OK, our state (AR) all tackle rec. for the Alligator gar is 240lbs and I have seen 4-6 footers in my lake while bass fishing, the other state records run from 36.5 lbs for the longnose and 6.12 for the shortnose and 11.12 for the spotted. Now picture your out in your boat on a hot summer afternoon and throwing bass bugs to the cover, you look over and see a 5foot fish laying just under the surface, turn and pick up your back up rod throw a cast just past his nose and ease the fly in front of him and he rolls on it, you pull tight and all hell breaks loose. Think about landing a 100-200 lb fish on fly tackle(could happpen in alot of southern states). The flies for gar are a little diffrent in that they have no hook, I ty them out of nylon rope(the white stringers wealmart sells) the teeth of the gar get tangled in the fly and thats how you lamnnd it, before I was told this, I fished flies with hooks, maybe landed one out of 25 their mouth is just to boney for a hook to get a good hold. The next time you bored on a hot summer afternoon, give it a try, I think you'll like it.
The hooks are still in these to take the photo I will cut them off up past the bend before I fish them a BIG mean fish with lots of sharp teeth and a hook flying around is the last thing you want
Good luck, I hope to see you posting a few pics of a monster Gar soon. The largest fish I ever landed on a fly was a 32lb Stripped Bass on a 9WT I can't imagine what a 200lbs fish would feel like...
P.S. Watch your fingers, count them before and after you land the fish. Make sure you come up with 10 both times
Switl,,,,not quite that bad, thye didnt go real deep but was about 3-4 inches long, I was puting my knee down on him to hold him still and he swiped at my leg and nailed my knee and thiegh area. LOL
Glass,,,,Thanks, The white rope on the flies is lengeths of the heavy dudy white stringers walmart sells, Cut how ever long you want then pull the core out, the one with the three strands of white is made from the core of the stringer.
I usally put a little flash on them but dont go to crazy makeing them pretty, they usally only last a couple fish. I am REALLY hopeing I nail a BIGGGGG one this year.
I allways watch those monster shows. The ones where they try to find things like bigfoot and such, and the new one river montsers, the other devening I saw one that a muskie or pike bit a guy on the lower leg while he was wadeing in shallow water up in MI or MN some place. Left a pretty nasty wound to.
Never thought about Gar fishing here in the ozarks. I know there a lot of them in the rivers up here.
Do you have a certain fly you like using for Carp? I was told if I can find the carp in the flats and get one to bite, a 12lb carp will take off to the deep and its like fighting a Tarpon! For us county boys that sound like a lot of fun. Very few fish in Arkansas will get down to your backing!