Photo Contest – Name this Spot

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Gink & Gasoline has been a huge success so far, thanks to all our followers. As a small thank you we’re going to have posts dedicated to giving back to our supporters throughout the year. Today’s post is a photo contest. Be the first to Name the location correctly and you’ll win a copy of American Waters by Peter Kaminsky. What River Was This Sunset Taken On? Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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The Slack Tide Bar

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I’ve spent a lot of evenings with my feet in the sand and a glass of rum in my hand at the Slack Tide Bar at the Andros South lodge. The Slack Tide is just a tiki hut on the beach, but it’s the best place I know to listen to tales of woe and exaltation and bone fishing. The house cocktail goes like this: One parts Anejo rum, one part coconut rum, two parts orange juice, one part good tunes, one part great conversation, two parts lasting friendships. Add warm sand and cool breeze and enjoy. Try that cocktail, it really is good!   Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com  

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A Closer Look At The October Caddis Hatch

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When the first leaves fall off the deciduous trees at the beginning of fall, fly anglers should begin preparing for the arrival of the giant tent winged caddisfly. For it will become a major player on the trout’s food menu from September into November depending on your geographic location where it thrives. For western fly fishermen we’re talking about the October Caddis “Dicosmoecus”, and for eastern fly fishermen we’re referring to the Great Autumn Brown Sedge “Pycnopsyche”. You could argue that these guys are twins, because they’re similarities in life-cycle, behavior, hatch periods, and appearance are almost identical. The great fly fisherman and author, Gary LaFontaine, rated the October Caddis as one of the four best aquatic insects for offering anglers the opportunity to catch a trophy trout. He devoted a significant section of his book “Caddisflies”, to the October Caddis, detailing its behavior, life cylce, and effective fly pattern imitations. Over the years I’ve had mixed results targeting this hatch. Big fish have been landed at times, while at other times on the water I’ve felt like trout weren’t even aware these guys existed. It’s only in the last two seasons that I’ve corrected my flaws and learned to fish the hatch correctly. The key success factors in fishing this hatch are understanding it’s behavior, and fishing the appropriate larva, pupae, and adult imitations during the right times. If done incorrectly, anglers will find this hatch difficult to decode. Let’s get started by giving you a basic run down of the life-cycle of these two bugs. The first thing you need to understand, are these species of caddisflies time their hatch specifically during the annual leave droppings of fall. The freshly hatched larva from deposited eggs depend on the abundant leaves collected in the water as their primary food … Continue reading

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Now That’s A Bonefish Guide!

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We were fishing along the edge of the mangroves at high tide when this big bone ate. As soon as the line came tight the fish ran hard into mangroves. Thinking fast our guide, Norman Rolle of Andros South, shouted “let him go! Loosen your drag!”. The bonefish zig-zagged thru the mangroves way into the backing. Norman hopped down off the platform and waded thur the mangroves, following the line to the fish and landing him. That’s a lesson I’ll never forget. Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com  

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Use Long Leaders for Flat Water

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The saying a picture tells a thousand words is true, particularly in this case, as a tool for me explaining how important it is to use a long leader when fly fishing on flat water. In the picture above, take a moment to view the disturbances the fly line and leader create on the water during a presentation. Notice how little noise and footprint the leader makes when compared to the fly line. I was casting a Scott G2 5 weight rod with a 9′ leader and foam hopper, and I presented the fly as softly as possible. Anglers often don’t realize how much noise they’re creating during their presentations, and why so regularly they’re spooking the fish their casting to on flat water. The fly line itself, creates the most noise during your presentation and is by far the biggest contributor to spooking fish. Try using a 10-12′ leader or even a specialty George Harvey dry fly leader, that’s designed to dissipate energy and lay out dry flies with slack. This will increase the distance between your fly and the start of your noisy fly line hitting the water, resulting in more hook ups and less spooks. This fly fishing tip isn’t expected to turn heads. It’s more intended to be a friendly reminder for us fly anglers to fish with common sense. Many anglers including myself, often get on the water and find themselves oblivious for the need to adapt tactics to create a successful day of fishing. If you know you’re going to be dealing with flat water go ahead and rig up a longer leader right away. Being lazy and not doing so is like continuing to fish a fly that is not working all day long, and then walking away saying, “The fish weren’t biting today”. … Continue reading

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This One Is Just Right

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After a long day of fishing on the Kanektok River, Kevin Riley takes a nap in a bear bed on a piece of water the guides call Goldilocks channel. I wonder why they call it that?       Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com  

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I’ve Got A Chubby

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Every time I head out west for some trout R&R, there’s one dry fly pattern specifically that I always stock at least one fly box with exclusively. Idylwilde’s Chubby Chernobyl is the pattern I’m referring to and it’s probably caught more trout for me the past three years on western trout water than any other fly pattern. I absolutely love this pattern because it’s durable as hell and floats all day long even when I drop a heavy nymph behind it. It does a great job imitating stoneflies and terrestrials, but it also shines as an all-around attractor pattern. For veteran fly fisherman out there, I know, you’ve been fishing them for years and wrecking fish. But here at Gink & Gasoline, it’s really important to us that we’re providing fly fishing information for all skill levels including newcomers to the sport. The Chubby Chernobyl has saved the day for me on many occasions and it’s become one of my favorite go to flies when trout are looking up. The Chubby Chernobyl always seems to bring the big boys to the surface, but at the same time it doesn’t appear to be intimidating to smaller fish either. Because of this, fishing the Chubby Chernobyl from the spring into fall generally makes for an exciting day of dry fly fishing. Try a Golden Chubby Chernobyl when targeting a golden stonefly hatch or use it as a great all around grasshopper immitation. Dub it in olive and size it down and you’ll be ready for the Skwala stonefly hatch. Tie it with a black/orange foam body and black legs and it’s a sure win for imitating giant salmonflies. The black foam body with red dubbing and legs has produced trophy size browns, rainbows, and cutthroat trout for me every time I’ve visited the … Continue reading

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Striped Bass, Making The Best of Global Warming

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I’ll be honest. This is not going to make you feel any better about climate change. But you’ve got to get your silver linings where you can find ’em. With temperatures in the south east going from miserable to intolerable, a lot of what used to be trout water is rapidly becoming, well, not so much trout water any longer. The upshot of this is that some of these challenged rivers are finding new life as warm water fisheries. There are striped bass in many of the lakes in the region and as water temp soar, they run up the rivers in search of cold water. Some of these rivers are getting pretty decent runs. Five to ten pound fish are pretty common but there are big boys too. Up to fifty pounds. Stripers are a great species on fly and a big one will keep you busy for a few minutes. Here’s my buddy James with a twenty six pounder. Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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How Much Money Is Your Fly Tying Stash Worth?

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Flipping through the latest issue of Sky Mall Magazine waiting for my flight to depart to Jackson, WY last week, I came across this women’s accessory fashion ad. Tonytail Company Inc. sells three hackle feathers 5-10″ long for a whopping $14.95 plus shipping! After seeing this, it made we wonder how much money my fly tying stash was actually worth. Let me think, well I’ve got around 2 1/2 dozen saddles in various colors, with each conservatively having around 125 usable feathers….let me get the calculator out. If my calculations are correct my hackle feathers are worth around $18,687 in the fashion world, holy crap! I feel like I got a real bargain now buying them for $40-60 a piece in the fly shop. Thank goodness I don’t have to purchase my feathers from these guys. The Good News  (You saw it here first) On the other hand, my twin sister Julie, is a fashion queen who’s always managed to stay two steps ahead in the fashion world her entire life. She says the feather in the hair gig is already on its way out. Her clue to this she said, “When I saw Tori Spelling’s four year old son wearing quail feather extensions in his hair on TV, I knew the feather fad had lost it’s coolness. Fly tiers will see the light at the end of the tunnel soon, because feathers in the hair is just a short lived fashion trend”. Let’s hope my sister is right. For real though, what’s next, are we going to see Krystal Flash and Flashabou extensions walking down the street? I wouldn’t doubt it. You better load up on these fly tying materials before the price of them sky rocket just like hackle feathers have. Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline … Continue reading

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Why Thomas & Thomas Might Succeed, Really This Time.

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I should start by saying that Thomas & Thomas is a client of mine. In fact they were one of the first companies to use my photography. That said, like many anglers, within a year or two I was cursing the name Thomas and Thomas. There was a point when I wouldn’t take their phone calls. It was a rocky relationship to say the least. So don’t think I’m blowing sunshine up anybody’s skirt when I say I truly believe things might be turning around. If your not up to speed on the story, there was a time when T&T changed owners and the investor who bought the company, as well as the outgoing management, made a complete cluster fuck of the place. Rods weren’t delivered, repairs weren’t made, a lot of people were pissed off. I have friends who will tell you that T&T rods are the best made and that they will never own another. Things looked pretty dark up there. Not an easy turn around. So what makes me think they can pull it off? At the IFTD show in New Orleans I had the chance to meet with Mark Richens the new owner of T&T. We had lunch and this is what I came away with. T&T is in great hands. Firstly, you don’t have to talk with Mark for long to know that he’s a serious fisherman. He knows the sport and the people who love it. Secondly, he’s a smart guy with a head for business. He has a plan and a vision for the company and he realizes he has a hell of a job ahead of him. Thirdly, my gut feeling is that this guy is a pit bull. I don’t see him walking away from a fight, ever. Not the kind … Continue reading

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