Baby Tarpon, Little Monsters

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Tarpon are the king of Sport fish, even when they're only ten pounds. Standing on the bow of a flats boat at dawn, looking into a perfectly symmetrical sunrise reflecting on the glass-calm water, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. When a pair of...

Focus and Determination Make It Happen

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WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU STARTED YOUR DAY WITH A KICK IN THE NUTS? That's exactly what happened to Mike Pyle the other day. For those of you who haven't been following, I'll give you a little background. Mike Pyle is a professional UFC fighter,...

Trading in Desire

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By Lauren Holt “OKAY. SEE THAT DARK SPOT? ABOUT 200 FEET OUT. 2 O’CLOCK.” I squint that direction, worry my lower lip with my teeth, cup my cheekbones and the bill of my cap to help cut the glare of the mid-afternoon sun sneaking past the edge...

Sunday Classic / How Louis Got His Groove Back

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IT'S HARD TO OVERSTATE THE IMPORTANCE OF CONFIDENCE IN FLY FISHING. IT'S OFTEN THE SPECIAL SAUCE ON SUCCESS. I squint into the sun. My eyes burn from sweat and sun screen. I take a few deep breaths and puff them back out. I stretch my...

Tips for Fishing to Spooky Tarpon on Clear, Calm Days

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WHAT'S A BIG TOUGH FISH LIKE YOU SO AFRAID OF? Fishermen, that's what. I'm told that, in the early days of tarpon fishing on the fly, big fish charged big flies and ate with reckless abandon. You know how stories about the old days are, but...