Re: Tampa Tarpon
I'm very new when it comes to fly fishing, but I think a 9wt might be a little light for tarpon. Also, I may be mistaken but I don't think Tampa has bonefish, I haven't heard of people catching them that far north on the West Coast. As far as permit, that I can't tell you, I know they target them offshore in Tampa sometimes but I have no idea about targeting them in the flats in that area like you would see down near the Everglades.
I have fished for tarpon, though not on the fly yet. The tarpon really start moving around late May, though you can definitely catch them into June and July in that area on the West Coast. Good luck!!
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