So you’ve been stripping your ass off but the damn Garrick are turning short. Especially the bigger ones. And no matter what you rip back over the surface, it just does not seem to produce a take. You’ve even put a sinking fly on and still, no love.

This is a scenario that is not uncommon when targeting Garrick. The big especially can get quite picky!

A simple trick I learnt whiles back is to double up your flies. Taking a leaf out of the trout angler’s book, I tie a slim baitfish imitation in a New Zealand rig below my popper. (Attach a piece of leader straight from the bend of the popper to the baitfish).

While casting does get tougher, I’ve found that as long as I’m getting a decent cast in,  the percentage of hookups goes up.

A New Zealand rig for Garrick

A New Zealand rig for Garrick


You can clearly see the popper hanging below the fish.


Another Garrick with the trailing baitfish pattern snuggly in the scissors.



  1. metiefly 1 September, 2014 at 00:38 - Reply

    Genius! Beautiful fish by the way… They can hit like a steam train!

  2. dotkaye 3 September, 2014 at 00:41 - Reply

    I’ve done this for bass, had not thought to try it on the leervis.. hm interesting.
    nice fish there. my wife is in Knysna next week while I work for a living in Colorado, dammit.

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