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Tarpon

Tarpon are one of fly-fishing's top prizes! These fish are huge, hard to catch and fight like the dickens. Nearly all anglers need to purchase specialty gear to chase them, as well as needing to hire a guide as it is very difficult for an angler to walk onto a random sand flat and catch a big tarpon.

Their habitat ranges from Argentina up the Eastern seaboard. They have been caught around Boston and New York in the past, but Florida is ground zero for tarpon fishing.

Tarpon are migratory fish and are not available year-round in most areas, although fishing for "baby" tarpon can be done all-year in the right areas. They reach Florida usually in May and can be found throughout the rest of the summer months in the tropics.

Costa Rica, Belize and Mexico are all popular destinations to catch tarpon as well, and can provide cheaper options at different times of year if Florida in the summer does not sound appealing.

Gear: A 10wt to 12wt rod is necessary to catch a full-sized adult tarpon. The world record is something like 286 pounds and 7.5' long, so please do not think that you can take your 8wt to the Florida Keys and come back with a photo of an adult tarpon...

A large arbor, high-end sealed drag reel is highly preferred. These fish pull hard and require the most finely-tuned reels to get them to the boat. Lastly, tropical floating lines are most common, but there are popular sink-tip lines for some situations where tarpon are a little deeper.

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    Baitfish - Saltwater

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    A fly designed by Dave Whitlock, excellent choice for a variety of saltwater species. Including but certainly not limited to stripers,reds, tarpon...

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    Big Eye Tarpon - Umpqua

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    Image above is not the same color as the pattern available.  The Big Eye Tarpon has been around for a long time. It is sparsely tied making it ea...

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    Big Eye Tarpon Furnace/Squirrel

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    Tarpon patterns don't get any more legendary than this one.  Size 3/0. Subtle, natural colors excellent for spooky tarpon everywhere they exist. E...

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    Big Y Tarpon Olive

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    Perhaps the best style of tarpon fly out there. Excellent for the Keys and everywhere tarpon inhabit flats. Olive is a key color for fishing over...

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    Big Y Tarpon Orange

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    Perhaps the best color combination out there. Excellent for the Keys and everywhere tarpon inhabit flats. Size 3/0 Also can be used for Northern ...

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    Black Death

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    Another excellent choice for the famed Tarpon of the Florida Keys and elsewhere. Aerodynamic design for long casts, the color contrasts and moveme...

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    Colby's Corona Toad--By Rainy's

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    Nice attractor pattern that is perfect for fishing the flats, marshes, bays, etc One of the top tarpon and redfish patterns A real "catch-all" fl...

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    Devil Bunny - Solitude

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    Nothing moves under the water quite like rabbit. Great for enticing big predator fish. Equally good for warmwater or saltwater species.

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    Floating Minnow Purple/Black

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    Originally invented for stripers, the floating minnow is designed to float along the surface and create V-shaped wakes as it is stripped in. In c...

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    Home Run Tarpon Fly

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    This is our take on a neo-classic tarpon fly.  Works well in both backwaters and on the flats. 1/0 Stainless steel satwater hook, worthy of the ...

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    King Hoo Fly - RIO

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    Forget the cliché -- big fish, like stripers, roosters, albies, snook, and tarpon, sometimes like small flies. In fact, much of their diet is based...

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    Laid-Up Tarpon--Umpqua

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    When tarpon float or sleep near the surface, they are said to "lay up" or be "laid up". Rick's fly is especially designed for these, his favorite c...

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    Lefty's Deceiver Cockroach

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    Hailed by many in the know as the greatest saltwater baitfish imitation ever designed. Designed by legendary tier Lefty Kreh, one of those pattern...

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    Megalopsicle - Umpqua

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    The neo-classic tarpon fly, developed by Dave Student.  Notoriously productive in the mangroves.  Some would say equally productive in the flats....

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    RIO Tarpon Assortment - 8 Flies

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    Go-To Tarpon Assortment  Tarpon are the silver kings of the saltwater world – big, hard fighting with spectacular jumps and stunning to look at. R...

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    Surf Candy Extended Tail

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    A take on the popular surf candy. The tail adds a dark stripe on the end of the tail, which mimics many baitfish. If the tail isn't wo...

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    Tarpon Bunny Olive

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    Patterned after the most effective Tarpon Bunny ever fished, these bunnies will certainly pique the interest of even the most wily of Silver Kings...

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    Tarpon Bunny Purple and Black

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    Patterned after the most effective Tarpon Bunny ever fished, these bunnies will certainly pique the interest of even the most wily of Silver Kings...

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    Tarpon Cockroach

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    This classic saltwater fly is used in crystal clear water where ever tarpon are found. This pattern looks like a meal worth chasing. Excellent f...

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    Tarpon Snake

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    A classic and proven Tarpon fly. Great deep water fly especially in murky conditions. Use in the shadows especially at dusk or night. Also effec...

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    Tarpon Toad

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    Tarpon Toads are legendary for inciting Tarpon into strike when nothing else will. Purple Black for dark days or colored water Chartreuse/Yellow f...

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    White Angel Tarpon Fly

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    An underground classic. Very famous in Northern Belize. This fly is on the recommended fly list for dozens of famous guides, but there ...

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    Whizzler - Solitude

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    Great baitfish pattern with excellent transparency. Tied on a saltwater hook, but also works well for warmwater species. Craft fur and othe...

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