Fly Fishing Gear
Fly-fishing is becoming quite popular around Siesta Key. When most people think about fly-fishing, they think of rivers and streams, and the movie “A River Runs Through It” occasionally comes up. This art form can be taken to the salt and tested with some of the hardest fighting game fish in our area like snook, redfish, spotted sea trout, jacks, pompano, and tarpon. This intimate way of fishing is relaxing, peaceful, and exciting.
There is nothing like beach fishing for snook on a fly, or sight casting that first fish in the dock light. Snook, redfish, and spotted sea trout are fish most sought after in the bay. When all these fish are caught together, that is considered a “Sarasota Slam”. There are other fish, however, that are just as fun on a fly like the Jack Crevalle, Bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and Bonita. For those who want the ultimate challenge, the tarpon or “Silver Kings” migrate off our coast mid-May thru July.
Instead of using flies that imitate bugs, we primarily use baitfish patterns tied with #2, #4, #1/0 hooks that mimic what fish eat certain times of the year. Certain times a year different colors and profiles (sizes) of saltwater flies work better for different fish species. For tarpon much bigger flies #3/0-#9/0 hook size.
Find the perfect outfit
Picking out a fly outfit is easy at CB’s, with a full line of Orvis, Sage, Rio, Redington, Nautilus, Lamson, Tibor, and TFO products. Fly rods for everyone, from lower entry to higher end such as the Orvis Helios 2 and Sage Salt. Combos are available starting at $189.95 that is a perfect beginner/intermediate/backup setup for all skill levels. The Redington Path includes everything: backing, premium saltwater fly line, composite reel, great fly rod, and a travel case. Just need to tie on a fly and your fishing.
Since we have a lot of great brands to choose from, customizing is easy.
If we don’t have it, we can probably order it. Just ask us.
Fly lines are very important in fly-fishing. Having a line that can hold up in tropical temperatures and saltwater abrasion is crucial. Freshwater fly lines aren’t typically coated the same so they wilt and crack in this environment. Orvis and Rio carry exceptional lines that are proven in saltwater.
Most use 7-8 weight fly lines, but we do have some lighter 5-6wt lines and tarpon 12wt lines.
We stock fly rods and reels for all skill levels and a variety of combos for beginners. We have 8 weight saltwater combos starting at $189.95 (4 piece rod, graphite composite reel, saltwater line, and travel case). For fly lines we carry Orvis and Rio.
Again, if you want a specialized line ask us. We can probably order it for you.
We have a variety of flies from Enrico Puglisi (EP), Orvis, Catch, Salt Flys, and locally tied exclusives. Clousers, deceivers, EP shrimps and baitfish, gurglers, schminnows, spoons, crabs, sand fleas, DTs, and much more.
Just ask a CB’s staff member for any questions. If we don’t have it, we can probably order it.
We have a wall full of Orvis and Enrico Puglisi supplies picked out by our local guides. These supplies include bucktails, zonkers, super hair, thread, flashes, eyes, glues, fibers, brushes, synthetics, and everything needed to make that perfect fly for the salt. Ask us about our fly tying classes.
We carry Orvis Clearwater rotary fly tying vises for Only $69.95, Saltwater fly tying kits, Toolsets, Bobbins, premium scissors, whip finishers, and much more.
New in stock is the Saltwater Cliff Boxes, we also carry Redington and Orvis fly boxes. Fishpond waterproof and Sage chest packs are high quality and perfect for hours of hassle-free fly-fishing. We carry a full line of Orvis and Fishpond waterproof quality packs.
Orvis-Endorsed Fly Schools
Fly schools are a great way to learn the fundamental art of fly-fishing for saltwater environments. Capt. Rick Grassett and Ed Hurst are Orvis Endorsed guides with many years of proven experience on the water. The instructors go over everything from rod and reel setup and leader construction to what flies to use double hauling and roll casting. This is the perfect class for beginners or anyone looking for a refresher on how to maintain line speed and accuracy.
2011 Orvis-Endorsed Fly Outfitter of the Year
Costa Del Mar
Costa Del Mar sunglasses feature polarized lenses perfect for the Florida sun, whether you’re on the water, at the beach or just out and about around town. We have a variety of lens options and frame colors. All lenses have 100% UV blockage and 100% polarization to block glare. The 580G, Costa’s finest glass lens, goes beyond polarization to produce the clearest lens. It filters out harsh yellow and harmful UV blue light making colors brighter and objects appear clearer. There are many frame shapes and lens options available, and if we don’t have it in stock, we can probably order it.
Smith Optics has several lenses that are perfect for fishing and traveling. The new CHROMAPOP is a polarized lens that maximizes color and contrast by improving the speed of visual processing to see true colors faster. The Smith Optics Techlite polarized glass lens is 12x more scratch resistant than standard lenses and 20% lighter than traditional glass. They are Italian engineered for all day comfort and durability and come in a variety of styles and lens options.
Created in the Hawaiian Islands, Maui Jim sunglasses feature PolarizedPlus2 lenses that offer vibrant color and detail that is cleaner and crisper. They also cut glare and block harmful UV rays. Lens styles include a neutral grey, bronze, rose, and the new Maui HT (High Transmission) that allows in the most light. Maui Jim’s polycarbonate lens is designed to offer outstanding shatter resistance with vivid optics. These are excellent for fast-paced activities where weight and durability are a priority.
Still not quite sure what the perfect gift will be? Consider a CB’s Gift Certificate. Let mom choose for herself from the latest in stylish apparel, sandals, sunglasses, Tilley hats, and more. Gift certificates also can be used for boat rentals, fishing equipment, and fly fishing schools.
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters is our main store on Siesta Key, and within walking distance is our sister store FIN Island Company, where you’ll find UPF 50+ sunscreen Sun hats, sandals, sunglasses, and different brands such as Life is Good, bracelets, candles, dive gear, and much more.
Yeti products are wildly popular, stronger and made to keep ice longer. Yeti Ramblers are excellent affordable gift ideas perfect for hot or cold beverages. The Yeti Rambler comes in two different sizes, the 20oz for ($29.99) and the 30oz. ($39.99). The rambler is made with kitchen-grade 18/8 stainless and double wall vacuum sealed to keep drinks colder 2x longer than regular tumblers. The product is easy to clean, dishwasher safe and doesn’t sweat, allowing cold or hot beverages all day long. We also carry their coolers, which are used by many of our guides for the durability and ice retention.
Starting at ONLY $89.00, Tilley Hats are excellent gift ideas. Proudly made in Canada, the Tilly Hat is a UPF 50+ packable, lightweight hat that protects against sun and rain. Tilly Hats float, tie on easy in the wind, and won’t shrink! They even have a secret compartment for money or keys, and, best of all, they are guaranteed for life not to wear out! They are insured against loss for 2 years with a 50% deductible. In order to size the Tilley hat, two fingers (flat) should be inserted between the hat and the forehead. If the two fingers fit snug, the hat is the correct size.