Sunday, December 14, 2008

Cabin Fever Fly Tying Contest, entry number 1- Midnight Tarpon

"Midnight Tarpon"

Here are my thoughts on this fly the Midnight tarpon, it rocks! The first entry was sent in by Rob Signorello of Boca Raton Florida. I met Rob years ago when I did a seminar at the Ole Florida fly shop. Rob actually sent me these flies a few months ago because he wanted me to try them out.I first asked his opinion on the contest and then asked if he wanted to enter his tarpon fly in the contest. I personally have caught snook on this fly, but I know it is primarily a tarpon fly and I can't wait until this summer to throw it at our pods of tarpon. As far as quality this fly is a perfect 10, Rob obviously put a lot of effort and time in tying these flies. He ties them in a variety of colors as you can see by the pictures, but the black in his opinion works the best. Rob it would help if you threw the other colors? Just kidding.

Here is Rob's original email to me about his fly:

the basic recipe is simple….
Tie in 4 saddle hackle curved out on each side
Steven Farber Midnight Blitz flash top, bottom, and sides
Big silver holo eyes epoxied…..
That’s it……very simple, anyone should be able to tie this fly…..
All materials purchased at Ole Florida Fly Shop…….go see the man Darren!!!

(there’s a good plug for you Darren!!!)
This fly has caught snook and tarpon in Biscayne Bay, St. Lucie River, and offshore

I believe Rob just named this fly for the sake of this contest, like many of us we don't have names for our flies. For added fun post comments below with name suggestions and your thoughts of this first entry. I will ask that we do this for all the entries, by the way, I believe I have four more entries in route to me. I will post the next entries as I get them. Great job Rob! I will be sure to send you an email with the high resolution photographs I took. The tying contest is officially under way, so keep checking back for more.

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Cas said...

John, Rob tied a super easy Tarpon fly. I am still reluctant to tie flies with epoxy. I have... but don't like to. My friend Phil Triano saw the fly when I told him about your blog and guess what? He tied it and gave me a couple as a Christmas gift. We will test it out on Boca Grande & Tampa Bay fish.

StuartFlyfishing said...

Just a cool twist on the classic Atpe fly. I can't wait until tarpon season so I can test Rob's fly out more.

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