Lemay’s Big Eye Tarpon Fly |
By Jason Akl
No matter what name you call them by Tarpon, are the undisputed kings of inshore fishing in warmer waters. The awesome power, exhaustingly long runs and unbelievable aerobatics make chasing these Silver Kings one of the ultimate challenges for a fly fisherman. Whether it be sight casting to big cruising fish or blind casting in a mangrove channel, hooking up with tarpon comes down to one thing, having the right fly on at the right time. Tarpon are very cunning fish and will only respond to flies that they like. Captain Bob Lemay’s big eye tarpon fly is one of those flies that tarpon just always seem to be in the mood for. The long slim profile coupled to the undulating action of this fly make tarpon go wild. But just because you hooked into a tarpon doesn't mean you will get him in. Tarpon are notorious for throwing hooks on one of their many aerobatic jumps and that's the main reason for incorporating a super sharp TMC saltwater hook into this pattern.
Lemay’s big eye tarpon fly comes in a wide variety of colors that can be fished throughout the many different water conditions you might encounter on your next fishing trip. As a rule-of-thumb, bright colors are best when used with clearer waters while the darker colored patterns are best for stained or dark water conditions. This is, of course just a general rule. There are certainly times when fish prefer feeding on a dark fly in clear conditions or a brighter fly in stained waters. It is a good idea to carry a few different colors of Lemay’s big eye tarpon fly to best suit any water conditions you might come across and give yourself the best chance at hooking up with that monster sliver king you have dreaming about.
Tie this fly in sizes 1/0 – 3/0.