Fox Fur Tarpon Fly


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“That is one bad ass fly, it’s been turning fish like nothing else … it’s the best laid up fly there is bar none!”

This is the first comment we heard about the Fox Fur Tarpon Fly and it came from someone who counts, Capt. Bill Houze of Key West. Captain Will Benson also loved the fly; he went through several dozen last spring. The Fox Fur Tarpon Fly is on it’s way to becoming a truly great fly.

For most of the winter while at the tying bench, a scene kept replaying in my daydreams. Capt. Benson and I were staked-out on the edge of a pothole in the Marqueasas. Tarpon, scores of them, were lazily milling about. The water was clear, the air still, the morning sun perfectly illuminating the water underneath us. Every fly box in the boat was open. We could see the fish eat every now and then but not what we had to offer. An occasional fish would look at whatever fly we were trying then just move off. After a couple hours of toying with these fish Will finally got one to eat, it ate the fly we originally started with. There had to be a better fly for these lazy happy fish. The fly had to sit still but move in place, it had to pulse. It also needed a wide body but still land on the water with the slightest disturbance.

A winter’s worth of daydreams presented the solution. The wide body of “hollow tied” fox fur provides a big profile with almost no weight; it settles gently on the water. Every part of the fly pulses, the long fox fibers and the barred bunny tail. When stripped the collar collapses then puffs back out, the rabbit fur tail moves like nothing else. Put this fly in the strike zone of a lazy tarpon, let it twitch and see if the fish can resist.

Order below or call 207-452-2343, 9am-5pm Eastern time. Tied with wildlife products and can’t be shipped outside the US.

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