Sunday Classic / Secrets of Alaska’s Best Guides

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What does it take to be a bad ass Alaska fly fishing guide? Let’s dig around in Whitney Gould’s pocket and find out! Looks like some twenty pound mono, misc tying materials, candy wrappers, a Thing-a-mabobber, a cool heart shaped rock, an empty Pepto pack and a week old Twix. Whitney has the right stuff. In addition to guiding for trout and salmon at Alaska West she is a champion spey caster and the only person I have ever seen kill a salmon with a single boot to the head. She’s a bad ass. She will be hosting Lady’s Week at Andros South this year.   Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Saturday Shoutout / Midcurrent and Monk by Deeter

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Fly Fishing Jazz: The Monk Goes Fly Fishing  Leave it to Kirk Deeter to take Thelonius Monk fly fishing.  Some brilliant thoughts on jazz and fly fishing from one of the best minds in the biz.  Kirk is one hep cat!             Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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G&G Caption Contest Winner

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The past weeks Photo Caption Contest was a huge success. Louis and I were blown away by the large amount of participation from our readers, and we thank you all for providing us many good laughs. With well over 50 entries, I found it difficult to pick a winner, so to be fair, I dropped these seven hilarious entries into a bucket and drew a winner. Top 7 Entries that Stood Out Among the Rest 1. Winner: Fish camp, Day 4: Having left his toothbrush on the float plane, Ed wakes to the haunting realization that the repercussions of this mistake are only starting to emerge…  2. After a long winter of PBR and venison Sausage….the “Stash hatch begins”! 3. Victims of the almighty Sarlacc, his excellency hopes you will die honorably. But should any of you wish to beg for mercy, the great Jabba the Hut shall now listen to your pleas. 4. That’s the last time I let Louis cook breakfast. 5. She didn’t know if it was the stale whiskey on the breath or the warmth of the untended beard that cast all of her inhibitions aside the night before, but in that sober, waking moment, Suzy realized she’d given away trout secrets that had been passed down from generation to generation. And she would now rather chew her own ass off than wake this wild beast up. 6. I wonder if he will notice the 60 babies I just dropped in his chute? 7. Twice a day I have to crawl out of this hole to clean the crumbs out of this guys beard. A thankless job. Congratulations to Brad Wallace for winning the caption contest. Please email us your full name and mailing address and we’ll gladly ship your: Scientific Anglers 5wt Trout WF Fly … Continue reading

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A Closer Look / The Venerable Stimulator

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One of my favorite summer patterns seen from a new perspective.   Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Drop-Offs Are Trout Hot-Spots

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Adjacent – just before, after, lying near; neighboring Drop-offs located adjacent to shallow water are trout magnets. The slower moving water and cover found downstream of drop-offs are the two main reasons trout are drawn here. If you’re looking for super consistent water where you can almost always find trout, you should be searching out dropoffs on your streams and rivers where shallow water transitions into deeper water. The more significant (larger the area) the stretch of shallow water is, the more appeal the adjacent drop-offs will have over trout, especially when the shallow water upstream or downstream holds very little cover. I regularly float over a long stretch of shallow unproductive water on my home tailwater. It’s about 200 yards long, calf deep at best, and it’s completely barren of any form of trout cover. The trout hate this section of the river because they’re sitting ducks to predators looking for an easy meal, and there’s nowhere for the trout to find refuge out of the excessive current. I’d say it’s a completely worthless piece of water on the river, but the fact is, it does serve a valuable purpose for us fly anglers. This long stretch of desolate trout water, makes it’s neighboring drop-offs and deep water extremely attractive to trout, and in turn, trout will usually congregate in substantial numbers. To put it more clearly, it’s the first available holding water for trout to set up shop immediately before or after dead water. Just the other day, as my drift boat moved past that very stretch of barren shallow water, and we eased over the drop-off into the deeper water, my client hooked and landed a beautiful 20″ male rainbow trout. The fish put on a wonderful acrobatic aerial show with a series of running jumps out of … Continue reading

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Unhook Thyself! Safe, Painless Hook Removal

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If you’ve been thinking, “I love Gink and Gasoline but I wish it could be more like Jackass”, then today is the day your dreams come true! There are two kinds of fishermen. The ones who have hooked themselves and the ones who are about to. It’s a bad feeling the first time you put a big streamer hook in yourself past the barb. You feel pretty helpless if you don’t know how to handle it. I’ve done it many times and I’m here to tell you that there is an easy, and even painless, way to get that hook out. As a veteran guide Kent has had to do it plenty and he’s a master. He’s taken hooks out of clients without them even knowing it was done. We’ve been wanting to do this video for some time. We kept waiting for one of us to get hooked but it hasn’t happened so on a recent float on the South Holston with the guys from Southern Culture on the Fly and Bent Rod Media I decided to take things in hand and hook myself so we could show you how to deal with it. I have to say, it was harder to get that hook in past the barb than I thought. If you listen closely you can hear Dave Grossman of SCOF almost lose his lunch. So watch and learn and please, share the video with someone. I don’t want to do this again! Thanks to Dave and Steve of SCOF and Ryan Dunn of BRM and Appalachian Fly Guides for a great day of fishing and all the help with the video.   Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Don’t Get Mad, Get Even

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Five long years had past since I’d last set foot on a flats boat in the Florida Keys. My previous trip I had left the keys vowing to not return until I was a more capable saltwater fly fisher. A few things were in my favor this time around. The five years that elapsed, had allowed me to drastically increase my fly casting skills. I wasn’t worried anymore about making quick backhand casts to tarpon trying to slip out the backdoor. Targets at eighty feet no longer seemed an impossible distance to reach, and most importantly, I had permanently imprinted in my brain, “Thou shall never set thy hook like a trout fisherman”. There was no doubt I was going to be much more prepared this trip, but even with all the drastic improvements in my saltwater game, I’d still have to cope with being rusty as hell. Don’t Get Mad, Get Even I don’t recall whether it was Louis or I that came up with the saying, “Don’t get mad, get even“. What I do know is I started silently chanting those five words on the bow after both of us blew shots at high happy tarpon that first day of fishing. It had become crystal clear to me that the worst thing saltwater anglers can do to themselves is get mad and lose their cool on the water. Doing so, anglers will almost certainly throw away any chances of having success. If you blow a cast or screw up a hook set, the best thing you can do is accept it, and move forward with confidence. If you don’t, you’ll probably find yourself entering into a never ending downward spiral of chaos, that gets uglier with every screw up you make. So learn to keep your cool and … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Classic / 6 Saltwater Fly Patterns You Should Stock

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Are you new to the saltwater flats game? If you’re like most fly fisherman you’re confident in your trout game and fly pattern competency. But when it comes to your saltwater game, you probably find yourself a little less unsure of what saltwater patterns you should stock. Capt. Joel Dickey is a veteran Florida Keys fishing guide, and he’s laid out six must have saltwater fly patterns you should load up on, before stepping onto the skiff and hitting the flats. Take these six fly patterns and tie them up in different color variations, size, and weight to round out your saltwater fly box. Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Saturday Shoutout / Streamers365.com

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Darren MacEachern is the man behind Streamers 365. He’s an avid fly fisherman and fly tier who currently resides outside of Toronto, Canada, spending his days fishing many of the great lake’s rivers and tributaries. For those of you who’ve not visited Darren’s blog, he’s pledged to showcase a different classic feather wing streamer every day of the year for 2012. I find the blog very interesting and I wanted to learn more, so I decided to interview Darren over the phone. He was super cool and more than happy to answer my questions. What made you decide to start Streamers365.com? I found that there wasn’t a lot of information about classic feather wing streamer patterns out there. Most of what I found were self-published books that are expensive and hard to find. I also wanted to find a way to give back to some of my favorite fishing causes. 100% of the money generated by the blog through merchandise sales and auctioning of the fly patterns will be donated. Do you tie many of the streamer patterns showcased on the blog? Yes, it looks like I’ll be tying 50-70 of the streamer patterns this year. However, I’ve been very fortunate to have received support from several outstanding fly tiers willing to contribute and donate their fly patterns to the project and cause. The classic feather wing streamer patterns are very cool. What fishing application were they originally designed for? Classic feather wing streamers were originally designed to troll on long lines behind boats on lakes. They aren’t your typical pound the bank streamer or intended for heavy fly casting. Many are tied for show as artwork, and end up framed. They’ve become very popular for collectors and sell at premium prices in auctions. What’s the most money you have … Continue reading

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The V Grip Haul

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In the last video of our ultimate line speed series Bruce is going to turbo charge your double haul by applying the “V Grip” to your line hand. Again, this is seriously advanced technique and it’s going to take practice. However, if you can master and employ all the techniques from the last five videos together you will cast like a rock star and the wind will be your bitch. Now, doesn’t that sound nice? I hope this video series has been helpful. I look forward to seeing the hero shots of all those salt water fish you’re going to catch! Again, Thanks to the folks at Deneki Outdoors for making this possible!  Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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