Chico’s First Tarpon

Chico FernandezHell’s Bay Boatworks just published this great little story by Chico Fernandez about his first tarpon on a fly rod, landed in Cuba in the late 1950s.

“[I]n 1956, my dad hired an American captain to run his new 62’ sport-fisherman. The captain, besides using spinning tackle, turned out to be a fly fisherman. One look at the big fat fly line unrolling in the air and I was in love – the smell of bamboo, the beautiful flies, the leader construction, and the casting, of course. I didn’t know it then, but I had started an affair that would last the rest of my life.”  Read the whole story.