I HAVE DECIDED to create this site for all those who have neither tried, or who would like to try Saltwater fly fishing/casting, it is in my opinion the most exciting, challenging and satisfying way to catch species such as bass, Pollack, mullet etc.
I started flyfishing here in Cornwall back in 1968 on College Reservoir for brown trout and it was here where I began to really enjoy the art of fly-casting and tying flies. At that time also I developed a love for night time bass fishing from our diverse coast-line, catching many good size bass up to 12lb, over many years living in Cornwall I have recorded all my fishing trips and as a result I have over 40 years of local knowledge
Saltwater Fly Fishing is the fastest growing sport for fly-fishing today. Here in Cornwall we have a excellent marine environment to offer the fly-fisherman, and due to the geological shape of Cornwall you can always find a fishing spot whatever the local conditions, if the north coast is blown out, then the south comes into play and vice-versa.
Personally, I adopt a catch-and-release method, enabling photographing the fish and returning it back to the water unharmed.
|THE KEY to catching is all about finding the fish and where they’re feeding, there are hundreds of potential fishing locations, most of them holding little or no fish at all.
The things to look for are Sand-flats, bars, cut-away banks, and sudden drop-offs, rocky out-crops, and anything in short that influences the flow of the tidal current. These are places where at various times of the tide you will find fish.
Against this you need to know where the Bass are likely to be at certain states of the tide, for example currents have a lesser impact on neap tides as opposed to springs, and fish are attracted to different features at various stages of the tide. A typical scenario would be a sand bar giving shelter on one side for the ebb and the other side for the flow. Another factor is light, with early morning and late evening being the best times to fish. Having said that even in calm conditions and on the brightest days fish can be taken on the fly
Pollack are very easy to catch, even a fish which is not much bigger than the fly, will give you a lovely little scrap. I never blank on my trips because of these little fellows, and I always much sure there returned unharmed as well. Recent highly efficient Commercial fishing methods are seriously reducing our fish stocks, and we all have to take care of what’s left, Very young bass enter our estuaries for approximately two years to feed where the water is warmer, and the food supply is good, before returning back to the open sea, so nursery areas are very important.
There is nothing in my opinion to beat the challenge of fly-fishing and casting in the surf on open beaches.