[QUOTE=Rip Tide;670903]I'm figuring that you're in the northeast somewhere but having a better idea where you're planning on fishing would help
First of all you might want to read Mark's fly fishing the surf primer
Gear for fly fishing the surf
That will clue you in on the kind of equipment needed
Your 7wt will work for for all but the larger tiderunners and choppers.
Larger flies and the wind will make you feel under gunned also.
Wire traces (shock tippets) are essential for the yellow eyed devils.
I use an 8' three part hand tied leader ending with a 12-16# tippet most of the time.
When I fish poppers I like a 6' leader of straight 20# mono.
The flies that you use depend on the type of bait that's prevalent. Matching the right length and profile are most important.
Most baits can be matched by a deceiver type fly of one size or another
Bluefish like "fast food". Try to take your fly away from them. They can't resist
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Flies with epoxy heads, like the surf candy were made for bluefish.
Blues tend to rip flies to pieces so synthetics tend to hold up better.
Working with epoxy is too much effort for me, I just use my old worn out flies and let them have at it.
some surf candies
Thanks for your reply. it is really helpful. For my location I Would mostly be fishing at the New Jersey shore.