Podcast: Proper Fly Presentation to Tarpon and other Species, with Dave Mangum



My guest this week is guide Capt. David Mangum of Shallow Water Expeditions in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. He’s a renowned tarpon guide, filmmaker, photographer, fly tier—and, well, the guy is just incredibly talented. In the interview, he offers some fascinating tips on presenting a fly to tarpon, and you may be surprised by what this seasoned guide recommends. He also gives tips on presenting the fly to other species—no surprise that accuracy, not distance or power, is the most important factor. Check out the great film about David, “120 Days,” below.

And prior to the interview, we answer questions on why you don’t need to change leaders every time you hit a different water type, handicapping fly anglers, sunken hoppers, fishing a new landlocked salmon fishery, nymphing for bass, playing fish on a Euro-style nymphing rod, setting the hook on the wet-fly swing, diversity in fly fishing, stinky hackle, and attaching backing to fly line.

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Capt. David Mangum shares a trophy with his daughter.
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