In fly fishing the most important aspect is finding fish. This seems pretty obvious right. But trying to learn saltwater fly fishing this can be one of the most frustrating things not knowing if there are fish there or if your technique is lacking. Unlike bait fishing where you can feel the fish there fly fishing with a lure there is no way to know what's there unless you hook up. If you are lucky you might be able to see the fish but I have not had this occur to me yet.
One of the best things I did was found a spot that had fish and fished it regularly until I had improved my technique and knew the area intimately, including when and where to fish it.
Finding the right spot can be frustrating especially as most spots have a specific best tide or wind etc. It can take a lot of trial and error until you find the right combination and that's if the spot works for fly fishing let alone taken over by bait fisherman.
I have had a lot of failures and a few successes. Most of the time you need to put in a lot of time something I am limited in. I am limited to 2hrs which restricts how far i can go. One of my favourite spots has a gate that closes at 9pm and I have been stuck behind it for 2hrs trying to get out. Long story short find the fish and stick with it until you are confidently catching fish then when you try new spots you will at least know that your technique is correct or might only need slight adjustment.
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