Re: flys and leaders for tarpon and snook?
Posted by Doug Jeffries on 2011-08-02 14:38:22
in reply to flys and leaders for tarpon and snook? posted by JohnS on 2011-08-02 13:54:48
|I've not fished Curacao. But it isn't that far from Los Roques so perhaps the same flies will work there. I recommend some smallish tarpon flies in 1/0 or 2/0 Gamakatsu hooks (because they're sharp and stick). Red & grizzly/white seaducers, cockroaches, grizzly/brown Apt style, or white lightnings. I suspect the fish will be on clear water flats/lagoons so light color, smallish flies would be best. If the fish are under 40 lbs you can go with a real simple leader system of 4 - 5 foot of 20lb looped to your butt section, and then tie on an 18 inch section of 30 - 40 lb mono for a bite tippet (use a slim beauty knot). If the tarpn are bigger than 40 lbs I'd increase the bite tippet to 50 - 60lb. If you expect to see 100lb fish better go with 80 - 100lb bite tippet (of course your 8 wt will be a challenge for fish of this size). If the fish get spooky lengthen the 20 lb section. Red & white seaducers in 2/0 would be my choice for snook, but they'll eat alot of different flies - you just have to get it in front of them. Lee Haskin's flies would be a great choice as well. A green & white deceiver is good too. Snook leaders the same as the tarpon leader except I'd probably use fluoro bite tippet in 20 - 30 lb unless you are seeing some really big ones.|
You could easily see some cudas. If you want to catch one you'll need some wire (get the knotable stuff like 25 or 30lb Tyger wire or something). Bring a couple long needlefish patterns or big, long deceivers. Chartreuse is always a good cuda color; blue & white or red & white are good too. 2/0 or 3/0 hooks but strong if you're casting at a big fish. I usually use the same 20lb leader set up and then tie on the wire leader using a tiny barrel swivel or a welded ring. You can use a figure eight knot to tie the fly to the wire.