Baby Tarpon Specials…What is your favorite, and why?

Tarpon Bunny Variant
Tarpon Bunny Variant

Over the past few years chasing baby tarpon on the fly has been a huge passion of mine.  From Mosquito Lagoon on the east coast of Florida to Crystal River on the west coast, Central Florida is packed with oportunities to chase these fish. Here are a few of my favorite fly patterns that I like to tie in order to help me land e’m.

The first is a simple variation of the classic tarpon bunny! This fly has proven itself time and time again to attract fish and make them strike! This fly can be tied in a variety of different colors and is fairly simple to tie.

Tarpon Bunny Variant
Tarpon Bunny Variant

This next fly has been around for years and I have not changed it a bit. The hackle feathers do a great job of providing sufficient movement in the water and the red marabou gets them every time.

Black Death
Black Death

This is a new pattern I have been tying and it has been doing a great job getting the fish to commit. This fly was inspired by the traditional tarpon rat fly. I tweaked the color and the body a bit to come up with this gem! Snook have shown a lot of interest in this fly as well.

Ghost Rat Taron Fly

Ok, last but not least. This fly was inspired by a few different patterns and has done a great job on a number of differnet species of fish. Aside from baby tarpon, this pattern has landed reds, snook, and gator trout!

Margarita Shaker
Margarita Shaker

Out of these four flies, what is your favorite? Leave a comment below and make sure to  follow our blog and like Backwater Fly Fishing on Facebook!

Tight lines!

Capt. Jesse Males

Published by Backwater Fly Fishing

I’m Capt. Jesse Males, an avid fly fishing, snook snatching, kayak paddling, tarpon slaying, mountain hiking, manatee swimming fool from Central Florida. Over the years fly fishing has had a huge impact on my life and particularly on how I view the world we spend our time in. I am currently the owner and operator of as well as our online fly shop, The lifestyle that is called fly fishing has taken me to some amazing destinations and has provided me with some amazing experiences in the wild. From chasing big salty critters in the Florida Keys, to roosters in Coast Rica, to small wild trout in the Carolinas, and all the way up to the high mountain cutthroat of Wyoming; I have been blessed to experience fly fishing at its finest.

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