So, you’ve booked a trip to some exotic tropical location, and are now wondering what rods to bring to target your dream saltwater species?
Given you’ve just spent a fair chunk of your hard earned on the trip, don’t fall into the trap of “I’ll just use my trout gear”, as flats fishing almost always involves casting in strong wind. Quick and accurate presentations are required despite the challenging conditions, so what you need is a fast action saltwater fly rod that has been designed for the job.
If you have a modest budget, the Primal Mega series of rods are a high performance range without the high performance price tag. They are also ideal as a low cost back up rod (stuff breaks more often in saltwater flyfishing, you should always have a spare).
The Scott Tidal is a mid-priced, USA made, high quality medium-fast action fly rod. These salt specific rods load quickly, generate high line speed with a relaxed casting stroke, and have ample power to control hard fighting fish.
Scott’s top of the line Meridian is the rod everyone should be considering as a primary rod. They are remarkably light, and generate exceptional line speed and power.
By using increased recovery speed rather than stiffness to more efficiently transfer energy, Meridian rods help you quickly make accurate casts at any distance in demanding saltwater conditions. You’ll be amazed at how fast you can get the fly from your hand to the fish. Stripping guides feature SiC rings in full titanium frames and Recoil nickel titanium snake guides for low friction and corrosion free performance.
Enjoy your trip
Fishing trips don’t come around often enough for the majority of us. Would you rather enjoy every cast on your trip by being able to cover fish quickly and accurately, or would you prefer to struggle in the wind and curse yourself at having brought a knife to a gunfight?