Surf and Turf
Unlocking the mysteries of the ever changing surf can be a life long journey. In fact, that’s why many of us chase fish on the fly in the ocean.
Year over year, lakes don’t change in dramatic fashion like the surf does. One year your hot spot produces constantly, the next…..nothing.
Attention to Structure
The cool thing about surf fly fishing is it is about constant discovery. To be successful, you need to read the water and pay attention to structure. Yes, surface explosion of baitfish are obvious, that’s not what I’m talking about here. Structure is above and below the water.
Baitfish hold to structure. It’s a survival instinct. They can hide better and avoid better around structure rather than wide out in the open. Docks, rigs, sunken boats, pilings….they will all hold baitfish. Where the baitfish are, the predatory fish are not far off.
Attention to Ocean Floor
Pay attention to the ocean floor. Is there a transition from sand to gravel? Are there rocks and boulders?
These transitional areas will attract fish. This is where a little field research can pay off. During low tide, pay attention to the seascape that will ultimately be under water. All those rocks, boulders, reefs, oyster beds, jetties, and fallen timber will be holding all sorts of baitfish and crustaceans. Note them well, as they should be target spots for you during high tide.
Surf fishing is a great challenge. It is a convergence of the preferred forage, the optimal tide stage, some unique structure, and a critical fly presentation.
Tight Lines and Screaming Drags