Fly fishing for Saltwater fish can make a rewarding change of scenery from Trout fishing. There are endless coastlines extending the globe to explore, often with breath-taking views.
In contrary to lakes and rivers, you don’t tend to need fishing licences, just check local regulations if you are fishing near a mouth of a river. Savings on permit costs will more than cover the price of saltwater flies, as a more expensive saltwater hook are used on these patterns to ensure extra strength.
A little more research is required to find where and when fish movements will be, ie the feeding window or migrations, as well as which fishing flies are best suited, but this adds a rewarding dynamic to the skilled fly fisherman.
The Barracuda, 'Tiger of the Sea', has a torpedo shaped body, dagger like teeth and a ferocious appetite. Barracuda are better adapted to hunting in the coral reefs than, say, a tuna because their bodies, though long, are flexible enough to move through the twists and turns of a reef.
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The Bluefish is one of the world's premiere light tackle fish. When hooked, it'll leap, often consecutively. Then it plunges downwards, twisting and turning its powerful body against you. A feeding bluefish is fearless and hard fights to the end. Since these ravenous fish are distributed Atlantic-wide in most warm temperate waters, they are popular quarry.
The Bonefish has earned a reputation as one of the world’s greatest gamefish. Silver in color with a dark back, bonefish have adapted perfectly to feed on the shallow water flats of the world. Being virtually defenseless, other than their blinding speed, the bonefish relies on its coloring as natural camouflage to stay alive. Catching a bonefish is a real challenge and a very exciting and rewarding experience.
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False Albacore are a strong and lightening fast fish that use their speed and exceptional eyesight to chase down sand eels, silversides, squid and mackerel. They tend to feed near the top of the water column. They are a member of the tuna family and have been discovered by the saltwater fly-fishing world as one of the most challenging species to target.
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The Jack Crevalle can attain weights of over 40 pounds. It is most prized as a hard fighting game fish. Typically, fish over thirty pounds will still be pulling hard at the end of an hour. You can forget about them laying over on their side and giving up. Jacks are experts at cornering baitfish; then relentlessly hammering them and the water literally boiling from underneath them.
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Permit has been called the holy grail of fly fishing. They are one of the most challenging fly rod sport fish. They live in places where the water is crystal clear. You can guarantee a powerful fight - once hooked steady fast runs, and many quick changes of direction. Pound for pound their fight is as good as it gets.
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Popper Flies are Top-Water lures with a dished-out or sloping head that is designed to make an exciting disturbance when pulled sharply to imitate wounded fry struggling on the surface.
Poppers tend to give explosive Fly Fishing surface action, they are just what you need to get the attention of aggressively feeding predatory fish. Many species of game fish like to chew on these topwater flies.
Redfish are strong and beautiful fish that can't resist the right fly when presented properly; and you will learn the importance of good line quality, need for well tied knots and proper drag settings really mean. These fish just don't give up and will fight all the way. Redfish often feed in shallow water they do what is known as tailing and stick their noses down into the mud foraging for shrimp and other tasty morsels. Trying to catch these tailing redfish can be challenging but highly rewarding.
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The salt water Snapper is a slab-sided critter and turns that flat side toward the angler while fighting - making it very tough to subdue easily. In very clear water it is very spooky, but in milky or slightly murky water, one has a better chance with a fly. Many salt water fly fishers don't realize what a great game fish they are missing by ignoring them.
Snook is a powerful fish and an electrifying catch, that is one of the reasons why it is one of the most sought after and prized gamefish to catch on fly. Once hooked it’s strength and speed is hard to compare to any other game fish of its size. Snook are tolerant over a wide range of water salinity from freshwater to offshore saltwater.
The Stripers are big, mean, powerful and beautiful and possessed with stealth-like elusiveness. The sound of your reels’ drag screaming when the Striper takes off in a 40 yard plus straight run, is an electrifying and hair–raising experience.
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The tarpon is judged to be one of the great saltwater game fish not only because of the great size it can reach and its accessible in the shallow, sandy flats, but because of its fighting spirit when hooked; it is very strong, making spectacular leaps into the air; quickly learn to ‘bow to the fish’ when the tarpon is airborne or suffer disappointment.
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