05-07-2012, 11:16 AM
Today is my last chance
Well I've been here in North Carolina for 10 days. Great weather , nice people, beautiful lake and excellent fishing. Been working Lake Norman everyday and it's been a blast. Seen bald eagles and ospreys nailing fish all kinds of wildlife some insects and reptiles that ive never seen before. Caught Spotted Bass. Largemouth Bass ,Channel and Blue Catfish , Bluegills and Redbreast Sunfish , White Perch and White Bass. Even picked up a small Striper. But my quest for a Longnose Gar still eludes me. They are everywhere you go and yet getting them to hit or stay on the hook has been a monumental task . For my first 5 days of trying they wouldn't even glance at my flys. Big fish , some 4ft long! Then after all the no looks I started getting some follows on big saltwater streamers. Here I am throwing 5inch deceivers in a lake to a prehistoric fish and it follows right to the tip of the rod and nothing.
So Saturday night I started getting creative. I used catch Florida Gar on rope flys so I figured maybe that would solve my problem. Took one of my buddy's old nylon rachet straps shredded it into 5 inch strips tied it to a 2/0 circle hook. Looked pretty good. Casted like **** and when it got wet was like casting a wet dish rag !
But a funny thing happened , yesterday for the first time I started hooking Longnose Gar! Fourteen of them to be exact. Did I land any ? Of course not! Could not for the life of me get that hook to stick in that boney snout!
And I did come close to a landed one. Almost had him to the shore fly in his upper snout so he opens his mouth and his lower jaw gets stuck in the mud. Try to back him out fly pulls!
But today is the day that I land one! Finally figured out how to get the take now it's time for the picture. Just switched to a smaller hook I think that may do the trick. Wish me luck. I need it!
"I was born to fish" Lee Wulff
"There's more B.S. in fly fishing then there is in a Kansas feedlot." Lefty Kreh
" It ain't over till it's over." Yogi Berra
"Your not old,you've simply acquired a patina." Swirlchaser