The Drug-Smuggling Miami Mobster Who Fell in Love With Tarpon Fishing

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, something unique happened in the quiet little town on the west coast of Florida known as Homosassa. The best fly anglers in the world—Lefty Kreh, Stu Apte, Ted Williams, Tom Evans, Billy Pate and others—all gathered together to chase the same Holy Grail: The world record for the world’s most glamorous and sought-after fly rod species, the tarpon.

Due to hit bookshelves on September 1st, Monte Burke’s new book LORDS OF THE FLY tells the thrilling, never-before-told story of the quest for the world record tarpon on a fly rod.

The Daily Beast has a choice excerpt.

Bobby Erra was second-generation mafia and a man with a volcanic temper. The only things that calmed him down were his girlfriend and fly fishing. And not even that was fail-safe.


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