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Saltwater Fly Fishing Tips, Tackle & Techniques

Fly-fishing in saltwater is a whole different ball game when compared to fly-fishing for rainbow trout in a freshwater stream. First off, many of the saltwater game fish that attack lures will also take a fly;  so the amount of species available on fly in saltwater is considerable. Next, the fly-fishing tackle itself must be much beefier, with 8-weight outfits the minimum for species such as redfish and snook. If you try to tackle cobia, tarpon or even sailfish, you better be packing an 11- or 12-weight. Third, you’re almost always dealing with wind when trying to make those precision sight casts in saltwater. Practice as much as you can for when the time comes to seal the deal.

For those days when the weather is blown out, check out Salt Water Sportsman’s coverage of all things fly-fishing, including popular game fish, tips and tackle, destinations and boats.

Want to see a barracuda attack your popper fly in shallow water? No problem. Want to land that permit or bonefish on a crab fly? We can tell you how.. Each species requires different techniques, but Salt Water Sportsman has informative species-by-species content detailing exactly what you need to know to target your favorite fish on fly.

One major part of fly-fishing is the flies. Many veteran fly anglers tie their own flies. In the same vein, fly fishermen often build their own tapered leaders rather than buy them pre-made. But when targeting a new species, you likely don’t have any flies tied or leaders ready to go. Salt Water Sportsman provides you with top flies recommendations for popular species, and also tactics for fishing particular locations or how-to articles detailing leader construction. 

Some of the top destinations for fly-fishing are also some of the most beautiful places in the world. There’s no doubt about it, remote fly-fishing locations have major benefits such as less fishing pressure and less development to negatively affect the nearby fly waters. Salt Water Sportsman covers these destinations in-depth to help you plan your next dream trip. 

In salt water, specialized fly-fishing tackle and techniques enable anglers to target fish inshore, nearshore, and offshore. Suitable boats, therefore, span the gamut, from poling skiffs and flats boats to bay boats, and seaworthy center consoles. But whether designed to pole quietly in skinny-water, or safely venture out to the deep blue, they all have certain attributes in common: stability, plenty of casting room, uncluttered decks and/or cockpit, and storage for rods and other gear. Here are some of the top models fly-rodders count on to connect with their favorite game.

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