Welcome to Salt Water Fly Fishing

Welcome to Fly Fishing The Salt! If you are just discovering the joys of fly fishing the salt (or salt chuck as some call it) here you will find information to steer you in the right direction. Tips on what equipment to use, why, where and how to fish. And we will try to include a little inspiration to get you going. For the experienced salt water angler, there will be personal stories about real fishermen and their experiences, tips on what flies for which fish and techniques that work. Your stories and articles are also most welcome. Share the knowledge and adventure. Pass it on! This is for you.

Stan Manley

By Capt. Doug Sinclair, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

We were venturing back to the lagoon again, wind in my face, pretending I was a kid, and eyes closed, arms spread and laughing. I looked up to see the branches swaying in the trees, birds flew along the tree line, an Osprey swooped down with food for its chicks.

The next sound I heard was the cavitation from my prop as I hit the mud bank at 25 miles an hour. I stopped daydreaming for a second and steered left to deeper water. Putting the engine back down a tad, I could hear water rushing past the chines. The whooshing noise was soft against the hull and soft spray lit out from the side of the boat.

I saw bottlenose dolphin ahead playing in the water, my charter clients were awestruck by their presence and we slowed for pictures. The dolphin played, swam, frolicked, and hunted for food, the perfect life style. Sometimes they terrorized schools of fish, or smiled a lot for the tourists.

I remembered having run along this same stretch of water with Stan and thought about the friendship that developed over the past years. I dropped off my charter clients and was heading for the ramp when I decided to pull up along the grass line. The day was still beautiful and I wanted to revel in it a little longer. I started thinking about how we met.

Did you ever stop to think how people come into your life, how your friendship developed? After writing more than 100 articles on Saltwater Fly Fishing you stop counting. The words just flow. Sometimes they make sense and other times not. It seemed like yesterday when Tam DiGristine prodded and pushed me to send some articles to LadyFisher. It was Brian Clancy and Stan who pushed me to get the articles published. After all, why just share them with friends when other anglers could enjoy them too. LadyFisher set me straight with Elements of Style (a writer's bible) and tons of encouragement. But Stan's support has been constant all this time. He is a mentor, writer, photojournalist, publisher, angler, a storyteller, good father, and dreamer as well.


His writing is inspiring. Poetic, visionary, he paints with his pen. Can you ever give back to the people who help you? I read Roderick Haig Brown. He said, "I still don't know why I fish or who other men fish, except that we like it and it makes us think and feel." I think this is one of Stan's greatest gifts. Stan could have authored the book, "Dances with Trout," the imagery of John Gierach (1994), "Fly-fishing is solitary, contemplative, misanthropic, scientific in some hands, poetic in others, and laced with conflicting aesthetic considerations. It is not even clear if catching fish is actually the point." Well the point of this discourse is recognizing a friend and friends. It is overdue and I'm sharing it with you too.

"I fish because I love to; because I love the environment where fish are found, which are invariably beautiful. . . finally not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally important - and not nearly so much fun." (Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman).

Stan is my modern day Hemingway, ". . . there is great pleasure in being on the sea, in the unknown wild suddenness of a great fish; in his life and death which he lives for you in an hour while your strength is harnessed to his; and there is satisfaction in conquering this thing which rules the sea it lives in."

Practice Catch & Release and don't teach your trash to swim ~ Doug ~ Doug Sinclair

About Doug:

Capt. Doug Sinclair has relocated from New Smyrna Beach, Florida to Grantsboro, NC. He specializes in fly-fishing and light tackle charters. Doug charters the Coastal Carolina area of New Bern or Oriental. Catch him on the web at www.flyfishacademy.net or call him at (252) 745-3500. Doug is also a Sponsor here on FAOL.

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