‘Nuff Said

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  My Posts have been pretty wordy of late. You all deserve a break! Here’s a cool Steelhead photo. ‘Nuff said?   Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Sunday’s Classic / Tandem Streamer Rigs Catch More Trout

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Louis Cahill with a nice Roaring Fork Brown Trout fishing a Tandem Streamer Rig. There’s no doubt that Louis and I are both hardcore streamer junkies. We never leave home without our streamer boxes packed full. One thing we do a little different from some streamer fishermen on the water is fish a streamer dropper rig. Quite often we’ll tie on a nymph dropper off the back of our big gaudy streamer to increase hookups. Big fish are smart, especially during the busy season when their getting pressured, and they can sometimes get a little gun shy eating big streamers. If you’re on the water and you’re getting a bunch of chases or short strikes on your streamer, try tying on a dropper nymph. It will serve two purposes. First, it will be less intimiating to spooky trout. Secondly, it will often tempt a trout to eat that has turned off your streamer at the last second. Case in point, last year Louis and I were on the Madison River streamer fishing with very little luck. Instead of giving up on the streamer bite, Louis tied on a size 10 golden stonefly nymph dropper and began putting on a clinic. Every fish ate the golden stone like it was candy and he brought numerous twenty plus inch fish to the boat that day. Experiment with tandem streamer rigs on the water. You don’t have to just use a nymph dropper either. You can also try trailing a smaller streamer in the lead or dropper position.  Fishing two streamers with contrasting colors is a popular choice of ours as well. Multiple flies are usually better than one, that’s our take on it at least. Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter! … Continue reading

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Saturday Shoutout / Fly Talk, TFM, and Hammertime

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This weeks Saturday Shoutout provides you with three interesting reads for the weekend. We hope you enjoy, we sure did.  Top 10 List for “Rudest” trout rivers for Fly Fishers in America by Kirk Deeter Kirk Deeter is a fly fishing guru and amazing writer, but what really sets him apart from the other talented writers out there, is his uncanny ability to look at everyday life and find a way to relate it to fly fishing. Case in point, he takes a recent poll done showcasing the “Top 10 rudest cities in America”, and flips it into a fly fishing version of his own. Hats off to you Kirk, you never fail to amaze me. The Fiberglass Manifesto Cameron Morteson’s blog, The Fiberglass Manifesto (TFM) has generated a huge following the last couple years. His success doesn’t surprise me though, if you’re fortunate to meet him, you’ll see he’s one of the most genuine and friendly trout bums out there. Here’s why I follow TFM myself, and encourage you all to follow him as well. First, TFM is a great blog for staying up to date on the latest fly fishing products and/companies coming on to the scene. Second, he finds talented professionals in the industry that the everyday angler may have not heard of, and take the time to introduce and showcase them. It’s a unselfish stand up thing to do to propel the industry. Lastly but not least, The Fiberglass Manifesto is obviously a great place for fiberglass rod lovers to learn more about fishing fiberglass rods and the ins and outs of their construction. Hammertime – “This is Fun, Right” by Bruce Smithhamer Bruce Smithhammer is the High Country Flies, fly shop outfitting manager, veteran fly fishing guide, fly fishing magazine contributor, and blogger for Buster … Continue reading

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Looking Forward for Gink & Gasoline

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We just had our 6-Month Anniversary at Gink & Gasoline, and Louis and I have been blown away by the huge amount of support and feedback we’ve received from our readers and professionals in the industry. It seems like it was just yesterday that I stumbled upon Louis for the first time, fishing one of my secret honey holes swinging a mouse pattern. I’ll never forget seeing that surprised look on his face, like he’d just been caught with his hand in the cookie jar, fishing trout water that was already claimed. He just couldn’t help himself after overhearing from a friend a week prior, that I’d landed a legendary brown trout in that very spot, skating a big rodent pattern at dusk. That worried look on his face ended quickly, once he realized I was actually rooting for him to get a big smash and grab of his own. Since then, five years have gone by, and we’ve become best of friends. We’ve spent hundreds of days fly fishing the Southeast and traveling the country burning gasoline, emptying numerous bottles of Gink on our dry flies, and making new friends. We’ve taken our mutual love for fly fishing and found a common purpose. Our goal being, to spread the word of fly fishing and encourage more anglers to give it a try. We believe in core values that stress the importance of angler camaraderie and ethical fishing practices, of which, we feel are pertinent for sustaining our resources and growing our sport longterm. Although our journey has just begun, we’ve got a clear vision of where we’re headed, and we welcome all our fellow anglers to become a part of the Gink & Gasoline community. With your help we look forward to providing great content for many years to come. Cheers … Continue reading

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Glass and Grass

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This is a sight flats guides love. Those glassy calm mornings during the hot summer months when islands of floating grass stack up along the edges of current seams. When you see it you know something good is about to happen. It’s called a shrimp hatch. Hatch is a misleading term. The shrimp aren’t actually hatching, they’re dying. Suffocating to be exact. Like a trout stream, the water in the ocean must be replenished with fresh oxygen for aquatic life to survive. The ocean however, does not have riffles turning out oxygen around the clock. Aquatic plants provide some oxygen through photosynthesis but not at night, so the ocean relies heavily on wind to oxygenate the water when the sun is down. This becomes even more crucial as water temperature rises. Since warmer water holds less oxygen it must be replenished more often. On those still hot nights the shrimp are suffocating and leave the safety of the turtle grass to look for oxygen on the surface. There, they are an easy meal for all of our favorite game fish. The shrimp take cover in the floating grass and the fish nose around in the grass looking for them. The fishing can be awesome so when the evenings are hot and still get up and out early and look for the glass and grass. Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!

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3 Tips for Fishing High and Dirty Water for Trout

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Have you ever pulled up to a stream after a heavy rain, ready to fish, but canceled your fishing plans because the water looked too high and dirty? I’ll be the first to admit there are times when this is the case, but very often anglers scratch their fishing plans when they should instead, have Fished-ON. The fact is, trout can see a whole lot better than we think, and if you fish the right kinds of fly patterns, and target the right water, in many cases you can do pretty darn good fishing in these water conditions. Even better, your odds at catching a trophy fish are increased, because the dingy water will both mask your approach and keep big educated trout from being able to scrutinize your fly patterns. So go ahead, call those anglers you despise and tell them the waters blown out, and you’ll have a good chance of having the water to yourself and wailing on fish all day long. Tip 1. Target the Right Kinds of Water So you’ve decided to take my advice and fish on, good for you. The first thing you need to do when fishing high and dirty water is target high percentage water. I search out the slower moving seams close to the banks, long stretches of fast shallow water that are followed by buckets or deep water where the fish will stack up, and eddies behind boulders or lay downs. These are all safe havens that trout search out refuge in during high water. They all allow trout to save energy by staying out of the excessive current, while capitalizing on the large influx of food sources drifting. Increased flows and rising water increases the amount of food available for trout. Many aquatic insects get flushed off the … Continue reading

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Metal Studs Aren’t Just Good For Traction in Water

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I’ve just found another reason why I love my metal studded wading boots. They work great for climbing trees and retrieving my clients flies. I also just found out I’ve officially become a fat ass, and that branch I was grabbing onto was a poison ivy vine. Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Standing in the River Carrying a Torch

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Standing in the River Carrying a Torch A different kind of love story. Men and fish parted ways a long time ago. You couldn’t call it an amiable divorce. The fish got everything. The mountain streams, the lazy winding rivers, the deep blue sea, everything. Men had to pack their bags and crawl, with their heads hanging, out onto the land and they were not happy about it. They learned to breathe air and walk on two legs but they never stopped dreaming of swimming in the dark oceans, nor of the long and lovely fish that had sent them packing. They thought about fish all the time. They made their homes near the water and lurked around the shore, peering into the depths. Men wondered if the fish ever thought about them. Probably not. They saw fish from time to time, sliding gracefully through a pool or leaping a waterfall. They seemed happy. They seemed to have moved on, forgotten about men altogether. Men knew they should be happy for the fish, but they weren’t. They were bitter and moody and often cried at night. Men invented alcohol and that helped. It didn’t take their mind off of fish but liquor is a good listener and it doesn’t judge or mind if you cry. “Who needs fish, Fuck ’em”, men decided. They turned their back on the water and went to the woods and found animals and for a while it took their mind off of things. They stalked and chased and laid in wait and for a while the pretty little deer were fun, but in time those big black eyes just seemed empty. Men had nothing to talk to deer about. Try to explain to deer about the ocean, about gliding through the waves, your body taut … Continue reading

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Sunday Classic / 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. Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Saturday Shoutout / 3 Big Names

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It’s kind of been a big week for fly fishing sites. There’s too much great stuff hot off the virtual press to cover in one post but here are three that will keep you plenty busy. Southern Culture on the Fly, SCOF to it’s friends, has it’s second issue out. Southern Fly Fishers are a unique bunch so it’s fitting that SCOF would be one of the freshest voices in The Fly Fishing Media. Hats off to our southern brothers in arms. SCOF is a great read. Kent and I are proud to be featured. Bloodknot Magazine is in good standing and likely needs no introduction. The new issue is of particular interest as it focuses on fly fishing blogs. There is some great content by some truly creative fisher folk. Again, I’m proud to be included. Anglers Tonic has long been one of my favorite sites. Greg Thomas, also at the wheel of Fly Rod and Reel as editor, offers up a tonic of fishing lifestyle on and off the water. Greg is a great writer and photographer and always has his finger on the pulse of the industry. Anglers Tonic has just been redesigned with the goal of making it livelier and more spontaneous. I liked it before, I love it now!   Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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