Well, we weren’t fishing for gar but when you see one of this size you can’t help but try.  Shannon put the fly on the money.  He got lucky, the fly caught the gar in the corner of the jaw because a gar’s mouth is nothing but bone.  I have hooked a few over the years but never could keep the fly in the mouth.  This was the first time in a long time I have seen backing peeling off the reel.