01-28-2003, 04:50 PM
I've recently moved to southern Mississippi from Utah and was interested in saltwater fishing. I started fly-fishing about 3 years ago and feel pretty comfortable with freshwater fly-fishing. I don't have the equipment for saltwater and didn't know what I needed. My questions for example are do I need a saltwater reel or will a fresh water reel get the job done? What size rod, line weight and tippet do I need? Should I use sinking line or floating line? I'm going to be fishing in the brakish waters up from the gulf coast. I've been told that the fish range anywhere from 5-30 lbs. I just don't know what epuipment I'll need to land a salt breather.
01-28-2003, 05:04 PM
My questions for example are do I need a saltwater reel or will a fresh water reel get the job done?
My experience with this both spin and fly fishing is that if you
have a decent-quality reel and you gently but thoroughly rinse
it at the end of each day, it will be fine.
To help you out, what kind of rods do you currently have? (length, line rating). If you were a salmon/steelheader with heavier rod, for example, you would be in good shape. Look at a few catalogs - they will give you a pretty good idea, for example, steelhead/light salt water will usually require an 8 to 10 weight rod. And heavier for larger species. You can use these as a guide. If you will fish the shallows for redfish and trout (weakfish), a floating line will do fine. For deeper water, you will need a sinking line.
I'd suggest that you hang around a fly shop, talk to the proprieters, but better yet, strike up a conversation with some of the customers. THESE LOCALS CAN GIVE YOU A LOT MORE INFO THAN ANY SO-CALLED EXPERT! At least, it worked for me when I moved to new areas - fishermen are, in general, a very helpful brotherhood.
Just remember to RINSE (and dry) everything in clean fresh water after fishing, give 'em a good maintenance cleaning and lube on a regular basis, and you won't have any problems. Almays remember that salt water is corrosive as anything - even on stainless!