The Florida Keys are the number one place on the earth for sight fishing with a fly rod for the almighty silverking.  Crystal clear water, miles of pre spawning staging areas (layed up tarpon spots). Endless sweeping migration flats makes the Florida Keys the most sought after destination for fly anglers to pursue the incredible tarpon.  Taking the step to play this game of tarpon fishing can be at times a little over whelming, but the rewards are unbelievable and will stay with you the rest of your life.  The Tarpon School will open up the world of tarpon fishing with a fly rod to you via video, slide show, personal instruction, and classroom lessons.  The Tarpon School is a great way to get your feet wet and build the confidence that you need to catch one of these great fish.

STUDENTS OF THE TARPON SCHOOL CAN EXPECT TO LEARN ABOUT

Back 2 Schools

REELS

–         What reels are best for tarpon fishing and why

–         Weight of the reel

–         Drag of reel, cork Vs synthetic, and design of drag system

–         Large arbor advantages

–         How important a great drag is for fighting big tarpon

–         Size of reel

FLY RODS

–         Best action fly rods for tarpon fishing and why

–         Which size rod is best for the type of tarpon fishing you could encounter

–         How Fly Rods are made and the graphite they are made of, and how that makes a difference.

–         How fighting butts and fore grips help to land big tarpon

–         How to best travel with your fly rods

–         Which rods to bring on your saltwater flats trip and why

CASTING

–         Complete basic to advanced level casting instruction

–         Hints and tricks on casting from a boat

–         How to correctly cast and do battle with the wind from all angles

–         Techniques on distance and short range casting

–         Effective fishing casts to help catch more tarpon

–         The importance of accuracy and loop control in presentations to tarpon

–         Effective techniques for accuracy casting

–         Presenting your back cast as a delivery cast

FLY PRESENTATION

–         Learn how and when to present the fly to tarpon in all weather conditions

–         How to chose the correct fly for the conditions that you have

–         Understand the difference in water depth and current when you present the fly

–         Learn to realize where to present the fly to fish that are moving and in different water depths

–         We will study the layed up tarpon vs migrating tarpon

–         Schools vs single Tarpon

–         How tarpon will swim along the flats and channel edges

FLYS

–         Extensive outlook on the different actions of a good tarpon fly

–         Learn the most important features and what to look for in good tarpon fly

–         Learn how important the design and color of a tarpon fly is and why

–         Learn how to tie some of the best proven tarpon patterns in the world.

–         Learn the many different materials and ideas on the market to help you design you own favorite tarpon fly that will work best for you

FISH FIGHTING TECHNIQUES

–         Learn how to effectively put the most pressure on the tarpon during the fight

–         Stopping the tarpon from rolling and getting more oxygen prolonging the fight

–         How to set the hook correctly with authority

BACKING

–         What size of backing is best

–         Colors of backing

–         Different kinds of backing and which is best

FLY LINES

–         Which fly lines are best for tarpon fishing

–         Learn about the many different makers of fly lines and there differences

–         What kind of thoughts go into designing a Tarpon fly line

–         Cores of fly lines and there differences

–         How over lining or under lining can help in tarpon fishing

–         A break down of fly line sections and their individual contributions to the cast, presentation, and fish ability of the line

LEADERS

–         Types of mono that’s best for tarpon fishing vs other types of fishing

–         Length and tapers of leaders for tarpon fishing

–         Why correctly constructed leaders are SO important to successful tarpon fishing

–         Learn the importance of leader length, and stiffness vs type of fly line you use, and length of front taper of fly line

–         Learn different ways to construct IGFA legal pre strung tarpon leaders and flies.

KNOTS

–         Complete breakdown of all the best knots for tarpon fishing (bimini twist, huffnagle, and

spider hitches along with many others)

–         Learn to tie all the best knots yourself

–         Learn the best line to line knots

–         Learn the best loop knots (for tying on the fly)

–         What extra things you can do that helps prevent knot breakage

–         What knots are best for fly line to backing, backing to reel, and fly line to leader

LEADERS

–         Types of mono that’s best for tarpon fishing vs other types of fishing

–         Length and tapers of leaders for tarpon fishing

–         Why correctly constructed leaders are SO important to successful tarpon fishing

–         Learn the importance of leader length, and stiffness vs type of fly line you use, and length of front taper of fly line

–         Learn different ways to construct IGFA legal pre strung tarpon leaders and flies.

KNOTS

–         Complete breakdown of all the best knots for tarpon fishing (bimini twist, huffnagle, and

spider hitches along with many others)

–         Learn to tie all the best knots yourself

–         Learn the best line to line knots

–         Learn the best loop knots (for tying on the fly)

–         What extra things you can do that helps prevent knot breakage

–         What knots are best for fly line to backing, backing to reel, and fly line to leader