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Old 06-27-2006, 03:37 PM
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Lazy tyer has some tarpon fly questions

I'm going to Belize to fish mostly tarpon and permit off a mother ship. Been to Belize many times before, but not recently. So, as usual, every time I go on a trip, tying becomes a new adventure. Doesn't matter that I have tons of flies from previous trips, have to make up a few new ones, eh?

Anyway, as the title says, I'm a lazy tyer. I look to make the simplest of flies that have a chance of catching fish. Got enough crab patterns for the permit and I have many standard tarpon fly patterns. But lately, I've been into very simple bunny type flies, and for the tarpon I figure that rabbit tail, palmered with cross-cut rabbit, usually no eyes, maybe a little flash, a total length of about 4" and that's it. BTW, I won't be using any dredging techniques, hopefully it will be all sight casting in 2-6 feet of water. So, here's what I'm after:

1. In the past I've been successful with the brown cockroach pattern and was considering making up some bunny flies using gold varient or brown rabbit stips to immitate the colors of the cockroach. I'm also thinking of a red/white bunny fly to immitate the Seaducer. What do you guys think?

2. Also, I've been pondering which size strips to get: magnum (1/4") or regular (1/8")???

3. I plan on using Mustad Signature hooks, either their tarpon SS or circle SS in either size 2/0 or 3/0. For whatever reasons, I'm leaning towards 2/0 circle hooks (the tarpon will mostly range from 15-80#, but one can get into an over 100# fish.) Once again, humble opinions...

Thanks all...
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Old 06-28-2006, 08:34 AM
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I like hot orange but each location seems to have its favorites. A simple plamered pattern about an inch long did the damage for us in the Bahamas a couple of years back.
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I would guess that tarpon vary in attitude from region to region, also in age groups.

I would suggest talking to Ben Iannotta Jr at www.bigfishonfly.com (sponsor link) on the topic of tarpon flies
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