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Fly Fishing Inland Saltwater with Perfect Fly
by Alan Snider
Greetings, to my fellow fly fishing anglers. Moving forward from last time we need to talk
about something very important related to fly fishing in saltwater. One of the first things to
figure out is what type of water you will be fishing. The type we are going to discuss today
is inland water.
Inland water is commonly defined as water that is 30 meters or less or out to
approximately 100 feet deep. Many species of fish can be caught when fly fishing in this
water, some of which are catfish, eel, mackerel, barracuda, cod, redfish, snook, pompano,
tuna, and spotted sea trout.
One type of inland water is referred to as flats. This type of water generally features a
sandy bottom and can be many miles in length. This water is usually very shallow and can
be fished in small boats because the water is calm and this also makes the equipment
requirements much less. You can also have a lot of fun fly fishing in these waters because
you can often wade in them which makes it enjoyable for those of you who enjoy trout
fishing and are trying to learn to fly fish in salt water. Just remember to be aware of low tide
and high tide as this can affect the depth of the water.
The next type of inland water is referred to as inlets. Inlets can be very shallow in length
or can extend for a good distance. Inlets usually have jetties or piers to prevent the tide
from running in and out and destroying the beach area. The other advantage to this from
a fly fishing point of view is that these provide man made cover for the fish and also the bait
that attracts them.
Another type of inland water is a bay. Bays can be very deep so if you are fly fishing in
these you can fish from the beach, from piers, or you can use a boat. I don’t suggest trying
to wade in these areas.
The last type of inland water we are going to discuss is beyond the beach line called back
country. This type contains probably the most overlooked area to fly fish. Brackish water
usually consists of muddy bottoms and fishes very well in the spring. During low tide the
sun warms the area so that when the tide comes in it comes to life. The bait fish become
very active and this draws the game fish in to feed. When fly fishing in these areas you
should arrive about an hour before high tide and fish for at least a half hour after or longer
if you are doing well. Tides affect brackish water greatly, but they generally do not fish well
in warmer weather.
These are just some basic thoughts about inland water and a brief description of the
types. The importance of this being that if you know about the water you will be fly fishing
in that will help you to know what type of gear, tackle, and flies you will need for a fruitful
and enjoyable outing.
Next time we will discuss offshore or deep water and hope that you will continue to follow
along with us as we further explore the sport of saltwater fly fishing. Until then, be safe,
have fun and catch lots of fish.
As always if you have any questions, comments, or need help gearing up for your next
fly fishing trip whether for trout or for saltwater fish, feel free to contact us at 1-800-594-
4726 or visit our web site or store at www.perfectflystore.com. Thank you again for
spending time with us and have a wonderful day.
By Alan Snider