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#81408 - 03/01/04 07:39 PM 10 wt. or 12 wt.
kayak4 Offline
This is our third trip down and will be trying tarpon as well as bonefish. My question is which flyrod would be more appropriate for the tarpon?

#81409 - 03/02/04 01:56 PM Re: 10 wt. or 12 wt.
Angelo Offline
Personally, I'm bringing only an 8wt and 10wt to cover everything from Bones to Permit and Tarpon. I've contemplated bringing an 11 or 12 as well, but since I was going in mid-April I will not. From what I hear, the large 100lb+ migratory Tarpon really don't start to move in until late April or May. A 12 is a lot of rod to be out there all day long with, at least it is for me. I feel comfortable taking a 30-90lb resident Tarpon on a 10. However, if I was going late Spring or Summer, then I would probably consider having at least an 11 with me. I figure if I run into a large Tarpon up to 115lbs, then I can probably take it on a 10, although we'd probably be wrestling for an hour or so; a very careful and well-played hour that is. I was at an international fly show in New Brunswick, NJ a few months back and ran into a guide from Belize River Lodge and he said that I should be OK with a 10 at that time of year. You should ask your guide, as he knows the fish better than anyone.

#81410 - 03/02/04 08:52 PM Re: 10 wt. or 12 wt.
kayak4 Offline
Angelo-- Thanks for the info. I took my 8wt. last time but only tried for bones. We are going down late May and figured why not go after a tarpon. A 60-90lbs. tarpon would be all I would/could ask for, so a 10wt. should be fine for me.

#81411 - 03/02/04 09:12 PM Re: 10 wt. or 12 wt.
Angelo Offline
I hear ya. Enough to paint a smile ear-to-ear isn't it? The only other thing that I could hope for is that any Permit that I should come upon can see itself clear to take that tuft of deer hair and epoxy that I so foolishly tried to make look like a crab.


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