Choosing Tarpon Flies:
We talk to a lot of tarpon guides and tie a lot of "super secret" flies for them. It is common to hear two seemingly conflicting ideas from these captains. First "tarpon aren't trout" (duh) "you don't have to match the hatch" then "I have to have my flies tied exactly like this to catch these fish". There is no conflict here;effective tarpon flies don't have to be perfect imitations but they do have to work just right.
Tarpon flies have to be on the right size hook, the right color and must have the proper profile to match the current food source. All pretty standard but there's more. The good captains start getting serious about how "big" the fly is tied and factors that relate to sink rate. Guides will special order the same pattern with various eyes (plastic, bead chain or none) to have the right sink rate available for a specific situation. Sometimes a big profile, one that moves a lot of water is in order; other times a slim profile is the ticket.
Tarpon might not be as particular as some other fish but the wrong fly selection can ruin great fishing. Choose a variety of patterns that will give you different colors, sink rates and profiles.
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