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: Tobago

05-27-2001, 04:33 AM
Hi there!
Has any of you ever been to Tobago?
Im going there in a couple of months and hope to do some flyfishing for tarpon and bonefish (maybe permit). Im trying to gather information but it has proved pretty difficult...
Can any of you help me?

05-29-2001, 09:47 AM
Hi Jan

I've not fished Tobago but being located in the southern Carribean I would say your chances of finding fish are very good. Barracuda should be plentiful and are great on fly rods. Bonefish should be there but this would depend on wether the local fishermen net them for lobster bait - sadly this is the case on many of the Bahamian Islands where fly fishing is undeveloped. Permit have a habit of doing their own thing and generally turn up when you least expect them. Tarpon are a possibility but tend to be seasonal. Accross the carribean in the southern Yucatan, they can be found casting in the surf during July. If you can't find a local guide, I would try to hire a local fisherman to guide you for a day. He'll probably think you're crazy but local knowledge is gold in situations like this.

Let us know how you get on - It's always good to hear pioneering reports!

05-29-2001, 09:48 AM
Just found this link -

05-31-2001, 08:26 AM
Hello Adrian,
Thank you for the info.
Have seen the "hardplay" site and have found a single article on tarpon fishing on Tobago, so Im getting there:)
Im gonna bring an 8-weight and a 10-weight. What flies and leaders should I use?

05-31-2001, 08:45 AM

This is my all-time favorite bonefish fly..

It's basically a McVeigh Gotcha but with a tan arctic fox wing and fluro hot red head (instead of pink). You can find the basic dressing on loads of sites. I use this fly in sizes 4 and 6 in the Bahamas.

The following is my favorite for Barracuda.

This is an elongated surf candy (Bob Popovics pattern). The ultra hair stands up to Cuda teeth better than most other materials.

Those are two personal favorites which I would fish with confidence in most locations. I would drop the guys at Hardplay an email for any specific local recommendations suitable for the time of year you're visiting. If you're fishing around reef structure a collection of clousers in various sizes and colors would be a good bet.

Good luck and post your results!

Leaders tend to be an emotive subject so any advice is given "under advisement" ;)

For bonefish, I like a minimum of twelve feet tapering to a 10lb flurocarbon tippet. Most of the fishing is sight casting with floating lines - your 8 weight should be perfect unless the wind is really strong.

For Barracuda you can get away with a shorter leader - I use about 10 ft of 15lb fluro straight through with a wire shock tippet about 10 inches long connected with an Albright knot.

I've never fished for tarpon but shock tippets are recommended. They have no teeth but the scales are very hard and will wear through regular leader materials. The newer hard fluro stuff may stand up better but I would go with local recommendations to start with.

05-31-2001, 01:34 PM
Thanks again for the information, its really priceless!
As soon as Im done with my exams Ill start tying!
Do you live in the Caribbean?
Tight lines,