Re: Tarpon: Crabs vs. flies
The method of fishing the fly you described is very similar to how much of the Tarpon fishing is done in Costa Rica, especially in the Rio Colorado. The boat is anchored up, then the angler lets the fly out in the current on a floating line. Our flies are tied on ....hold on to your hats....4/0 to 6/0 hooks. At the Somerset Fly Show, Bob Clouser looked over a few of our "Glow Whistlers" with 1/4 ounce eyes, 6/0 hooks, and 6-7 inches in length. He laughed, made a few "half-chicken" jokes, and then very seriously said he thought they would be killer when drifted or trolled for Musky. Our guides usually use two rods and set them in rod holders designed for fly rods. We have found the hook up percentage is vastly increased if the angler is not holding the rod on the take. We fish the surface, or just barely beneath it, (strong current) and you can see the fish take the fly sideways, often its back and several inches of its sides come above water. Most clients, unless they are very experienced will set the hook too soon, basically jerking the fly away from the fish. If we fish outside the "mushroom" at the mouth of the rivers, we usually drift fish, and let the fly trail the boat. These are very effective methods an it is not uncommon to outfish the bait fishermen in CR.
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Last edited by mrfzx; 04-03-2013 at 08:22 AM.