Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of sharing my knowledge and experiences of Saltwater Fly Fishing (SWFF), to a packed audience at the flagship Orvis store in Regent Street. It was so good to see old friends and even better to begin making new ones, all through the power of shared fly fishing passions.
I have fly fished around the world, including running trips specialising in bass fishing in the USA and Canada, but my more local passion is SSWF for bass and mullet. As a previous UK Saltwater Fly-Fishing champion (2016 and 2017) I had the tools and experiences in place to deliver and enthuse folks mature and new to this growing sport.
My agenda was to
- Give my fishing background
- Explain how I turned to SWFF around 20 years ago
- Delve into the tackle and techniques used for our main quarry – bass, garfish, mackerel, mullet, and Pollock, and some other species not often considered species including wrasse, flounder and bream (black and Couches).
- Introduce the 2020 Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival
Early in the presentation, I stressed the importance of doing your background on location, tides, weather, water clarity as well as checking out opportunities through the use of social media (e.g. Facebook groups). There are some amazing points of references on Facebook, for example, Saltwater Fly Fishing For Bass and Mullet On The Fly groups.
Keep in mind that Orvis also offer wonderful 101, 201 and 301 fishing courses that will help you fine-tune your skills. In the future Orvis UK aims to introduce more of a saltwater element into these with my help.
We discussed basic set-ups for light saltwater (e.g. 6 wt.), bass (e.g. 8 wt.) and Pollock/ heavy ground (up to 10 wt.). It was great to see eyes light up and participants taking notes on suggestions I made for leader and flies set up for Garfish and Mullet. At the end of the day, the key is simplicity in the presentation and narrowing down location marks to improve your chances of catching. We also discussed the importance of catch and release.
Claire Zambuni concluded the talk by announcing the Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival which will be on the 3rd – 6th September in Chichester. There will be more news to follow as we firm up locations, rules, prizes, etc. but the uptake is already looking significant for entries. Email Andy@zambuni.com for more information.
I would personally like to thank Orvis UK for hosting me and Zambuni PR for their amazing support. Last but not least, thank you so much to those of you who travelled and took time out of your busy schedules to attend. Great to meet you!
By Neville Broad