No-Tech Flats Boots

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A few years ago I was fishing in the Bahamas with my friend Kirk Deeter. We stopped to get out of the boat and wade to some tailing bonefish and Kirk pulls out a pair of Converse All Stars. We grew up calling them Chucks but Kirk calls them flats boots. I couldn’t help but see the brilliance of it. Kirk explained that he bought a pair of these cheap high tops when he was headed to the salt, wore them for the week, then pitched them. Not even flying home with dirty wet boots. Smart guy. So the next time I headed to the keys I made a stop at Target where I discovered these. Converse One Stars. Important distinction, not all stars just one star. Like the one star motels I usually end up in. I bought them because they were cheap, and handy. Thirty five dollars at Target, but it turned out great. I actually like them better than the Chucks. Here’s why. Following Kirk’s lead, I planned on throwing them away at the end of the week. Kirk had explained that the Chucks were only good for that long because the metal grommets rust from exposure to salt water. The cheap One Stars have no grommets, so no rust. They also don’t have the vent holes so they don’t collect rocks and sand. At the end of my week in the Keys they still looked like new. I couldn’t see throwing them away. Well, I’ve been wading salt in them for over a year and they’re still going strong! I don’t wear them on the boat unless I’m poling. It’s important when you’re on the bow to be able to feel the line if you step on it. They are more trouble to get in and … Continue reading

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The Gink and Gasoline Fly Fishing Photography Contest

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We know from reading your comments that a lot of you are not only avid fly fishers, but also enthusiastic photographers. It’s been fun and rewarding sharing my photos with you, and we want you to share in the fun, so with help from our friends at Redington, Rio and Fishpond we are exited to announce the first ever Gink and Gasoline fly fishing photography contest! That’s right, it’s your chance to show off your mad photo skills and get some wicked gear for your trouble. How sweet is that? Here’s what’s on the table. •1st place – a pair of Redington Sonic-Pro Stocking Foot Waders •2nd place – a Fishpond Piney Creek Tech Pack •3rd place – a Rio Gold fly line   We are equally excited to have three, at the very least, semi-celebrity judges. Tim Romano In addition to being a bad ass fly fishing photographer Tim is the managing editor of Angling Trade Magazine, the photo editor of The Fly Fish Journal and blogs for Field and Stream at fsflytalk.com. When does he sleep? Paul Puckett Paul is an amazing painter who has dedicated his talents to capturing the beauty of fly fishing. He also employes his considerable visual skills in clothing design as the creative force behind The Flood Tide Co. He’s a hell of a guitarist too. Claudia Lopez One of the most talented photographers I have ever known and hands down the toughest, Claudia is a world class mountaineer and has dedicated herself to taking us ordinary humans to the most beautiful places in the world to meet the most interesting people. Seriously, you must see her work to believe it. Here’s all you need to know to get in on the action. •The contest is open to everyone except me, Kent and the … Continue reading

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Conch And Beer For Dinner Again?

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By now I’m back from the Bahamas long enough to stop grumbling about the cold but not quite long enough for the line burns to have healed. I’ve done my best to rid the world oh Conch and Kalik but if you can find any I suggest you dispose of it as soon as possible. If you need help, shoot me an email.   Here’s the recipe for the worlds best Conch Salad courtesy of the gals at Andros South. Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Spotting Big Trout in all the Wrong 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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Browns On The Move

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Fall through winter is a busy time of year for trout. Water temperatures are falling, days are getting shorter and big fish are on the move. Among the species that spawn in the fall are Brown Trout. The cooling weather and longer nights are their cue to leave the deep pools, reservoirs and under cut banks they call home and head to the shallow gravel runs where they spawn. This annual migration offers anglers a rare shot at fish we would normally never see. Browns are one of the most sought after species of trout. Primarily because they are so difficult to catch. They are moody and reclusive, the larger fish spending most of their days hidden by overhead cover. They do their feeding at night, hunting down bait fish and crawfish in the shallows then disappearing at dawn. They are homebodies. Browns will often spend their whole life in one pool where they have found refuge. Research has shown that they set such a high value on this kind of safety that some Brown Trout, faced with lethally high water temperatures, will stay in their hiding places and die, rather than leave to find cooler water. That stubbornness is exactly what makes them so difficult to catch. Targeting moving fish is a lot of work. You have to cover water, but you have to do your homework too. The first step is knowing where the fish live. This is usually pretty easy. It’s hard to keep big Browns a secret. The reservoirs and rivers where folks catch the occasional big brown generally hold lots of fish of that size. The next step is a little tougher. You have to figure out where they spawn. Fish will move upstream, drawn to the spot where they were born, to lay their … Continue reading

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Sunday Classic / Tips For Netting Big Fish from a Drift Boat

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So you’re floating the river in a drift boat and your buddy just hooked into a trophy trout. What should you do next to ensure you land that trophy? Below are three tips for increasing your chances at netting that fish of a lifetime. 1. When the opportunity presents itself get all your fly line on the reel. After you’ve set the hook, made a few strips to keep tension, and your jaw has dropped to the ground after seeing the giant beast at the end of your line, your next objective will be to find a good time to get all that excess fly line onto the reel. The last thing you want is the trophy fish making a blistering run, and your excess fly line catching on your boot, thigh brace, or rod butt resulting in a break off. When the trophy settles down and holds in a stationary position during the fight, this is when you should take the opportunity to reel in and get all of your fly line on the reel. Doing so you can let that $300 fly reel with a butter smooth drag to do its job. 2. Use your drift boat to block danger zones during the fight. Don’t keep your boat anchored up during a battle with a trophy fish expecting the angler to do all the work. Often the trophy will make a big run downstream or upstream, which will drastically lower the ability of the angler to control the fish. If you’re on the oars, it’s your job to row the boat and follow the fish to help keep that perpendicular fight. Look for danger zones like snags and boulders that the trophy can break you off on. If the fish starts to make a move towards one of … Continue reading

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Saturday’s Shoutout / MidCurrent, Ask the Experts

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This weeks Saturday’s Shoutout goes to MidCurrent, for its Ask the Experts section. Anyone that surfs the web and also fly fishes has probably heard of Midcurrent. I try to visit the site at least once a week over a cup of coffee to read the latest content. It’s always well written and very informative. With hundreds upon hundreds of web pages dedicated to fly fishing on the MidCurrent website, it’s no doubt the Google of Fly Fishing. I personally enjoy the Ask the Experts section of the website, that takes questions from followers and is then answered by professionals in the industry. That’s information you can count on being accurate and worth your time to read, and we encourage you to check out. Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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The Scott F2, Better Than Sex?

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  Years ago I acquired an old fiberglass rod that had belonged to my Grandfather. I don’t know why he owned that rod. It was a miserable stick. I fished it a few times and pretty much wrote off fiberglass all together. That is until a friend put a Scott F2 in my hand. WOW! Ok, now I get it. What a beautiful little rod, both to look at and to cast. The rod I cast was a seven foot three weight. It was truly unique. I’ve heard fiberglass compared to bamboo but I think it’s very different. To be sure, fiberglass is slow. Even slower than some of my favorite bamboo rods but the feel is different. The F2 has a buttery parabolic action that seems to cast it’s self. It will literally cast the leader. If you do much small stream fishing you know how important that can be. That’s not the end of it. The F2 is just as happy pushing out fifty feet of line. I’d hate to have to do it in wind, but there on the casting pond at IFTD it was quite easy. It’s not the rod for every day but a rod that you will look for an excuse to fish. I can see myself fishing this rod on small brookie streams here in the southeast or on winding cutthroat rivers out west. It would be great on spring creeks or anywhere a delicate presentation is important. Any small to medium size water where you will have good dry fly action is a great place for an F2. I own several Scott rods and love them all, so when Jim Bartschi invited me to come by the shop, I jumped at the chance. I got to see every phase of the production … Continue reading

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Gobble Gobble – Turkey’s Multiple Uses In Fly Tying

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Do you ever find yourself wanting to pull of the road to snip off some feathers when you see one of these guys? I know it would never work, but it still doesn’t stop me from finding myself wanting to try. Turkey feathers have been used in fly tying since the very beginning, and many of our popular fly patterns today still incorporate turkey feathers in their tying recipes. Turkey tails work great for tying wings in many of our dry flies. It also works equally well for tying wing pads and shellbacks in thorax’s of our nymphs. I love to use the two toned turkey under feathers (basically marabou) for tails in my nymphs and woolly buggers. Dig in deeper and I think you’ll find several other useful situations where turkey feathers will serve you well in your fly tying fresh or saltwater. G & G Tip: Find a buddy that turkey hunts but doesn’t fly fish. You’ll be able to get your hands on all the turkey feathers you can cram into your fly tying bins. Happy Thanksgiving from Gink & Gasoline Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!

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Strategies for Streamer Fishing High Water on Tailwaters

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It’s really hard to beat streamer fishing high water on tailwater’s from a drift boat, especially when your wanting to target trophy class fish. Although numbers of trout caught during high water flows usually are lower than fishing during low water flows, the size of your catches generally are much larger. In my opinion, the biggest fish in the river prefer to feed during high water because it’s easy for them to ambush their prey, and they feel camouflaged and protected by the high water flows. For those of you that fish tailwater’s you probably understand water flows change significantly during generation and non-generation periods. Some tailwaters during minimum flow periods have water releases under 100 cubic feet of water per second (CFS), and when generation is taking place, water flows can be 10-20 times higher. Because of this, it’s very important for anglers fishing high water to outfit themselves correctly, otherwise they may find themselves coming off the water fish-less. Below are some tips and strageties I use on tailwaters when I’m fishing high water conditions. Tip 1. Leave your 4-5 weight fly rods at home and pack your 7-9 weight fly rods. Your best bet for going after the big boys during high water flows is fishing streamers. There are some tailwater’s out there where you can still dry fly and nymph fish effectively, but most of the time, if you want to target the largest trout in the river, you’ll want your flies to imitate the larger food sources. Some examples of these food sources are: sculpins, daces, crayfish, and fingerling size trout. These guys are the food choices that trophy class fish prefer to hunt down and forage on during high water flows. Since you’ll be fishing a variety of sinking fly lines and large profile … Continue reading

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