How to tie a Marabou Cockroach Tarpon Fly

The Cockroach Tarpon Fly is a classic and has caught many tarpon over time. This new pattern takes the original fly, and changes it with a simple marabou collar.  This simple materials change makes this Tarpon Cockroach very fishy and quite easy to tie.

Watch how to tie this fly:
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Materials List:

I use a Gamakatsu SL12S size 1/0 for all of my tarpon flies.  This hook is strong and sticky.
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This pattern calls for grizzly hackle. Though any feathers will do, I chose to use a bulk pack of strung hackles.
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I use Marabou for the collar of this fly. I suggest using light or dark brown, but any color may work if you experiment with it.
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Step By Step: How to tie a Marabou Cockroach Tarpon Fly

Start a hook

Add a grizzly hackle tail

Tie in a brown clump of marabou for the collar, whip finish and complete the fly

Marabou Cockroach Tarpon Fly


Capt Matt guides for Giant Tarpon near Key West, FL during the Spring Tarpon Migration.  If you would like to tie into a monster fish with your fly rod, go to

"How to tie a
Marabou Cockroach Tarpon Fly"
by Capt. Matt Thomas

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