South Coast

jedifly

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Hi Guys,
Hoping to move to the south coast this year and quite fancy having a go for Bass on the fly.
What sort of rods/reels would I need? Are freshwater fly lines okay in the sea or do I need a specialised one?
Looking to keep things on a smallish budget as I have enough lure rods and reels already ;)
 

dyounger

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Hi Jedifly just been through the process of setting up for saltwater and had a low budget too. I bought the Predator saltwater combo from Maxcatch in the end based on reviews on here and cost. Got rod,reel, line,backing and tapered leaders for £75 delivered. For the price the quality is good, the reel is diecast so needs to be rinsed down, rod casts well and nice to fish with. I got a 15% discount but there is 20% off now using codes on the Maxcatch thread.
Hope you find what you're looking for.
 

jedifly

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Hi Jedifly just been through the process of setting up for saltwater and had a low budget too. I bought the Predator saltwater combo from Maxcatch in the end based on reviews on here and cost. Got rod,reel, line,backing and tapered leaders for £75 delivered. For the price the quality is good, the reel is diecast so needs to be rinsed down, rod casts well and nice to fish with. I got a 15% discount but there is 20% off now using codes on the Maxcatch thread.
Hope you find what you're looking for.
Many thanks, that sounds a great deal. Do you have a link, by any chance?
 

dyounger

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Hi easiest way is Google Maxcatch go to their website, you'll need to register to set up an account then you can order straight from them. That way you get the cheapest prices and discount using the codes Stock20 is giving 20% off I think. The site is set to dollars but if you click on the dollar sign you can set it to sterling. It's cheaper than ordering their stuff there than on Amazon or eBay. Their is a really long thread on Maxcatch gear in the tackle section of the forum. Delivery times can vary but mine took just over 2 weeks in April/May. Their is up to date info on the thread.
The reviews on the thread are very good overall and I'm happy with my setup, I've got Orvis, Bruce and Walker, Grey's rods as well and think the Maxcatch tackle is really good for the money.
Hope that helps :)
 

Sash

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Freshwater lines are absolutely fine in the UK: you only need. “Saltwater” ones if you are fishing in the tropics, and need a line that will not go all soggy in the heat! (I have used a tropic line in the UK and it was like a wire spiral - awful, only fished it once!)

My recommendation is to use a line (at least) one weight above that recommended for your rod: it really helps both with loading the rod in windy conditions, and turning over big flies.
 

jedifly

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Freshwater lines are absolutely fine in the UK: you only need. “Saltwater” ones if you are fishing in the tropics, and need a line that will not go all soggy in the heat! (I have used a tropic line in the UK and it was like a wire spiral - awful, only fished it once!)

My recommendation is to use a line (at least) one weight above that recommended for your rod: it really helps both with loading the rod in windy conditions, and turning over big flies.
Many thanks for that info, Sash......might save me a few pennies!!
What weight line are you using? I would imagine fishing in an estuary you could get a way with a lighter line than on the open coast.
 

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I am perhaps not the person to guide you on that, since I predominantly fish big surf beaches in Pembrokeshire. So, I started with a #9, but fish probably more with a #10, and often fast-sinking lines. I suspect that I fish one to two line weights heavier than most other UK SWFF’ers!

Other people on here would offer advice better suited to most of the South Coast: I suspect you could use a #8 as a general-purpose rod, or even a #7 if you are mainly fishing estuaries and harbours. But if off rocks or over reefs, a #9 is the jack of all trades rod weight, IMHO
 

jedifly

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I am perhaps not the person to guide you on that, since I predominantly fish big surf beaches in Pembrokeshire. So, I started with a #9, but fish probably more with a #10, and often fast-sinking lines. I suspect that I fish one to two line weights heavier than most other UK SWFF’ers!

Other people on here would offer advice better suited to most of the South Coast: I suspect you could use a #8 as a general-purpose rod, or even a #7 if you are mainly fishing estuaries and harbours. But if off rocks or over reefs, a #9 is the jack of all trades rod weight, IMHO
Many thanks for the info. You guessed right, definitely not big surf beaches. I only get to those if holidaying down Cornwall way and normally take the lure rod withme.😁
 

Secret Angler

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Typical bass flies are heavy compared to trout so you really want a heavier rod. I use a 9wt, but you could go lighter. Wind is the big difference; it blows strong and steady on the coast most days. Heavy lines and good double hauling technique help.
 
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