Re: Tarpon Supplies

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Posted by Bill Bishop on 2014-01-09 15:04:51 in reply to Re: Tarpon Supplies posted by Michael Rosa on 2014-01-09 12:09:01


For many years I have started each season with 300 or so flies as well. I also tie each on leaders. In my case, I typically don't expect to achieve 300 eats however given the various patterns and color combinations I've never been able to anticipate what combination might work during the season.

Each seasons end I have a quantity of flies still stored on the stretchers. I expect over the many season I still have rigged flies from many years past. I asked Lefty about the loss of strength involving mono and knots over time. He told me it was very minimal, I think about 1%, if stored in proper areas.

I once built a stretcher that was over seven feet high that stored 300 rigged flies. It hung on my tackle room wall.

I wish I enjoyed tying flies but for the life of me I don't. As a result, I have a few fellows I can count on each season. I do however, enjoy tying leaders. I make every attempt to build each leader exactly the same and within IGFA standards. There are numerous reasons this is the case however the most important reason for me is to obtain a degree of consistency. If every leader is tied the same, or as close as possible, I know where and when the breaking point might occur. As a result I can pull what I believe is maximum pressure during a fight. I realize there are variables like hook position and alike, however for the most part I feel I can go all out on each battle using 16lb.

Due to the number of leaders and the number of knots used to tie a typical tarpon leader I use an electric drill loaded with a wrapped allan wrench to tie my bimini knots. I illustrated this in my book and you might find this useful.

Knot tying is a hoot. Lefty has taught me a great deal. He is the master of many things including knots.

Have a blast getting ready for poon season guys.

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