Tarpon Diaries, Day 1 – Planes Trains and Automobiles

15 June 2015
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15 June 2015, Comments: 0

This past week, I was fortunate enough to fill a spot for four and a half days on John’s tarpon dates in the Florida Keys with master guide Bus Bergmann.  This was a very last minute opportunity (maybe even a once in a lifetime), so I went for it.  Knowing very little about saltwater fly fishing and next to nothing about tarpon, I kept a journal my thoughts surrounding these fish.  I may not believe it happened if it wasn’t for these photos and journal entries.

For the next few days, I will post these Tarpon Diaries.

-Andy McKinley

Tarpon Diaries, Day 1 – Planes Trains and Automobiles


A random happenstance and a spot opened on the boat for 5 days.  A quick decision on my part followed by a full day of travel on planes, trains, and automobiles.  We have been traveling from dawn until dusk.

Now sitting in a VRBO home in Marathon Florida, we are rigging rods, tying leaders, and talking tarpon.

John is telling me tarpon have broken the greatest and most famous of trout fly anglers.  I am told they may break me.

Tomorrow is my first real day of fly fishing in saltwater, for any species.  Ever.  Colorado snowboarders always say go big or go home.


Rigged rods, polarized smiths, a waterproof camera, and the weather forecast. All essentials.

Andy McKinley
Duranglers Flies and Supplies

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Andy McKinley
Andy manages Duranglers Flies and Supplies online store and web content. When he is not plugging away in the basement of Duranglers, he can be found in the shop talking weird flies, throwing spey casts for few fish, eating pizza, drinking coffee, painting, and raising a family in Southwest Colorado.

His fly fishing writings have been published on blogs such as the Daily Drake and Simms Wading Room.

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