Salmon and Red Frances
Fly fishing the salt

Calm day Pensacola Bay

Fly casting in the salt from a boat or in the surf poses certain problems. The boat is moving. The wind is blowing and seldom to our advantage. I transitioned from fresh water fishing into the salt ten years ago. The first obstacle for a trout fisherman is that salt water fish are not stationary. They move constantly, and the fly has to be placed where they are going to be, not where they are. Now speed of delivery becomes a must and you have one good window of opportunity to place your fly correctly. The second is distance and 50´ casts are a bare minimum to consistently catch salt water fish. We like to say that every 10´ in addition will double your chances. The third problem is the wind. When it blows from our non dominant to our dominant shoulder (left to right for most folks) we are happy. However wind from our dominant to non dominant shoulder poses problems. Headwind poses another and a different sort of problem. Tailwind has its own issues for the caster.

Will teach you to throw narrow loops and with sufficient speed to punch through the wind. That will gain those extra 5-10´ needed. I will tune up your double haul or teach it from scratch. That will give your loop more speed and stability.

I can teach you the techniques needed for casting when the wind is on to your casting shoulder. Furthermore I will teach you to cast in headwind and tail wind.  Will go through adjustments necessary for casting heavy flies.

If those bases are covered before the trip your chances of success are greatly improved.

Will teach overhead switch rod casts on the beach.

I have been fly fishing for 30 years and have freshwater experience from lakes and rivers in Iceland and US. Have experience casting from a kayak. Have salt water experience fishing in Texas, Florida, and the Bahamas.

I am a Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor and it will be my pleasure to teach you to fly cast in the salt.

Phone 361 9032846

email

jonasbjorn@icloud.com

Fly fishing in the salt

On first sandbar casting into the first trough

Certified Casting Instructor

International Federation of Fly Fishers is now Fly Fishers International

Is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the sport of fly fishing through Conservation, Restoration and Education. The International Federation of Fly Fishers and its Councils are the only organized advocate for fly fishers on a regional, national and international level.

https://flyfishersinternational.org

How to become a Certified Casting Instructor is explained here

The test is standardized and international. Once you are ready for your test you are tested by two master casters. The test setup is here

https://flyfishersinternational.org/Portals/0/Documents/Casting/Policies/CICP_TAP.pdf

If you do not prepare meticulously and do not seek the mentoring of a Master Caster it is about even chance that you will fail.

When you have passed the test you have earned the right to be called CCI i.e. Certified Casting Instructor.

CCI status