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Keys Classics

Tarpon | Oceanside & Backcountry | Florida Keys
Creamsicle #1/0
Run Around Sue #1/0
Lemon Drop #1/0
The Keys Classics are venerable, effective splayed hackle Tarpon flies that fish great from Key Largo to the Marquesas. The Creamsicle can be fished on the oceanside and in the backcountry basins all season, the Lemon Drop is a great late season oceanside fly, and the Run Around Sue is a lightweight shrimp imitation perfect for the clear water basins in the lower Keys. All of the Keys Classics are tied on Gamakatsu SL12s #1/0 hooks with mono foul guard loops.

Gamakatsu SL12s #1/0

$10 ea.

How to Fish the Keys Classics

Tarpon fishermen have been fishing splayed hackle flies in the Keys for decades. The Lemon Drop is an evolution of Steve Huff’s White Lightning designed by Rick Murphy that makes for an excellent oceanside pattern particularly towards the end of the season. The Creamsicle is another Huff pattern that’s been around for a long time and taken more than its fair share of tarpon in the backcountry. And the Run Around Sue is a lighter version of Fitz Coker’s Coker Smoker which is a great, soft landing shrimp imitation for clear water basins. Each of our Classics are patterns you’ll still find in the boxes of veteran Tarpon guides.


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