Who’s Cooler, Hickman or Kirk?

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We can’t decide so you tell us what you think. James Kirk has banged every alien from here to Alpha Centauri. On the other hand Jeff Hickman could only look cooler in this steelhead hat if he stole it right off the head of Nick Colosardo of Korkers. Oh wait, he did! Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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Stick Envy

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2011 IFTD Fly Rod Review OK, so I spoke too soon about the hangover, but we’re up and at it. We’ve had the chance to cast a lot of rods and Kent has narrowed the field down to the four that that made an impression. Some of these are great all around rods and some are special purpose rods but they all impressed us. So I’ll turn it over to Kent for the low down. Redington Predator Saltwater Rod Are you salt curious? Are you a fresh water guy looking to go to sea? We’ve got the rod for you. The Redington Predator flys off the shelf at $249.95. This is a great, versatile salt water rod that will put you on fish in a wide variety of situations. It has a smooth and powerful action that will deliver a fly at 90 feet but still make a great “Oh Shit” presentation at 20. Super fast salt water rods can be tough to get a feel for, and intimidate most folks new to the salt. This rod has a great feel that makes you feel in control at less than half the price of the competition. Thomas & Thomas NS (No Sanctuary) An old friend is back in town. Thomas and Thomas (under new management) is back at IFTD with some truly inspired new offerings. First, let me say that every T&T rod we cast impressed us, and we would love to talk about all of them. Especially the salt water prototype that they won’t let us talk about, oops. But our recommendation is the 9 foot 5wt No Sanctuary. Capt. Joel Dickey explains the name, “there’s no place a trout can hide”. The first time this rod loaded I thought “WOW”. This 4 piece rod feels and casts like … Continue reading

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The Sizzle and the Shizzle

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G&G are sweltering in the Big Easy for the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show. The hangover is starting to fade and tomorrow we are going to try something new. We will be posting live from the show floor and sharing some of the cool stuff we find. To pull this off we will be shooting and posting entirely from the IPhone so bare with us on the photo quality and typos. Stay tuned. It should be fun. Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com  

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Lionfish – Tasty on Pizza, Hell on the Ecosystem

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Lionfish may be the mother of all invasive species. Take a moment to think about this: a lionfish (native to the Indo-Pacific) has no natural predators in the Atlantic ocean. It can live up to fifteen years, reaching sexual maturity in less than a year. Once mature, a pair can spawn as often as every four days. A single mature female can produce up to two million eggs per year and they will tolerate a population density of two hundred adults per acre. Just the math involved scares me, but you don’t even have to get out the calculator to see where this is going. Introduced in several locations in Florida as a result of aquarium damage during hurricane Andrew, lionfish have been making their way around the Caribbean and east coast of the US for the past twelve years, but in the last three years the population has exploded. They are now found as far north as North Carolina and south into South America. They are rampant in the Bahamas as well as the Florida Keys and are now common in the Florida panhandle. Why am I so worried about this beautiful tropical fish? Here are a few more fun lionfish facts.

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Sometimes You Have to Go Big or Go Home

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     Sometimes to catch fish on top you have to go big or go home when choosing your dry fly pattern. If you’re fishing high water and you’re wanting a better shot at tempting a trophy trout into rising up from the dark depths to munch on your dry fly, you better go big. Trout are just as lazy as we are by nature, and more times than not they aren’t willing to fight heavy current to come up and eat unless the food offering is worth their while. Large foam fly patterns with stacked deer hair give incentive for trout to brave the elements, and come out and play in high water conditions. They’re also going to float high on just about any turbulent water you encounter, and you won’t have to waste time drying off and reapplying fly floatant all day long. I suggest packing some big attractor dry flies in case you find yourself fishing high water on your next fly fishing trip. Especially if you’re timing a big salmonfly hatch or terrestrial bite. If you prefer to buy your fly patterns over tying them up yourself, I highly recommend purchasing a half dozen or so King Kong dry flies. This pattern hit the scene a few years ago and it rocks. It’s durable as hell, comes in a few different color options, and you can damn near float it threw a class three rapid without it sinking. Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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The Fisher at the Gates of Dawn

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Syd Barrett Dan Flynn does the misty mountain hop in the early A.M. on Rock Creek. Not that Rock Creek, the other Rock Creek. Coming soon: “Several Species of Trout Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict” & “Careful With That Rod Tip Eugene”       Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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Bald Ass Tires In West Bumble @%&#

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I’d attempt to try telling you the whole story here, but I’m a much better fisherman than a story teller. The quote by Brad pretty much sums up our predicament. Next time you rent a vehicle for your next fly fishing adventure, don’t forget to check the condition of the tires on the rental before you start off on your journey. Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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Tory’s Mellow Cast

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The notorious Tory Bevins, bonefish guide at Andros South, has his own way of doing things. And it usually works. I have the utmost respect for these Bahamian guides. They are self made fly fishers and as perfectly adapted to their environment as the fish they pursue. Tory’s mellow cast cuts the wind like a bullet. Let bonefish guide Tory Bevins teach you to cast to Bob Marly. Author’s Note:  This video was shot at approximately 4:20   Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com  

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Use High Vantage Points To Improve Your Sight Fishing

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Do you see any trout in this photograph? I often utilize high vantage points during my outings to improve my sight fishing. This especially holds true for me when I only have a couple hours to fish. If conditions are optimum for sight fishing, I regularly opt for walking out of the stream and searching out high vantage points like this one above to spot big trout. Once I’ve spotted a good trout I’ll then hike down to the stream and present my fly. It’s paid off big time for me over the years when fishing highly pressured wild trout. Give it a try next time your out on the water. A closer look reveals what’s really lurking in this hole. I apologize for the poor quality camera and photography. Louis Cahill wasn’t along for this outing. Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com      

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That Anchor Was New This Spring!

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It’s fair to say that Kyle Holt of Taylor Creek Fly Shop takes a few trips down the Roaring Fork. This photo of his anchor was taken in November. It has seen only a single season. No wonder that boy knows the river. Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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