Rods/Reels/Terminal Gear

Packing light does not mean you are not packing right.

Over the years we have seen our clients bring unnecessary fishing gear. With the ever increasing airline charges for additional luggage, we put this fishing tackle list together to help you cut down on what you bring, however making sure you bring the essentials.

Rods/Reels/Terminal Gear

Rod Weight:

  • Tarpon:12 wt rod with intermediate sink WF fly line with extra spool WF full floating
  • Permit: 10 wt rod with WF full floating line
  • Bonefish: 8 wt rod with WF floating line


  • Large arbor reel to match rod weight
  • Sealed saltwater drag
  • Spooled with saltwater specific line

Tarpon leader material:

  • 30 - 40 pound leader with 60-80lb shock tippet

Bonefish and permit leader material:

  • 8 - 12 - 16 pound test taper leader or spools of the same sizes to make leaders, disappearing pink if possible

Tarpon flies/lures:

  • Tarpon Toad
  • Tarpon Bunny
  • Cockroach
  • Gummy Minnow

Permit flies:

  • Bauer
  • Camo
  • Cathy fleeing crab
  • Merkin
  • Raghead

Bonefish flies:

  • Crazy Charlie: gold, pink, white, chartreuse and crystal flash
  • Christmas Island Special
  • Mantis Shrimp
  • McCrab

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