Big Fish Require Slow Hook Sets On Top

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  If any of you have fished for cutthroat trout with dry flies you know most of the time you need to wait a good while on the hook set. The first time I fished for cutthroats I missed many more takes than I care to share. Cutthroat trout are known for their slow motion rises, and if you set the hook too quick, you’ll end up just pulling the fly out of the trout’s mouth. Just like cutthroat’s, big rainbow and brown trout also require you to count, 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississip…in your head before you set the hook to ensure consistent hook ups. If you can still see the fish eating your fly you need to wait longer. A big trout comes up, opens it bucket mouth, and usually doesn’t close it fully until it’s submerged completely below the surface. And if a fish is chasing after and eating your dry fly moving downstream, you have to wait even longer. Keep in mind also that the bigger your dry fly, the longer you need to wait on your hook set as well.  If your fishing a big size 4 extended body foam hopper, you’ll want to make sure the trout gets all of the fly in it’s mouth. Quick hook sets will often result in the fish just getting the tail end of the fly in its mouth or you’ll get what I call a hair lip hook up, that quickly results in a spit fly. Every angler no matter what their skill level, will end up setting the hook too quickly occasionally. Especially when trout catch you off guard when your scratching that nagging itch or looking at another trout rising. Just remember to give the big boys plenty of time to munch on your fly before … Continue reading

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Art Is Everywhere

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Floating the Henry’s Fork the other day I was struck by the beauty of the place.  This bank reminded me of the work of one of my favorite painters, Marc Rothko.  I doubt Rothko ever visited the Henry’s Fork, but he should have and so should you.  The fishing is as impressive as the view. Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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MidCurrent and Angling Trade Announce Partnership

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MidCurrent, which reaches the largest audience of any fly fishing media brand, and Angling Trade, the only publication (and website) specifically targeting the business of fly fishing, will partner on a “Fly Fishing Gear Guide” and other gear-specific content related to fly fishing products and services. The co-branded joint venture will include online gear reviews, product listings, and a manufacturer database in both consumer-focused and business-focused versions. MidCurrent/Angling Trade will also produce a printed “Fly Fishing gear Guide” annually for angling consumers. Kirk Deeter and Tim Romano, co-publishers of Angling Trade, will assume roles as co-editors of gear content for MidCurrent. The companies will integrate editorial, sales, and marketing resources related to coverage of fly fishing products and services. The partnership combines the resources of the largest consumer media brand in fly fishing with the media outlet that reaches every manufacturer and retailer of fly fishing products in North America. “It’s a classic yin-and-yang relationship. Fly fishers are keenly interested and in tune with the latest and greatest product-gear is the factor that drives this market, for both retailers and consumers,” said Kirk Deeter, co-publisher and editor of Angling Trade. ” For more details on this partneship visit the websites of either MidCurrent or Angling Trade. Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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Kiss the Bank with Your Terrestrials

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One of the best times of the year to catch big brown trout is during the summer months.  When the terrestrial bite is in full swing, brown trout will often tuck up under overhanging foliage super tight to the banks. Often they’ll be in less than a foot of water waiting patiently for the land born insects to fall to the water for an easy meal. Targeting this habitat on the water will increase your brown trout catch ratio over rainbow trout. Although rainbow trout will utilize overhanging foliage, they still prefer foam lines with current and deeper water for the most part. [image align=”left”] [/image]   This beast above devoured a beetle pattern that was placed perfectly in the strike zone. Kiss the banks with your terrestrials targeting undercut banks and overhanging foliage, and you could land a trophy like this. Just because they’re isn’t current doesn’t mean it won’t hold a good trout. The main factor is finding areas with overhanging trees, grassy banks, and bushes that provide opportunities for terrestrials to make a mistake and fall in the water. Current just needs to be close by. Scan likely holding water before you begin fishing. That was the key to landing this fish. I spotted the tail of this brown and we knew where to make our cast. Notice the large blooms on the rhododendron in the picture to the left. These blooms are magnets for bugs and increase the chances it will hold trout close to the area.   Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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Work it Baby!

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Persistence pays off. I don’t know anyone willing to work a fish like Kent. We were getting no love on the South Platte when Kent spotted this brown. He made cast after cast. He changed flies and presentation again and again. I took a nap. Two hours later he woke me up to take this photo. On a long enough time line, everybody’s got to eat. Work that fish! Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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Trout Fix of the Day

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Here’s your trout fix for the day brought to you by big pimpin, Louis Cahill. A trophy male rainbow with a big square hooked jaw nose sipping before the storm. Louis took this killer photograph when we were out slamming big fish on the Yampa River in Colorado a while back. That day of fishing was epic because a huge thunderstorm rolled in, and everyone on the water packed up and left except for Louis and I. I can’t tell you how man trout we landed that evening twenty plus inches in length. The tandem scud rig was the ticket. I’ll never forget that day of fishing. Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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Triple Trico Fly Pattern

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I tied this pattern up on the road when I was out fishing the Trico hatch on the South Platte River in Colorado with Louis.  The idea came to mind when I saw clumps of a dozen or more Trico’s floating down the river together. Trophy size trout weren’t feeding on single bugs floating down the river. Instead they were skimming the surface, mouths wide open, gorging on as many adults as they could eat per rise. I haven’t seen any patterns like this yet in the industry, just double trico fly patterns.  Give it a try this year when you run into the morning trico hatch.  The denser the hatch the better it will work.  If the hatch is mild your better off using a single or double pattern. Anyhow, I thought it was something different that all you trout bums out there would appreciate. Klewein’s Triple Trico Hook: TMC 101 Size:  16 Thread: Uni-Thread Black 8/0 Body: Black Thread & 20lb. monofilament for the T- section Wing & Tail: Antron Yarn Tying Tips: Tie on horizontally a piece of 20lb. monofiliament onto the hook. This will allow you to tie the triple trico. Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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Tips for Spooky Trout

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   When the Going Gets Spooky : Photos Louis Cahill Do you ever find yourself  sight fishing to trout in big flats on the river? It’s as clear as water can get, and as flat and calm as can be. There are plenty of visible trout but they’re super spooky. What can you do to increase your odds at catching trout in these situations? Try these six tips that should stack the odds in your favor. 1. Use a long and fine leader. Your standard 9′ leader isn’t going to do the job in most instances. You are better off going with a 12′ leader, or even longer in some cases, that will allow you to lay out your fly with a super soft presentation. The longer leader will also help keep your fly line out of view from the ultra observant trout. Selecting a specialty dry fly leader that’s supple, and not stiff will aslo help you get a better drag free drift when dealing with intricate water currents. On a side note, you should do away with your fluorescent orange fly line, instead spool up your reel with a more natural and subtle fly line color like olive or grey. 2. Downsize your Tippet When you are dealing with crystal clear water conditions and spooky trout, you should not hesitate to downsize your tippet. I personally wouldn’t start out using anything lighter than 6x tippet on flat, clear water. If you get refusals from the trout, or if you’re using super small fly patterns sizes 22 or smaller, you had also better be prepared to breakout those tippet spools of 7x and 8x. It’s very important to match the tippet size with the size of the fly in order to get a more natural drift with your fly. 3. Downsize the weight … Continue reading

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Epic Run Off Continues

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My last few posts have not dealt much with fishing.  Here’s the reason.  If you are planning a trip to the west, later is better.  This is pretty much the story everywhere. Fall fishing in Wyoming should be great this year.  Keep tying flies and telling yourself that. Keep on Fishing, Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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God Bless A Cowgirl

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  After three days of driving I’m in Wyoming for a week long shoot for the good folks at Redington.  My assistant Travis and I went out to check on the water level at one of our locations.  We were scouting around when up rode two folks on horseback.  One was a bone-a-fide Wyoming cowgirl complete with side arm!  We chatted fore a bit and into the lake she rode.  You got to love Wyoming. Keep on Fishing, Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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