Must Have Fly Selection for Tarpon
Size: 2/0 Black + Purple, Black + Red, Chartreuse
Size: 2/0, 3/0 Black + Red
Size: 2/0 Natural
Size: 2/0 Black + PUrple, Black + Red
Size: 2/0, 3/0 Red + White
9 ft. 8wt Medium-Fast Action
9ft 10-12wt Medium-Fast Action
(Our Pick) LOOP SW
Large arbor saltwater reel
(Our Pick) Hatch 9-11 Plus
Weight forward, warm water saltwater line
(Our Pick) SA Tarpon Taper
9 ft. 20-30lb. fluorocarbon tarpon leaders w/ 50-80lb shock tippet
Leaders can be purchased pre-tied or you can build your own.
Note: You'll typically only need to bring 3 leaders for a week's fishing
50-80lb. fluorocarbon tippet spools
Note: You'll only need 1 spool each for a week's fishing
The most important aspect to retrieving a tarpon fly properly is reading the mannerisms of the fish. You’re trying to match their speed of movement. A fish moving quickly requires a faster strip. A fish that is moving casually, or is laid up, requires a slower strip. Tarpon very rarely go out of their way to eat a fly. So your angle on the fish needs to be pretty precise. In some cases, a sink tip line is effective for deeper waters.
Juvenile tarpon can be found most of the year around mangrove islands. At low tides, you can find them on the flats that near channel mouths. There are some migratory tarpon that push during the spring and early summer months and can be targeted cruising edges and laid-up in basins.