Originally developed by Gary Merriman , the Tarpon Toad (left) has rapidly become one of THE flies for Tarpon. This version, as tied by Chris Beech, is the Australian Flyfishing Outfitters‘ go-to fly for many of the species on the flats, including Barra in and around the snags – hence the weed guard, and should be good fun on bream and flathead.
“The toad fly has proven itself to be a classic – all green ‘green cooky’ toads work well on a wide variety of species. A couple of years ago we were fishing for some particularly fussy golden trevally (unusual but it can happen!), after tying on and presenting a green toad one of the fish raced and inhaled the fly as if it was a live yabby!”
“The same scenario has occurred with barramundi in gin clear water. Not many fish can resist the slow and subtle life like movement of a well presented toad fly. Suggested sizes are 2 to 2/0 in green, green/ white, black, black/purple , white, white/pink and white/tan.”