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Five Baby Tarpon Flies You Need For The Florida Keys!

Catching your first tarpon on fly is an essential rite of passage for a first time angler here in the Keys. Often times, visitors' first tarpon on fly is not a mega fish on the ocean, but a baby tarpon hidden deep in the mangroves. They offer great fun for anyone, and can be found in a variety of situations that will sharpen your skills to prepare for the big ones. Baby tarpon are acrobatic, fierce, and beautiful regardless of size! The flies listed below might help you find some willing tarpon.

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Get The Most Out Of Fly Tying: Fish The Fly!

A lot of commercial saltwater fly tying is done by people who do not live anywhere near tropical flats, or any ocean, which can be problematic when they are trying to sell you flies, gear, line, or any other piece of gear engineered and designed for saltwater flats. The Abaco Shrimp, as pictured above, is a pattern I have been working on for several months now. Although the fly works, there are instances where it could work better, thus my constant process of developing new flies! Guiding and photograph by Kenny Adkisson of Summerland Key. I am inherently suspicious of fly tyers who do not tie the flies that they intend to fish. Like the old adage, “practice what you...

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Top 5 Florida Keys Bonefish Flies

As summer comes to a close for us here in the Keys, we can reflect on a productive bonefishing season that allowed us some time here at the shop to test some new patterns on our favorite belly crawling fish.

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Flies With Eyes!

Why Use Eyes? The eyes on shrimp and crab flies can make the difference between tying a fly that is impressionistic and tying one that is ultra realistic. I personally love using eyes on my shrimp and crab flies, because it gives me confidence when throwing at picky fish. Tying a fly with eyes means you are taking an extra step in attention to detail, or just having fun with colors, new materials, and letting your imagination run wild.  What Exactly Am I Replicating? When tying flies, I enjoy the liberty of taking real photos of shrimp, crabs, and baitfish to try my hand at conjuring something similar in all aspects of the term - profile, color, and movement. The satisfaction of...

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