Originally Posted by Mainiac
Anybody using 10 wt or above for saltwater? I picked up an Okuma Integrity 10 wt. for big Maine Stripers, Blues and perhaps Blue Sharks, and of course South Carolina Cobia, Drum, and Blacktip Sharks. Spooled it with dark green forward weight sinking, and about 200 yds of 30 lb Dacron backing.
Any secrets to divulge on combinations of leader/tippet, knots, etc? Anybody into Spey Casting?
I use a 10wt GLoomis for salt. You might want to consider a shooting head/running line combo depending on where you are fishing and what you are fishing for. No doubt you could get into lead-core leaders and wire tippets for serious gamefish, but I just use regular leader and tippet material (and flies tied on steel saltwater hooks) for the rockfish, salmon, and surfperch I've fished for. Also, start lifting weights!
Those 10 weights are heavy rigs...
Spey casting is catching on rapidly on the small coastal rivers in Oregon and Washington since there isn't a lot of room for backcasts. I can manage a pretty decent spey cast with regular (one-handed) fly rod about once every 20 times I try it. A one-handed spey is basically a roll cast with a little zorro dipsy-doodle flash thrown in (those are descriptive terms, not technical ones, in case it wasn't blatantly obvious
). The best spey casting resources, at least on the west coast, are the larger fly shops in and around Portland and Seattle. They often have weekend clinics on nearby rivers. I don't know about other parts of the country.
I see you are in South Cackalacky. That's where I started flyfishing, or at least pretending to. Way back when a mullet was just a fish and not a combination haircut/lifestyle statement, I saw some mullet rising in a saltwater pond in Litchfield Beach. So I drove over to Georgetown, bought a $23 fiberglass fly rod from Western Auto, and thrashed the water with a Royal Coachman until I realized I didn't have a chance of catching those fish...or a clue about what I was doing. Anyways, I've moved on from there, at least in my gear choices.
The best- (and rapidly becoming the worst-)kept saltwater flyfishing secret in the Northwest is surface casting to cohos. You usually need a boat or a friend with one that is capable of getting out to where the cohos (silver salmon) are milling around, waiting to enter the rivers, and feeding on candlefish. Cast an unweighted Clouser Minnow back into the wake of the boat, let it skip along for a while...and hold on.
A couple of stories: http://www.westfly.com/feature/0110/feature_642.htm
. These guys are fishing in Washington state, but that's just a detail. The technique should work anywhere gamefish are slashing into schools of baitfish on or near the surface.