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Paymaster

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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 would choose a lighter outfit, but a 9 will be fine, particularly if it's windy. For leader, a straight piece of 15-20# mono will work. Any standard saltwater tapered leader will also be OK.
 

GLS

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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
 

Anvil Head

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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!
 
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Thanks Y'all! Hope to have some fun with this thing. I will post up pics, if I get one to shore. :D
 
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).
 

flyrod444

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If there are lady fish or skip jack where you fish try and get one on. I use a 7 wt.rod on them and have a blast when i'm any where they are.
 
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Paymaster

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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.:O
 
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.
 
Blues are tough on everything.
 
I think a 9 foot 9 weight is the most versatile SW rig you can have.

Get a few inches of some tie-able wire (like TyGer), tie it to your tippet with a surgeons or blood knot and your good to go.
 
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Paymaster

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Thanks for all the comments y'all. I had back surgery. Fused L5-S1 vertebrae. It has been ruff few weeks but I am on the mend. I hope to be fly fishing again soon. I sure miss it.
 
Thanks for all the comments y'all. I had back surgery. Fused L5-S1 vertebrae. It has been ruff few weeks but I am on the mend. I hope to be fly fishing again soon. I sure miss it.
There will be some Paymaster Clouser Minnows on the PCB Pier's in about a week. I hope to be rolling back to the car with a cooler full of Spanish every morning.
 
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Paymaster

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There will be some Paymaster Clouser Minnows on the PCB Pier's in about a week. I hope to be rolling back to the car with a cooler full of Spanish every morning.
Awesome!! Hope you do good!
If told I can, by my ortho surgeon, I will be on the pier at Gulf Shores 2nd week of October. May not fish but I will be watching fishing.:)
 
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