Miles of beautiful coastline, loads of history and an enjoyable summertime climate make the Outer Banks an ideal spot to kick back for much needed R&R with the family. While the majority of family vacation time is probably spent with your spouse and children (as it should be), this stretch of U.S. coastline is one destination that you’re going to want to smuggle a few fly rods into among your luggage. One perk of this area is that, during the summer months, you really don’t need specific gear (for the most part). Largemouth or smallmouth bass fly tackle will cover you for most situations. Rods from 6- to 8-weights are perfect — even a 5-weight will have some game. Keep in mind that there are a couple of differences from the ponds, rivers and streams back home. As a rule, flies should be subsurface streamers and should be fished on intermediate fly lines. If you do not have an intermediate, use a floater. Here is a quick guide to your tackle needs, which are surprisingly simple. Flies that are proven winners, such as Bob Clouser’s Deep Minnow, aka Clouser, in black over orange with lots of copper or gold flash are a must. This color combination is a spotted seatrout killer and can also be deadly on flounder, puppy drum (redfish) and even bluefish. Other effective colors are chartreuse over white, gray over white, pink over chartreuse, and olive over white. Tie these varying Clousers on hook sizes from 4 to 1/0 with small to medium eyes. These will be your go-to’s, but crab patterns and small poppers can come in handy if you can get back into the sounds. If you can only fish the ocean, use your lighter-colored Clousers and even bonefish flies like Crazy Charlies on 9- to 10-foot leaders tapered down to 16- to 20-pound tippet. For intermediate lines, I prefer to shorten my leaders to around six to eight feet. For the most part, the fish you will encounter will not be monsters, but there are lots of sharp objects like oysters, shells and the like. During July and August, the waters in the sound are warm to hot, so wet wading is perfect. But be sure to wear foot protection.