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Gink and Gasoline hosted fishing trips are a great way to make new friends and up your game on the water.
I put together several trips a year to fish with G&G readers and share some of the best water I know. They are more than great fishing trips, they are meetings of fun, like-minded anglers. A chance to share information, stories and our passion for fly fishing. I host these trips myself and am there to help you have the best trip possible.
There’s no catch, no hidden fees. You pay the same amount you’d pay to fish these location any day of the year. Want to know more about how the hosted trip program works? You can find all the details HERE.
The next two trips on the calendar are the famous South Andros Bonefish School and Deschutes Steelhead Camps. These are two of our most popular trips with anglers returning year after year. Don’t wait. Shoot me an email at email@example.com for more info or to reserve your spot. I’m happy to help any way I can. It’s my job to put you on fish.
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Deschutes river Steelhead Camp: September 12th-18th, 2016
This is the real deal. Run class four rapids in a jet sled, sleep under the stars on the banks of Oregon’s beautiful Deschutes River and swing flies to aggressive steelhead. Fish hard from sun up to sun down with a relaxing mid-day siesta. Tell fishing stories and go home feeling really alive. It doesn’t get any better.
The Deschutes is known for its eager summer run steelhead. It’s one of the best places anywhere for catching steelhead on floating lines and even dry flies. The canyon is beautiful and there’s lots of wildlife, including big horn sheep. It’s the kind of steelheading that spoils you.
My good friend Jeff Hickman of, Fish Thee Swing, runs this trip and he does it right. It’s deluxe tent camping with chef-prepared meals, roomy tents, comfy cots and even a shower. As rustic as you need, as comfortable as you like.
Not a Spey caster? This trip is definitely for you. Jeff is one of the best Spey instructors there is. He taught me, in fact. I took a good friend who did not Spey cast on this trip and in two hours Jeff had him holding his first wild steelhead, on a swung fly. You should have heard him whooping! This is truly one of the best steelhead trips I’ve ever been on. I highly recommend it.
No passport or expensive overseas flights needed. This trip is a real bargain. If steelhead is on your bucket list, or if you’re an experienced Spey angler looking for some good time on quality water, you can’t go wrong with this trip. We have a high guest return on this trip so there are only a few spots available. Shoot me an email if you’re interested.
The Deschutes trip this year is Monday – Sunday September 12th-18th, 2016.
Group 1 – 12th – 15th / Group 2 – 15th – 18th
Price is $2200 for three nights, or $3850 for 6 nights.
Andros South Bonefish School / With father-son discount Nov 12-19 2016
This is the popular Gink and Gasoline Bonefish School at the Andros South Bonefish Lodge. It’s geared to get anglers new to the salt up and catching fish in a fun, supportive atmosphere. I do a bonefish 101 class the first night and work with anglers on request the rest of the week to polish your skills and expand your understanding of the game.
South Andros is an amazing fishery. It’s famous for a reason. Remote and un-pressured you’ll feel a thousand miles from anywhere, just an hour and a half flight from the U.S. The fish are eager and aggressive, plentiful and sometimes down right huge. This is the real Bahamas and a trip you’ll never forget. No wonder so many folks join us year after year.
Take advantage of the father-son discount and bring your son or dad along for half price. That’s a deal you can’t beat.
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Andros South November 12-19 2016
7 night / 6 days for $3600 per/person.
We offer a ‘father/son’ discount in the Fall, receive one of the trips at half price.
The trip total for you and your son would be $5400.
Included are transfers to and from the Congo Town airport, single-occupancy lodging (you both get your own rooms), guided fishing with 2 anglers per boat, food, all drinks including beer wine and liquor, loaner gear and flies.
Your only additional costs during the trip are travel to the island, Bahamian 4% VAT and gratuities for the staff.
I hope you will be able to join me on one of these great trips. Shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to reserve your spot.
How Do Hosted Fishing Trips Work And Is It Right For Me?
I promise you, this is not going to be a sales pitch but a full disclosure.
A good friend of mine suggested I write this. A good friend who, as it happens, I met on a hosted fishing trip. It’s funny how that works. As I think about it now, there are a whole lot of folks, who I call good friends, who I met on hosted fishing trips. Guys who have turned out to be life long friends and fishing buddies. Some of them are now contributors to G&G. Tim Harris and Johnny Spillane for example. And friends like Scott McKenzie, who I talk to almost every day.
Before I ever went on one of these trips, I had a very different idea about what they were. Many of these trips are based around fishing lodges and, like a lot of guys, I thought of lodges as being stuffy, elitist deals where I would have nothing in common with anyone. And I still think lodge fishing can work out that way a lot of times. What I didn’t get at first is that the hosted trips are a way around that. A way to insure that you connect with the guys you’re fishing with.
I learned to host trips from my buddy Bruce Chard. Bruce does a great job and I started going along with him to co-host trips in the Bahamas. I don’t know if I was much help at first but it was sure a lot of fun. It always seemed to be such a great crowd. Finally it struck me. The reason the groups of guys who came on those trips were so awesome is because Bruce was awesome, and they were all guys who loved to fish with Bruce. There were guys still coming on Bruce’s bonefish school for ten years running. The host is there to teach, but these guys weren’t there because they had anything left to learn about bonefishing but because they had all become great friends.
Imagine that you have ten fishing buddies who have the same interests as you and they are willing to go on any epic fishing adventure you can think up.
That’s kind of what it’s like and after a while, that’s kind of what it is. In a couple of weeks I’ll be joining a group of guys for a week of tarpon fishing. One of the guys has a home in Florida and has generously offered to host the group. It’s not a hosted trip, but that’s how we all met.
I think it’s true that a lot of folks don’t understand how hosted trips work. Let’s say, I’m hosting a trip to the Bahamas, because I am several times a year. It costs you the same thing it does to go to the lodge without me. There is no additional charge, so how does that work? And I’m giving away rods and reels and lines and clothes. A lot of guys look at that and go, “what’s the catch?”
Their really isn’t a catch.
The fishing lodge business is tough and the lodge sees value in me exposing new folks to their service. They pay me a small commission. Usually enough to cover my tips and air fare. I help the lodge staff make everyone’s trip as good as possible. Happy clients means return business. Basically, I sing for my supper, which is how I manage to do a lot of awesome fishing. G&G sponsors donate gear because they see value in the G&G community. The way I make it work financially is to take photos, which I sell to folks like Simms and Orvis. It’s complicated but I eventually make a modest living.
So why should you come on one of these trips? Again, not a sales pitch.
• I do a lot of the leg work for you.
Before I ever host a trip anywhere I get to know the operation and the fishery. I don’t want to take a group of guys somewhere that turns out to be shady or have marginal fishing. I get to know the guides so I can match them to the right anglers. Destinations don’t always work out. That means I make the mistakes so that you don’t have to. I’m there when you’re packing or buying flies or booking flights to help you make it a great trip.
• I bring travel experience to the table.
In the process of putting these trips together I have learned a few things. Like, you can’t carry a fly rod or reel onto an airplane in Argentina. Or when your bags don’t show up at the airport in Nassau, you need to call someone on the island to go sit with them while another plane goes to get them because the airport closes after the plane leaves and your bags are sitting out front unattended.
• I help you become a better angler.
I’m not trying to play the expert. I have some skills and experience and I’m happy to share them. I like teaching people to fly fish. I get folks involved who feel the same way. We learn from each other. On our last trip to the Bahamas the best casting clinic we had all week came from my buddy Michael White. It was one of those moments that just clicked for everyone. It was awesome!
• G&G attracts the right people.
For me this is the whole point. I know too many guys who have had miserable trips because the group they ended up with sucked for one reason or another. When Kent and I started G&G the word that kept coming up was community. We wanted to create a place for a community of like minded anglers. We had no idea how many of you there were, out there looking for the same thing. That’s been the big payoff for me. Getting to meet and fish with that community. That has been amazing for everyone.
Ok here’s the sales pitch!
I’m not very good at making sales pitches so I’m just going to share an email I got this morning from John Hamilton, who joined me on the last bonefish school in the Bahamas.
“I wanted to thank you again for being such a gracious host / instructor during our time in South Andros. Reid and I both could not have asked for a better trip — in large part thanks to time you dedicated to answering our numerous questions and to teach us about everything from strip setting to casting to tying flies and leaders. I speak for both of us when I say that we learned more about fishing in our one week at South Andros than we have in our entire lives previously. It is easy to see why the island and the people there hold such a special place in your heart – it truly is a remarkable place filled with wonderful people, so thank you for sharing it with us.” – John Hamilton
And from Scott McKenzie,
“Also, as someone that has been traveling fishing for 25 plus years, now my preference will always be to go on hosted trips especially to those special places like Alaska, Bahamas or the like.”