If ever there was a game of inches, this is it. Rarely will a laid-up tarpon make a drastic move, be it a pronounced turn or sudden acceleration, to eat a fly that lands several feet away. Despite their inertia, these fish are still endowed with finely-tuned sensory perception and huge eyes that the smallest of details hardly escape. Therefore, the aim should be to serve the fly — with a smooth delivery that won’t rock the boat, and the softest possible landing —on an imaginary, 24-inch plate that extends forward from the tarpon’s nose. Next, pick up any slack line right away by stripping long and steady until you gain control of the offering, then you can minimize stripping speed and length to impart action to the fly as needed, based on the tarpon’s reactions.