Fly fishing is a great way to catch fish on Cape Cod. However, fly fishing is about much more than just catching fish.
Fly fishing allows an angler to be one with nature, enjoy tranquility, and experience the thrill of catching fish in a simple and enjoyable fashion.
For these reasons, many would argue that there is no better way to catch a fish on Cape Cod, than on the fly. I cover the essentials of getting started with fly fishing in the video presentation below.
This presentation first appeared on My Fishing Cape Cod in the spring of 2015, however it quickly "got buried" beneath dozens of other reports, videos and posts.
That is why Ryan has decided to re-publish this 37 minute video presentation as part of MFCC University. If you are new to saltwater fly fishing, then this in-depth instructional video is for you.
Frequently Asked Questions Presentation Breakdown
Everything below is covered in-depth throughout the above video presentation. This FAQ list answers some of the most commonly asked questions, best for quick reference.
What do I need for equipment? (00:45)
You will need some specialized equipment to get started, but nothing too fancy. Here are the essentials:
- Fly rod & reel (details are covered below)
- An assortment of saltwater flies
- Line and backing
- Safety equipment
- Stripping basket
How do I choose a fly rod? (01:40)
Choosing a fly rod can be intimidating with all the available choices.
Please watch the above video presentation for a more in-depth explanation, but in general you want to match the weight of the rod to the size of the targeted fish.
For example a 5 or 6 weight fly rod is good for small fish like schoolie striped bass. A 15 weight rod would be good for marlin.
A 7 or 8 weight rod would be more ideal for slightly larger stripers and other fish. A 9 or 10 weight rod would work best for big striped bass, bluefish and false albies.
A fast action fly rod bends primarily near the tip. A medium action bends towards the middle of the rod, and a slow action bends well into the butt of the rod.
- Multi-piece rods
3 and 4 piece rods can be transported much more easily than 1 or 2 piece. During our group trip to Cuttyhunk in 2014, I packed my 4 piece rod in my suitcase.
Regardless be aware of screen doors and power windows which are notorious for snapping rods! Rod tubes can help prevent damage.
How do I choose a fly reel? (06:50)
- Arbor size
The "arbor" is important to consider when selecting a fly reel. It is best to match arbor size to the size of the fish you will be targeting.
Smaller arbor size reels are suitable for smaller fish, and larger arbor size reels are suitable for larger fish. A mid-arbor size reel gets you a little of both worlds.
- Disc drag
The size and fighting power of saltwater fish on Cape Cod require a disc drag. Disc drags creation friction as the drag knob is tightened. Your fishing situation determines the quality of the disc drag you will need.
You can also increase your drag pressure by "palming" the reel.
How about fly line, tippet and backing? (09:34)
Flies are so lightweight that you are actually casting the line, not the fly. This is why it is so important to match the weight of your fly line to the weight of your rod.
There are 3 categories of fly line:
Of course make sure to also add backing, which is covered at 14:30 in the video. Tippets are covered at 15:00 in the video.
Answers to all these questions can be found in the video at the marked time.
Dex Chadsey has been fishing on Cape Cod since 1963, and has been a member of My Fishing Cape Cod since 2013. He and his dog Gracie can be found exploring and fishing anywhere from Rhode Island, to the Canal, to Chatham. You can learn more about Dex by clicking here.