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#841234 - 07/28/08 08:01 AM Re: Basso's Big Blue and Gar on the Fly [Re: Southpaw]
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#841247 - 07/28/08 08:10 AM Re: Basso's Big Blue and Gar on the Fly [Re: gil1]
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 Originally Posted By: gil1
Basso ain't no client. He's a tndeer brethren, and I think you need to tell a story or three on him. What did he screw up? Anybody bleed or break anything? Any moron factor come to light? If nothing, please feel free to make some stuff up! \:D


I have to wait until he writes whatever he's going to write, if anything. It's dangerous to go "dawgin'" the guy who has access to ink.
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#841473 - 07/28/08 10:35 AM Re: Basso's Big Blue and Gar on the Fly [Re: rsimms]
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#841488 - 07/28/08 10:44 AM Re: Basso's Big Blue and Gar on the Fly [Re: rsimms]
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#842956 - 07/29/08 07:25 AM Re: Basso's Big Blue and Gar on the Fly [Re: buckhorn40]
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You got Troy to quit talking long enough to catch some fish ? \:D
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#843224 - 07/29/08 10:25 AM Re: Basso's Big Blue and Gar on the Fly [Re: Radar]
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 Originally Posted By: Radar
You got Troy to quit talking long enough to catch some fish ? \:D


No... he just kept talking while catching fish.
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#844030 - 07/29/08 07:06 PM Re: Basso's Big Blue and Gar on the Fly [Re: rsimms]
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#844216 - 07/29/08 08:29 PM Re: Basso's Big Blue and Gar on the Fly [Re: hunter drew]
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Makes sense - I've never made a "gar fly" before, and don't have anything in my tackle box that remotely resembles one.

What I used to do was keep a couple of ugly bass plugs that never caught any fish handy, and I'd tie one of those on with a bass rod and catch gar that way on slow days.

I bet it would be a blast to catch them on the fly rod, though.
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#846681 - 07/31/08 09:13 AM Re: Basso's Big Blue and Gar on the Fly [Re: Crosshairy]
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Troy, those hookless gar flies of yours are awesome. I've caught a few nice gar on the flyrod lately, but I've been doing it with superbuggers. Sometimes the hook sticks, sometimes it doesn't.

If you don't mind giving secrets away, can you offer any tips on how you tie yours?

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#846728 - 07/31/08 09:45 AM Re: Basso's Big Blue and Gar on the Fly [Re: Fordman]
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Well, here's an old recipe I used to tie. I liked all the glitter and flash and even sometimes put spinners on there. As it turns out, they usually like plain old rope better than anything. They definitely don't like spinners much, but a little flash wouldn't hurt.

I caught 17 while supposedly carp fishing on the Cumby the other day. There was no hook. There was no fly tying. I doubled over a rope I had in my boat, teased it out a little, and tied my leader to its middle. It doubled over in the water and sort of undulated.

Here's the recipe anyway.

Gar Fly

Hook: Something big, usually a 2/0 straight-eye (a strong hook)
Thread: Heavy, white
Eyes: Black Sharpie dot
Body: Nylon rope,
X-LG mylar cord (pearl color)
Tail: Red rabbit fur
Flashabou of your color choice

Put a good thread base on. Sometimes, there is a core inside the nylon rope. Just remove it when you cut the rope. Cut a piece of nylon rope about 4-5 inches long (you can always shorten it at the end if itís too long). Place nylon rope over the hook, tie it in near the eye, and wrap thread tightly around the rope all the way to the bend. Tie in rabbitís fur at the bend and rotate or spread it completely around the hook. Whip finish and cut thread. Cut hook completely off at the bend, making the fly hookless.
Cut a length of Mylar cord to the length from your hook eye to the end of the rabbit fur tail. Pull the core out of the Mylar, and thread the Mylar outer tube over the eye and down the length of the hook, effectively encompassing it. Secure the tube just behind the eye whip finish, and cut the thread. Youíll have to trim the Mylar ends from around the eye. Now, pull the tube toward the back, making it taught, secure it just before the bend (where you cut the hook point off), whip finish, and cut the thread. Put glue on the thread tie-offs if you want. Tease the tail end of the Mylar tube to make curvy, Flashabou-like tails. With a Sharpie, put dots on the sides of the Mylar for eyes. Now, tease the nylon rope out with a bodkin so that it gets fuzzy (this step takes time and patience). Securing a spinner to the hook eye is optional.





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