Skip to main content
apple_podcasts_80h
spotify-80h

Longtime fly-fisherman and bestselling author, Monte Burke, sits down to talk about his latest book, Lords of the Fly: Madness, Obsession, and the Hunt for the World Record Tarpon

Few gamefish challenge fly anglers like the tarpon, a high-flying, tackle destroying beast that prowls the flats and backcountry waters. But in the annals of tarpon fishing, one period stands out as the best ever known. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, something unique happened in the quiet little town of Homosassa, Florida. Giant, triple-digit tarpon showed up and so did the best fly anglers in the world — Lefty Kreh, Stu Apte, Ted Williams, Tom Evans, Billy Pate, and others — gathered together to try and catch the world record tarpon. In doing so, they battled beasts on a daily basis and unveiled a never-before-seen competition for a fishing accolade that has alluded so many. Listen in as Monte talks about the men he met in his research, his own fishing journey, the fish he saw on his travels, the history lessons he learned and the process needed to report on such a unique time in fishing history.

In Lords of the Fly, Monte Burke, a tarpon angler himself, delves into an incredible moment in fly-fishing history when the best in the sport showed up in a small town to catch massive silver kings.

In Lords of the Fly, Monte Burke, a tarpon angler himself, delves into an incredible moment in fly-fishing history when the best in the sport showed up in a small town to catch massive silver kings.

Filled with larger-than-life characters and vivid prose, Lords of the Fly is not only a must read for fly anglers, but anyone who longs to better understand the obsessions of an angler on a quest for a world record.

Related

PodHeader

Anglers Journal Podcast: The Origin Story

Back in 2013, longtime fisherman and magazine editor Bill Sisson had an idea for a different kind of fishing magazine.

tackle

Podcast: Talking Tackle

Tackle expert Dave Ferrell shares some tips on what to look for to help you catch more fish.

clark_open

Filming Deadliest Catch

Listen to a first-hand account of what it's like to film from the deck of a crab boat in 50-foot seas.

jaws_open

Talking JAWS

We sit down with JAWS fanatic Joe Cermele to debate whether or not this classic is the best fishing movie ever made.

Screen Shot 2022-06-29 at 11.03.04 AM

A Pathway for Permit

The permit is the pinnacle of saltwater fly-fishing, and the main subject of this new film from Costa Sunglasses and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.

sb6

Anglers Journal Helm Change

Bill Sisson reflects on his time as the founding editor of Anglers Journal as he steps into a new role.

AdobeStock_89370459

Anglers Journal Scores Big in Annual Writing Contest

Among the award winners were nine entries from Anglers Journal, including four first-place wins, as well as a sweep of the Profiles category.

hands

16 Fishing Knots

Learn these 16 fishing knots for tying on hooks, leaders, lures and flies.

tarpon

Tarpon - Swimming Through Air

The author was ‘a goner’ after his first big tarpon shook its head and took to the sky