Orvis-Endorsed Fly Shop
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 Saltwater Outfitters, with a full line of Orvis, Sage, Rio, Redington, Nautilus, Lamson, Tibor, and TFO products. We carry fly rods for all types of anglers from beginners to advanced fly anglers.
Orvis Encounter Fly Combos are available starting at $169.99. This starter setup is perfect for beginner/intermediate casters. Comes with fly rod, fly reel, fly backing, fly line and a protective rod tube, and rod sock that is a perfect beginner / intermediate / backup setup for all skill levels.
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 $169.99 (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, are effective in the saltwater.
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 stocked of Orvis and Enrico Puglisi supplies picked out by local anglers and fishing guides. These supplies include: buck tails, zonker strips, super hair, thread, flashes, eyes, glues, fibers, brushes, synthetics, and everything needed to make that perfect fly for the salt.
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.