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Giant Jungle Tarpon of Costa Rica

The anchor digs into the soft muddy bottom causing the boat to swing into a seam about 50 feet from where the last tarpon rolled. A myriad of rainforest creatures express themselves in the lush habitat around us as we scan the gladiator ring and revise coiled fly line. Nothing is more awe inspiring then the howler monkey troops roaring at one another in...

El Pescador: Traveling Into A Fishing Dream

My mom barged into my bedroom telling me to get my stuff ready. Groggy and still awakening from a dream, I didn’t know why she was making a fuss. It was barely daylight. And then reality hit me, as if on Christmas morning knowing that Santa had arrived with gifts. My first panicked priority was double checking to make sure I had my fishing gear and...

Fly Fishing Jazz: Play Through the Glitches

THE MUSICIAN OFTEN finds himself (or herself) fending off demons on two fronts. On the one hand, there’s the solitary challenge. Truth be told, this is (as it should be) the ultimate test. No musician, and no angler, can really aspire to true greatness until they find themselves in a place where they become their own greatest critic. When you can...

Two-Handed Strips for Tarpon, with Andy Mill

Marshall Cutchin:  We are talking to today with Andy Mill, who is widely considered one of the most successful tarpon fishermen of all time. He’s won most of the major tournaments and really changed the sport by applying techniques for tarpon fishing that people were not using or they hadn’t fully explored in the past. We’re going to talk about some...

"The Tarpon and the Shark"

“Shipped for the voyage Cap’n and I’ll stand by ye, but we’re liable to land in Mexico!” Big drops stood on the boatman’s forehead as he struggled desperately with his paddle against the fleeing tarpon that was dragging us swiftly out to sea. In the smoothest water the gunwales of our cranky little canoe stood but five inches above the surface...

Michelangelo's Tarpon

IN OCTOBER 2011 I walked into the Sistine Chapel for the second time in twenty years, and looking above the altar I was astounded to see a tarpon peering out from behind Jonah’s left leg. The tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) is one of my favorite light-tackle sport fish, because it readily takes flies and is a spectacular fighter. Many questions came to mind...

Steve Huff: "A Passion For Tarpon"

Andy Mill: Your reputation precedes you in many ways—the success you have had through the years in tournament fishing and all the world records—but I think one of the things that stands out most is your work ethic. Here we are in the winter, it is cold as hell, and you got off the water last night at 7:45 p.m. I talked to your son, Dustin, and he said...

Stu Apte: "A Passion For Tarpon"

Andy Mill: I have been around and have caught a few fish but it is a real honor and privilege to be here with you, Stu. Stu Apte: Well, thank you. You are very humble, my friend, and there is nothing wrong with that, but you are the tarpon angler right now. There’s nobody else but you. None of the others can carry your jockstrap when it comes to fly...

Tom McGuane: "A Passion For Tarpon"

Thomas R. Pero: You bring a unique perspective to the tarpon story. As a young man you moved to Key West in the 1960s before there was a single full-time flats guide living there. And you knew and spent time on the water with many of the old-time guides. Thomas McGuane: When I was first down there in the late ’60s a certain amount of the world that had...