This is a little fly I came up with recently after noticing a large number of baby and juvenile tarpon in the deep water canals and holes in our area backwaters. After many attempts to hook these fish, I took some time and simply observed what they were feeding on and at what depth. The fish were rolling and seemed to be feeding on or near the surface, but I was wrong. It wasn’t until I went back with this fly and many weight variations that I found the proper weight and depth to get more consistent strikes. The following fly worked the best.
I developed this fly specifically to target baby and juvenile tarpon, but it has proven effective on the flats for snook and trout as well as snook under the lights. Have fun, and remember to get a DNA sample if you get a tarpon: Any tarpon, any size, anywhere. The free DNA kits are available at most tackle shops. This is an important process for understanding the state and health of our tarpon fishery, so do your part.
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