When most people think of fly fishing, what comes to mind is trout. The prevailing impression of fly fishing is that it is limited to freshwater streams and rivers, and further, that you actually have to be wearing waders and a funny hat. Even casual fishermen may not know that there’s also a lot of big-game saltwater fish that can be taken on a fly. Of those saltwater fish, one of the most exciting to catch is the tarpon. Tarpon are an exhilarating fish to catch. They can get up to eight feet long and upwards of 250 pounds, though most tarpon run in the 50 to 100 pound range. That’s still a humongous fish to catch using a fly rod, especially when compared to a freshwater trout. On top of their impressive size, tarpon are fast, and they put up an incredible fight, leaping out of the water and giving the angler a real run for his money. I’ve been fortunate enough to land a few tarpon in some of the salty inland waters of coastal Florida. I can attest that they’re quite a treat to hook, though I’ve never had the experience of catching one on a fly. Something for the bucket list, I suppose.
This video has some awesome images of tarpon being hooked on a fly. It features shots of tarpon caught through the entire fishing season of their migration from the lower Florida Keys to the Florida Panhandle. Can you imagine how exciting it would be to spot the shadow of a tarpon just below the surface, cast, and land your fly right in front of it’s nose? This is something every fisherman has got to try at some point. If you like the video, ‘Share’ it.
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