Saltwater flats species all require attentiveness to several laws of engagement. Each species, of course, requires a guide, local knowledge or knowledge gained by fishing a species for years.
So what could hold true for all those flats dwelling game fish species?
Casting well, limiting false casts to one or two, retrieving the fly correctly, knowledge of how to strip strike, how to fish fight, knowing to avoid noise, knowing to not wear pink or any ‘loud’ attire and putting that shiny anything in your pocket… are the common threads.
Flats fishing from the deck of a skiff and why doesn’t this get said?
The biggest defeater of successful fly fishing from the deck of a flats boat is not being able to get the fly to the fish quickly. False casting a half dozen or more times to hit 60-feet will not work. This is especially so for on the go animals.
Keeping 20 or so feet of fly line-leader-fly out of the guides and in your off-hand will win the day
Watch this Chris Myers video. It’s how getting the fly to the fish quickly is done. It’s not difficult, but you do need to know how to do it.
Making quick fly casts while fly fishing the saltwater flats is brought to you by Capt. Chris Myers of Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters