Why would anyone think a tarpon could be caught on a fly rod? It just doesn't seem like a good idea to chase a fish that can weigh 200 pounds and fights like a rampaging bull. The good news is, someone did think of it and it's some of the most fun you can have with a fly rod. As big and strong as these fish are, when they're cruising the flats, they're actually quite spooky. The first requirement in landing a tarpon is hooking one. To do this, you need to cast accurately at all distances and have a subtle presentation of your fly.
This is exactly why we at Leland like Scott's S4S 9' #12 fly rod. Although it's a very strong 12 weight, it still loads easily at all distances and allows an anglers to land a fly softly. Once a tarpon is hooked, you'll need a powerful rod in hopes of controlling a crashing tarpon. The good news is that this fly rod has a strengthened butt section, allowing you to control your fish with solid pressure. Balance is also important for a 12 weight fly rod. It's not so much how light the rod is (this one is light) but more importantly, where the weight is. Keeping a fly rod's weight more toward the handle makes this fly rod feel lighter and cast more efficiently. Of course Scott's S4S 9' #12 utilizes only the best, saltwater-safe components, but as important is the craftsmanship. The thread work and epoxy is exceptional. All in all, this rod is the answer to your tarpon fishing needs.
Leland on the Scott S4S 9012/4 Fly Rod
Line Size: 12
Rod Length: 9’0”
Reel Seat: Uplocking REC aluminum, type 3 matte anodize
Stripping Guides: Silicon Carbide hoops in titanium frames