When fly fishing the surf zone, it pays to practice a little at home if possible, it means a little casting skills and techniques can be essential for success, most people that are used to fly fishing with light-her rods will be surprise by how hard it can be to cast with weight 11 – 12 rods ind this hard and unforgiving environment, nothing is easy here. Searching for fish or just standing upright can be a challenge in the surf zone, so it can be crucial to practice a bit from home.
In addition to rod and reels which are your most important equipment, your boots are your second most important piece of equipment, they must in every way be the strongest imaginable you can find, preferably with good support around the ankle and extra non-slip soles or as much as possible to avoid fall on slippery and sharp corals. it is very difficult to recommend any boots as all the ones I have tried so far have fallen apart, even the most well-known brands such as Simms and Patagonia fall apart with in short-term use, but I will experiment with the boots some more, and give notice showing if’s I find some.
If you haven’t tried it before, then it is generally difficult to imagine how hard it is, to walk around on dead and broken coral on the Reef Crust in the surf zone. And on top of that, as if the corals are not enough, the constant waves pushing on you and at the same time generating white foam in the surface makes it hard to see anything. In this turbulent environment, it is important to have a pair of proper polarized sunglasses, I prefer yellow to brown glasses with mirror, and it is always a good idea to remember lens mist to keep the sunglasses clean. UV protective clothing is a necessity both shirts and shorts and if necessary UV protective buff, I can highly recommend clothes that can stretch as it provides much better comfort when moving around on the reefs all day in wet clothes. But always remember sunscreen anyway.
As described earlier, I always have a line basket with me on the reef, it is almost as important as your boots, in all the locations I fish for Giant Travelly, the line basket is necessary to avoid loose line from getting stuck in corals and rocks when the line is stripped back in or when waves are coming over you. there is always something the line can get stuck in, I can always advise against wearing anything hanging freely such as pliers or fly boxes or anything that the line can get stuck in for it tends to get stuck in everything and especially when the adrenaline pumps in your body. so I am almost always running round naked, only almost, my primary bag on the battlefield is a waterproof sling bag from Simms or Patagonia where I can have everything I could need when fishing in the surf zone. it doesn’t matter if it is a waterproof backpack or sling bag you have with you, as long as you can endure having it on all day. so it does not have to be the heaviest pack you drag on all days, depending on the location we are fishing at and how far our boat is from us is it different if I take an extra rod with me on the reef, usually we do not fish that far from the boat, but if we have been put off on a sandbar, Reef Crust, and if we are wading far from the boat, we always take more rods with us.