4 saltwater fishing flies to use and how

Fly-fishing has become more popular through recent years and this trend is expected to continue. Everyone from the professional to the weekend fisherman enjoys this method of fishing but it can be a little harder to master than some of the other techniques. Learning how to get your flies in the strike zone takes some practice but with time, it can be a very effective way to fish.
Fly-fishing can be done from the shoreline or from a boat so anyone can enjoy using this technique. You can catch many different types of fish using this method such as tarpon, trout, salmon, bass, panfish, bonefish, redfish, pike and Snook to name a few. Even though this technique can be a little harder to learn how to do, fly-fishing can be a lot of fun and creates a sense of accomplishment when you start reeling in those fish.
There are many different types of flies available and the best one to use will depend on where you’re fishing, when you go and which species you’re seeking out. Artificial flies are designed to look like the natural food source that fish feed off of such as insects and baitfish. Some of them are designed to float on top of the water while others float slowly beneath the surface.
Flies are created in a variety of sizes and shapes to attract all kinds of fish. They’re made with fur, feathers and hair along with a variety of other materials tied to a fishing hook. Some of these materials are natural and others are synthetic. When saltwater fishing, there are a few flies that every angler should have in his or her tackle box. These can be used most anytime and for a variety of species.
Here are 4 saltwater fishing flies to keep in your tackle box and how to use them:
1. The Mullet-Head Fly- This is a topwater fly and it’s versatile enough to use with a fast or slow retrieval. It works great when fishing in grassy areas and around heavy brush. The noise they make will draw the fish to you, which saves you time searching for them. Cast the fly past the strike zone and begin reeling it back in at different speeds until you get a bite.
2. Glass Minnow Fly- These flies are designed after the “Live Glass Minnow” and they’re very effective. When using them, cast out past the strike zone, reel in a few turns, stop for a minute letting it sit in place and repeat.
3. Lefty’s Deceiver Fly- This is a modern but original designed fly with a unique pattern that attracts all types of fish. This fly can be tied in many different colors, sizes and shape making it the most versatile fly available today. It can be used in both freshwater and saltwater and it’s so easy to use. Simply cast the fly into the strike zone and slowly reel back in. It won’t be long before you start getting bites.
4. Savajoe Shrimp Fly- This large fly will cast perfectly making it a great one to use when fishing for large species. It attracts any species that naturally eat shrimp such as redfish, striped bass, tarpon, Snook and cobia.
It’s a good idea to collect a few of these saltwater flies to use the next time you go fishing. They usually work great in most any situation so they can enhance any fishing trip and help to make it more productive.
Before you head out to the water to do a little fishing, you’ll need to make sure you have the right gear. When buying a fly rod, look for one that suits your statue so you’ll be more comfortable when fishing. If it’s too long, it will be difficult to use. The saltwater fly rods are heavier than the freshwater ones because they’re designed to hold up to the harsher environment and the larger species found in the ocean.
Saltwater fishing line is heavier than regular fishing line and it’s important that you buy the right kind. The line is designed heavier to help get the fly into the strike zone when casting. The heavier line makes up for the lighter flies so when you make the cast, the bait can still reach the strike zone. When casting, don’t twist your wrist and use your forearm to launch your fly for the best results.
The best time to go fly-fishing is in the early morning and late evening because this is when the areas are the least populated. Loud noises and lots of activity along the beach hinder the fishing experience but when things are quiet, the fish will be more active. Fishing in the off-season is usually the most productive and it’s the most relaxing too.
When saltwater fly-fishing, pay close attention to the weather especially if you go out in a boat so you know what to expect. The ocean is no place to be when a storm pops up. Wear your life vest and obey all safety rules to ensure you have a safe fishing trip.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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