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    Just wondering what are your guys favorite baby/small tarpon flies and color's!!! It's getting to be a long winter in Wisconsin and I need something to keep me going untill march!

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    gb

    The end of November down in Key Largo we did well with the EP Blacktail Mullet pattern in the 3 1/2" size. They were all over it as were the Cuda.
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    I will actually be spending 3 days in key largo!! I was looking to rent a kayak and do some diy for either some small poons or bones if I can find them. Do you mind if I send you a pm or two?? Ive never fished the keys before so Im curious as to what to expect for variety of fish and size. Not new to saltwater fishing but rather to the keys. Thanks and lets see some flies guys!!!

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    Default Re: Favorite Baby Tarpon flies?

    I am drawn to splayed feather tarpon flies even though there are modern patterns using synthetic material that are very effective. This page shows a bunch of fly pictures. Fly size is best kept around 1/0 to 2/0.

    My favorite Yucatan tarpon fly is the Campeche Special. You can see a recipe of it here.



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    Default Re: Favorite Baby Tarpon flies?

    Quote Originally Posted by gbfowler View Post
    I will actually be spending 3 days in key largo!! I was looking to rent a kayak and do some diy for either some small poons or bones if I can find them. Do you mind if I send you a pm or two?? Ive never fished the keys before so Im curious as to what to expect for variety of fish and size. Not new to saltwater fishing but rather to the keys. Thanks and lets see some flies guys!!!
    gb

    No problem on the PM's. I go to the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo twice a year. At Thanksgiving and then again in June for the full grown Tarpon. My parents live there so I get to visit family and fish!! Last report I had from my Dad was that they were starting to see a few bones back on the flats.
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    I am drawn to splayed feather tarpon flies
    I still use them a lot too as well as big soft hackle streamers. Sparcely tied ones with tan saddle hackle often are dynomite just before dark when the shrimp are running. Pink would probably be just as good swung in the current on the outgoing.

    Cheers,
    Jim

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    Here's on of my favorites for early in the season. The hackle is not splayed but tied streamer style. Just a few strands of pearl. A little marabout and a soft neck.



    Find a channel, or better yet, a confluence of several channels draining the bayside flats and going under the bridges to oceanside. Swing the fly off the edges into the channels. Be there at high tide so you are ready at the current change. The current change varies, but just figure on 45 minutes after high tide for that spot bayside and you should be safe. If that current change happens just before dawn or sunset - .

    PM me if you'd like more info.

    Cheers,
    Jim

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    Pm sent, I appreciate all the ideas guys! I tied up some tarpon gurglers in shrimp colors along with some small toads, any one fish these?

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    Toads have become a kind of "go to" fly in the keys for tarpon. Gurglers, not so much here as in the quiet waters of the Glades in Florida bay.

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    Last June the only fly that we got any looks at from the big tarpon was an old pattern called a cockroach. Our guide went home after a couple days of refusals and tied a bunch up and our luck changed over knight.
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    got the cockroach covered! Theres not many patterns out there I cant tie or don't have the materials for. The Ep mullets you were fishing, where they grey backs with white bellies? black tails? I have a stock pile of EP hair, its become one of my favorite materials to tie with!

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