I have been getting a lot of questions about fly fishing for gar, so i thought i would start by posting a few Canyon Lake gar videos and photos and some of the flies I use to catch them. I’ll follow up with some tutorials soon.
The flies shown here hook the gar, rather than entangle them like rope-style flies. The key is using a large high-quality circle hook mounted as a trailer on a tube fly, or as a single hook on a short-bodied streamer. Typically when a gar strikes the fly, a slow steady hook-set will cause the hook to seat firmly around the the gar’s lower jaw. Hookup percentages are not stellar, but are pretty good. Certainly they are a vast improvement over standard flies and better than any other hooking methods I have tried.
Circle hooks are used on all my gar flies. Tube flies with a circle hook trailer are especially effective.