Many East Coast fly-fishermen think there is little or no fly-fishing on the West Coast. Perhaps it seems that way because I'm an East Coaster, but I've heard for years that there's only a small population of saltwater fly-rodders on the West Coast.
The 39th Annual Ft. Lauderdale Billfish Tournament offered its first-ever fly division this year. Three teams consisting of two anglers each fished the famed sailfish waters off Florida's southeast coast looking for the finicky Atlantic sailfish. While fishing was slow by normal standards, fly anglers had shots at fish every day, with several fish hooked and lost on the second and third days. In the end, Billy Pate managed to land a small sailfish on the final day of the event to win the fly division.
The floatplane ride into the tiny cove where I was headed couldn't have been a more fitting beginning for my quest. Before I ever set foot on the floating facility, which is nestled right up against a mountainous forest in an idyllic setting, I knew I was in for something special. As we flew over the cove, we were treated to a pair of humpback whales rolling at the surface.
Every winter, hordes of sailfish congregate off the Pacific coast of Central America...
The newly redesigned Vortex features a larger cork-to-rulon drag surface than many other big-game fly reels to ensure you can maintain control over your fish during extended fights.
The Suncoast Tarpon Roundup has abandoned plans to move to an all-release format and will continue to kill tarpon when it starts May21.
One bonefish fly that seems to work almost everywhere I go is a simple craft fur and braid creation called the Gotcha.
There are many excellent fly rods at affordable prices these days, and now Ross Reels follows suit, making a notable foray into that market with the Cimarron Large Arbor.
The ECF-X Ti four-piece saltwater models include 7-, 8-, 9-, 10- and 12-weight rods. Each retails for $299.95 and comes with a black Cordura-covered tube.
The ideal line for chasing stripers, bluefish and false albacore in the Northeast...