Brandon Parker posted some very cool flies on his Instagram. They are gar flies! If you have ever tried to catch a gar, you will definitely understand the purpose of this fly explained below by Brandon. They are difficult to hook because of their very narrow jaws and needle like teeth. I need to try these out this year!
Hook: Gamakatsu Octopus 5/0
Body/Tail: White Nylon rope (pulled apart)
Thread: Danville 210 denier flat waxed nylon.
Eyes: WTP Stick on eyes (sized to fly)
Head: Clear Cure Goo tack free
*** glass rattle inside the head ***
Different colored nylon rope would work (I’ve also been thinking about a glow in the dark nylon rope version for nighttime gar)
Erratic movements and short strips. The gar will “attack” the fly from the side. Let him “chew” it for a second to get the fibers stuck in his teeth.
Make sure and use a heavy enough leader and tippet as to not lose any hooked fish. Remove ALL the nylon rope from the gar before releasing. Any nylon that is left could stay tangled in the teeth, causing the gar to be unable to open his mouth…. causing starvation.