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Haulibut fly fishing?!

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 04:42 PM

What weight of fly rod? What flies? 

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 06:18 PM

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 06:32 PM

Mark Knapp would be the guy to talk top about this he's in Africa at the moment but he's attempting to catch every Alaskan game fish with a fly rod including the saltwater ones.

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 12:07 AM

I mainly use a 9w with heavy clausers in white. I fish los angeles county n orange county here in California. Keep it simple.

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 10:51 AM

Why not?  Hailibut are caught on soft molded lures so why not a fly?  You wouldn't use a fly rod. Not to jig the bottom in 200' feet of water.  But you could use a fly.  

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#6 Mark Knapp

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 12:02 PM

I fish for halibut and other deep sea fish with a fly rod and IGFA fly fishing methods quite a bit (ie. no extra weight, downriggers etc.).  Down to about 120 feet. IGFA limits fly fishing depths to 120 feet but we often go deeper.


I use 9wts. to 16 wt..


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Posted 24 May 2019 - 01:47 AM

Kinda depends on where you're after them. They're common in the bays and surf in SoCal where a 6 to 9 weight works fine with clousers, like Abel M said. I have friends who've caught them off river mouths in SE Alaska using clousers as well. In both instances the halibut aren't very big, but they're fun and something different to catch on the fly.

#8 Charlie P. (NY)

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 12:35 AM

I would just go with whatever you normally fly fish for 350 to 400 lb fish with, but make sure to use a lead core sinking line and have a goodly amount of backing . . . especially if under a 6 weight line.  ;-)

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