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Killiefish/Mummichog imitations?
Great fun... went to the Rockport site, scrolled down to killifish - and found on of my own Speed Bugs being used to illustrate poppers... small world indeed.   My last charter caught a tiny
Fifty Fly Project
Tarpon Toad, Gary Merriman, 1994 They work on Bass, too!
7'6" 1wt 2pc
If you want to make a panfish feel like a tarpon, this may be the way to go.
fishing report, Biscayne nights - Everglades days, 16 June
We switched over to fly fishing gear this week and found a few fish on each outing.  Early in the week I had Benjamin Vial aboard to fish for tarpon at night locally in Biscayne Bay.  Ben is
Swiss Vise
[url=][/URL] Mustad Signature Series Tarpon 6/0 The jaws are NOT as intuitively user friendly and tenacious as a
Perfection loop
Never use 50# butt myself except on a 12wt line and that was to match diameters for casting. Normally not over 25#. The reason for the Double Surgeons for me is to keep the single mono from biting i
Carrying two rods
Have an Orvis bonefish flats waist strap rod carrier with 2 big fly boxes & water flasks which will carry an extra rod or 2 with 2 separate tackle shoulder/chest packs collecting dust. Could proba
Big Fish Fly
No prestigious label?  The BP designation on that hook style stands for Billy Pate and supposedly he collaborated on it all those years ago (maybe even before Andy Mill?) with Eagle Claw.... All
Sheep Fly
I hope to get a chance to throw this one at some tarpon and/or cobia this summer, but I'm gonna give it a shot when the bull reds come inshore, which should be any day now. Striped bass would definite
Fishing report, Everglades Flamingo, 2 May
The whole Virginia tarpon scene is very hush-hush. There are a few tarpon guides here, but you have to swear on the souls of your kids that you'll never reveal their spots or venture out there without
Anyone Fish Out of a Float Tube
Thanks for a wide range of opinions & actual fishing as usually haven't wet waded in Florida freshwater as used to do up "nawrth" bass fishing due to gators lying on the bottom & suddenly surf
Big Boys are Coming
With all the flavor-of-the-month materials out there, I still haven't found much that out-fishes the real thing. I'm a huge fan of Icelandic sheep hair and wool in general; it puffs up in the water, a
April Flies From The Vise
I've had to take a break from tying mop flies now and then.   I saw this pattern on the Global Flyfisher last fall and decided to give it a try.  It's a bait fish pattern designed to fl
Yearly trips
Sweet man! When you swing by Miami consider doing some peacock bass fishing. And also hope it doesn't get cold again as that'll turn the tarpon off...
Biscayne nights - Everglades days, 11-18 March
Black drum can be tough on a lure (and even tougher on the fly...).  That day, though, we'd found a big school of them (all 14 to about 20lbs) packed together like a school of mullet pushing alon
11 2/3 nymph rod
Definitely ... subtle.  Great rod for those who like to present a natural appearance to the fish ... keep from spooking them.   One day, I'm gonna order one of those.  Light line, long
RIP Lefty Kreh
   He's probably asking God "just one more Tarpon ,PLEASE"  I doubt it ... God's asking him, "How do you cast without a rod again?  I can't seem to get it out there like you
de-barbing pliers
Like most I use whatever is at hand - but I do benefit from working with larger hooks, so almost any pair pliers will work.  I do make a point of absolutely flattening any barbs on flies I hand m
Gonna try the Alberto? The man problem is attaching the 20# to the 80 bite tippet and to the 50 or 40 from fly line. So far some success with the Slim Beauty knots. Prolly stay with mono down to th
House of Hardy Documentary
My wife is from London so I have some family connections there... Back in the eighties, my last visit across, I made a point of visiting Hardy's.  I had hoped to make a connection or two there si
Biscayne nights on the fly, 27 February, 2018
We fished nights this past weekend - on Saturday with Jonathan Wexler from Denver and on Sunday with James Warren from Bozeman, Montana - and it was on....   We only used fly fishing gear both ni
Baby tarpon at night... Biscayne Bay
Good to hear Bob. I was at flamingo yesterday (outside the park) and found a lot of baby tarpon rolling, just didn't want to eat a fly.
Catfish on the fly
Sail cats and ordinary hard heads in the salt are a nuisance as much as anything (although sail cats can get up to about five or six pounds...). In the backcountry of the Everglades we have a two catf
While I was in FL we visited the Everglades. I was in flamingo and considered tossing a fly for all the baby tarpon I could see cruising and gulping. But the crocs made me think better of it. Photos u
Bob- those pink and tan tarpon patterns you tie look deadly to me, and I am sure they have sold well in the shops. I have been tying for the local shop for about a year now, so I know what will sell g
For guys who tie a Tarpon Fly
I've never fished for tarpon or tied tarpon flies (not a lot of them swimming around in North Texas), but actually have something to add to this thread. In his book 101 Favorite Saltwater Flies, Dave
February Flies from the Vise
Caloosa, that little fly on the first page would be killer for our ditch tarpon once the weather brings them back.   Thanks SB. I've yet to see a poon that small, snook yes, but not a tarpon.
Big stuff
We headed back to Ft Lauderdale for peacocks and hopefully tarpon this time. Visit my cousin and his new baby also....Hence got the big 12wt....
Dragons tails?
Still a bit iffy about them fouling, shedding water, and durability (and price). Yes I agree the movement is insane, but is it really worth all the negative side effects? One valid point that I have b
Circles disc versus sealed drags?
Can't edit title I ment cork not circles..... Been shopping around for 12 wt setup (Fla trip big peacocks, tarpon) and ran across a discussion that the old open cork drags if when they fail the reel
SGF article on the cold snap and snook
Been following cold kills for snook and others down here in paradise for many, many years... I expect (and am rarely disappointed ) that we'll have a bad cold kill every seven to ten years here in Flo
Question about hens and rosters.
did the same thing back in the early 70's for pike and musky. learned from the tarpon guys in florida
Giant poppers...
Went to the lake today and tried the shrimps, spoon flies, and big poppers. All casted ok on 9wt but Big Green whizzed by a lot. The Disco shrimp sunk so I added another layer of foam on it. Was re
Using google earth to scout wading areas
I forgot to mention that in places with dark water (and more sharks per acre than maybe anywhere else I can think of...) wading in any of the areas I work in the 'Glades is a bit more adventure than I
Saltwater hooks
I've long used those old 7766 hooks from Mustad - particularly for small tarpon (under 50lbs...).  Used to be that hook style was long out of favor and you only found them in old shops that had a
best time of year to fish South FL
My brother and I are going to try to visit my sister in South FL next year to see her and her husband but more importantly fish for things we can't catch in northern CA. I have always wanted to go aft
DIY bonefish, Belize
Hey guys, I did a write up on my site on diy fishing opportunities in Belize for bonefish, tarpon, permit and other species. Check it out and tell me what you think. Article was based on my recent tri
WTB 10wt Saltwater Fly Reel (Preferably Allen Kraken)
Hi guys,   So just ordered a 10wt TFO BVK... planning to do use it for medium tarpon, jacks, sharks, cudas, permit, things like that since I now have a skiff and want to do some of that. Price ra
Fly fishing Port A
I used to live in Corpus Christi, Texas and would catch fish non stop.  However recently hurricane Harvey came through and destroyed much of Port Aransas and Rockport, and Huston got hit really b
Micro fur strips -- How to?
Can't emphasize too much using only double edged razor blades to cut rabbit and similar skins... The steel on single edges razor blades is simply much too thick to cut cleanly even when brand new. 
Just got a skiff!
Nice boat, I can see that tarpon clearly now... :)
2 pc. Vs. 4 pc.
Forgot to mention a few items in my last post... First off - one of the things about guiding is that I'm not the one using my rods most days... and I do get a lot of first timers making the transition
Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout...
Thank's Wademan... Mostly size #1... sometimes 1/0... Mustad Signature Series Tarpon or Big Game Light... The thin wire doesn't overwhelm smaller phlyz, small barb, and they have proven themselves sh
salt question
Good luck on the trip man. If the docks have lights, fish them at night on a moving tide and you'll be sure to get snook, tarpon, and others. If you are looking for a more adventurous day, hit up the
Everglades backcountry, 21-23 October
I would love to fly-fish the Everglades for snook, baby tarpon (or anything really). I was just there in mid-August and fished for snook on the beaches of Sanibel; found a few fish, but my buddy and I
Show Us Your Tube Flies
The Q-tip is not an original idea, read about it somewhere. Experimenting with inner and outer sleeves from coffee stirrers and drinking straws. My issue is getting a hook to seat snuggly at the rear
10wt Advice
If you can find one - a used direct drive Billy Pate Tarpon model will be a lifetime purchase that will never let you down... If you can find one, make sure it's in the configuration you want (left or
4 wt Monocore fly line
My advice would be to look at any of the lines (by various manufacturers) out there that are marketed specifically as "tropical/saltwater" lines, although you probably won't have much luck finding o
WTB used Bass Bug/ SW Type of lines 8-9 wt
I had a little emergency pop up and I need to deck out two rods by the 28th. Looking for a 8 and a 9 wt line in a Bass Bug,Tarpon or Redfish taper.
Baby tarpon in the Everglades
There’s a ton of them around, they’re frisky, and they’re eating flies with vigor. Capt. Jason Sullivan talks baby tarpon in the early fall Everglades fishing report.Capt. Jason
Cortland "MICRON" fly line backing
Just about all dacron lines can be spliced (although they're not quite the same as "hollow core" lines which are actually designed to lay flat on when wound on a spool..).  The classic method use
Need some info on this Sage rod
Funny how, depending on where you fish, what exactly you're going to be needing in the fly department.  That 7wt is actually the lightest  fly rod I own.  To say it's been to the wars i
Floating the Animas
The Animas river is a tough river, but when you catch fish, they are good sized and energetic fish!  I have had some trouble catching fish during the summer months here on the river, due to the s
Mop Fly Variant
Take that Gasparilla Minnow and make it chartreuse over white and it would slay in this area.  I fish The Harbor as much as anywhere and unless I'm way back in the creeks chasing baby tarpon, I f
Stay Safe
A quick update.... a buddy was over at Everglades City (the far northwest end of Everglades National Park - about 30 miles east of Naples) two days ago and he reported that the place was just stinking
The charter boat guys had a place to tie boats in mangrove channels and saved the boat. Robbie's lost most of their piers but pilling still there. Hopefully back to feeding the tarpon eventually..
Swap fly caught fish pictures,
Didn't land him but jumped my first tarpon on the baitfish fly Caloosa sent me in the snook flies swap!
Can bent/creased saddle hackle be straightened?
For quite a few years I've not only steamed feathers ( both on capes and saddles, in strung bundles, as well as small groups of feathers -all while holding them by hand to make sure I wasn't "cooking"
Whole Rabbit Skins?
Be a bit cautious about rabbit skins since there's a good number of low cost skins - that don't work out very well for fly tying... They look nice, are easy to strip - but after one use on the water t
August flies from the vice
Size 2 glass minnow for juvi tarpon
is tenkara catching on?
Yes but I don't think it will grow as much as fly fishing simply because it is pretty much limited to small trout and other fish like that. You simply can't catch just about any saltwater species li
July Flies from the Vise
Hey guys, first time poster here.  I tied some of these Tarpon Streamers up for this weekend.  Went chasing some baby Tarpon and ended up hooking up with two using the purple one!   htt
Sanibel Island
It is fun time indeed   Also try ding darling for snook reds and tarpon, just go from those little bridge things to little bridge things until you come across some fish   Enjoy the trip and
Fly Tyer's Dungeon
  Unless the fish are crustacean intolerant your fly should garner interest.   I'm curious how you achieved your results. Just received some sand crab dubbing and my first attempts aren
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