07/31/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.     Cream Cahills
2.     Cinnamon Caddis
3.     Slate Drakes
4.     Little Green Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
5.     Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
6.      Inch Worms
7.     Grasshoppers
8.     Ants
9.     Beetles






Fishing Tales - Run Over By A Tarpon
One of our Perfect Fly customers, Mr. William (Bill) Partridge, a highly successful attorney
from Sarasota, Florida, told me this incredible fishing story recently. Bill is a avid tarpon fly
fisherman, to say the least. As he puts it, "I am a very lucky man. I can fish every day if I
want to". He must do just that because he has already caught eleven tarpon on the fly this
year. Bill lives on Sarasota Bay and has been an avid fly fisherman for many years.

I wish I could say all of his tarpon were caught on our Perfect Flies but that isn't true. Bill
contacted me about fishing my favorite Colorado trout stream, the White River. He and
some friends will be fishing the White for a few days in the near future. I feel confident our
Perfect Fly Trout Flies will perform well there because they always do

During my lifetime of fishing, I have been hurt by the fins and teeth of a few fish, but it
usually just amounted to a small cut or bruise. I have heard many stories of fish jumping in
the boat and hurting anglers, but most all of those were billfish (marlin and sailfish) that
were hooked and usually in the process of being landed by anglers. I have been hurt by a
sailfish. I billed a large Atlantic sailfish and threw it over the stern of the boat so my
cameraman could get a picture of me with the beautiful young lady angler that caught the
fish. During the maneuver, the fish decided it would stick its bill between two of my ribs. It
didn't break my ribs, but it did crack one, leaving a nasty hole and a big bloody mess.
The young lady was the daughter of the Governor of Yucatan, Mexico, a college student
at Southern Cal at the time. No, I wasn't showing off, well, not very much. Of all the "hurt
by a fish" stories I have witnessed, read about, or heard about, none of them tops this one.

Run Over By A Tarpon:
Bill and his friend, Mr. Marty Hiller, were fishing for tarpon in the Gulf just off the beach
early one morning. Just past the crack of dawn, they spotted a school of large tarpon
headed towards their 24 foot, Yellowfin flats boat. Bill had the trolling motor down moving
in their direction when he first spotted the fish, so he pulled it out of the water to where
they would just quietly ease closer to the approaching tarpon. When the tarpon got
within casting range, at the same time he was in the process of making a double-haul to
the approaching school of fish, a large tarpon came out of the water directly from his rear,
hitting him in the back of the head. The free jumping tarpon collided head to head with Bill.
Both man and fish simultaneously hit the deck of the boat.

I can't describe the way the tarpon and Bill hit the deck and fought each other in the
same manner as Bill described it, but I did manage to jot down what he heard Marty yell -
"holly crap Bill, you just got run over by a tarpon".

The tarpon must of been just as frightened as Bill. It took a crap on the front of the boat.
Bill was very lucky he didn't hit his head on the trolling motor or the side of the boat. It
could have turned out much worse and if it wasn't for the large front deck on the Yellowfin,
the outcome probably would have been much worse.

Bill did suffer a whip lash and an injury to his right knee, but considering what happened,
he was very lucky. So was the tarpon. Instead of being put to death for attempted murder,
it was released alive.  
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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