Chasing Silver – Part 1
Tarpon – the ultimate sport fish: fast, powerful, acrobatic, big. Chasing Silver takes a look at the day in the life of two obsessive anglers with a competitive nature – a former championship skier and a champion fisherman – and the techniques and tricks that they use to land the biggest tarpon they can. Even these pros get taught a lesson or two by these hard fighting fish.
Chasing Silver – Part 2
Episode two follows Fitz Coker and Tom Rowland, two tarpon-addicts who moved to Florida just to target this mesmerising species. On mirror-calm Key West waters Fitz and Tom stalk the flats, hoping to tempt a big bar of silver to take the fly. Tarpon fishing on the fly requires stealth, precision, skill, and a lot of luck.
Chasing Silver – Part 3
Andy Mill and Tim Hoover are champion tarpon anglers but that doesn’t mean that they don’t lose the odd fish. Andy, a former Olympic ski-er explains why tarpon fishing has replaced competitive skiing in his life, and how sometimes accidents result in new techniques. These guys are always looking for the edge that makes catching one of these spooky fish more likely, but the fish win more often than not.
Chasing Silver – Part 4
No matter how experienced the angler, tarpon present a challenge offered by few other species. In this episode Tom Rowland, who usually guides for other clients, is at the other end of the boat, casting the fly, with his old friend Rich Tudor on poling and spotting duties. We learn about the worm hatch that sends the tarpon crazy, and hear from a number of veteran Keys tarpon anglers.
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.
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.