Location: Northern Saskatchewan
I was browsing the fly fishing forum on Stripers Online the other night and came across a thread titled "I need an introduction to surf fishing with the fly rod."
Reading through the thread, I founds this gem of advice from Mike Oliver (who has over 6200 posts on the forum!):
- Search out Bait.
- Fish structure. That's rocky ground, points, boulder fields, Shallow surf water. Jetties.
- Fish steep sandy beaches. Look for bars and cuts and the rips they create.
- Fish Current. It can never be too strong. Bass are not lazy.
- Fish inlets and esturies and salt water ponds where they exit into the sea.
- Fish to start with at pre dawn to first light until the bite stops. Fish dusk.
- Fish all night when you are happy with your casting.
- Fish hard and with purpose and you will catch.
- Fish neap Tides, Full moon and New Moon spring tides to find what works best in your area.
It's a perfect 'what-to-do' primer to get started. My own reading list (and extended reading list) for my Saltwater 101 self-study course is obviously more in-depth, but Mike's post definitely summarizes a billion pages of information on catching striped bass on the fly rod.
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