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Tippet and Leaders and Techniques
Posted 09 August 2004 - 10:10 AM
I was wondering, what types of leaders and tippet do I need to take with me on my first saltwater fly fishing excursion? The area is mostly made up of huge sand flats with a few scattered weeds and rocks. What pound test do I need? Flouro, mono or braid? Shock tippet or no? Should I expect to sight fish only or do I just pick a spot and hope for the best? In other words, what am I looking for? I'm used to trout and bass streams and lakes, both of which are worlds apart from this type of fishing.
I also remember seeing some mangroves here and there, but I am not 100% sure that I will be able to get to them, although I will try my best.
I am tying needle fish flies, crazy charlies and roaches like mad. I also hope to make some smaller shrimp and crab patterns as well. I am only taking my 8wt down with floating shooting head line - will this be sufficient? Am I overlooking anything? Sorry about all of the questions!
Thanks so much in advance for your help guys!
Posted 09 August 2004 - 08:09 PM
Posted 10 August 2004 - 11:45 AM
I generally keep my salt water tippet simple, just a straight piece of 20 lb fluorocarbon. It turns over most of my flies. The only mods I might make is add a piece of 14 lb if the fish are leader shy. Not much of a problem along the South Jersey coast. Or if I'm getting to many bite offs from toothy critters like bluefish, add a bite tippet of 30 to 50 lb fluorocarbon. I'm not sure this would help with barracuda but it might. Another trick is to tie your flies on a 4XL hook. For example, instead of tying your needlefish flies on a short shanked hook. Use the longer shank and begin your tie just in front of the barb.
I'd add some Surf Candies to your arsenal, Tie them 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches long.
Tied with Ultra Hair, they're a pretty durable fly, and will imitate any of the small baitfish, like Silversides, Rainfish, Glass minnows etc.
Posted 10 August 2004 - 02:55 PM
The closer we get to the trip the more excited I'm getting. I literally can't wait!
Posted 10 August 2004 - 04:18 PM