Gar on the Fly

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Chris_in_Louisiana's picture
Gar on the Fly
Hey guys, I wanted to share a post I published earlier today regarding targeting gar with a fly rod. I'd love some input from the rough fish crowd if you don't mind checking it out. Here's the link: Thanks Chris
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Here's a clickable version of

Here's a clickable version of that link:

DavidG's picture
that was a great read -

that was a great read - awesome indepth stuff.  Thank you for sharing, I think this kindof breadown is invaluable


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andy's picture
Great perspective

Thinking outside the box for gar fly selection!  It's great to hear about your success.  I especially enjoyed your emphasis on placing the cast very deliberately so the fly passes their eyeball.  Having watched many gar strikes with both pet gar and those in the wild, I think it's a great thing to consider.  Also when a gar strikes in this sideways motion, a small sharp fly might better sink into the fleshy rear part of their mouth instead of the beak where it's difficult to get a good hook.  Your take is spot-on there too.

Great stuff, thanks for sharing!

Chris_in_Louisiana's picture
Thanks guys!

Thanks for the feedback guys!  It is very much appreciated!

Andy - It is amazing, though unsurprising, just how visually oriented gar are as predators.  It really makes them a perfect target for sight casting with a fly rod. 

Beyond that, it is also a great test of an angler's casting accuracy.  I've lost more than a few to errant casts that touched down too far foward. 


garman's picture
Break Offs?

Well done!  Sight fishing for gar is absolute blast!  Gargantua slowly appears from the depths and I, with my pounding heart, have to make a perfect cast.  Love it.

Thinking back . . . I have never had a gar break off with a rope lure.  Has that happened to you all?  I learned from Garman Jack (of Lake Lanier) to keep my drag loose when fishing ropes.  I've lost plenty but never had one break off.

Chris_in_Louisiana's picture
Sorry for the slow reply. 

Sorry for the slow reply.  Just back from out of the country.

Excellent tip on the loose drag.  I haven't personally experienced it as I don't fish rope flies, but I have broken off the occasional gar on other flies.