Fishing Tips: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Check out this week’s Fishing Tips feature from the Huge Fly Fisherman. This video presents some great beginner tips for saltwater fly fishing. Check out the sparknotes below.


  • You don’t have to cast that far, but you do have to practice.
  • Sometimes you’ll have to cast far, but most casts are within 40 feet.
  • Get your cast down to two or three false casts
  • Get your double haul dialed in.
  • Practice!


  • Good pair of polarized sunglasses.
  • If you’re having trouble sighting the fish, tell the guide or whoever you’re with.


  • Shuffle your feet when walking so that you don’t step on a stingray.

Boating Etiquette

  • Stand down the center of the boat so it does’t rock.
  • Don’t slam the hatches.
  • Clean your feet off before entering the boat.
  • Practice responsible boating safety.


  • Find a guide.
  • Leave them a good tip.
  • At new spots ask your guide about the likelihood of sharks and the depth

Sun Protection

  • Long sleeves
  • Hood
  • Buff
  • Sun screen (don’t forget the tops of your feet and the underside of your nose)

Weather and Clothing

  • High quality rain gear.
  • Spare change of cloths.
  • Leave the loafers at home and buy some soft soled shoes.

Learn Some New Terminology

  • “Nervous water”
  • “Uplight/Downlight”
  • “Up-sea / down-sea”
  • “Tide / Current”
  • “Headwake”

Rinse Your Gear

  • Saltwater is corrosive, so your gear needs to be rinsed often.

Learn About Tides

  • Spots change depending on the tide.
  • Explore and figure out spots at different tides.

Relax and Stay Calm

  • When you blow the shot, don’t beat yourself up.
  • Analyze what happened and move forward.

Stay tuned for more installments of Fishing Tips!

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