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Flats Fishing on the Fly

Stalking the flats for bones, permit and more
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A fantastic series of 6 shows about fly fishing for tarpon in Florida  
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A rarified fishing adventure to Ascension Bay, Mexico, saltwater fly fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon.  
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Scorpion
29:22
Remote reefs. Tropical fish. Crashing in a hammock. Wild boat rides. Lucha libre masks. Eight- to twelve-pound bonefish. Sound like something you want in on? Welcome to Scorpion Reef. In November 2012, a group of anglers embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to one of the most remote reef systems in the Gulf of Mexico. Five atolls, known collectively as Alacranes Reef, are located 120 km due north of Progreso. The reef complex is 27 km (17 miles) long and 20 km (13 miles) wide with a total area of some 245 square km (153 square miles). Alacrán is an emergent platform-type reef that forms part of a group known as the Campeche Bank Reefs, so named because they are located along the outer shelf of the Campeche Bank. It is the largest reef in the entire southern gulf, as well as the most northerly in location. The reef has five vegetated islands associated with it, Isla Desterrada, Desertora, Pérez, Chica and Pájaros. There are no ferries or any sort regularly scheduled transportation to this reef. It has been said that the trip is not for the weak of heart. There are no installations for receiving people, so visitors MUST take their own water, food, tents and any other supplies. Once there, interlopers have to be careful to avoid injury all costs, as there are no doctors, hospitals or support and it takes many long hours to reach the mainland. The logistic issues and risks laid aside, bonefish are present. Boy, are they present. And hungry. Six men – WorldCast Anglers President Mike Dawes, Orvis CEO Perk Perkins, and guides Ryan Buccola, Bear Holeman, Jose Briceno and Alejandro “Sandflea” Vega joined RA Beattie on the trip into the badlands of the gulf. The motely crew proved more than up to the task, though adventures were had that changed each man for a lifetime.  
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Alphonse
40:34
The Indian Ocean – a vast expanse of blue, studded with tiny island chains. One of the best known is the Seychelles, a paradise for holiday-makers and anglers alike. Alphonse follows one group of anglers on a six day excursion to throw flies to bonefish, sailfish, and a host of other flats species. 
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The Wild Fly team head to the legendary Alphonse Island in the Seychelles, perhaps the most diverse fishery in the Indian Ocean. Brad and Jeremy are there to target billfish and bones on the fly. The challenge: to catch one of each on the fly in one day.  
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Tributaries is a journey to uncover the commonality among different cultures, people and water. It explores the contrasting experiences of three diverse guides — a Bahamian flats-drifter, a Patagonian trout bum and a Viking-blooded Icelander. Watch three characters’ stories merge into one: a tribute to the world’s water.  
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The tarpon might have thought they had seen the last of Andy Mill – they heard that he’d left the water – retired and returned to the mountains. They were wrong. The former Olympic skier couldn’t resist the chance to chase some silvery tarpon late in the season. He’s joined by John O’Hearn, an established flats pro. Last time, the fates weren’t on Andy’s side… perhaps this time will be different.  
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Champion tarpon fly fisherman Andy Mill’s teamed up with John O’Hearn and they’re on a mission to hook up to tarpon in the Florida Keys. We learn how John came to fall in love with the flats, and pick up some tips on things like how to set the hook when one of these monsters takes the fly. Whether it’s the fat cigars, the fly selection or the team’s skill that brings the joy is hard to say, but these guys catch some big tarpon. If you like the sound of screaming reels, you’ll love this episode.  
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Jo Stephenson, who reached the semifinals of the BBC's "The Big Fish" has created a selection of great looking predator flies. Here she presents four saltwater flies and carefully shows you all the techniques and materials needed so that you too can tie them. 
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Islamorada in the Florida Keys, provides a great base for some spectacular sportfishing. Offshore for swordfish, aswell as flats fishing on light tackle for tarpon and permit. Bill also joins Captain Spencer Slate for some amazing scuba diving in and around the nearby reef. 
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In this episode Rae Borras takes up a once-in-a-lifetime offer to visit an exclusive island hideaway in The Maldives in the Indian Ocean to explore its game fishing potential – after all, who wouldn’t?  
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For humankind, water is a source of eternal wonder, so too the creatures that dwell within this mysterious realm. The lure of the unknown is what drives fly fishers to explore and to seek out the largest fish of a species, not for the trophy but for the challenge. LEVIATHAN documents epic fly fishing battles with these modern-day aquatic monsters in a global tour-de-force. New Zealand is recognized as a mecca for trout anglers, but few realise that the largest of these live in tiny spring creeks hidden deep in the dense forests of the Bay of Plenty. LEVIATHAN descends into the forest to shine some light on these enigmatic beasts. Next are the giant rainbow trout of Patagonia’s fabled Jurassic Lake. This desolate and wind swept lake is undoubtedly home to the largest trout on the planet. Surprisingly, these brutes readily devour huge dry flies, leading to many heart-in-mouth moments for fly fishers. In the South Pacific, there is one denizen of the deep that demands instant respect - the Giant Trevally. Amongst fishermen the lore of their strength and aggression is second to none. LEVIATHAN follows fly fishers as they lock horns with these mighty fish in the coral reefs of French Polynesia and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  
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