Flyfishing for Tarpon?

Can you really flyfish for Tarpon?

Though it is extremely difficult, it is certainly very possible to fly fish for tarpon.  It has been called one of the greatest challenges in all of fly fishing, which appeals to many a fisherman seeking a new adventure or aspect of the sport that they have yet to explore or conquer.  Tarpon fly fishing has been called the ultimate in the fly fishing sport.  Tarpon are generally huge, they jump into the air (usually up to six feet), and their mouths are solid bone.  Very few fly fishermen are capable of landing a tarpon that weighs over 100 pounds.  Ironically, tarpon are actually a member of the herring family, though they are nowhere near as passive as the kind of herring that probably jumps to mind.  As is typically the case with saltwater fishing, you will need a rod that is up to the challenge of battling this powerful fish.  You will need a rod blank taper that will generate wind-cutting line speed, a flexible tip for accurate casts (both near and far), and a butt that will turn and lift even large fish from under the boat. Ultimately, experts agree that what will make or break your shot at landing a tarpon is the cast.  Any angler aspiring to land a tarpon must master the double-haul cast (particularly in windy conditions).  As far as fly patterns go, there are a number of them that work on tarpon, but it’s smart to tie or buy them on stainless steel hooks to prevent corrosion from the salt water.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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