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Tarpon Flies:get the right flies for big tarpon.


We talk to a lot of tarpon guides and tie a lot of "super secret" flies for them. It is common to hear two seemingly conflicting ideas from these captains. First "tarpon aren't trout" (duh) "you don't have to match the hatch" then "I have to have my flies tied exactly like this to catch these fish". There is no conflict here;effective tarpon flies don't have to be perfect imitations but they do have to work just right.

Tarpon flies have to be on the right size hook, the right color and must have the proper profile to match the current food source. All pretty standard but there's more. The good captains start getting serious about how "big" the fly is tied and factors that relate to sink rate. Guides will special order the same pattern with various eyes (plastic, bead chain or none) to have the right sink rate available for a specific situation. Sometimes a big profile, one that moves a lot of water is in order; other times a slim profile is the ticket.

Tarpon might not be as particular as some other fish but the wrong fly selection can ruin great fishing. Choose a variety of patterns that will give you different colors, sink rates and profiles.

To order or for a closer look click on a photo.

Call or email if you have questions. 

Although these are all tarpon flies some are great on other fish to.  Multi-purpose flies have the following codes.

"R" = Redfish
"S" = Snook
"St" =
Striper
"T" = Tarpon

If you don't see the flies you need check out our custom tying program

 


Backcountry Sweeper (S,T)


Badger Tarpon Fly


Boehm's Gurgler


Bugeyed Bait


Bunny Toads


Cockroach


Cult Classics


Duke of Poons


Evelyn Modification


Floating Crab


Fox Fur Tarpon Fly


G.T. Bush Fly


Grizz Bugs


Laid-up Bug


M.F. Dinner Shrimp


Magic Worm


Marabou Toad


Night Time Poon


Notep


Rabbit Tarpon Fly


Simple Pimp


SST-Poon


Studebaker Hawk


The Rivet


Woolly Mullet






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New Flies

Duke of Poons
G.T. Bush Fly
Goat Belly Shrimp
Lunch Lady
M.F. Dinner Shrimp
Notep
S.S. Flies 2014-15 New Flies Kit
Simple Pimp


Tarpon Flies

Backcountry Sweeper
Badger Tarpon Fly
Boehm's Gurgler
Bugeyed Bait
Bunny Toads
Cockroach
Cult Classics
Duke of Poons
Evelyn Modification
Floating Crab
Fox Fur Tarpon Fly
G.T. Bush Fly
Grizz Bugs
Laid-up Bug
M.F. Dinner Shrimp
Magic Worm
Marabou Toad
Night Time Poon
Notep
Rabbit Tarpon Fly
Simple Pimp
SST-Poon
Studebaker Hawk
The Rivet
Woolly Mullet


Bonefish & Permit

Avalon Fly
B-Turd
Bad Tail Squimp
Blind Cree Charlie
Blind Foxy Gotcha
Camo Crab
Cree Charlie
Firecracker
Foxy Gotchas
Goat Belly Shrimp
I.P. Bone
Lunch Lady
Mantis Shrimp
Mini Clouser
Mini Puff
Missing Link
Permit Crab
Quivering Fringe
Raghead Crab
RUB Redux
S.S. Bitters
S.S. Merkin
Spam & Eggs
Spawning Shrimp
Super Sim Ram
Sweet Suzy
Twisted O'Herl Fly
Woolly Toad
Xmas Island Sp.
Y.D. Crab


Northeast Collection

Boehm's Gurgler
Bulky Bunker
Bunny Bird
Clousers
Deceivers
Dinah-moe Drum
Epoxy Bunnies
Evelyn Modification
Fox Breath Var.
Fuzz Belly
Goat's Breath Var.
Magic Mama
Notep
Pigmy Twilight
Punky Meadows
Simple Pimp
Willy the Pimp
Woolly Mullet


Redish & Snook

Backcountry Sweeper
Bunny Bird
Clousers
D.T Special
Deciever
Dinah-moe Drum
Electric Chicken
Evelyn Modification
Fox Breath Var.
G.T. Bush Fly
Lunch Lady
Notep
S.S. Bitters
S.S. Merkin
Scates Shrimp
Simple Pimp
St. Alfonzo
The Rivet
Ugly Bug
Willy the Pimp
Wooly Toad


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