Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: S Ontario rivers plus various lakes for warm water species.
I have yet to catch a gar, well done boating one.
With respect, would not your 9' rod remain a single handed rod albeit with a longer handle, often called an 'extension' or 'fighting grip' rather than morphing into a double hander, which would have the benefit of being longer with a different action.
Working back from the fish and the bulky fly, would not the single hander, with or without the extension handle, coupled with a hefty weight forward line, be more suitable for overhead casting. I am not sure how a shortish 9' rod, held with both hands while casting, be able to achieve much distance, when line speed is missing, not being double hauled. Maybe it was, but then why a double handed style handle. In any case, I presume the rod would still be held and the fly stripped with the other to impart some action, would that not be tricky with that design handle (which was well put together by the way).
Looks like it is nice and calm, not sure about that treble trailing hook if there would be a breeze blowing, casting overhead, with two in the boat. I know that's big water.
Again, just a couple of observations.
I think that pike are also prehistoric.