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Ringo 03-29-2011 11:33 AM

New to flyfishing, starting on the salt.
Hey all,

I joined up around here 2 years ago with every intent of starting some serious fly fishing. Unfortunately, my job and then a subsequent lack thereof seriously impinged on my ability to get out on the water. So, I wasn't able to really get any time or experience under my belt. Now, though, I'm back down in Florida (Gulf Coast) and getting some serious time to fish with my old man. I love the appeal of fly fishing (else I wouldn't be here), but I don't want to give up my salt water. Down here I know we can get speckled trout, redfish, bonefish, tarpon, and other species that are relatively abundant in the right time of year and water conditions. I am a total newbie to the sport, though, and I'm wondering if starting in salt water is wise. I'm willing to learn and to experiment, but I don't want to set myself up for failure. Has anyone put together a FAQ for saltwater beginners? I've seen some saltwater FAQs, but a lot of them use terms and references that I'm not familiar with as a FF newbie. Any help is appreciated.


Frank Whiton 03-29-2011 12:11 PM

Re: New to flyfishing, starting on the salt.
Hi Ringo,

It is great that you are in a position now that you can explore fly fishing in the salt. I personally think that it is harder to start out in saltwater than freshwater. In a lot of situations you have to cast further and there is always the wind to contend with. It can be hard trying to learn to cast and face the wind day in and day out. Not that there won't be calm periods it is just that the wind blows every time it sees a fly rod, or so it seems.:)

Salt gear is more expensive for rods and reels. Then a boat or kayak to help getting to the best waters or fish the flats that can't be waded. You can do this though and I don't want to discourage you. Here are some suggestions that will make your learning a little easier.

1. Find a shop that specializes in salt water fly fishing. Make friends with those who work there and the shop can be a treasure trove of information. They know what runs when and where to catch them.

2. Learn the knots used in saltwater fly fishing.

3. Buy the best reel you can afford with a sealed drag.

4. Ask question on this forum one subject at a time so you get the best information about that subject. Broad questions get broad answers.

5. Buy rods based on the particular fish you are after the most. A Trout rod won't work for Tarpon and so forth.

6. Find a FFF Certified Fly Casting instructor and take a few lessons. If you can't find one then a fly fishing guide can help.

7. Hire a fly fishing guide and let him know you are new and want as much instruction as you can get. Even if that means less fish in the boat.


Rip Tide 03-29-2011 02:55 PM

Re: New to flyfishing, starting on the salt.
..... You might want to join a club and "network" with the local experts
Fly fishing clubs often have useful classes for beginners, both on fly fishing and fly tying , plus you'll be privy to plenty of area information,.
Fly fishermen as a rule have a burning desire to induct others into the fold. I guarantee that you'll find one or more mentors once they find out that you're a complete newbie. They may even have boats. :D

Florida Fly Fishing Clubs Directory

Frank Whiton 03-29-2011 04:04 PM

Re: New to flyfishing, starting on the salt.
Hey Rip, thanks for the Club list. A great idea for all fly fishers.


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