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Fly Fishing Offshore (Deep Sea) Saltwater with Perfect Fly
by Alan Snider
Hello again to all you fellow anglers. We have talked about the creation of Perfect Fly
and then a brief discussion about inland waters. Now, let us turn our attention to offshore
water also called blue water, or simply referred to as deep sea fishing.
A lot of people say there are three kinds of water with the inclusion of coastal waters, but
I personally think water is either inshore or offshore. That gets back to the 30 meter line
as being the boundary. Offshore water can be 100 feet deep up to several thousand feet
deep, and people generally think of this as deep sea fishing and are missing out on a lot
of exciting fly fishing as a result.
Contrary to many beliefs, most fish do not hang out near the bottom in a thousand feet of
water, but rather spend much of their time within ten feet of the surface. Sure, they can go
deep, but then come back up to their feeding and compfort zone. Many game fish such as
dolphin, wahoo, tuna and even sailfish and marlin can be caught by fly fishing offshore
One way to fly fish offshore is to either chum to attract the fish and then cast into them
when you see surface activity, or you can use a live, dead bait or lure teasers, which you
troll behind your boat to attract fish. When you see activity near the teasers, you can do
what is referred to as "bait and switch". Remember though, a teasers don't have hooks as
you only want to get the fish to come to the boat so that you have the opportunity to hook
them on the fly.
The other popular way to fly fish offshore is to fish rip currents. Deep sea rip currents
are often caused by two different temperature waters coming together and creating
surface ripples. You can do well around these because the water has different temps,
oxygen levels can change as well as the color or clarity of the water. All these factors
attract bait fish which attracts the game fish you want to catch. The best area to fly fish
from is up current just outside the calm water and cast into the feeding zone. Try a few
casts and if you do not have any action then move on because every rip does not attract
fish. Also, diving birds are a good indicator around rips or any other place you try to fly
fish off shore because the birds are there to feed and not to just have fun.
These are but a few brief thoughts about off shore fly fishing. Those of you who have
not tried this are missing out on an exciting way to broaden your fly fishing experiences.
Remember to carry and use all safety equipment and to keep a check on the weather as
it can get nasty in a hurry.
Thank you for taking the time to spend with us and as always if you have comments or
questions or need help with your fresh water or salt water fly fishing feel free to contact us
at 1-800-594-4726 or visit our web site at www.perfectflystore.com. Until next time I wish
you happiness and good health to you and your families and good luck on your fly fishing