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Old 10-21-2019, 11:38 PM   #1
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Is there a saltwater oriented fly shop anywhere along the Gulf Coast between say New Orleans and Tallahassee? I'm in Montgomery, AL and there is a fly shop about 150 miles north of me. But it is trout/bass/panfish oriented. I'm looking for a place that I can see/buy saltwater leaders, flies, tying supplies, and reels.
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Go see Chris V at Sams in Orange Beach. Not specifically flyfishing but he has quite a setup there.
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Go see Chris V at Sams in Orange Beach. Not specifically flyfishing but he has quite a setup there.
LOL. I just bought a rod from Chris V yesterday.
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Church Mouse in Fairhope.

Bass Pro in Spanish Fort & Destin has a decent supply of saltwater flies and gear.

Old Florida Oufitters along 30 A - Watercolor beach I think????

Orvis in Sandestin.
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Thanks. I'll check some of those out.

I figured Bass Pro might. Question is, "Is there anyone there that knows sh**?" LOL
We have a Bass Pro here with a fair amount of stuff, but I haven't seen anyone in that dept in about 2 years. Sometimes the lights are even off. I was looking at 2 10 weights over there a week or two ago and then looked at lines. ZERO 10wt lines in stock.... hmmmm.

I'll def look into all that you suggested though. Thanks.
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Thanks. I'll check some of those out.

I figured Bass Pro might. Question is, "Is there anyone there that knows sh**?" LOL
We have a Bass Pro here with a fair amount of stuff, but I haven't seen anyone in that dept in about 2 years. Sometimes the lights are even off. I was looking at 2 10 weights over there a week or two ago and then looked at lines. ZERO 10wt lines in stock.... hmmmm.

I'll def look into all that you suggested though. Thanks.
It says in your original post "I'm looking for a place that I can see/buy saltwater leaders, flies, tying supplies, and reels." and any of the shops listed will allow you to do exactly what you're asking to do. But, BPS is a DIY fly shop

If you need advice or guidance, then steer away from BPS.
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Is the Church Mouse in Fairhope still open? It had a good amount of fly tying material and various other interesting objects.

https://www.thechurchmouse.com/html/flyshop.html

It was always a fun place to hang out. I haven't been there in a few years though.
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You need a 10wt? I’ve got lots of fly rods that don’t get used as much as they should. Might have one or two for sale if you’re interested.
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You need a 10wt? I’ve got lots of fly rods that don’t get used as much as they should. Might have one or two for sale if you’re interested.
I bought a 10wt from Chris V about 2 days ago. Looking for a line, some flies, leaders, bite leaders, etc. I would not mind oogling over a nicer reel too. LOL
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I can only share my personal experience with you. I'm not knocking anything or anyone, just trying to share my personal experience.

1) Go to a fly shop - at this point, since you're in Montgomery, I'd head up to the fly shop off I-459 in Birmingham (I don't remember the name of the shop???) since it's only like 1.5 hours away from you - OR - go to the Orvis store at the Summit (I-459 & HWY-280).

2) Cast a few different sizes and price points - also, try out a few different lines. See how a floating line casts differently than a sinking line, and how a redfish tapered line might cast different than a bonefish line.

I can't speak for the small shop, but I do know that Orvis has a lot of rods and they have "casting days" once a week, or so.

3) Find a decent rod and line that's in your price point and something that "feels" right. As, in my opinion, a rod that "feels" better will make you happier - it might be an $89 beater rod or a $1000 brand "X" - whatever it is, just make sure it feels right to YOU!!!

4) Get a line matched to the rod that casts the way YOU are going to fish it.

Fishing off a bank might have totally different requirements than fishing off the bow of a skiff. Just keep that in mind.

5) Match the rod with a decent reel. Also, try and see how that reel effects your casting and the "feel" of the cast.

6) Don't get all caught up in leader insanity. For inshore fishing with an 8 wt I use 60# uni-uni tied to 30# and tie that uni-uni to some 15# - all fluorocarbon. Make the leaders about the same length as your rod. If I'm getting a bunch of Spanish destroying my leaders, then I will tie on a length of small wire instead of the 15# fluorocarbon.

When using a 10 wt. I use 80#, 40#, and 20#.

But, when I'm using a 6 wt I just use a 5 - 8' section of 10# mono for a leader.

Experiment, and find what works best for you.


7) Saltwater around the Gulf Coast - you'll probably do really well with three different flies: a clouser, a deceiver, and a gurgler. They are all easy to acquire and even easier to tie. Get a few in chartreuse, a few in white, and a few in a dark olive or light brown.

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