BENCH PRESS: Tarpon Toad Variation – Rick Worman

As SCOF is getting ready to split ourselves into two locations (to better serve you?) we thought you might like a sample from our new South/South location….. and our newest contributor – Rick Worman.

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The tarpon toad is one of the most effective flies ever developed for enticing the silver king. Since its creation it has been tied in many different variations but the original blue print remains the same. Combining natural materials with some of today’s synthetics make this a relatively easy pattern to tie that is highly effective. The fly has a great profile and when stripped properly the natural movement triggers some amazing eats. I prefer to use this pattern while sight fishing strung out fish in clean water.


Hook- Gamakatsu SC15 size 1/0 
Thread- Chartreuse Flat Waxed Nylon
Eyes- Medium black bead chain
Tail- Chartreuse Marabou/ Chartreuse Cross-cut Rabbit 
Body- Green EP Tarantula Brush

Step 1– Begin the thread wraps just behind the hook eye.

Step 2– Tie in the bead chain eyes and continue the thread wraps to the bend of the hook.

Step 3– Tie in the marabou tail using a nice single feather.

Step 4– Tie in a strip of the cross-cut rabbit making sure the fur is pointing towards the rear of the hook.

Step 5– Palmer the rabbit strip forward making two nice wraps, secure the rabbit strip and trim off excess

Step 6– Tie in the tarantula brush.

Step 7– Palmer the tarantula brush forward making nice even wraps, tie off the brush right behind the bead chain eyes and trim off the excess.

Step 8– advance the thread in front of the bead chain eyes and build a even thread head, whip finish and cement.

Step 9– trim the tarantula brush body to desired shape.

For information about booking a trip with Captain Rick Worman in the Central Florida area visit his website:  or call 321-525-3893

Backyard Bass Love Balsa

SCOF’s resident fly tying slave laborer, Thomas Harvey, supplied Steve with a fine Balsa Popper, we have dubbed, “The Purp”, for his annual Turkey inspired migration to the Florida Lake Country. It seems Florida Bass love Carolina Flies as much as we do. Check out Thomas’ newest creation, the Plus Size Bait Fish in the new issue of This Is Fly, and then make sure you look high and low in our winter issue for another of what we like to call, “flies from heaven that fish like angel kisses”.

– Dave

It’s Good To Have Friends

With October banging on the door, we here at Southern Culture on The Fly figure we have way too much to do and not enough time. So in the time honored tradition of mooching off our friends who are way more talented than us, we have put the call out to some like minded individuals to take care of the the tying for our upcoming Albie trip at the end of the month. We figure when you have friends that tie like this, why even mess around? Above is a little sneak peek from Thomas Harvey’s vice that is tentatively being called, “Harvey’s Harker Whore”. Whatever he calls it, you can be sure we’ll have a box full in every color ready to bury in the back of our heads with poor casting. Make sure you check out the Fall Issue for a fly tying video from Thomas, which I can guarantee won’t disappoint.

– Dave

Wrappin’ Up The Tie-One-On-A-Thon

The flies are boxed, the beer is gone, and the BBQ is nothing more than a pleasant memory punctuated by a porky burp now and then. The 1st Annual Tie-One-On-A-Thon has come to pass, and it was more fun than anyone should have tying 700 flies. There will be a nice article about the event in the upcoming Spring Issue, but I just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who tied, sponsored, and showed up to make this unique event a success in its very first year. We are still working out the final numbers but WNC Project Healing Waters should be getting a better check than I have gotten in the past few months. So for those folks who, for whatever reason, couldn’t make it this year, we put together a slide show that should give you a clearer picture into the Tie-One-On-A-Thon madness you missed… don’t let it happen again, because we will be back bigger and better next year.

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– Dave

Tuesdays Are For Tying

The recent warm weather has got me thinking short sleeves and sandy beers. Unfortunately, that’s still a few months away, but it’s never too early to start tying for warmer weather. SCOF contributor Tucker Blythe offers up his Black Copper Mullet pattern for Redfish in off color water. I’m thinking this thing might get some Smallie love this summer as well. It’s funny how my Red box and Smallie box see a lot of double duty…kind of like my hemroid cream…it really reduces eye puffiness.

– Dave