Salt Water Fly Fishing
Saltwater fly fishing retains the required technique of traditional stream fly fishing, and takes it to the shallow depths of salt water beaches. Specially designed flys and lines are required, but the goal remains the same: bagging a pristine fish.
The learning curve for salt water fly fishing seems steep. It’s important to remember the simplicity of fly fishing, and to experience it as a leisure activity. Speaking with a professional angler at a supply store will help the potential angler have the right tools for the environment. The size of the rod will increase based on the weight of the species desired.
With the advent of the internet, the price of fly fishing in saltwater has decreased considerably. Also, forums with experienced members can give recommendations. Many of the freshwater rods are used with less efficacy than rods with more backbone. Stainless steel rods with a fighting grip made from cork are ideal. Rods are 7 to 12-weight, which is between 4 and 8 ounces.
The recommended test is between 20 and 30. Fly fishing requires enough test for a long fight with a fish. Professional reels and a smooth release are advised to help bring in the fish. Additional spools with up to 200 yards of line is recommended. Since fly fishing saltwater is a precise sport, wind variables need to be accounted for. A heavier line and fly allows accurate casting.
Saltwater fly fishing when species are feeding is key. The angler must know where their desired fish is feeding. Proper lines include floating lines, but intermediate lines are used as well. If the seas are choppy, consider a heavier line; but expect a lower catch rate and higher fish weight. Leaders (holding the hook) are heavier than freshwater fishing. This is due to the strength of the fish and possible salt water abrasion. The heavier the leader, the larger the test rating.
Fly fishing requires knowledge of knots and tippets for optimum performance. If fishing for prize, requirements apply. Saltwater often causes abrasions on flies, so washing flies with water is required. Like freshwater fly fishing, a shooting basket improves performance. The basket holds the line for more accurate casting.