Stu Apte Tarpon Fly

Stu Apte - Tarpon fly

Ted Patlen submitted this original Stu Apte fly from his collections to The Flybrary. Ted is an amazing fly tyer in his own right and the winner of seven fly-tying world championships. It’s wonderful that he had this in his collection. If you haven’t visited The Flybrary, you should. The photography is beautiful, showing some gorgeous flies. All the photos were taken by Tim Geist.

Hook: Gamakatsu SC-15, size 3/0.
Thread: Bright orange Flat Waxed Nylon
Wing: One pair of wide, bright orange hackle feathers on the inside, with one pair of wide, bright yellow hackle feathers on the outside. Tie the feathers so they splay out.
Collar: One bright orange and one bright yellow hackle wrapped in front of the wing.
Head: Built up with tying thread, then coated with clear head cement or five-minute epoxy.

Tying note: This fly features splayed wings of three or four pairs of hackles tied at the hook bend to reduce fouling. It can be tied in a variety of colors.


Filed under Saltwater

3 Responses to Stu Apte Tarpon Fly

  1. Tim

    Paul, Thanks for the mention, however, this is an actual Stu Apt tarpon fly. Ted did not tye this fly, but it is part of his collection of classic flies. If you have any questions about any of the photographs, please do not hesitate to drop me a line. -Tim

    • Paul Beel

      Ohhhh, that is good to know, thank you Tim. I’ll change it today.

      Sorry for the misinformation. I’ll be sure to ask you next time.


  2. Jack Lefton

    Hi I wish to purchase some Stu Apte Tarpon Flies
    (Not originals tied by him) Are there any for sale and how much?
    Thanks, Jack