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May 09, 2011

Stu Apte

A fly-fishing legend shares tips on gear and techniques that whip giant silver.
On April 10, 1970, I handled the angling duties and Capt. Bob Montgomery of Key West served as the guide, with Frank Moss of New York City, then editor-in-chief of Sport Fishing magazine (a predecessor of today's Sport Fishing), also in the boat. Our fishing quest remained the same: catch a tarpon big enough to be a Miami Met fly-rod record. We found tarpon soon enough, and I jumped the first fish of the day - about a 75-pounder. As luck would have it, guess what I brought along that day to use? Yep, another experimental glass fly rod.