Originally Posted by fq13
If I'm in the skiff I'll carry four to six; two or three spinning and two or three fly rods. That way I can cover anything from small jacks to tarpon, but this is in the salt where you never know what you'll find.
I hear you!
I simply don't have the discipline to go after only one specie that refuses to cooperate when there is a whole ocean out there filled with who knows what that just might be very hungry, very big and very good eating besides.
Rods in a small boat in the salt can be a major hassle - resembling a pile of kindling the kids have been making a fort out of - especially when going after multiple species from a flats boat.
Since everyone I know has flats boats, I decided to re-engineer an old bathtub Mako 17 for fly fishing - my second career - for good-weather , blue water fly fishing. The only guy I know who would use his flats boat for this has moved, but it was not a great solution for that purpose and ocassionally, quite scary.
Having multiple salt water species to go after is a much greater challenge with the fly than with conventional gear because everything wants to foul the fly line, and the wind will invariably find the slightest little protuberance to blow the line under, around or into.
Things were so much simpler years ago when setting off on my Bonneville with one fly rod, a backpack and topo maps strapped down behind me headed into the North Woods' tote road complex.
But this is just another challenge, and I'm finally getting close - only about 2 years later than anticipated.