Ravenous Roosters!!! So, you want to chase down the mighty rooster on the fly, eh?! Keep in mind your guide (your best chances of getting one will be with a seasoned rooster fish guide) will have his/her own gear suggestions / personal preferences. What I have provided here is a good base line of fly gear to bring on your trip!
Where to go? The trip that I took to land my BIG 45+ lbs roosters can be yours as well :
Rods : 10 wt or 11 wt rod – I use the Thomas and Thomas Exocett
Reel: You will need a smooth drag and large arbour reel for these fish. Should have the capability to hold the line and 450 yards of + 45lb gelspun backing . Abel Reels super series and sealed drag salt.
I also love the F1 from Ross reels .
Fly Line: A matching 10 or 11 wt WF tropical line will do, you can get from RIO FlyLines
Tippet: Rio Saltwater Fluorocarbon in 60lb, 40lb, 30lb , 20 lb – you can build your own leaders with this combo.
Using Mustad salt water hooks in 3/0-6
Other packing list:
Sun gloves/ stripping gloves – SIMMS
Sunglasses – Costa
Hats, sun shirts, waterproof dry bag, Nippers / hemostats / Forceps / Sunbuff
Enjoy this classic :