A Gift for the Fly Tying Enthusiast Who has Everything

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I’m always looking for ways to make my fly tying more efficient so I can whip out a few more flies when I sit down at the tying bench. Sometimes the best ideas come from my friends and family who don’t even fly fish. I was completely surprised these holidays when my wonderful Mother-in-law handed me this magnetic parts tray to open up Christmas morning. What a brilliant idea on her part to find a way to help me keep track of my terminal tying materials and finished flies. God knows I spend a fair amount of time on my hands and knees searching for items falling off my tying bench. No more will I be constantly dropping my hooks, beads and other materials on the floor when I’m tying flies. For any fly shop owners out there that happen to see this, I recommend you pick some of these guys up and stack them next to the cash register. Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Sunday Classic / The Holy Moses

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That day on the White River in AR Kent and I saw the biggest trout either of us had ever seen. I’m not gonna say how big because you won’t believe me, but this is the fly Kent tied that night and that should give you and idea. Authors Note: That bottle of Stranahan’s Whiskey was better than half full when we started tying. Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Saturday Shoutout / The Best of Deneki

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Our Friends at Deneki Outdoors have put together their most popular bonefish posts for the last year.  Now that’s worth a read!   Deneki’s Top Bonefishing Posts of 2011   Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Fishsicles

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Kent’s eight weight is bent double, the big steelhead finally within range of the net.

We’re in a tough spot. This fish has taken us downstream as far as we can go. We’re backed up against a bridge with a deep hole on one side and a concrete wall on the other. Kent has managed to bring this big fish back upstream and whatever happens is going to happen here and now. The temperature is about zero and the wind is howling. My numb fingers grip the net and I lean forward, waiting for my shot. The fish’s head comes up and I scoop. Holy crap it’s a big fish! Less than half the fish is in the net and I’m losing him. Only one thing to do, I plunge my right hand into the water and tail the fish. He’s landed but my fleece glove is soaked. We manage the fish and I get a few photos but my right hand, now out of the glove, feels like it’s on fire. By the time I get my glove out of my pocket it’s a block of ice. If I hadn’t brought a second pair my day would be over. I’d have frostbite in minutes without a glove on that wet hand.

OK, that’s a happy ending. We landed the fish and I had spare gloves, but let’s look at it from the fishes perspective. The fish is like that bare hand. He’s wet and exposed, out in that cold wind. What’s worse is that a fish is cold blooded. He doesn’t have an internal source of heat like I do. The only thing keeping him warm is that water. Have you ever noticed how fast your guides freeze over on a day like that? That fish has little more internal heat than your rod and out of the water he is going to freeze too. The air is an alien environment for a fish. When you lift him from the water he can’t breath and starts gasping. What he doesn’t know is that he is now exposing his fragile gills to deadly subfreezing temperatures. If those gills freeze, he’s dead and you won’t see it happen. He’ll swim off like he’s fine and slowly suffocate because his injured gills can’t process enough oxygen.

Everybody wants to land that big fish and everybody wants a photo with him, but please be careful and treat him with respect. Keep that fish in the water while you figure out your exposure and camera angle. Have everything

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Tying the Chronic Egg Pattern

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Sometimes in fly tying it’s the little things that really make a difference in the quality of your finished fly patterns. When I first started fly tying I always hated the look of my egg patterns because I could always see my thread down the center of my finished eggs or they wouldn’t end up symetrical. They caught fish but they weren’t as pretty as the egg patterns in the fly shops and it used to drive me crazy. Since then I’ve adopted using a really cool fly tying tool called an Egg Yarn Dispenser . It allows me to tie my egg patterns super quick and I get true consistency from one fly to the next. Watch this quick fly tying video of me tying my chronic egg pattern. Hopefully you’ll pick up a couple tips to improve your own egg patterns. Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Rudolph The Red Nosed Key Deer

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This photo was captured early this morning after a flying Key Deer made an unscheduled landing in Big Spanish Channel. It has been widely rumored that the little buck was aiming for Big Pine Key but missed due to too many holiday eggnogs. The deer was last seen swimming across the channel to Big Pine. We have no further information as the Big Pine Police Department will not return our calls.   Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Sunday Classic / At What Point Does a Fly Become A Lure

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Here’s our Sunday Classic for the week in case you missed it a couple months ago. This fly/lure is a complete joke. Seriously though, at what point does a fly become a lure? Are you carrying a streamer box full of lures? Every year new fly patterns burst onto the scene far from the norm, pushing the boundaries and raising the question, are these true fly patterns or just camouflaged lures? First off, let me get something straight right out of the gates, I”m not one of those traditionalist haters, trying to point the finger. As Rodney Dangerfield quoted in the comedy classic movie, Back to School, “I’m not a fighter, I’m a lover”. I thoroughly enjoy experimenting with materials traditionally only used in conventional tackle to come up with new innovative fly patterns. There’s no doubt conventional lures are amazing fish catchers, and the way I look at this topic is very simple. If I can figure out a way to mimic the action or appeal that conventional lures have in my fly pattern designs, I’m going to gain a significant edge over fooling big educated fish. However, I do understand whether I like it or not, we’re going to have to draw the line at some point and define what classifies and distinguishes a fly from a lure. Thankfully for me, constantly evolving technology continues to open previously locked doors, and in turn, categorizes most of my creations as legitimate flies. Take spinner and propeller blades for instance. Henry Cowen’s Coyote striper fly uses a conventional blade in it’s design. It’s been accepted in the industry as a fly, and has also become one of the most popular searching patterns for striped bass and other warm water species. Montana Fly Company sells a streamer pattern called the Kingfisher’s … Continue reading

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Saturday Shoutout / Tim Romano Limited Edition Fishing Prints

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This Saturday’s Shoutout goes to Tim Romano and Midcurrent.com We’ve just been informed our good friend and very talented photographer Tim Romano will be selling some of his Limited Edition Fishing Photography Prints via Midcurrent.com. Depending on the demand and how many prints are sold, Romano will add additional prints to the online store, and we could even see additional photographers selling their prints on the Midcurrent website in the future. These Limited Edition Fishing Prints would make great holiday or birthday gifts for friends and family and they won’t break the bank at $35.00.     Click this link to view all prints for sale Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Been There, Felt That, and It Sucks

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You hook up with a trophy fish of a lifetime but your the natural high is extinguished quickly as it schools you….

Most of us have been there before and if you haven’t it’s just a matter of time. One of the best feelings in the world comes right after you set the hook and realize you have a trophy fish on the end of your line. On the other hand, one of the worst feelings in the world is having a trophy fish on, and losing it before you can net it. Sometimes it’s our fault while other times it’s simply bad luck, either way, it’s always heartbreaking. Since we always seem to showcase our wins, I thought it was only fare to post one of our losses. God knows we have plenty of them. This loss is provided by our good friend Charlie Murphy who feels numb and lifeless as he recalls play by play what went wrong during the fight of a steelhead well over thirty inches. Poor guy ran out of real estate as the fish hit fifth gear moving into water too deep to follow and rounding the bend

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The Results Are In!

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The 2011 Gink and Gasoline Fly Fishing Photography Contest was a big success. We received so many great photos that we were overwhelmed, as were the judges. It’s exciting to see so many folks out there are so excited about sharing their experiences on the water. It was a tough choice but the judges have made their decisions and the results are as follows.   First Place and the Redington Sonic-Pro Stocking Foot Waders goes to, Jeff McDonald      Second Place and the Fishpond Piney Creek Tech Pack goes to, Chad Chorney.   Third Place and the Rio Gold fly line goes to Jeffrey Feczko. Congratulations to the winners! Again, let me say thanks to our Judges; Tim Romano, Claudia Lopez and Paul Puckett. And to our generous sponsors; Redington, Fishpond and Rio. And most of all to all of you who entered your awesome photos. There really were so many great entries. Click here to see them all!   Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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