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Tag: saltwater

How Low Can You Go? (Part II)

I fished northeast Florida over the holiday season and noticed a growing group of rebels that’s taking saltwater fly fishing and turning it on its head. They’re easily spotted, fishing right alongside spin casters and sporting chest or hip-packs, wading knee-level, and fishing light and sometimes ultra-light fly lines. Judging from the number of 5- and...

Grass Trout in Old Florida

I probably looked like a waterborne Shriner, minus the velvet fez and the bags full of candy, as I paddled out across the flat water of Buzzard's Bay in the borrowed, lime-green kayak that was certainly way too small for my big-and-tall-department hind end. But beggars can't be choosers, and on my last day in Matlacha, I was determined to catch something...

Tying the Lefty's Deceiver

Tim Flagler ties one of the most popular saltwater streamers of all time, the Lefty's Deceiver. The pattern was authored by Lefty Kreh in the 1950s, and here Flagler ties it on a typical saltwater streamer hook, a 2/0 Mustad 34007 stainless.

Tandem Rigs for Saltwater?

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: I read your article on fishing tandem rigs for trout. Does the same idea work for saltwater fishing? Matt D. Annapolis, MD Answer: Actually, yes. East Coast striper fishermen have long used multi-fly rigs as a way to prospect and to figure out what patterns and colors the...

Fly Fishing Strategy Tips

Choosing Flies Size Matters When choosing trout flies, the relative importance of fly characteristics in your selection, in order, should be: size, shape, color, and action (for stripped flies). In saltwater, action is often more important than exact size and shape. Dropper Flies or Tandem Rigs Dropper flies are a trout angler's secret weapon. A simple...

How to Start with Stripers

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: I’m a lifelong trout fisherman, but after the dry, hot summer we had, I’m thinking more about taking up saltwater fishing for stripers and bluefish and stuff. I know that fall is when the famed “blitz” occurs. However, I don’t really know where to start. On a...

Book Review: "A Concise History of Fly Fishing"

BEFORE THE LYONS PRESSED published Glenn Law’s A Concise History of Fly Fishing in 2003, there were only three titles that attempted to address fly fishing history in any scale and they were all fairly recent: The Fly by Andrew Herd (2001), a tome covering traditional English fly fishing innovations, F.M. Halford and The Dry-Fly Revolution (2002) by...

Fishing Shoreline Estuaries with a Switch Rod

This video segment is from Switch Rod Casting Techniques (Jeff Putnam's Fly Fishing Schools, DVD and Blu-Ray). Jeff Putnam, a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Single-Handed andTwo-Handed Casting Instructor, discusses how best to approach saltwater shoreline and estuary fishing opportunities, emphasizing the strength of switch rods at covering water and...

Review: Mystic Tremor Salt Water 8-Weight

MY DEMANDS for an eight-weight fly rod? They are, in no particular order: versatility in terms of what species I can bring in, enough backbone to rapidly and adequately get out a 4-to-6-inch needlefish pattern (or weighted crab/clouser), a reasonable level of sensitivity, and full-day comfort in casting (something I wouldn't necessarily expect from a #10)...