Saltwater Fly Fishing
Fly fishing is fast catching up as an adventure sport and hobby of sorts. Fly fishing is quite different from still fishing as fly fishing needs more technique and provides better game too. In fly fishing, saltwater fly fishing and freshwater fly fishing at the two demarcated zones. Obviously freshwater fly fishing is when you are fly fishing in lakes and rivers whereas saltwater fly fishing is done in the open seas.
Salt water fly fishing is actually quite different from freshwater fly fishing. Besides the place where fly fishing happens, saltwater fly fishing uses larger sized tackle and hence requires more strength and the experience to handle it. This is because of several factors which include the size of the fish in the sea which are considerably bigger. Secondly, you will have to cast longer lines in the open seas and the tides and wind always play spoil sport in the sea.
Fly fishing guides will repeatedly tell one to spend a lot on the equipment and specifically on the fishing rod and to spend less on the reel. The fishing rod obviously is the most important aspect and a good rod is essential. One does not necessarily have to go for a high tech high priced rod, but spending on a good rod would be a good idea. As for the reel, the amount you want to spend on it can depend on what you allocate for the rod and reel budget. But do take care to buy a reasonably good quality reel that is saltwater useable. There is no point buying a reel that gets rusted or corroded in saltwater easily. Even with a saltwater reel, one must take good care of the reel and wash it after use every time so it’s not exactly a maintenance free device either.
Fly fishing guides have a lot of recommendations for a person who plans to start of salt water fly fishing. Salt water fly fishing clearly is a little harder and dangerous than fly fishing in freshwaters and hence additional preparation is necessary. For starters, when salt water fly fishing, it is always good to have a spare rod in hand. The weather conditions and the fish themselves will play major roles in stressing the rod and hence an extra is always essential. Secondly always have secondary reel loaded with a line and also hold a wet tip which will allow for quick changeovers. A stripping guard is mandatory on your stripping finger. This is even truer in saltwater where a rope burn could occur in your fingers when you are not prepared to release the line in quick reaction. Injuring your finger and exposing it to salty conditions are not desirable at all during salt water fly fishing. Safety is essential like any fly fishing guide says and hence if you plan on salt water fishing off shore, always wear fly fishing vests that are reflective, waterproof and visible at all times. Similarly when going into the sea, it is always essential that you check weather conditions, tides and have all those details and maps on you to assist you on your fly fishing trip.