I am not a new fisherman, only a semi new fly fisherman, and a completely new salt water fly fisherman. In fact I don't think I can call myself a salt water fly fisherman yet because...well I haven't actually done it yet. LoL
So a little about me, I returned from Afghanistan in 2007 and picked up fly fishing from a friend. I've not stopped since. I've recently moved to Turkey and found some trout streams in the mountains which was nice. On a recent trip to the Mediterranean coast I just had this urge to want to fish it and what better way than to fly fish it! So I have since begun researching areas to fish off the coast. I can't narrow the species of fish that are commonly found other than sea bass. I have to admit, its tough trying to find information in a country where you don't speak the language and are the odd one out LOL. But I am determined to not let that stop me!
So in researching on the web I found this website. Cruising through the forums I've found several posts that gave great information on starter rigs. I've found on Cabela's website a 9ft 9wt rod/reel combo for a decent price. I figure this is a good all around set up that if I hook into something bigger than expected I have a chance to land it. I plan to fish primarily from shore. There may be a time or two that I get a chance to go on a boat but shore fishing is the easiest for me. So I'm curious on your all thoughts, would you go with a taller rod? Lighter weight? Higher weight?
What have you all tried when you started and what did you wish you did?
Hi and welcome to the forum. I would say the 9wt is a good starter rod for what you are looking to target. There really is a lot of fly fishing info on this site, with much of it located here http://forums.marlinmag.com/forumdis...Fishing-Forums Take your time and read through some of the threads, as there are many discussions about rods, reels, flies, species, etc.
Here is a thread about various rod sizes for different species. http://forums.marlinmag.com/showthre...Rods-of-Choice
Seth thank you for the response. After 200 views I was a little concerned. I know I posted one of those Which rod for a n00b type posts but I wanted to give it a shot b/c I'm in a little bit of a unique situation. So knowing that a 9/9 combo is a good all around salt rig makes me feel better. I'm researching now about under spooling and over spooling the rig for various conditions as well as making my own leaders. My biggest concern is being on the shore and getting the line out far enough to where fish may be. I think I may give a "shooting head" line a try if I can't do it with a weight forward floating line. Thank you for the links, I read through them. My research continues!