Video Pro Tips: How to Fight Big Fish in Salt Water


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Here’s a bunch of tips from the chapter called “Offshore/Near-Shore Fly Fishing” on the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center. Fighting big fish in the salt is a lot different from fighting trout or warmwater fish, so it’s worth your time to learn the basics before you leave the dock. Your three main concerns are: 1. tiring the fish quickly; 2. protecting your fly rod; and 3. controlling slack—avoiding slack most of the time, but adding it when a fish jumps. Master these skills, and you’ll have your fish boatside, ready for a quick photo and a clean release.

5 thoughts on “Video Pro Tips: How to Fight Big Fish in Salt Water”

  1. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Seeing your tips visually really helps us learn. I have never landed a big fish from a boat in the ocean, but when that day comes, your video will be in my memory. Keep it up Tom.

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  3. Are there any past videos and god reading material for surf fishing on the fly? I moved to Florida and now have an 8wt and plan to fish in the waves.

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