A tarpon fly recipe that’s as simple as it is effective. Plus, who doesn’t like a top-water strike! Mix up the strip on this. Sometimes tarpon act like bass and will hit a fly just sitting. Other times you gotta keep it moving. I like short, sharp strips with any top-water fly to kick up a nice wake and make plenty of noise. Especially in the tannin-stained backwaters tarpon feel rather than see flies at a distance, so commotion can be your friend. Splat that fly down, give a twitch and hold on. Oh, and tie lots; the mangroves are always hungry.