Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The 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, 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 rabbit fur tail and red crosscut fur head. One is unweighted and the other has a set of small dumbbell eyes for use in deeper water. Both are tied on 2/0 Owner SSW Cutting Point hooks.

The Tarpon Bunny in these colors triggers strikes better than anything else I've ever used. I've caught fish with it here on Pine Island as well as down in the Keys, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas. It also works great on sea trout and a handful of other local inshore species. Even our saltwater catfish seem to be liking it these days, (unfortunately.)

It's an exceptionally easy pattern to tie and also available at most fly shops or online. If you're anywhere near some tarpon over the next few months you'll need a half dozen of these in your box.