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Giant Tarpon Of Florida
In early April massive schools of giant tarpon start sneaking into the "Back Country". That amorphous conglomeration of mangrove islands, reefs and flats on the Gulf side of the Florida Keys. In this is the time that the area around Marathon in the Middle Keys can be loaded with fresh, laid-up tarpon that haven't seen a fly.  Many of these fish will weigh between 40-150 pounds and can get upwards of 220 pounds.  You can get lots of shots, but don't expect these fish to be easy.  They are shy and hard to hook and when you hook one they will be exceptionally powerful in the oxygen rich, cool water.  You'd better pay close attention to details such as leader knots, backing knots and the
A school of giant tarpon prowl the Florida Keys.  Photo Mark Bachmann 2004.

durability of your reel.  Big tarpon can dismantle tackle and they can wear you out physically.  Any tarpon of over a hundred pounds might take a couple hours to land. A tarpon over 150-ponds might take several hours.  Billy Pate's 188-pound record tarpon took him   nine hours and 35-miles. When it finally came to the boat,

it jerked the muscular 275-pound guide overboard and into harms way. But that is the attraction.  Hunters that pursue large carnivores look for the same kind of experience.  If the game were easy, it might not have as much attraction. Mark's largest tarpon landed was hooked in the early season off Big Pine Key, Florida. It wasn't big by tarpon standards. The estimate was 135-pounds. It took 2 1/2 hours of pulling his guts out before it finally gave up. To this date it is the largest fish of any kind that he has landed and it is indelibly etched in my mind.    

A giant tarpon tears line of the reel.

Tarpon are hard to see. Laid-up tarpon are the hardest. They look like black logs suspended lazily just below the choppy surface of the water.  You have to see them clearly before you cast.  There is only one end of a tarpon that will eat a fly.  The fly must be cast to exactly the right place in front of his face. Casting gets harder with adrenalin pumping through your veins, but adrenalin is the whole reason for the hunt in the first place. Mark's first big tarpon took fly turning away with such force that the line burned a

Keep your center of gravity low and enjoy the ride.

groove into his hand.  Then the fish went berserk; rocketing its seven foot long body high into the air several times as the line melted off the reel.  There aren't words that can describe the helpless feeling. The twelve weight rod that felt like such a "stick" before he left Oregon now felt puny against such ferocious power.  After ten minutes and several more sky walking jumps, the hook which had been driven so deep into the flesh pulled free. 

Twenty minutes later the second tarpon took  his fly coming head on toward me and pushed enough slack into the line that he thought it missed the fly completely. Yet as it went on past him the line came tight and a couple of hard jabs buried the hook into the cartilage of her upper lip. The fish then bolted a couple of hundred yards of backing off the reel without jumping.  It stayed down and nearly half an hour passed before they saw the size of the this fish. It jumped twice and we saw it was a little smaller than the first fish.

Landing a big tarpon takes endurance.

Tarpon are able to gulp air into their swim bladders and absorb oxygen from the atmosphere. This action enables tarpon to live in oxygen  starved water or supercharge

Mark and Capt. Chris.

themselves as they are being played on a hook and line.  The trick is to keep a fish from gulping by pulling its head down by sticking your rod under water and giving it a "down and dirty".  Mark wasn't able to keep his big tarpon from gulping and the fight went on for two and one half hours.  Finally our guide grabbed the tarpon by the lower jaw with both hands and hoisted it across the bow of the boat for a quick length measurement  and a picture.  It was 78"; easily the largest tarpon Mark had ever landed.   It was returned to the water where it revived  instantly.  Mark however was exhausted. 

 



Enrico's Tarpon Streamer, Black/Purple

Enrico's Tarpon Streamer, Orange

Enrico's Tarpon Streamer, Red/Black

Tarpon Bunny, Black/Red

Tarpon Bunny, Orange

Caribbean Lobster

Boca Grande Tarpon Fly

Cockroach


Splayed Roach

Silver King Wings, Earth Tones

Silver King Wings, Black/Red

QT Tarpon Shrimp, Shallow Water

Splayed Tarpon Fly, Marquesa Sunrise

Splayed Tarpon Fly, Lime Tarpon

Splayed Tarpon Fly, Phantom

Tarpon Toad Chartreuse/Yellow

Tarpon Toad,Orange/Tan

Tarpon Toad Purple/Black

Tarpon Toad Yellow/Orange
Wistler, Red/Yellow
Whistler, Red/White

Whistler, Black/Orange

Whistler, Black/Red

Whistler, Orange/Yellow
 

Tarpon Fly Lines

RIO Tarpon Royal Wulff SA Mastery

Tarpon of all sizes can be challenging. Large tarpon can be truly demanding on any angler and his tackle. Having the right fly line can make all the difference. You need a fly line that will help you put the fly in exactly the right place in relation to the fish and then win the battle, which may take hours. Your fly line needs to be abble to take tropical heat, not only for smooth casting, but also for a smooth friction free travel through your rod guides (possibly many times, back and forth, back and forth).


CORTLAND SKY BLUE LIQUID CRYSTAL™ FLY FISHING LINE
Liquid Crystal fly lines come in two versions, Clear and Sky Blue. We elected to go with the more popular Sky blue version. You don’t always need a completely invisible line, and some anglers (and their guides) prefer a line that’s easy to see. Visibility helps with loop control when casting and makes it easier to locate your fly when it’s underwater. The new Sky Blue Liquid Crystal™ line fades from stronger blue color in the center to a light blue tint on the outer edges, making the line easy to see from above, while providing a subtle, blurry profile when viewed by a fish from below the surface. We believe the Sky Blue Liquid Crystal is the perfect compromise, offering a line that’s nearly invisible to the fish but easily seen by anglers and their guides.
LIQUID CRYSTAL™ FLY FISHING LINES incorporate Cortland's proprietary PE+ Tropical coating. Liquid Crystal™ lines are extruded with a blend of polyethylene compounds (PE+) over a monofilament core resulting in the toughest, slickest-shooting floating fly lines that have ever flown over the flats. The exceptionally hard, glass-smooth finish of the PE+ coating defies friction in even the most torrid heat, and the memory-free formulation resists tangling on the deck – or in the rod-guides. The core and PE+ are permanently fused to prevent delaminating.
Item Description Size Price To Top
473485 Cortland Liquid Crystal Flats Fly Line, Sky Blue WF6F $80.00 Sale Ended
473492 Cortland Liquid Crystal Flats Fly Line, Sky Blue WF7F $80.00 Sale Ended
473508 Cortland Liquid Crystal Flats Fly Line, Sky Blue WF8F $80.00 Sale Ended
473515 Cortland Liquid Crystal Flats Fly Line, Sky Blue WF9F $80.00 Sale Ended
473522 Cortland Liquid Crystal Tarpon Fly Line, Sky Blue WF10F $80.00 Sale Ended
473539 Cortland Liquid Crystal Tarpon Fly Line, Sky Blue WF11F $80.00 Sale Ended
473546 Cortland Liquid Crystal Tarpon Fly Line, Sky Blue WF12F $80.00 Sale Ended

RIO Tarpon Fly Fishing Line, COLOR Sea Grass/Sand

RIO's tarpon lines feature short, powerful front tapers to easily cast large flies, and are heavy enough to load modern, powerful fly rods. The Tarpon floating lines built on a medium stiff core, and has a hard, tropical coating. Welded loops on both ends of the line allow anglers to rig easily.

  • Loads powerful saltwater rods at close range
  • Tropical core with a hard, saltwater coating
  • AgentX and XS technologies for the ultimate in performance
  • Welded loops on both ends for fast rigging

Length: 100'

Item Description Size Price To Top
6-20348 RIO Tarpon Fly Fishing Line, COLOR Sea Grass/Sand WF10F $79.95 Sale Ended
6-20349 RIO Tarpon Fly Fishing Line, COLOR Sea Grass/Sand WF11F $79.95 Sale Ended
6-20350 RIO Tarpon Fly Fishing Line, COLOR Sea Grass/Sand WF12F $79.95 Sale Ended

RIO Tarpon F/I Short Fly Fishing Line

This new line from RIO is an incredibly easy loading, fast casting line that gives anglers a huge advantage when targeting moving fish. With a short head of 30 ft and a short rear taper, the line loads a rod instantly and makes "one-shot" casts simple. The line is built with a hard, tropical coating to ensure the line will not wilt in any heat, and features a clear intermediate tip of 10 feet long and is ideal for permit and tarpon.

WF10F/I to WF12F/I, Length: 100 ft (30.5m)

Color: 10 ft Clear Tip/Sand/Sea Grass

Item Description Size Price To Top
6-21777 RIO Tarpon F/I Short Fly Fishing Line WF10F/I $79.95 Sale Ended
6-21778 RIO Tarpon F/I Short Fly Fishing Line WF11F/I $79.95 Sale Ended
6-21779 RIO Tarpon F/I Short Fly Fishing Line WF12F/I $79.95 Sale Ended

Now with J3 Coating (click for more infor).
Tropic Blue Floating 2-Tone Floating Clear Tip
Bermuda Triangle Taper Saltwater Lines
Line up with Wulff's newest family of fly lines, the Bermuda Triangle Tapers. Built to withstand the wilting heat of tropical flats and blistering decks, this line will continue to cast like a rocket when others have folded up. That's because we build it around a special 16-strand braided monofilament core that stays stiff to deliver blazing casts -- even in blazing heat. The finish is also harder and stickier than Wulff regular saltwater lines, with a slightly bumpy texture that helps facilitate longer casts. And, because it's a Triangle Taper, it features a tip that can be customized. The lighter, neutral colors "disappear" into the sea and sky
for added stealth. Works best at temperatures above  70  degrees Fahrenheit but can be used at lower temperatures.  We first heard about these lines from our old friend Tom White who guides tarpon trips out of Marathon, Florida.  The Bermuda Triangle Taper has quickly become one of the most popular saltwater lines that we sell.   Full floating lines now with J3 Coating.
Item Description Price To Top
SWTB6F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, Tropic Blue with J3 Coating $79.95 Sale Ended
SWTB7F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, Tropic Blue with J3 Coating $79.95 Sale Ended
SWTB8F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, Tropic Blue with J3 Coating $79.95 Sale Ended
SWTB9F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, Tropic Blue with J3 Coating $79.95 Sale Ended
SWTB10F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, Tropic Blue with J3 Coating $79.95 Sale Ended
SWTB11F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, Tropic Blue with J3 Coating $79.95 Sale Ended
SWTB12F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, Tropic Blue with J3 Coating $79.95 Sale Ended
Item Description Price To Top
SWT2B7F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, 2-Tone with J3 Coating $79.95 Sale Ended
SWT2B8F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, 2-Tone with J3 Coating $79.95 Sale Ended
SWT2B9F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, 2-Tone with J3 Coating $79.95 Sale Ended
SWT2B10F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, 2-Tone with J3 Coating $79.95 Sale Ended
SWT2B11F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, 2-Tone with J3 Coating $79.95 Sale Ended
SWT2B12F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, 2-Tone with J3 Coating $79.95 Sale Ended
Item Description Price To Top
SWTBLT7FI Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, With Clear Intermediate Tip $79.95 Sale Ended
SWTBLT8FI Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, With Clear Intermediate Tip $79.95 Sale Ended
SWTBLT9FI Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, With Clear Intermediate Tip $79.95 Sale Ended
SWTBLT10FI Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, With Clear Intermediate Tip $79.95 Sale Ended
SWTBLT11FI Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, With Clear Intermediate Tip $79.95 Sale Ended
SWTBLT12FI Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, With Clear Intermediate Tip $79.95 Sale Ended

BUY
More information on Saltwater Lines

Textured Inshore Saltwater Line

  • Taper designed to deliver a variety of flies delicatley into wind
  • Texturing technology delivers improved casting, low memory and low tangling
  • Optimized for temperate to tropical conditions
  • Looped on both ends on 6-9 weights.  Back loop only on 10-12 weights
  • Tropi-Core, high stiffness, strong delivery
  • SA ID: SA MTX SWT WF X F where X denotes line weight
Item Description Size Price To Top
923260 Scientific Anglers Mastery Textured Saltwater Line, Color Light Blue WF6F $84.95 Sale Ended
923277 Scientific Anglers Mastery Textured Saltwater Line, Color Light Blue WF7F $84.95 Sale Ended
923284 Scientific Anglers Mastery Textured Saltwater Line, Color Light Blue WF8F $84.95 Sale Ended
923291 Scientific Anglers Mastery Textured Saltwater Line, Color Light Blue WF9F $84.95 Sale Ended
923307 Scientific Anglers Mastery Textured Saltwater Line, Color Light Blue WF10F $84.95 Sale Ended
923314 Scientific Anglers Mastery Textured Saltwater Line, Color Light Blue WF11F $84.95 Sale Ended
923804 Scientific Anglers Mastery Textured Saltwater Line, Color Light Blue WF12F $84.95 Sale Ended
Scientific Anglers Mastery Textured Saltwater Lines are designed primarily for inshore and flats fishing, in tropical temperatures. The Textured Saltwater Line can take the heat and will deliver your flies to bonefish, tarpon, roosterfish, permit & dorado with authority.

Scientific Anglers Mastery Textured Grand Slam Saltwater Line
Designed by: Captain Bruce Chard    Buy Now!

Item Description Size Price To Top
362120 Scientific Anglers Grand Slam Saltwater Fly Line designed by Bruce Chard WF7F $84.95 Sale Ended
362137 Scientific Anglers Grand Slam Saltwater Fly Line designed by Bruce Chard WF8F $84.95 Sale Ended
362144 Scientific Anglers Grand Slam Saltwater Fly Line designed by Bruce Chard WF9F $84.95 Sale Ended
362090 Scientific Anglers Grand Slam Saltwater Fly Line designed by Bruce Chard WF10F $84.95 Sale Ended
362106 Scientific Anglers Grand Slam Saltwater Fly Line designed by Bruce Chard WF11F $84.95 Sale Ended
362113 Scientific Anglers Grand Slam Saltwater Fly Line designed by Bruce Chard WF12F $84.95 Sale Ended

What Chard says:

The demands for a great salt water fly presentation are high. The New Scientific Anglers Bruce Chard Salt Water Grand Slam Fly Line covers all the bases of a premium salt water fly line. This is why the Chard Line is superior in every way possible.

Front Taper

Salt water fly fishing with a heavy fly and/or with a long leader can make casting and slack-less presentations difficult to say the least. Especially if there is any wind to contend with. My line is designed with an extra short front taper. This helps the energy to be aggressively transferred into the leader system, helping to roll out long leaders with heavier flies into the wind with ease. Having your leader and fly lay out straight is vital to a successful salt water fly presentation.

Belly

Many times in the salt a quick short presentation is needed, especially if visibility is reduced. The Chard line is designed with a slightly over weighted belly helping to load your rod immediately for those quick short presentations. With many salt water fly rods these days designed with super fast tapers this line helps to load those rods quick and efficiently.

Rear Taper

Since itís very difficult to transfer energy from a smaller diameter section of fly line (running line) into a larger diameter section of fly line (belly), it is critical to have a longer rear taper to help transfer that energy smoothly into the belly of the line. As long as your rod tip is connected to some part of the rear taper when casting, the transfer of energy from your rod into the belly of the line will be smooth and efficient. The Chard Grand Slam Line was designed with an extra long (twice as long as most other salt water fly lines on the market) rear taper to help carry and control more fly line in the air when casting, dramatically improving distance and accuracy casting, which is so important in salt water fly fishing.

Running Line

Shooting line and having some distance in your cast can be helpful when saltwater fly fishing. The Chard Line has been designed with a slightly smaller diameter running line helping to increase
shoot-abilty there for adding distance all in one.

Captain Bruce Chard Videos:
Casting Short and Stripping for Tarpon, by Flyfisherman Magazine
Captain Bruce Chard Video: Kara's FirstTarpon, by Flyfisherman Magazine

Especially YOU Are Invited To This Party!!!
Sandy River Spey Clave 2014
Here is a list of people who will be offering free instruction on the water.
Friday May 16, 12;00 NOON to 4:00 PM.

Sandy River Spey Clave "Instruction Beach"  Agenda 2014

May 16
May 17
May 18
7:30- 9:00
Final Set-Up
Get prepared for the BIG show!
Yes, there will be coffee
7:30- 9:00
Breakfast Sponsored By:
Clackamas Fly Fishers Club
Come early! Everyone is welcome!
Coffee will be brewing by: 6:30am
7:30- 9:00
Breakfast Provided By:
The Fly Fishing Shop
Come early!  Everyone is welcome!
Coffee will be brewing by: 6:30am
9:00am - 9:30am
 Dwight Klemin
Spey Casting, A Teachers Perspective

9:00am - 9:30am
Mark Bachmann
"Spey Casting Basics"
9:00am - 9:30am
Donna O'Sullivan
"Underhand Casting"
9:30am - 10:00am 
Eric Nuefeld
"Fishing and Casting Sink Tips"


9:30am - 10:00am 
Brian Styskal & Tyler Kushner
"Full Circle 21st Centery Long lines"
9:30am - 10:00am
Lee Davidson
"Going the Distance-tips and techinques"
10:00am - 10:30am
Mia Sheppard
"Extending your Spey Cast"

10:00am - 10:30am
Tom Larimer
"Fishing & Casting Micro Speys"
10:00am - 10:30am
Jerry French
"Sustained Anchor Systemology"
 10:30am - 11:00am
Zack Williams
"After the Cast, Different Swung Fly Presentations"
10:30am - 11:00am
Brian Silvey 
"More Fishing with Less Energy"
10:30am - 11:00am
Charles St. Pierre
"Fundamentals of Swinging"
 11:00am - 11:30am
Jeff Putnam
"The Key is the D"

11:00 - 11:30am
Simon Gawesworth
"Fixing Comon Spey Casting Problems"
11:00 - 11:30am
Scott O'Donnell
"Drasticly Improving your Learning Curve"
11:30am - 12:00am
Jennifer Mitchell
"Hooking and Landing Fish"
11:30am - 12:00pm
Scott Howell
"Defining Skagit Casting, recognizing faults and tips"
11:30am - 12:00am
Carl Zarelli
"Dealing with sink tips"
12:00pm - 1:00pm
FREE Lunch
Prepared & served by El Burro Loco
12:00pm -1:00pm
 FREE Lunch Sponsored By: TFO
Prepared & served by El Burro Loco
12:00pm - 1:00pm
FREE Lunch
Prepared & served by El Burro Loco
1:00pm - 4:00pm
FREE Spey Casting School
Sponsored by: Simms
and The Fly Fishing Shop
1:00pm - 1:30pm  
Josh Linn
"High Precentage Casts"
1:00pm -1:30pm
Jon Hazelett
"Straight Lines Make Good Casts"
This is the largest FREE Spey Casting School offered anywhere...period!!!
1:30pm - 2:00pm
Jeff Hickman
"Don't Fish Angry"
1:30-2: 00pm
Trevor Covich
"Situational Pokes"
We're talking about 24 instructors, and 120 students, in 2-miles of river.
2:00pm - 2:30pm
George Cook  
"The Milti Faceted World of Switch"

2:00pm-2:30pm
Hawkeye Hawkins

"Tips for Swing Chinooks"

4-HOURS STRAIGHT !!!
FOR FREE !!!
2:30pm-3:00pm
Klaus Frimor
"Scandi Casting for Chromers"

2:30pm-4: 00pm
Try out tackle on the water or -
Tear down - go home.
The first 100-students are guaranteed hands-on instruction by a professional instructor.
All 24 instructors
are named on this Agenda Page.
3:00pm-3:30pm
Marty Sheppard
"Next Level Loops"
4:00pm - 5:00pm
 Try out tackle on the water.
3:30pm - 4:00pm
 Nick Rowell
"Matching Angles"
5:00pm - after dark
Taco Dinner
Everyone welcome!

Be part of the Woodstock of Spey.
America is about big!
5:00pm
"G. Loomis Hosted Barbeque"

Prepared & served by:
 El Burro Loco
Everyone welcome!
Thank You
For Attending !
Projected Entertainment
4:00pm - dark
Try out tackle on the water.
There will be lots of tackle provided for you to try 
and lots of help for you to improve your casting.
The 14th Annual
 Sandy River Spey Clave
Additional Volunteer Instructors For Beginner's Day:
Dave Hubbard, Beau Purvis and many more to be added!
If you are a big stick Spey Casting Mojo you will be welcomed at the
Sandy River Clave...
You will be even more welcomed if you are also a humble teacher.
At this Clave beginners are as welcome as experts.

We all learn from each other.
Here the two-hander is a common bond...
to be shared.

Everyone is welcome!

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