saltwater fly fishing

The sport of fly-fishing has a new member to welcome to the family. saltwater fly fishing is becoming very popular with fresh water fly-fishing enthusiasts.

This sport has gained the respect of many fishermen, since this sport requires the skills and equipment to become successful. The fishing world has seen the emergence of salt water fly fishing, ever since A.W Dimmock wrote his book ‘The Book of the Tarpon’ in 1911.

This man is considered the father of American salt water fly fishing. The sport is tricky and the equipment is different, yet it still has the same allure of fresh water fly-fishing.

sage fly rods

The Equipment: Once you decide to try salt water fly fishing you will need to gear up, and know what is needed to be successful. The simple fact is you cannot use your freshwater sage fly rods or reel for salt water fishing.

And even if you could you shouldn’t, the salt can corrode your expensive freshwater rod and reel.

This means finding the perfect rod and reel for saltwater. You want to start with a good saltwater fishing rod that is a 10 weight, which your local retailer will be able to help you find. 

The 10 weight rod is better for making longer casts with larger baits. And when you start saltwater fishing, you will quickly realize that the wind is much stronger than normal fresh water fly-fishing.

fly fishing reels

Fly fishing reels information:

The next purchase is the reel. This should be made for saltwater fishing, hence it needs to stand up to the harsh saltwater conditions. The thing to remember is you will still have to clean the reel often.

Choosing the best fly fishing line:

Now that you have a rod and reel, start looking for line. The line needed for saltwater fishing should be more expensive than normal, this is because they need to be thicker for larger fish. The line should be dressed with dressing, which will result in better performance.

Tips for Successful Saltwater Fly Fishing:

I don’t want to sound like your dad, yet you need to show up prepared. Once you have traveled to your favorite spot make sure you have everything you need, this might include a back up reel and rod.

A good idea is to bring more fishing line as well, remember some of the fish you can catch are bigger and stronger than freshwater fish. Make sure to have your license, if you need one in your area. The weirdest thing to bring will be gloves and band aids, remember this is salt water and it does not feel good inside line cuts.

If you are using a boat, or just standing in the ocean remember to bring scissors or a knife, you never know when they will become handy. This is a great check list that will help you prepare for other items needed:

Chest Waders for beach fishing. Tide Guides, these will help greatly. Remember you’re going to be in the sun, so sun block and protective fishing sunglasses are essential.


Lunch, if you’re like many fishermen you will spend hours out trying to catch lunch, and as a beginner I wouldn’t recommend thinking you will catch it.

A smile, this is a wonderful way to spend your day from sunrise to sunset.

You’re now ready to begin the exciting sport of saltwater fly fishing. The key is to be alert and learn as you go. So get out and enjoy the relaxation of the ocean and fly-fishing.