If you want to land big tarpon on the fly, you'll want to try Mangum's Dragon Tail.

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The Story

Mangum's Dragon Tail fly pattern was created to catch the largest, pickiest tarpon and it works. Since the pattern was conceived, it has been used to catch just about anything that moves. From tarpon, to stripers, largemouth and smallmouth, musky and pike, this fly and material has already racked up an impressive list of species to the net. The pattern utilizes a head that moves water and creates a water column behind that allows the tail to move and dance. Equally impressive is how the fly behaves when it is sitting in the water. Even when not moving the fly undulates and swirls, making it hard for fish to refuse. Designed with the new innovative fly-tying material Mangum's Dragon Tails, which was created through a collaboration between renowned guide, angler, and tyer Captain David Mangum and Orvis.


Size 1/0.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tarpon Crack Tarpon love the way this moves in the water column and will leave the migration line to eat
Date published: 2019-04-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tail/body material takes a curved set and kinks Unfortunately this fly isn't up to snuff with the rest of Orvis's offerings. The main material of this fly, the large black center section, is a material I'm very familiar with from tying flies. If it's not straight when you buy it, I've never been able to find a way to straighten it, and it's too strong for water to straighten it when stripping your fly. I wouldn't buy this fly nor the material used to make that black body/tail.
Date published: 2019-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pike Bought the tails and tied my own. Light lead eyes so sinks better. Pike hammer this, any color I tried worked. Casts ok with 9 wt, like any bigger fly, have to slow down. Incredible movement in water. Durability fair —lasts 5-10 fish. I would think these would work for most fish. I will be carrying some everywhere I travel to fish. Haven’t tied with the Minis yet, but will try them next.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbeatable action. The fly, when tied right, is nothing less than impressive. Boated my first tarpon with this fly in black and purple. I don't think this fly is really designed for the novice caster or to be thrown with anything less than a 10wt rod. It's a big fly and it catches big fish. Period. Also held up will after.
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great look Use this fly for stripers on the east coast in the surf.
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sluggo Tons of movement. Tons of striped bass on this pattern all ready. Come fall well see if it can tempt some lil tunny. Casts just fine in my opinion. Use the proper rod.
Date published: 2018-06-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wet Sock! Bought a couple because everyone was raving about them. Great action, looks great in the water and I caught a couple winter smallmouth bass. But, they were like casting a wet sock. Ended up using my switch rod and it wasn’t that good of a time. The fly did hold up well with the couple fish I caught.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dragon flies It was late September of 2017, Albie season in Rhode Island. Fishing with Pete Kutzer, Orvis fly casting instructor. It was extremely foggy when we left the dock, with low visibility. I decided to work structure for a few stripers. Peter wanted to try the Dragon material while waiting for the albies to turn on. After a few stripers he came tight to a fish. We both new this was no striper. Pete landed a false albacore, on a 9" white dragon fly. I believe this fly will catch all fish. I will add it to my fly box this season. Seem like a great product. Captain Rene Letourneau Rhode Island
Date published: 2018-03-12
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