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Juvenile tarpon fly recommendation

phlyryphlyry Junior MemberPosts: 21 Greenhorn
What fly do you like for juvenile tarpon, dirty water about 2-3' deep?


  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Senior Member Posts: 4,804 Captain
    What size juvies are you fishing? The best answer will depend on their size... At Flamingo, targetting fish up to about 20lbs it's hard to beat a small popper or a Crystal Schminnow in a size #4 or #2..... Here are some pics of what we use whenever we're working them. The popper, a Speedbug, is tied up on a #1 hook...


    All of the above are for daytime fshing - at night in Biscayne Bay we use a different bug entirely....
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • ShadowcastShadowcast Senior Member Posts: 1,064 Officer
    I have always had success with EP flies (pinfish, mullet, black/purple) in the same water depth and conditions.
    Capt. Jon Bull
    Sales Rep - Ankona Boats, Salt Marsh Skiffs, Tavernier Skiff Company
  • sparse greysparse grey Senior Member Cudjoe KeyPosts: 1,751 Captain
    Very nice Capt. Bob. When do you guide in Flamingo? Remember you do not at certain times.
    Ron Conner Release the fish, keep the memories. Once a Knight is enough.
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Senior Member Posts: 4,804 Captain
    I'm there year 'round (but as we move into summer my customer's get fewer and fewer). The fishing in summer just keeps getting better and better (this is the beginning of the baby tarpon season for me and they'll be strong until the end of October). Of course the babies range from two or three pounds up to 60lbs... An angler has to be pretty tough to enjoy fishing during summer given the bugs, rain and thunder storms, etc. -you're definitely "jungle fishing".
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • HenrySRQHenrySRQ Member Siesta KeyPosts: 35 Deckhand
    I use a more darker fly with rabbit for the tail it action but it is trial and error before you find size and color combo that they will eat.
  • kbkeyskbkeys Senior Member hollywood and key largo,fl.Posts: 691 Officer
    Small black or white gurglers work well too.
  • Renagade69Renagade69 Senior Member Port Saint LuciePosts: 1,234 Officer
    Worm Flies work on all Tarpon year round.
    Hells Bay Estero Bay Boat and Hells Bay Marquesas
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