The term 'fly' is commonly associated with Trout or Salmon fishing, but for the saltwater fly fisher, it's something of a misnomer. The 'fly' in saltwater fly fishing generally falls into the category of mimicking small baitfish, crustaceans or even worms, and rarely insects.
In contrast to shore fishing with surf rods, pendulum casting, and three hook flapper rigs, Saltwater fly-fishing is an extremely lightweight fishing method, and gives you an unparalleled feeling of connection with fish, particularly as playing one often involves controlling the saltwater fly line literally by hand, rather than off the reel. Of course, with saltwater flies weighing only a few grams, and no separate weight to load the rod to launch the lure towards the waiting fish, fly fishing has evolved a different method of casting. In fly casting, the line itself provides the weight that loads the rod for the cast, not the end-tackle.
|Pollack on the Fly|
|UK Saltwater Fly Fishing|
|Sage Salt HD Fly Rod|
|Greys GR50 9ft #8 Fly Rod|
|Redington Path II 9ft #8 Fly Rod|
|Saltwater Fly Fishing in the Tropics|
You are also looking for the ability to generate higher line speed so you can achieve good turnover in exposed, windy conditions. You also need a rod that is strong enough to withstand the rigours of hard fighting fish. Look for fast action blanks, saltwater safe, anodised reel seats, and ideally, a fighting butt.
|Greys GR70 Salt Powerlux Fly Rod|
In part 2, we talk about fly lines and fly reels for saltwater fly fishing.
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