What would be a good beginner outfit for myself? Anyone on here with experience fishing for surf perch and other surf species using the fly rod that can guide me in right direction? Thanks
I’ve been looking at the Orvis Hydros reels, what do you think about those? Would that pair up nice?Look at something like an Echo Ion XL in 8wt. For $169, it’s a good surf stick and waaaaaay better than any Bass Pro crap. TFO is another consumer level company doing things right.
For reels, a well designed sealed drag is critical. Unless you find a close out, they will run you some cash.
From the few articles I’ve read, most recommend a longer rod like 12’ for better control and longer cast. Not too familiar with line weights and stuff quite yet but I’m going to continue reading on that subjectSeven or eight weight. Not necessarily to handle the fish, but to manage the line and be more effective casting into the breeze. I like my Scott rods. The rod needs to be fast enough to handle the line well and throw a tight loop. I generally fish a sink tip line in the surf, but I'm no expert. You will need a stripping basket to keep the loose line out of the water. It's fun and nonstop casting practice!
A 12’ stick is much more difficult to cast if you’re new to the addiction, especially when you’re using a shooting head and sink tip line. 9’ is a ‘standard’ length, though a 9’6 is what my surf rods are. And, the Hydros reels are quite nice. I’m personally a Lamson junkie.From the few articles I’ve read, most recommend a longer rod like 12’ for better control and longer cast. Not too familiar with line weights and stuff quite yet but I’m going to continue reading on that subject