Take the next step, catch ‘em on the fly
As fishermen we are always chasing something new, tackle or techniques along with new and adventurous destinations. For those of us who frequent the waters of Texas, especially here in the Sabine system, there is a wonderful world of opportunity just waiting to be explored. The art of flyfishing is nothing new to many anglers, these fishermen are genuinely in the minority when it comes to numbers of participants but they are none the less an ever growing army of dedicated outdoor enthusiasts.
Flyfishing, especially saltwater flyfishing, is growing at a faster pace than any other form of fishing in the industry. The numbers don’t lie, the popularity of this beautiful sport is undeniable and something each fisherman should experience themselves.
Perhaps the most common and or difficult problem associated with flyfishing is getting started; let me rephrase that to getting started the right way. Fly gear and tackle is sold in small quantities at local sporting goods stores and in catalogs which is fine if you know exactly what you want. Another problem is once you purchase your gear how in the world do you learn to use it properly? There are a host of magazines, books, and videos on the sport but they pale in comparison to hands on teaching. Now in order to overcome all these obstacles there is one name to remember that will help you get started, Orvis. This famous sporting goods outfit has made and manufactured outdoor goods including flyfishing equipment since 1856, their knowledge and experience is invaluable to amateur and accomplished fishermen alike.
Located in Houston off of Westheimer is the Orvis company store where fishing manager Marcos Enriquez and his professional staff can show you how to get started. Orvis equipment runs the gamut from extremely affordable entry level gear to high end specialty items sure to get your heart racing. Along with the gear is the most important part, instruction. At the recent Orvis Day event I attended it was amazing to see how many customers were treated to casting lessons by Marcos and his staff. Believe me when I say that hands on education is the best way to learn about flyfishing. I know of several fishermen, who struggled in vain to learn flycasting from reading material, then they decided to get some help and the transformation was almost magical. Once you really feel how the cast is to be made you are then totally hooked.
Without a doubt the most highly targeted fish for Texas flyfishermen is the redfish, the bully of the flats with the appetite to prove it. The redfish allows the flyfisher opportunities to sight cast to a target and see just how strong their tackle is once the fish is hooked. The redfish will eat a variety of flies just like they will eat conventional lures so selection at times is critical. On the other hand sometimes these fish are so aggressive they will eat anything placed in front of them. Two of the more popular flies that have consistent success are the spoon fly and the Clouser minnow. The spoon fly is exactly what it sounds like, a flyfishing version of a spoon. The spoon fly works great for blind casting when you can’t see the fish; it really helps you cover water. The Clouser minnow is another terrific fly for redfish since it has a little weight on the front that allows the fly sink and scoot along the bottom. The Clouser has probably caught as many or more fish than other fly out there, it’s a must have for any flyfisherman.
Our waters here at home are just an absolute paradise for flyfishermen; the diversity is the big draw. Many anglers come to the Sabine area because of the incredible variety our area affords. The brackish water environment allows anglers a shot at everything from largemouth bass and stripers to speckled trout and redfish in the same body of water. Saltwater or freshwater it really doesn’t matter as long as you enjoy it; flyfishing can surely provide some excitement for any angler willing to try.