Gearing Up for Saltwater on The Fly


Written by: Neville Broad

One of the good things about lockdown for me has been the chance to catch up on reading, albeit on-line, and time to tie some flies. With the Saltwater Festival fast approaching, here’s some useful go to areas direct from Orvis online that saltwater fly fisher might find useful.

First, there’s a great new email subscription service for fly fishing:

ART OF FLY FISHING

I just signed up (my email came through in a matter of minutes) and am enjoying the best practice reminders and information that’s new to me – there’s no such thing as an experienced angler in every department! To quote directly from Chapter 1 of the story “You might have heard that fly fishing is just for trout but nothing could be further from the truth. You can catch sunfish on a farm pond with fly tackle. You can catch bass and pike. You can even use a fly rod in saltwater for fish like striped bass, bonefish, and even huge gamefish like tuna and marlin. It just takes a little adjustment to your tackle.

It continues “You might have also heard that fly fishing is expensive and complicated. Let’s see just how simple it can be. In this chapter, you’ll learn how fly and spin fishing differ, how to make the basic overhead cast and a roll cast, a little about the history of fly fishing. You’ll learn the two basic knots you will use every time you go fly fishing. You’ll also learn about the essentials you need to get started in this fun and addictive sport.”

Pretty good stuff for free I’d say! And the videos staring Orvis fly fishing guide (and all-round great guy) Tom Rosenbauer are superb. To the right side of the video, you can click on supporting information including equipment used, materials and flies, etc.

Next up is the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center

Where you will find instructional videos and texts on the basics through to species focussed articles. I think it’s worth stressing the general techniques used for bass fishing are equally as effective for European Sea Bass. Also, the guidance on Saltwater Flats can be put to great use when fish crystal clear waters on parts of the UK coast where there is an expanse of sand. In the latter, there’s great instruction on Fine Tuning The Double Haul (instructor: Shawn Coombes).

I try to tune into Tom Rosenbauer’s Orvis Podcasts. Again, you can shorter cut to those relevant to Saltwater via the Fly Fishing Learning Centre and scrolling down the right side – here’s some examples:

Tom is also hosting fly tying demonstrations via Orvis YouTube channel –
He always gives the viewer the recipe of the materials you will need to tie each fly in advance of the next YouTube live tying session. Of most relevance to the Saltwater flies to date is the Lefty’s Deceiver.

Tom Rosenbauer ties a Lefty’s Deceiver

Until next time, good reading and tight bass lines!

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