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.
Capt. Bill Fish
By Capt. Doug Sinclair, Grantsboro, NC.
It rained trucks. You couldn't even get out without
being drenched. Sometimes the weather just won't
cooperate. Weather reports, as it turns out, are
just about as reliable as Fishing Reports.
Did you ever stop to consider how difficult it is writing
a weekly fishing report? How many times can you talk about
catching the same old fish day after day, week after week?
I bet it could get down right boring. So why do these
magazines and newspapers carry so much information about
fishing reports. Because, we all want good news! And,
it's great to hear that there are so many anglers catching
fish. This information sells newspapers, magazines and
Did you read the newspaper last Sunday? It said another
weather front was moving in over the weekend. Consider
an article written about a well-known area and you are
caught in a torrential downpour. It can absolutely
ruin your day. Fresh water runoff from a rain will
also deplete the amount of available oxygen to fish
and force them down. So you go anyway thinking that
people fish in the rain (but not in saltwater).
Mountain stream waters are constantly moving and the
rain doesn't have the same impact on those fish as
it does on saltwater species. This is especially true
of areas where the water is locked by minimal tide flow,
like in lagoons. The water is super salty and the fish
like it that way until, of course, it rains.
Everybody is just so darn happy about fishing reports.
I was asked to write one for a famous fly-fishing outfitter.
I guess the same report would be good for any good day that
the air temperature was above 60 and the water wasn't cold
enough to freeze the fish before you caught them. It
wouldn't be great for cold days, because you'd have to
wait until mid-afternoon to catch anything.
I saw a recent report that really captures your imagination.
Wild estimates of catches and types of fish spread like
wildfire throughout the south. I thought it was a real
stretch when a couple of well-known fly-fishing guides
had cancelled their trips. Both canceled because the
weather was unbelievable. But the fishing! Well now
let the truth be known, the fishing was off. I mean
really off. There weren't any birds, baitfish, not
even crabs lurking about.
The barometer fell below 29.01 and the arrow kept pointing
down. That wasn't all bad until it rained for 3.5 hours.
Fishing reports can be really fishy - don't you think?
Please don't teach your trash to swim. ~ Doug
~ Doug Sinclair
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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