Okay guys, I need help from all you saltwater fly fishermen. My in-laws surprised us with plane tickets to see the ocean. I have never fly fished anywhere but Wisconsin. Honestly, I’ve never been on a plane or seen the ocean. Just haven’t had the opportunity I guess. Anyway, any tips for what I might need for gear would be greatly appreciated. Since I’ve never fished saltwater before I am a complete novice. I’d like to try some flies. I won’t have much time down there, but any help you can give I’ll take. Can I just use my 8 wt. or do I need a saltwater reel and/or special line? Anything you suggest? Thank you all!!
I have some friends that go a lot and they all have saltwater rods and reels. Saltwater reel for sure is needed so you don’t rust out your freshwater reels. 8 weight would be good to take. If you can do a guided trip, use their rods. Where are you headed to?
As above, guided with their gear is spot on. With so many new variables and little time... I've tried a couple of times here in Aus and in the tropics and without local knowledge its tough. You can be at the right spot but on the wrong tide its a different world to sweet water. 8wt is all i used but a SW reel with serious amounts of backing because big angry fish take a lot of stopping.
@jredwine like they said look into a guide even for just a half day trip it would be worth it if he's a good guide and also where are you are at on the ocean depends on what species you'd be targeting. And if you decide to use freshwater reels rinse them thoroughly afterwards and oil them I'd suggest checking any local fly shops for rental setups if you don't get a guide.
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