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High Rollers: Fly Fishing for Giant Tarpon

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My experience with fly fishing started when I was very young. I took my first guide trip in my early 20s and started guiding in saltwater in 2002. Since then I have learned a lot about our fishery and how to protect it so it can be enjoyed for future generations.

My experience with fly fishing started when I was very young. I took my first guide trip in my early 20s and started guiding in saltwater in 2002. Since then I have learned a lot about our fishery and how to protect it so it can be enjoyed for future generations.

Fly Fishing For Tarpon In The Florida Keys

Key West Fishing | Flats Fly Fishing Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit

Which brings us to my favorite aspect of fly fishing for Tarpon. Sight fishing. Tarpon are generally found in very shallow water, as they are sensitive to cold water. Fly fishing for Tarpon is simply put fly fishing for a giant skittish fish in its natural habitat, with crystal clear water, all the advantages are the fish's. Not recommended for beginners this wily fish has frustrated many a veteran fly fisher as well. Many of the problems stem from the fact that the fly fisher more often than not became schooled in the art of fly fishing while pursuing the trout.

Charity and I always do something a little different in the dog days of summer as trout fishing slows down in the Smoky Mountains. Fly fishing for smallmouth bass and backcountry brook trout are two ways we mix it up, but we always head for the saltwater whenever we get the chance. We blocked a few days off at the first of August to fly fish for tarpon with our good friend Alan Steele of in northwest Florida. Tarpon fishing is something that we absolutely love but haven’t gotten to do in a few years. We were fortunate to get over a few tarpon in last February, but it’s been a while since we’ve been on a dedicated tarpon trip.