The Basics of Saltwater Fly Fishing

Fishing in saltwater is an engaging and attractive sport. It is uniquely unlike from general saltwater fishing or even freshwater fishing. In the following paragraphs you will discover saltwater flyfishing basics that you can apply to your own fly fishing experiences. If you do need additional information, there are many magazines devoted entirely to flyfishing to which you can subscribe.

History Of Fishing in Saltwater

The first records of flyfishing come from the third century AD in Macedonia. However, the majority of the saltwater and freshwater fishing that you see now is of a direct lineage from England. Several writings of flyfishing were made between the late fourteen hundreds and mid sixteen hundreds. In the mid seventeen hundreds, North American fly fishing began. In the mid eighteen hundreds, saltwater fishing in particular began. James Henshall�s book, �Camping And Cruising In Florida� was published in 1878 and is the first written record of anyone fishing for saltwater fish like Redfish, Ladyfish, Bluefish, Snook, Tarpon, and Jack Crevalle. Since then, saltwater fly fishing has become a thriving sport in areas like southwestern Florida.

Fly Fishing Equipment For Saltwater

Saltwater and freshwater flyfishing began by covering the hook area of the rod with animal fur and feathers as to look like an water insect, like a mayfly, stonefly, or caddisfly. Today�s saltwater fly fishing �flies� still imitate these water insects. Flies are usually quite light and because of this they cannot be cast in the standard fishing manner. With saltwater fishing, the fly rod casts a heavy line, not a heavy sinker. The heavy line forcibly pulls the fly to its destination. As much as thirty feet of line extend past the end of the rod, and this line weighs equal to or more than typical lures or sinkers.

The equipment for saltwater flyfishing make it different than all-purpose fishing. The line is what weighs the entirety down, not the lure. And the lure is not something that was ever alive, like traditional bait, but is something that mimics a live creature.

Flyfishing in saltwater is different than freshwater flyfishing for the reason that in saltwater you face diverse obstacles. The buoyancy is different in fresh versus saltwater fly fishing, and the seasoned fly fisher will be able to take this into consideration. In addition, many fishers feel that the fish found in saltwater are much more exciting than freshwater fish. Plus, the terrain is usually different than freshwater. Whatever the reason, spending the afternoon saltwater fishing can be relaxing and entertaining at the same time.

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