The Top 6 Saltwater Flies To Use For Fly Fishing

The Top 6 Saltwater Flies To Use For Fly Fishing

There are hundreds of saltwater flies and many look strange and have crazy names. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. When I first started saltwater fly fishing (before I could read a blog post), I had to randomly buy some flies and try them out.

 What I learned from fishing these flies was, in general, saltwater fish are much more interested in flies that sink beneath the surface and imitate baitfish. And you will need flies that mimic other sea creatures like the crab or perhaps the shrimp.  If you want to take your fly fishing skills to the saltwater field, you need to change your tactics. In general, fly-fishing in saltwater is much more dependent on humid flies or streamers sinking below the surface of the water than dry-flies swimming on the surface to attract fish.

We’ve heard a lot about fly size, color and weight, especially when it comes to patterns. Of course, you will want to apply different standards, and a basic selection of flies in different colors will cover most of the situations that can be found anywhere in the world.

Through all of my successes and failures, I was able to conclude that there are 6 saltwater flies that proved to be effective more than the others.  Here is the list.

The Top 6 Saltwater Flies To Use For Fly Fishing

#1. Everglades Special

The Everglades Special was named after the Florida Everglades, where freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, and flatfish fishing meet and sometimes even overlap. This is truly a unique fly that can catch a variety of different species of wild fish, which resemble any specific organism.

The Everglades Special is geared to the specific purpose of looking ambiguous. The fly looks like a dozen or more different baits and is, therefore, the perfect weapon for a lively and versatile fishing spot like the Everglades. This fly is great if you are a beginner as well.

#2. Avalon Keel Crab

Essentially, the Avalon Crab Fly combines the best elements of some other great flies, for instance, the Minnow and the Disco Shrimp. On the one hand, the fly resembles a crab, which is common in saltwater species and therefore attracts the attention of saltwater fish.

On the other hand, the keel’s fly is tied hook-up, making it ideal for fishing in shallow marine waters where it could be caught in the plants or maybe corals. This weighted wet fly sinks slightly into the ocean floor, where it can attract attention just like the actual shells. You will surely love this Avalon Crab.

#3. Lefty’s Deceiver

Like the well-known Clouser Minnow, the product is a popular wet fly streamer, which you will find in almost any box of saltwater fly fishing gear. Many fishermen love this and we know it simply one of the most talked about streamers tied today.

Lefty’s Deceiver was developed because Kreh needed a transmitter that could start well without wrapping itself around the hook and ruining the fly’s illusion.

Since the Deceiver has been used for decades to catch all types of saltwater species, we would say that Kreh has done everything possible to achieve this goal.

#4. Disco Shrimp

The shrimp fly offers fishermen one of the most realistic shrimp imitations of a fly and is therefore indispensable for any type of saltwater fly fishing. The design of the fly makes it perfect for creating a scene on the water surface, inspiring, luring and exploring fish from everywhere.

The Disco Shrimp is a simple and easy fly to tie that can become one of the most efficient and productive salt flies in its collection. This Disco Shrimp is very popular with experienced fishermen.

#5. Kinky Muddler

The awesome Kinky Muddler is one of those adorable flies with an almost mythical history. Jonny King, a New York lawyer, and a great fisherman claims he made this fly by mistake while experimenting with various components.

Regardless of the development of Kinky Muddler, this gentleman-tailed fly is used by fishermen in saltwater ports on the East Coast. It mimics the bait normally followed by the striped perch and is therefore considered to be much more important to fishermen operating this class, but is also successful in other types of catches.

#6. Clouser Minnow

The Clouser Minnow is indeed a fly type that is considered indispensable in almost all areas of fly fishing.

The Clouser has a unique weave design that is reversed with respect to its hook, meaning that the hook can run along the water surface on the bottoms without settling on the lower rocks or simply on the algae side.

Like other wet fly streamers, the Clouser Minnow is equally adept at catching fresh and saltwater. This Clouser Minnow is indeed one of the best saltwater flies to use for fishing out there.


Some fly fishermen say you don’t have to be too technical with saltwater flies. These statements often come from people who pay the best price for the equipment and spend weeks of their lives chasing the fish. This may be somewhat true, but there is no denying that some flies out-fish the others over time.

If you’re not sure where to begin, start with the 6 flies I discussed above, and make the saltwater fish happy to take the bait!

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