Re: Captain Ray Fecher's Tarpon Needlefish


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Posted by Dan Blanton on 2013-03-12 14:56:31 in reply to Re: Captain Ray Fecher's Tarpon Needlefish posted by Adam on 2013-03-12 08:20:00

Adam,

Nothing is etched in granite; but typically you don't use a fast, jerky retrieve with tarpon. You especially don't make the fly "jump" unless you want to scare the scales of the fish.

I try to read the fish and I always start with a slow, steady pull, maybe varying the length from a full-arm extension to a half-arm or less, usually starting off with a half-arm extension. Sometimes you need to pick up the pace a bit to trigger a strike; but again, never too quick or hard. You keep the fly in the tarpon's face as long as you can - bringing the fly all the way to the rod unless the fish veers off - then make a re-cast and try again.

This has always worked pretty well for me but like I said, there are always exceptions.

If you are a serious tarpon angler or wish to be, I suggest these three books: High Rollers by Bill Bishop; Season's on the Flats by Bill Horn and A Passion for Tarpon by Andy Mill. There's alway more than one right way to do things and by reading these three outstanding books, you'll have covered all the bases.

Dan


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