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Flat Wing Flies for Tarpon???

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A recent trend for tarpon flies is for fairly short flies, like Toads, tied on small hooks, like a 1/0 SC15s or 600SPs. Flies are from 2.5 to 4 inches long. I fished such flies last August in the Yucatan for small and medium sized tarpon and did quite well. But longer flat wing flies such as posted over the last year on this Forum certainly look great. I'm wondering if anyone has fished these for tarpon and with what results. Any reports on actual experiences would be appreciated.

 

Bill

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Tarpon are opportunistic feeders, they'll hit whatever you put in front of them (as long as you don't dump your cast, throw a shadow, or miss your mark).

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Hello there WIldwilly - Check out older posts by SOL'er Davidstrout. He has posted some really nice patterns for Tarpon using natural materials and tying methods similar to those used for a Flatwing style fly.

 

David Nelson is one of my tying influences here on SOL. Sick ties.

 

http://www.stripersonline.com/surfta...ghlight=Tarpon

http://www.stripersonline.com/surfta...ghlight=Tarpon

http://www.stripersonline.com/surfta...ghlight=Tarpon

 

 

And a few bunny flies from Genty....

http://www.stripersonline.com/surfta...ghlight=Tarpon

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One of the most commn misperceptions about flatwings is that by default they are long. Certainly flatwings can be long, but Ken Abrames created them to function, and function well, no matter what their length.

 

I tie flatwings down to just over an inch, and many of them in the 2.5 to 4 inch range you mention. :-)

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Striper, the best flies I have seen are not a "specific" published pattern, but , they are flies that are created by a tier that has a specific bait in mind, and sits at his vise and creates it based on it's physical attributes. Yes, the are some nice published patterns out there, but, the ones that are created out of necessity, are some of the most productive.

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SC,

 

I don't know if there's a "best"...I like to think of it as many, many ways...as in many, many flies.

 

For PB, it depends on the size. For the smaller (1"-2.5") ones I like a simple, sparse bucktail (do a search for the Crazy Menhaden bucktail):

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As Greg suggested, you can also make your own...or adapt an existing pattern (as I did with the Crazy Menhaden, which was designed to imitate an adult bunker) for your own purposes. You can also take any of the RLS bucktails and add a single (or two or three) flatwing to it.

 

Rainbait: if you're talking anchovies, again I prefer an all bucktail sparse fly like the Inconspicuous:

Inconspicuous.JPG

 

For silversides, a good place to start might be the Morning Glory and the Ray's Fly flatwing.

 

:-)

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I've been tying a lot of critter flies with flat/ tented tails, wound peacock bodies and little deer heads. Gussied up skunks or miniture slab flies. I'll post up some pics next time I'm at the vise.

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