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Fishing the dreaded sinking line in saltwater/stillwater

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Sturdy and stiff tipped 12wt rod rigged with a 500grain sinking line and a heavy fly. Ready to do some damage on big Coalfish. When we fly fishermen talk about saltwater fly fishing, we tend to think about crystal clear flats, small flies and sight casting at fish. And why not? Who doesn't enjoy casting small flies at cruising fish in shallow water? There is however so much more to experience in the deep blue waters of the oceans (and freshwater too!) with a fly rod in hand and fishing a sinking line makes many of those things possible. My good good friend Pasi with a Cape Lookout ocean dwelling Red Drum caught on a sinking line. When I first started fly fishing in the salt (the same goes for freshwater) I didn't really like fishing the sinking line. It was so tiresome, clumsy and too much work. Over the years and seeing plenty of different fisheries and being on trips that didn't really deliver on the sight fishing department I have grown to really appreciate an

Clousers - my way

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One of many many different species caught on the Clouser. It really is a catch it all pattern when you can catch bonefish on the flats and a Bronze Whaler on the same pattern on the same day! Clousers are one of those select few classic patterns that transcend the lines between freshwater and saltwater fishing. It offers a platform for almost unlimited amount of modifications and has been used to fish for almost everything that swims. When Bob Clouser came up with this fly in 1985, he did all of us fly fishermen a huge service. It's a true classic that is as relevant today as it was back then. One of many forms of Clousers I tie. A "Lefty" style Clouser. Clousers were the first SW pattern I tied and might be my last one too. I can roughly categorize my Clousers to three different styles. All the different nuances between patterns are too many to count so we will go forward with the three main styles. Traditional Here's a prime example of a well tapere