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Noob fly equipment for salt flats sport

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fly Fishing' started by landed, Jul 24, 2016.

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    what wt fly rod to go for ?
    I once enjoyed and got the hang of casting and will be adding a fly rod and reel to my Arsenal for flats fishing in Antigua. But what wt rod should I take ... I know you are going to say 2 rods needed as tarpon need a 12 wt ?
    I would also welcome some advice or links to reels and any good books - I need new knots to learn too right ! That's why I'm excited and going to supplement my quiver with a fly rod :)
     
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    Ive got a 9wt snowbee deep blue 4 piece vgc im looking to get rid of if you are interested?
     
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    Hmm that could be used for snook and bone fish right ? But I think for tarpon I am even pushing things with a 10 ? what sort of money for it as i could start out fishing for other species...
     
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    Sent you a pm
     
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    I've not been to Antigua but for wading for bonefish my no.1 rod is a 7wt CPS or GLX. Forget 100ft casts - its all about accuracy and typically you'll be spotting and casting to fish 30ft to 60ft tops. If the wind is bad then a 8wt might be better. On a boat for bonefish then an 8wt would be my first choice as you'll be fishing deeper water and slightly heavier patterns.
    A 9wt or 10wt for reef and inshore and if you have genuine shots at big tarpon a 12wt although a 10wt or 11wt will land fish up to 60lb.
     
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    Good post. Only thing I would say is a 10 or 11 is more than capable of landing 100 pound tarpon, even more in the right hands. Would I recommend it for a beginner, no, #12. Good post, good information.
     
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