Why saltwater flies are an essential for any serious fly fisher.
Saltwater flies are a class act, innovated to imitate a huge range of inshore, offshore and estuarial baitfish, crustaceans and other saltwater prey. You'll usually notice a pattern that represents a shrimp, crab, baitfish, or a mix of the three. They superb for sub-surface & surface patterns.
All you need to know about shopping for saltwater flies.
Shopping for saltwater flies can be a really confusing, daunting and tricky task to master for a fly angler, particularly when preparing for a fishing trip. There is such a huge range of flies to select from, plus many of the names are fanciful and hard to browse through.
So it's no surprise that many fly fishers simply end up purchasing saltwater flies at random, which in all seriousness is not a bad way to do it. Because all it takes is a good varied selection of baitfish flies and top-water "dry" flies, and you'll be set up to fish in pretty much any lake, pond, river, or stream.
Should you wish to transition your fly fishing skills to saltwater, bear in mind that saltwater fly fishing depends on more than wet flies or streamers - i.e. flies that dive under the water surface - than it does on the dry flies which sit on the surface top.
The must-haves in Saltwater Flies!
The Clouser Minnow is a fly that is regarded as fundamental to a good fish around the world, for any kind of fly fishing. Its value spreads across the saltwater arena, especially in fishing the flats.
A Disco Shrimp fly is the most realistic shrimp imitations of any fly, making it an absolute essential for any saltwater fly fishing expedition. The design causes a scene and fish flock in to investigate.
Avalon Keel Crab
The Avalon Keel Crab fly basically combines the best bits of the Disco Shrimp and the Clouser Minnow, resembling a common type of prey for saltwater species attracting the right attention.
Everglades Special is a special one-of-as-kind fly that can catch a huge variety of game fish species, interestingly without actually looking exactly like any particular kind of food type.
As with the the Clouser Minnow, the Lefty's Deceiver is a popular wet fly streamer that will definitely be stocked in the vast majority of saltwater fly fishers' tackle box - and for good reason!