Flyfishing and Sightcasting Checklist
Fly Rods,Reels and Line
- 9′ 6-9 weight, medium fast/fast action fly rods
- Quality fly reel with smooth drag and 100-yards of 20lb Dacron backing
- Weight-forward floating fly line designed for salt water and warm temperatures
- Fly Line Tapers: Saltwater, clouser or redfish tapers work best
- Line cleaners and treatments
- 10-15 lb 6′-9′ tapered leaders, either knotless or hand-tied, furled or braided
- 8-16 lb tippet, either mono or flourocarbon
- Shrimp, baitfish, crab patterns all work well in sizes #4 or #6
- Clouser minnows in white/chartruese, white/pink, white/olive, white/natural in #4 or #6
- Spoon flies in gold, plum, peach, chartruese in #4 or #6
- Popper flies in white/chartruese, gold, white/red
- Sea Ducers in natural, chartruese/white, pink/white in #2, #4 or #6
Drift and Wadefishing
Things You Need
- Plan on bringing a rod and reel set up that you are comfortable and familiar with that is in good working condition. There are few things more frustrating than early morning equipment failures while your buddies are reeling in the Big Ones. I recommend spooling up with 12# monofilament (I’m not a fan of braided lines and when you fish with me a while, you will learn why I don’t like them). If you do not have your own rod and reel, one can be supplied for a small fee, usually enough to cover cleaning costs should the reel be dunked during your day of fishing ($15).
- A current Texas fishing license with all applicable endorsements and stamps. It’s rather embarrassing to find out you don’t have what you need when our friendly game wardens do a routine check. Your friends will never let you live it down.
- A good pair of polarized sunglasses (emphasis on good). Brown, amber or vermillion work best on the flats. Seeing what’s happening out there is very important with our style of fishing. You get what you pay for.
- A comfortable hat or cap with a dark lining under the brim.
- Wading gear. Depending on the time of year you may need waders, wading boots, a belt to hold your stringer and a good pair of pliers and line clippers, and a good quality wading jacket. When it’s cold outside, staying dry is the key to staying warm. Don’t hit the bargain bin for your wading gear.
- Snacks and drinks for the boat. Alcohol is permitted in moderation (please no bottles).
- Your “A” game. You are going to need it.
Things You Don’t Need
- The entire fishing tackle section from Cabela’s. We provide terminal tackle and welcome your pared down selection of personal favorites. Boat storage space is limited and the Captain detests deck clutter.