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 Post subject: Re: Gar flies
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:41 pm 
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Tom, all that work and practice braiding hair on Barbie dolls has paid some handsome dividends.

Do you think there are gar between Charlotte and Wagner? We missed the striper run but gar could be a fun trip. I know exactly where some big ones sun themselves on the Catawba going into Lake Wylie. We had some follows but never any takes. The rope flies I was using at the time were a challenge -- it was like throwing a wet dish rag. How do your flies behave on a fly rod?


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 Post subject: Re: Gar flies
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:49 pm 
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La_Trucha wrote:
Are the scales technique a secret or can you post here how you did that?


Nando...the scales are just a clear tape with the scales printed on it....they sell it in the lure making section at BPS. Dammit...now the secrets out :o :roll: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Gar flies
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:56 pm 
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Christensen wrote:
Tom, all that work and practice braiding hair on Barbie dolls has paid some handsome dividends.

Do you think there are gar between Charlotte and Wagner? We missed the striper run but gar could be a fun trip. I know exactly where some big ones sun themselves on the Catawba going into Lake Wylie. We had some follows but never any takes. The rope flies I was using at the time were a challenge -- it was like throwing a wet dish rag. How do your flies behave on a fly rod?


Aaron....I just want you to know...I had a Ken doll too!! :twisted:

Gar can usually be found in just about any river or large impoundment ....I spent about 2 or 3 hrs following them around and pitching flies...had at least 30 follows...and two takes....thus the new flies....I think they like something with a lot of action or something that makes a big disturbance....swimmy swimmy ...or big popper head!

the rope fly I was throwing is about 6 to 7 inches long and casts like a wet mop! I could throw it maybe 40 ft.....I'm thinking even though these are a bit longer ...they should'nt hold as much water as the rope does....and with the loose braid should hold em' just as good as a rope.

Maybe sometime after the smallie show we could go harass a few above Wylie! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Gar flies
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:58 pm 
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Very nice, Mr. Tom.


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 Post subject: Re: Gar flies
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:00 pm 
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Herb wrote:
Those are really great looking flies.
Superb craftmanship!
How do you get those beautifull flies out of the Gars mouth in one piece and undamaged?

Herb


Herb...so far I have'nt had to worry about that....but you can carry a piece of plastic pipe cut at a slant on one end to pry thier mouth open to retrieve the fly.

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 Post subject: Re: Gar flies
PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:30 am 
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My uncle stumpy did something like that one time


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