The first of the “big three” tarpon tournaments held each year in Islamorada, Florida during the famed tarpon migration, The Golden Fly attracts top fly anglers and world class guides to test their skills in this 3 day, invitational only, fly fishing tournament.

The 28th Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament will be held May 23-25, 2022. The tournament will launch from the Lorelei Restaurant and Marina in Islamorada, Florida. Tournament winners receive custom art and sculpture from notable wildlife artists as well as the latest gear and apparel from the premier fly fishing brands in the industry.

GRAND CHAMPIONS

YearAngler/GuideChairman
1995No winnerBoyd Walker
1996Billy Pate/Lee BakerBoyd Walker
1997Peek Garlington/Tim HooverRobert Sherman
1998Andy Mill/Paul TejeraRobert Sherman
1999Mike Quigley/Mark KrowkaMike Quigley
2000Andy Mill/Paul TejeraTom Taylor/Raiford Trask
2001Linda Robinson/Tony TraadPat Ford
2002Andy Mill/Paul TejeraPat Ford
2003Andy Mill/Paul TejeraPat Ford
2004Andy Mill/Doug KilpatrickPat Ford
2005Charles Duncan III/Rob FordycePat Ford
2006David Seetapun/John O’HearnPat Ford
2007Tim Mahaffey/Rick MurphyPat Ford
2008David Dalu/Scott CollinsPat Ford
2009Baker Bishop/Brian HelmsPat Ford
2010Baker Bishop/Brian HelmsPat Ford
2011Greg Smith/Rob FordycePat Ford
2012Mark Richens/Jared RaskobPat Ford
2013Julian Robertson/Joe RodriguezSteve Ward
2014Roger Fernandez/Tad BurkeSteve Ward
2015Andy Mill/Rob FordyceSteve Ward
2016Ed Young/Scott CollinsSteve Ward
2017Julian Robertson/Rich CampiolaSteve Ward
2018Glenn Flutie/Steve ThomasSteve Ward
2019Ryan Seiders/Rob FordyceSteve Ward
2020No Tournament PoondemicSteve Ward

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The tournament recognized a Best New Angler for the first time this year. Chalmers Allen @chalmersallen_ handily earned this recognition by catching a weight fish and two releases…on day 1!!

Thank you @randytowehandmaderods and @islamoradafishingoutfitters for sponsoring this new award with a stunning, custom, handmade rod!

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Their big fish strategy not only earned Bart Knellinger @bartknellinger and Bear Holeman @bearholeman Grand Champion honors…but also the 2022 Golden Fly Largest Tarpon Billy Pate Memorial award!

Thank you @kingsailfishmounts for helping us honor the memory of our predecessors and heroes so beautifully🏆✨

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For the second year in a row….congratulations to Tim O’Brien @obrientimm and Capt. Bret Greco @grecosonthefly for the most releases to win the 2022 Rick Moeller Most Releases Memorial Honor!

Thank you to our amazing friends @kingsailfishmounts for our custom memorial trophies!

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Congratulations to Bart Knellinger @bartknellinger and Capt. Bear Holeman @bearholeman for winning the 2022 Golden Fly! Two solid weight fish earned this team top honors this year!! Cheers gentleman!

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Day two in the books.
There’s rum for that…thanks to @papaspilar🥃

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“How was your day?”
The answer was a resounding…FUN!!
We can see why!!
Congrats to this awesome field on a great day 1!!

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If it’s blowin’…we’re goin’🤘🏼
Good luck to the anglers and guides fishing the 2022 Golden Fly!

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Every bite counted this year! Congratulations to Tim O’Brien and Captain Bret Greco for garnering the most releases this year to win the 2021 Golden Fly Rick Moeller Most Releases Memorial honor.
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The smile of shared experience. Catching a 139 pounder is definitely an experience! Well done Scott Green and Captain Tommy Locke...the winners of the 2021 Golden Fly Largest Tarpon Billy Pate Memorial honors.
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Congratulations Tyler Shealey and Captain Steven Tejera...the 2021 Golden Fly Grand Champions!!
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Day two in the books🤘🏼
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The fish. The anglers. The guides. The SPONSORS!!
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Day one. Lots of fish in the bank! It’s going to be a fun next two days! Great fishing everyone!
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Blessed and ready. Good luck today gentleman! Fish with heart 🤍@ed_young #camraderie #loveyouroceans #tarpon #tarpononfly #islamorada #goldenflytarpontournament ...