I bought a 9 wt flyrod outfit for surf fishing. My target species will be Spanish Mackerel and Blue Fish. What do I use for a leader and tippet? I have never used a flyrod in salt water so I could use some advice.
I'd use a 6-8" bite tippet of 30 lb. test. Macks are toothy and blues have cutting jaws. Even with 30 lbs., it won't last long. Don't spend anymore time to tie a fly than it takes to lose it with these critters. Your flies won't last long with these shredders. This assumes panfish. Big blues will need a bit of wire. And watch your fingers with blues. Gil
Even 30# doesn't mean much to a blue over 10#'s. I have used some fine piano wire for a short leader, just keep the connections small and non-shiny. They hit anything with flash including any kind of clip or swivel and will cut you off there. Heck of a fish to have on a #8 rod. We've caught the magnum run off Hatteras several times with blues running 18-20#'s ....... yehaa!
I catch a Spanish from time to time in the surf, I just use a tapered leader with a 12lb tippet. Electric chicken clousers do the trick with Spanish better than anything else I have ever used...I normally tie them on a size 4 or 6 longer shanked hook and don't worry about a bite leader....I rarely have the Spanish cut off, but they do every now and then but I find when I use a bite leader I never can get a pompano or redfish to bite....and I target them too in the surf and they love electric chicken clousers (it has to be the pink in them for pompano).
Really bad back kept, and keeps me from enjoying fishing. MRI coming up Monday will hopefully tell us what's going on and what we have to do to fix. I have been dealing with it a while. I am done with just trying to bear with it.
I used to fly fish for blues and after getting lots of my nice saltwater flies shredded, I switched to plastic soft baits. The fish would still bite and it wouldn't cost me $5 everytime I caught a bluefish.