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November 06, 2007

The Silver King Rules

By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

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And then there are plenty who would contend that the number one gamefish to be caught on a fly is the tarpon.

One tarpon will indeed change your life. But where is the best tarpon fishing in the world? If you had one day -- one prime condition, flat water, laid-up fish day -- to chase silver kings, where would it be?

Deeter

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from Drew Delashmit wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Al,Not all of the "big" fish are in the panhandle, there are some monsters in the Everglades and in Florida Bay. You are selling your fishery short.Believe it or not but there are still places in the Keys where you can get away from all of the other boats in tarpon season.

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from KD wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I have been here with Mr. Keller. In fact I caught my first tarpon here with Mr. Keller. Hard to beat.

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from Al Keller wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

The Keys are great to see schools and Northwest Panhandle Florida for largefish. I vote for the Everglades and 10,000 islands. Laid up fish eatin' ablack and purple flies is where it's at.Did I mention you are by yourself.

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from John wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

The Florida Everglades, where you can find 100+ lb. tarpon laid up in shallow, quiet bays that provide the perfect backdrop for their explosive, rocket-charged displays.

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from Tony Fotopulos wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

Give me a calm day with good tides off Sugarloaf Beach (near Key West) with Poons pouring in off the ocean and I am in heaven! You can see the Toads coming from 100 yards away there. Some are Monsters! Most of them will eat if you show them the fly correctly. Costa Rica is good but the Keys have it over everywhere I've been.

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from KD wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

This is actually a Costa Rica Fish (Rio Parismina)... but you'll get no argument from me on the virtues of the Keys. Give me a day with Drew D, and I'm happy as a clam.I do dream of those big tarpon in Africa ... Gabon. Never been, but it's on the list.

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from Pete wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

I wish tarpon lived in the northeast, or I lived in the Keys...I've never been there but I've heard fishing in Manzanillo, Costa Rica is pretty awesome.

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from alabamahunter wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

I've never caught a tarpon on fly, nor have I fished the keys, but I have caught a few tarpon on the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon. The biggest I've caught was only 60lbs. but on 20lb. test and a medium action rod it was a hell of a fight. I believe tarpon are truly the gamiest gamefish in the world(not to mention the most graceful and beautiful). I would like to catch a big tarpon though, 100lbs.+. Well maybe someday.

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from joey wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

florida keys, man. i don't like easy fishing. i like to know that when i hook a tarpon in the florida keys that i didn't hook a dumb tarpon. hooking the smartest tarpon means not only are they the king, but i too am the king.plus, with 1000 of my fellow anglers and guides nearby sharing our common passion (and water), it means i must be fishing in the right place. they can't all be wrong, right?!

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from Drew Delashmit wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

Kirk,I am sure that this is no suprise to you, but I would have to say the Florida Keys, more specifically the waters from Key West east to Big Pine. So many edges, so many fish and clear water. The fish range in size from 80 lbs to over 150 lbs. And despite what some will say, they will pounce on flies when it is done right. It already has me ready for spring just thinking about it.

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from joey wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

now we're talkin'....

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from Drew Delashmit wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Al,Not all of the "big" fish are in the panhandle, there are some monsters in the Everglades and in Florida Bay. You are selling your fishery short.Believe it or not but there are still places in the Keys where you can get away from all of the other boats in tarpon season.

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from KD wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I have been here with Mr. Keller. In fact I caught my first tarpon here with Mr. Keller. Hard to beat.

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from Al Keller wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

The Keys are great to see schools and Northwest Panhandle Florida for largefish. I vote for the Everglades and 10,000 islands. Laid up fish eatin' ablack and purple flies is where it's at.Did I mention you are by yourself.

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from John wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

The Florida Everglades, where you can find 100+ lb. tarpon laid up in shallow, quiet bays that provide the perfect backdrop for their explosive, rocket-charged displays.

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from Tony Fotopulos wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

Give me a calm day with good tides off Sugarloaf Beach (near Key West) with Poons pouring in off the ocean and I am in heaven! You can see the Toads coming from 100 yards away there. Some are Monsters! Most of them will eat if you show them the fly correctly. Costa Rica is good but the Keys have it over everywhere I've been.

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from KD wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

This is actually a Costa Rica Fish (Rio Parismina)... but you'll get no argument from me on the virtues of the Keys. Give me a day with Drew D, and I'm happy as a clam.I do dream of those big tarpon in Africa ... Gabon. Never been, but it's on the list.

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from Pete wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

I wish tarpon lived in the northeast, or I lived in the Keys...I've never been there but I've heard fishing in Manzanillo, Costa Rica is pretty awesome.

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from alabamahunter wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

I've never caught a tarpon on fly, nor have I fished the keys, but I have caught a few tarpon on the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon. The biggest I've caught was only 60lbs. but on 20lb. test and a medium action rod it was a hell of a fight. I believe tarpon are truly the gamiest gamefish in the world(not to mention the most graceful and beautiful). I would like to catch a big tarpon though, 100lbs.+. Well maybe someday.

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from joey wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

florida keys, man. i don't like easy fishing. i like to know that when i hook a tarpon in the florida keys that i didn't hook a dumb tarpon. hooking the smartest tarpon means not only are they the king, but i too am the king.plus, with 1000 of my fellow anglers and guides nearby sharing our common passion (and water), it means i must be fishing in the right place. they can't all be wrong, right?!

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from Drew Delashmit wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

Kirk,I am sure that this is no suprise to you, but I would have to say the Florida Keys, more specifically the waters from Key West east to Big Pine. So many edges, so many fish and clear water. The fish range in size from 80 lbs to over 150 lbs. And despite what some will say, they will pounce on flies when it is done right. It already has me ready for spring just thinking about it.

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from joey wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

now we're talkin'....

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