The open beach is always difficult terrain to fish. There is just so much area to cover and conditions generally do not favor the fly fishing enthusiast. With spring right around the corner and calmer weather (hopefully) on it’s way the surf should mellow and opportunities for surf perch will present themselves. Should you want to try your luck with these colorful critters use smaller crab patterns (Size 4-6), shooting heads (type 3-6), and I would recommend a rod size that you feel comfortable casting in the wind.
These are very cool fish and nothing beats a day at the beach!