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In the middle of a boiling bluefish blitz off the coast of Nantucket...Casting to bonito ripping up bait in an inlet...Searching for seatrout and reds amidst the windswept beaches of the Outer Banks...To snook and tarpon lying near the tangled mangroves...In the glare and the pristine beauty of the bonefish flats...In the bluewater eddies of the Gulf Stream...In these magical places, and many others, the saltwater fly rodder plys his trade. In his hand, the coiled line, stripping, stripping, ready for the strike. At the end of the line, a fly; a feathered hook to tempt the most awesome denizens of the brine.
Here at SaltwaterFlies.Com we hope to bring you some of saltwater fly fishing's finest moments, to help you fully enjoy your time both on and off the water. In our pages we hope to bring you features, articles, and information about this most intriguing of outdoor sports.Saltwater fly fishermen experience the most profound enjoyment of their sport, and this is the place to share your experiences, to find flies for your next trip, and to get advice and information from others who share your interests.
Blake Lafleur battles a big Blacktip Shark in the Florida Keys.
Photo © Joe Andersen Photography 2012.
The "Little Flatwing" streamer tied by David Decker is such a sweet fly. Great pattern for striped bass and other inshore gamefish - a classic streamer for fishing the whitewater for stripers! "Rainbow" color picured above - the Brown/Olive and Chartreuse/Olive colors feature nicely patterned grizzly hackles - see the Flatwing Streamer page for full info.Flatwing Streamer $7.99/ea Rainbow Add to Cart Brown/Olive Add to Cart Chartreuse/Olive Add to Cart
The Black-Eyed Deep Minnow "White Lightning" is a pattern that has produced very well indeed for many anglers over the years. This fly is tied on #4, or 2 hooks. Size #4 (pictured here) is approximately 3" long - we have these available now over on our "Fly Specials" page if you want more information, or you can order them right here: White Lightning #4 Add to Cart, White Lightning #2 Add to Cart
Here's a quick tip for anyone interested in keeping the fly tying bench organized. I used to toss the bobbins in a drawer with all my other tools at the end of the day, but the bobbins and thread really got tangled up with the rest of the stuff. So, I made a very simple little rack to hold the bobbins by drilling some holes in a bit of hardwood - if you make the holes small - close to the diameter of the bobbin tubes, it keeps the thread in place nicely in the bobbin tube when the bobbin is in the rack. Some hard, heavy wood is better than something lighter, and I got the best results from a bit of wood that's just about an inch thick - it stays where I put it on the bench and doesn't get jostled around too much. The cost of this is virtually nil - just a scrap bit of wood with some holes drilled in it, but it sure made a difference in organizing my bench. We've got a new feature going here at Saltwaterflies.com with more of these little suggestions; "Windy's Tips n Tricks" - click the link to check it out. - Chris Windram
Dick Brown's classic "Bonefish Fly Patterns" is now back in print in a new edition, and we have copies on hand and ready to go! See our Books & DVDs pages to order.
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