My next strip got the fish’s attention. Its tail kicked, and the fish disappeared. Even though we could not see the fish, it was obvious that it was below the fly, waiting for the right moment to inhale it. After two more strips, the fish became visible beneath the fly and continued to track it. While the fish followed, I noticed that even though I was matching the retrieve to the fish’s speed to keep the offering in its face, the fly continued to sink lower and lower until it was below the fish’s head and out of the zone in which a tarpon typically takes a fly. I tried stripping faster to raise the fly, but by then it was too late. After that fish and a few more similar incidents in which the fly sank too fast, I began brainstorming how to slow the sink rate of EP Baitfish-type patterns.