an experience everyone should experience. 2. It’s hard not to just spend hours just staring at the magic of the the sky and sea. 3. A morning yoga session in the sand while the sky lights up. 4. The blues of the ocean and sky in Hawaii are almost surreal in their intensity. 5. Waves crash against the volcanic cliffs on a windy afternoon. 6. The highest sea cliffs in the world are spectacular, particularly when seen from the air where you can really appreciate their size.
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