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: How *do* you fish in SW?

04-23-2002, 02:38 PM
I know most of you are going to be absolutely sick and tired of me by the time I actually move out of Missouri and head for VA Beach, but thinking about fishing on the coast consumes about 95% of my day and I want to fill my head with knowledge before I get there.

My next question...After you get all the gear and stuff, how do you use it? Bear in mind that I've been FFing for about 20 years but never had a rod larger than 5-weight and never fished anything salty. (Spey rods don't count ;) )

What are the techniques for fishing saltwater? Where do you find the fish? How do you detect strikes when your fishing in surf? How do you keep from becoming shark food? etc.

Spill your guts, baby! I need to know!

Thanks! You guys have been more than patient and I appreciate that!


Dble Haul
04-23-2002, 02:54 PM
Redleg- While I don't want to appear to be taking the easy way out, the nature and generality of your queries would probably be addressed best through some excellent books that are available. May I suggest the following:

Flyfishing the Saltwater Shoreline by Ed Mitchell. He has another earlier book, but this one is much more thorough.

Inshore Flyfishing by Lou Taboury. He has another book dealing with only stripers which is also excellent, but this first book is one of my "bibles".

Either or both of two books by Kenny Abrames: Striper Moon or A Perfect Fish: Illusions in Fly Tying .

There are many others, but these deal with saltwater gamefish in the East, especially the Northeast. I realize that you will be in Virginia, but many of the species thrive in those waters as well and the application of technique is universal.

I wish you luck in your quest to become better aquanted with the brine. It's a labor of love!

04-23-2002, 03:03 PM
A good book to start with may be " In Shore Flyfishing" by Lou Taboury. This is a really good book covering many species and locales up and down the east coast.

04-23-2002, 03:06 PM

Thanks for the great info. The reason my questions are so obtuse is that I am currently stationed at Ft Leonard Wood (Lost in the Woods) MO. The adjacent town has a population of 2000 people and the nearest city is 1 1/2 hours away. Needless to say, I do not have a Barnes and Noble handy in this cultural Mecca.

I move to VA in less than 2 months and I have 2 months of terminal leave to burn. Guess what I'm going to be doing? You got it...backpacking. No, just! Thinking about it all day is driving me crazy. That's why I am so eager just to *talk* about it.


Dble Haul
04-23-2002, 03:13 PM
Brian- FYI, I purchased Taboury's and Mitchell's books via the internet on amazon. I'd be surprised to learn if they didn't have Abrames' as well. Good prices, cheap can't go wrong.

Reading is a great way to pass a couple of months, too.


Doc Duprey
04-23-2002, 10:39 PM

VA has some really great opportunities. Between tidewater country (shad, bass, stripers, etc.), the Bay (stripers and blues), and the mountains (trout and bass) you are going to have more fishing than time. All the book recommendations are great, and I can second both Inshore Fly Fishing and Kenny Abrames' books as being of value. Also check out Lou Tabory's Stripoers on the Fly...a very good read. For trout and bass, get in touch with Mr. Harry Murray at his fly shop in Edinburgh, He is on the web at Probably the best source for trout and smallmouth fishing info in the state. Have fun!

BTW. "redleg" as in Ft. Sill?

04-23-2002, 11:14 PM
This is a couple of years old but might give you something to think about over the next two months....

04-23-2002, 11:34 PM

Ft Sill is where I was "born" into this world as a Field Artilleryman.... soon to be ex-Field Artilleryman.


04-24-2002, 10:11 AM
I know how ya feel. Overwhelmed. There should be no difference between tossing a 5wt or a 9wt. The casting stroke is basically the same. Books are definately a good start. Try and pick up a book that has info on the area where you live, even if its only a few paragraphs that mention locations and such. Also a book on casting and gear info. Learn the double, single and water haul. Another good thing is to just get in the car and go! Thats where I learned the most. I met alot of great people who where more than happy to show me the ropes. I still fish with alot of them to this day. Every one of us were in your shoes at one time. When you hit the beach or tackle shop, ask questions ( dont be afraid ), most everyone is willing to help out. Somethings they tell you will work and others won't, but try thier advise. Practice and real world situations should also cut the learning curve in half. Casting in the park is alot different from casting from the beach in waist deep water. Its a hobby/pastime/obsession meant to be enjoyed. Try not to get frustrated if things don't go well.... the next tide is only 6hrs away!!

04-24-2002, 10:15 AM
Redleg - congrats on your pending retirement.

Quick mention, you do have an ability to use Amazon or Barnes and Noble online; Barnes and Noble are continuing free shipping, I believe. Agree with others' suggestions of authors/titles; however, wish to invoke the venerable Lefty as well.

As I'm reminded of a tanker friend who commented "...what's the worst they can do, send me back to Ft. Leonard Wood?", I wish you well upon your departure.

Doc Duprey
04-24-2002, 05:51 PM

Thought as much. Well, my congrats on your soon-to-be retired status, and my thanks for your service to our country.

Be advised that the opinions you find on this board are offered by many of the best fishermen and finest people you will ever run into in civilian life. Enjoy experimenting and let us know how you do!

All the best,