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Old 04-09-2006, 08:59 PM
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Tarpon Flies

After reading so much of the lastest talk about Tarpon I thought it might be a good idea (especially for us novices) to maybe post some of are ties. In hopes some of you Pro's will also ablige .

All of the following are tied on a Mustad 34007 size 2/0.
Are as follows: Seaducer, Bucktail,Brown and Orange,Black Death, Cockroach.
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Old 04-14-2006, 04:11 PM
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a few recent ties...
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Old 04-14-2006, 10:07 PM
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tarpon flies.. some suggestions

Although I have been tarpon fishng for about 5 years, I don't consider myself an expert, but there are a few things you might consider.

Don't limit yourself to one kind or size of hook. Occasionally you want a fly to sink faster, and you should have some heavier hooks. I tie about about half on Mustads, and half on Owner Aki's that are about twice as heavy (but rust). You can also vary the size of the hook.

One of the biggest problems with tarpon flies is that they tent to foul; one or more feathers get on the wrong side of the hook. Tarpon will not take them. You can reduce fouling by tying in a loop of heavy monofilamet on the rear of the hook, and tying all feathers above the mono loop.

The flies look good, very good, but a few may indicate that the feathers are not perfectly aligned.

Just my2 cents.
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I use few different hooks for the same reasons you mention - generally for sink rate but also for Baby's upto about 60lb vs. all others

Fly #1 and #2 iare tied Flatwing style and as such I wanted a lighter, smaller hook so I went with a Mustad Signature series C70S in 1/0 (no epoxy on the head either to keep it light)

Fly #3 is tied with splayed feathers so it pulses on the retuieve and pushes more water. It is tied on an Eagle Claw 254 3/0 (heavyish hook)

Fly #4 is tied with a Mustad Signature series C70S in 3/0. Heavier and sinks faster along deeper pockets

#5 is tied on my favorite Tarpon hook, a Tiemco 600SP 1/0. The 1/0 hook has the same gap as most 3/0 hooks but maintains a nice, small, light size and is super sharp and strong (expensive though).
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I have about 20 of Stu Apte tarpon flies I got directly from him . I need to use for my book, but I must sa that your ties look perfect and the advice given in this thread is good...John
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Thanks for the kind critique's
Does anyone have any comments on some of the "bunny" tarpon patterns I see on the websuch as the "toad". It seems to me they may sink at a faster rate once the fur is water logged but they also must get pretty heavy to cast. I've also seen that technique of using the mono loop to help stop fouling, looks like agood idea.
thanks for the input!
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