Rosa Parks Fished Streamers

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Stand up with me here streamer guys, you know what I’m talking about! First of all I am in no way making light of Ms. Parks courageous acts or life of service. She is on my list of personal heroes and that list is pretty damn short. If you don’t know who she is, you should! That said, like Rosa, I’m getting pretty fucking tired of the back of the bus. Stand up with me here streamer guys, you know what I’m talking about. Every time I get in a drift boat with a streamer rod I get stuck in the back of the boat. (I’m not picking on you here BW, everybody does it.) There’s always one of your buddies who pipes up with, “I sure would like the chance to catch one on a dry before you scare the hell out of ’em with that thing.” I have a couple of problems with this horse shit. The first being, streamers do not spook fish. If they do, explain to me why fish eat them. Not just big fish, I routinely catch fish barely bigger than my streamer. The primary reason that streamers do not spook fish is that fish are not afraid of things that are under water. Ask anyone who has snorkeled. If fish don’t spook at the sight of a person under water a fly isn’t going to phase them. I know one guide on the Snake River who, in the fall, prefers to have a streamer fisherman in the bow and a guy throwing hoppers in the back. His theory is that the streamer gets the fish worked up and ready to eat. It works, too. I’ll say it again, streamers do not spook fish! Secondly, it’s just a matter of etiquette. I put my … Continue reading

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Sunday Classic / Trust The Boo

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I’ve fished bamboo rods my whole life and I’ve made my own for the last twelve years or so. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked if I was afraid to fight big fish on a bamboo rod. The answer is no. I’ve broken my share of rods but only once did I break one fighting a fish and that was totally my fault. I’ve landed more fish over twenty inches on bamboo than I can count, a few pushing thirty. The two fish pictured were both landed on a seven foot four weight. The tip on that rod measures only thirty thousandths of an inch in diameter but it handled those monsters just fine. A 27″ Hen and a 28″ Male Both Landed on the 4 Weight Bamboo is a remarkable material. When properly heat treated it has amazing strength. Traditional Japanese carpenters use bamboo nails cooked in a wok and high rise construction all over Asia is done on bamboo scaffolding. Do bamboo rods break? Of course they do but a well made rod is much stronger than you would guess and if properly handled and cared for it will take whatever a fish can dish out. I’ve heard it said that fisherman break rods, not fish, and I think that’s true. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to keep that cane rod fishing for many years. • Treat it right. Bamboo doesn’t take a lot of maintenance but there are some things you should think about. Rot is a death sentence for a cane rod. Rod makers spend a lot of time on their finish and it can last a lifetime but it’s not bulletproof. Never put a rod away wet. This is the most common mistake guys make with … Continue reading

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Saturday Shoutout / Skiff Republic

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If you haven’t seen Skiff Republic its well worth your time. A truly different fishing blog Skiff Republic has its roots in the love of boats for fishing but offers fishing news and points of interest I don’t see any where else.  This great video of Joan Wulff from the 1960s is priceless! Joan takes an air boat ride through the Everglades, catches a huge bass and cooks it up for the kids.  It’s cheesy fun but also great to watch Joan work her magic! She is as cool today as she was in the Madmen era.   We’re going to flash back a couple of weeks. We got a lot of positive feedback two weeks ago on our shout out to Tim Romano.  I got an email from Tim this week about a project he just wrapped up for Trout Unlimited. It’s an effect to protect the Green River from Development.  The Green holds a special place in my heart and it’s too precious a resource to loose. Check out Tim’s slide show from the Green and get involved in the effort!   Oh, and check out the Gink and Gasoline Andros South trip!  It’s going to kick some serious ass!!! Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Korkers KGB Wading Boot – Looks to be a Game Changer

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There’s nothing I enjoy more than passing on information (That’s been brought back from the field) to a manufacturer and not only have them appreciate the input, but then see them actually use it to make improvements in their product designs. That’s what Korkers has done with their new KGB wading boot this year, and they’re showing that they’re listening and value the input from their loyal supporters. The Korkers KGB Wading Boot (Korkers Guide Boot) has been completely redesigned from the bottom up, and Korkers has continued to stay true to its roots, by choosing the highest quality and most durable materials for their boots, all while maintaining a design that focuses heavily on support and superior traction for safe wading. One critical area Korkers has excelled immensely at, is manufacturing outdoor footwear that is super lightweight. Next time you’re in a retail shop, compare Korkers to other brands, and you’ll quickly notice how much lighter they are. Even with all the steroids they injected into the Korkers KGB wading boot, it still ranks as one of the lightest wading boots on the market today. Korkers took it a step further this year by partnering up with Vibram, the outdoor leader in boot soles, and worked with them to design a super aggressive and durable sole available with and without studs. Korkers has also adjusted their sizing (in the past were known for sizing to run small), and their interchangeable traction control soles work seamlessly with all of their footwear so you can be sure you’re ready to tackle a diverse range of outdoor treking. Korkers KGB Wading Boot Product Video Korkers Traction Control Interchangeable Soles For more product information about the Korkers KGB Boot and the rest of their products, please visit the Korkers website. Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink … Continue reading

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Line Marking Shorthand

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I’m told that Lefty Kreh came up with this, but I learned it from my friend Rick Whorwood. It’s a great idea, who ever thought of it. As fly lines get unspooled and respooled it easy to lose track of exactly which line is which. This simple short hand system for keeping up with line weights is a life saver. Mark the line on each end with a sharpie. Heavy blocks represent a value of five and thin lines represent a value of one. Just like “V” and “I” in Roman numerals. So a heavy block and three lines means this is an eight weight line. Couldn’t be simpler. Mark both ends so you can quickly identify a line whether it’s on the spool or on the reel. I’m sure this will be old news to many of you but if this is the first time you’ve heard of it, you’re going to love it.   Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Catching Big Trout Sometimes Takes Multiple Attempts

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Several times this past year guiding, my clients would miss a big fish opportunity during our fishing trip. Sometimes it would be because of a poor hook set, other times, it was completely out of their control by last second refusals or turn offs from the big fish. We’d always make several more casts and try using different flies, but most of the time the big fish would have already caught on and would ignore our offerings despite perfect presentations. Without giving up on the cause I would tell my clients, “no worries, let’s come back later in the day and give that big fish another go”. Not always but quite often, we’d come back and catch that big fish the second time around. When we were fortunate enough for it happened it was the most thrilling guiding for me, and my clients couldn’t have been more pleased and proud of themselves. If you find yourself wading a river or stream and spot a big fish but don’t catch it, don’t accept defeat, let the fish cool off and come back an hour or two later for a second shot. If you do everything right, most of the time you stand a very good chance at catching the trophy. This simple fly fishing tip, is overlooked by a lot of anglers and it’s paid off for me time and time again throughout my years guiding. Don’t be disappointed if you strike out the second time around, because you’ve got one thing going for you that you didn’t have before, and that’s the fact that you now know where the big fish likes to hang out. Sooner or later, if you keep coming back and trying, you’ll catch that big fish. And when it happens you’ll feel a sense of reward … Continue reading

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Small Manufacturers Offer Big Value

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Walking the floor at the International Fly Tackle Dealers show this year I was struck by something. The cool new products that I was excited about all came from a very specific type of company. None of the stuff I thought was really cool came from the big booths circling the casting pond. Rather, the the really innovative, smartly designed, well made gear could be found at the tiny booths that faced the outer walls. Booths you had to look for, usually manned one or two guys who, in most cases, actually made the stuff themselves. Guys like Scott Hunter of Vedavoo who has turned down multiple job offers from the biggest players in the industry to hand sew his remarkable fishing packs. Guys like Ethan Smith of Smithfly who is making a dry bag for cameras that I have been asking Simms and William Joseph to make for me for years. Guys like Dylan Rothwell of Rising who started making all of his quality tying tools himself after a foreign manufacturing company stole one of his designs. Innovators like Colby Hackbarth from Kast or Jim McAllister from NRS who change the way we think about fishing gear. All of these guys make products that you would love and that would last you a lifetime but you have likely never heard of them. Even our small industry is prisoner to a system where marketing budgets rule. Sage will always win Best New Rod, no matter what they enter because no one can out spend them. The big guys make some fine products to be sure but they often lack the passion and focus that a single visionary entrepreneur brings to the table. If we, the anglers, want innovative quality products made in America, it’s going to be up to us … Continue reading

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How Social Media is Changing Fishing Pressure

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Some would argue with me, but I think when you factor in the entire continental United States, trout streams as a whole are getting more crowded. Some of it has to do with population increases and the fact that many of our fisheries and their resources are being mishandled and depleted. But I think, the majority of it has to do with the growing popularity of social media and its ability for real-time communication that’s changing how fishing pressure is being dished out. It’s much easier for anglers today to communicate, quickly comb through the latest fishing reports on the web and then focus their time fly fishing the locations that are producing. Today, when the fishing on a specific trout stream or river begins to drop below average, anglers are much quicker to move on, and search out the next closest trout water that’s fishing more favorable. The days of it taking a week or two for the fly fishing public to catch on and mobilize are over with for the most part. That’s why, if you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed a correlation between the trout water that’s fishing good, and the amount of cars it has in the parking lot and the boats it has on the water. In simple terms, we’re using the technology of social media as a tool to be more strategic and efficient fly fisherman, but at the same time, it’s back firing on us, because it’s bunching us all together. That’s why it’s more important than ever that fly anglers are fishing smarter on the water. Fly anglers need to be quick to adjust their fly fishing tactics when they’re not catching fish, and they need to be willing to think outside the box in what gear and flies their … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Classic / Spotting Big Trout in Unlikely Places

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One of my home waters that I spend 500 plus hours a year guiding on is notorious for big fish holding in water that most people would consider horrible trout water. I’m talking about water that is less than a foot deep that even veteran anglers would regularly walk by without fishing. The other day guiding I spotted a huge hooked jaw male rainbow pushing 30 inches. It was sitting in plain view on a gravel bar in six inches of water hugged up against the edge of a rhododendron. My partner and I watched the fish feeding regularly for about five minutes, while we planned out our spot and stock. I had seen big fish laying in this shallow gravel bar in the past many times, but nothing this size. Here’s the ironic part, right before we had approached the spot I had just explained how important it was to scan the water, even ridiculous looking shallow water before making a cast in the chances we might spot a big fish. Heavily pressured fish are smart and often sneaky. I truly believe big trout will often search out under pressured water that anglers tend to overlook to stay off the radar. Doing this keeps them from getting harassed by 90% of fly fishermen. Next time your fishing heavily pressured trout water that holds big fish and the water is clear enough to sight-fish, don’t make the mistake of overlooking subpar trout water on the way to your next honey hole. You may very well end up spotting a trout of a lifetime. Just because you’ve fished a spot several times with no luck, doesn’t mean it will never hold fish. Ask any veteran guide, and I’m sure they’ll tell you stories about telling their clients, “Let’s walk through this water and … Continue reading

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Saturday Shoutout / Fly Tying Videos by Tightline Productions

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This weeks Saturday Shoutout goes to Tightline Productions for their extremely professional step-by-step fly tying videos. Tightline Productions YouTube Channel I’ve watched a gazillion fly tying videos since YouTube came out. As a whole they all seemed about the same in terms of professionalism. That was until, I first watched a fly tying video produced by Tightline Productions. These guys flat out know what their doing. They use perfectly placed transistions in the videos and complimentary voice-over that turns their fly tying videos into masterpieces. I’ve never had fly tying videos get me so pumped up to hit the tying bench and inspire me to produce the best flies I can, and that’s special. If you haven’t seen these fly tying videos and you like to tie flies, I highly encourage you to spend 10-15 minutes watching a couple of their videos. I think you’ll find them to be invaluable in your own fly tying and experience the adrenaline rush of excitement I’m talking about. You’ll have 84 different fly tying videos at your fingertips. Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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