Went to the backyard to practice casting, and spotted some peacocks, I hooked a smaller one earlier but it broke me off in the grass, then hooked this guy twice but he spit it. Went inside for a while then hooked this guy again. I took this fight a lot slower and as soon as he was out of the weeds, I knew I had a really good chance and lead him to my neighbors dock. Didnt bring a net out with me, so I had to risk it and grab the leader. Just before I lipped him, the leader snapped, so I grabbed him around the body with both of my hands and dragged him on shore.
Im still bad at casting, but after this, you can bet that Ill be practice every moment I can
Caught on a 5/6 wt rod
Nicely done. I have caught a lot of things, but never a peacock. That is a trophy.
Leader depends on the size of tarpon (and snook), structure, and water clarity.
Little tarpon are probably fine on #30 (they are much more likely to throw a fly than break you off).
If you are catching tarpon or snook amongst mangroves or pilings, you might need #40.
Personally, I'd rarely go much heavier than that. Most people would.
I use #50 for hundred-pound tarpon in deep water ... they might eventually wear through the leader, but I 'd rather get more hook-ups and fewer landed fish.
grace finds goodness in everything ...
Im looking at either an 8 or 9 wt for heavier flies. Im leaning towards the 9 because I already have my 5/6 for light fishing, and there is a slight chance I would take it offshore for some small mahi or small bonita
Slot sized snook and tarpon of similar size, you're generally good with 30.
For peacocks some 15lb would work fine.
For snook and tarpon under 60lbs i would 25 with a bit tippet of 40lb.
For bigger tarpon scale up as much as needed but small enough to not spook them if leader shy.
Always a hard choice between 8 or 9.