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CAN ANYONE GIVE ME SOME INFO, ID LIKE TO HAVE A GO AT THIS SALT WATER FLY FISHING CAN YOU USE NORMAL FRESH WATER GEAR, OR DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE SEA GEAR DUE TO THE SALT RUSTING THE EYES. I NOW THE FLYS ARE DIFFERENT WHAT ABOUT THE LINE IS IT THE NORMAL FLOATING/SINKING E.G THANX IF ANYONE CAN GIVE ME SOME INFO ON THIS:g: :blink: :unsure:
 

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Barry, to start you off there is no real reason you cant use normal trout fly gear, you`re looking at a rod say 8 - 10ft max with a casting weight in the region of 8/9# with a fairly mid to tip action for the heavier lures.

All you need to make sure is that you give things a clean down with fresh water after use.

If you decide to do it on a regular basis then is the time to look at gear dedicated to salt use which really only means better quality guides and reel seat as far as the rod is concerned. Most saltwater rods, (I`d venture to say ALL saltwater rods) are built on normal blanks, just the fittings that differ. Unless you go to specialised rods, 16 / 18 /20# for marlin , tuna and the likes then the blanks are dedicated for that purpose.

Reels need to be up to the job as far as corrosion is concerned, especially the internal working parts.

Lines, I`ll let others comment on that, I use mill ends for everything from salt to salmon, never let me down and caught some "interesting" fish over the years, fresh and salt. :)
 

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Barry, have fun with it. You may need to get the lures / flies down deeper on occasion, depends where and for what species you are fishing. You can take coalie, bass, pollack, mullet ( I cant get the mullet) gars, and no doubt a few others. I have, on occasion from a boat with a heavy shooting head had small codling take the lures.

Some of the time I use a shooting head, other times a sink tip. To save you any expense at the start you can wind some fuse wire round the tip of the floater to add a bit of weight and make it act a bit like a sink tip.

Saltwater species aint as fussy about the perfect cast as say brook or brown trout may be. :)
 

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CAN ANYONE GIVE ME SOME INFO, ID LIKE TO HAVE A GO AT THIS SALT WATER FLY FISHING CAN YOU USE NORMAL FRESH WATER GEAR, OR DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE SEA GEAR DUE TO THE SALT RUSTING THE EYES. I NOW THE FLYS ARE DIFFERENT WHAT ABOUT THE LINE IS IT THE NORMAL FLOATING/SINKING E.G THANX IF ANYONE CAN GIVE ME SOME INFO ON THIS:g: :blink: :unsure:
Pm me with your address and the next time I'm tying saltwater flies I'll tie you some up.
 
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Make sure that you rinse your stuff with fresh water when you get home. It might not like the salt / the salt might not like your gear.......line / flies / reel / rod / everything else.
 
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