Thursday, July 15, 2010

The World's Best Tarpon Fly

Ok, it's the best fly according to me. This is the famous Tarpon Bunny, first created back in the 1970's by an angler named Ken Miyata and I can honestly credit at least 90% of the tarpon I've hooked over the last decade to this pattern. The two versions pictured here are in my favorite color scheme; a black tail and red head. One is unweighted and the other has a set of small dumbell eyes for use in deeper water.

The Tarpon Bunny in these colors triggers strikes like nothing else I've ever used. I've caught tarpon with it here on Pine Island, throughout the Keys, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas. It also works great on sea trout and and a handful of other inshore species. Our stinking catfish even seem to be liking it these days, unfortunately.

It's an exceptionally easy pattern to tie and is also available at most fly shops. If you're heading anywhere near some tarpon you'll need a half dozen of these in your box. You can buy them locally at Florida Paddlesports or shoot me an e-mail and I'll get a box to you.