Native San Diegan Conway Bowman is a fly fishing television personality, the owner/operator of Bowman Bluewater, and the recent author of The Orvis Guide to Beginning Saltwater Fly Fishing. His television credits include ESPN’s In Search of Fly Water and Primal Predator, the Versus Network’s Dollar Wise Fly, and the long-running series Fly-Fishing the World, where he will serve as the new host. He also is an long-time advocate for shark conservation, helping raise funds for shortfin mako research and tagging through his annual Flying Mako Charity Tournament.
LOSING a big saltwater gamefish after it is hooked and decides to head for the horizon is, in many instances, the result of filling your reel with backing that is either too short or too light. Twenty-pound backing is a good choice for most inshore saltwater fly-fishing situations, while thirty-pound backing is better suited for larger bluewater gamefish...