Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:24 pm
I am thinking of taking up SWFF as I have just moved to NW Ireland and I am a stones through from some lovely beaches. Is it possible to use the Salmon FF tackle I already have or will I have to start all over again and buy new gear ?
Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:27 pm
HellsBells I am sorry about that ! Every time I pressed the 'submit' button I just received a blank page and 'done' and so thought it hadn't posted
Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:31 pm
I often use same gear for Salmon fishing and SWFF.
Only thing is to make sure your reel is SW proof, you may want to check your rod rings as well.
Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:01 pm
anthony2carr wrote:Only thing is to make sure your reel is SW proof, you may want to check your rod rings as well.
Hi Anthony, thanks for your reply.
Do you think it would be sufficient to simply make sure I clean and dry everything after a trip ?
Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:16 pm
Yes, but it takes a hell of a lot to make sure it is.
I mean I had my fly reel fishing one time. I rinsed it off. Still wet so it looked fine. A few weeks later I took out the reel again, it was covered in sand and completely unusable.
You need to place reel in water overnight ASAP.
Best to get a reel that is saltwater proof.
Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:24 pm
anthony2carr wrote:Best to get a reel that is saltwater proof.
I've never heard of them. Can you mention any makes ?
Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:49 pm
One I bought on e-bay. It was very reasonable.
I have seen them many times since on ebay.
Description was something like
I also have a vision XLA that has never seized.
Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:07 pm
Great. What about my Salmon fly line, is that going to be okay with salt ?
Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:57 pm
That's another thing.
It will take on a lumpy effect and generally it will not cast as good again.
I think you should buy a different line or again if you can clean it down as soon as you are finished.But ,I would go for a sinking shooting head.
Being honest with you. Saltwater is very. very corrosive it will destroy all of your gear.
I have a platinum XD saltwater II rod, even this is getting rusty round the rings.
I had a greys GTX, which seized straight away.
I had a very good reel that seized after about 2 months of SW use.
I have DH sharpes of aberdeen rod (salmon rod) which is showing no signs of saltwater use after 4 years.
XLA reel is perfect for last 4 years.
The GNC reel is for 6-7 weight, great little reel. Completely enclosed the same as the XLA.
Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:10 pm
I would go for something like thishttp://cgi.ebay.com/Saltwater-Fly-Fishi ... 7C294%3A50
Coupled with this http://cgi.ebay.com/Jim-Teeny-Fishing-T ... .m20.l1116
I'm sure you have a 9 or 10 wt rod for salmon. Just give the eyes a rub down after each outing.
Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:36 pm
Hi again anthony,
The more I look into it the more it seems like I'm just about starting again
How about my wading gear.....? I have Simms stockingfoot waders to go with Simms felt soled wading boots. From what I can tell I should think I'm going to be wading on sand, fishing off the beach in other words.
I appreciate your help
Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:42 pm
I've never done it, sorry.
JimH is the man you want to ask about that.
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