Sunday Classic / Use Side Pressure To Avoid Breaking Off On Snags

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You’ve got a big fish on and it’s making a screaming run straight for a big snag on the far bank. What should you do to decrease your chances of breaking off? Your best bet is to apply low side pressure with your rod while keeping a perpendicular position between you and the fish at all times. Doing so you can put twice as much pressure on the fish than you normally can when your fly rod is in the overhead fighting position. Secondly, it’s much easier for you to steer the fish’s head and turn its direction using low side pressure. Always follow the fish up and down the river during the fight. The closer you stay to the fish the more leverage and power you can apply to steer and control the fish. Lastly, don’t tighten down on the fish trying to stop its run towards a snag, because nine times out of ten you’ll end up breaking the fish off. The harder you pull on a big fish the harder it generally going to pull back. If you find playing the fish aggressively makes the fish fight harder and more difficult to control, try backing off on your power and playing the fish more gently. Sometimes doing this will calm the fish down enough to gain control and win the battle. 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 / Tosh Brown Maashkinoozhe

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Tosh Brown is one of my favorite sporting Photographers and quite possibly the nicest guy in Texas! Check out this post on his blog about Musky fishing in Wisconsin.   Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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4 Tips for Getting a Better Picture of Your Trophy

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WAY BACK BEFORE WE HAD DIGITAL CAMERAS, I CAN REMEMBER HOW EXCITED I WOULD BE RACING TO THE CLOSEST ONE-HOUR PHOTO STORE TO GET MY FILM DEVELOPED.

The anticipation of waiting to review my big fish photos was almost as fun for me as catching the trophy. I wish I could say all those developed photos came out perfect but that’s far from the truth. Some came out great but the majority were blurry, had my head cut off, or I was holding the fish like a rookie. Nowadays we have the luxury of instant feedback with digital cameras, so we don’t have any excuse to not get good photo when the fish cooperates. Below are four tips for capturing better photographs of your trophies with examples of the right and wrong way to hold your fish. Keep in mind there is a learning curve for handling big fish. The more you do it the better you get.

1. Hold the fish with the tips of your fingers not your palms

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Sunday Classic / Art is Everywhere

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This weeks Sunday Classic is from Louis Cahill, reminding us Art is Everywhere. 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   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Saturday’s Shoutout / Fly Anglers Online

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This weeks Saturday Shoutout goes to Fly Anglers Online. This website is dear to my heart because I’ve been visiting it for well over a decade. I’ve learned a great deal about the sport of fly fishing and its contributed immensely to my love of fly tying. Don’t be turned off by its old school appearance. Just about every subject in fly fishing can be found on this website, but what makes this website so special are its gracious contributors. All of which solely volunteer their time and information in the effort to prosper and grow the sport of fly fishing. Take the legendary Al Campbell for example, who passed away from incurable brain cancer in 2005. He alone contributed over 150 step by step fly patterns and many articles for fly fishing and rod building. Have you ever wanted to know how to die your own fly tying materials? Looking for hundreds of step by step fly tying patterns both saltwater and freshwater? Wanting to pick the brain of legends and guides in the sport? You’ll find all of these topics and a boat load more on Fly Anglers Online. Below are some helpful links since the navigation can be tricky because of the large size of the website. Al Campbell – Articles & Fly Patterns (Step by Step) Fly Anglers Online – Article Archives Fly Of The Week – Archives 1997-2010 Fly Tying Tips  Fly Dying Tying Materials Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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No-Tech Flats Boots

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Want to do a little wading on the cheap?

A few years ago I was fishing in the Bahamas with my friend Kirk Deeter. We stopped to get out of the boat and wade to some tailing bonefish and Kirk pulls out a pair of Converse All Stars. We grew up calling them Chucks but Kirk calls them flats boots. I couldn’t help but see the brilliance of it. Kirk explained that he bought a pair of these cheap high tops when he was headed to the salt, wore them for the week, then pitched them. Not even flying home with dirty wet boots. Smart guy.

So the next time I headed to the keys I made a stop at Target where I discovered these. Converse One Stars. Important distinction, not all stars just one star. Like the one star motels I usually end up in. I bought them because they were cheap, and handy. Thirty five dollars at Target, but it turned out great. I actually like them better than the Chucks. Here’s why.

Following Kirk’s lead, I planned on throwing them away at the end of the week. Kirk had explained that the Chucks were only good for that long because the metal grommets rust from exposure to salt water. The cheap One Stars have no grommets, so no rust. They also don’t have

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The Gink and Gasoline Fly Fishing Photography Contest

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We know from reading your comments that a lot of you are not only avid fly fishers, but also enthusiastic photographers. It’s been fun and rewarding sharing my photos with you, and we want you to share in the fun, so with help from our friends at Redington, Rio and Fishpond we are exited to announce the first ever Gink and Gasoline fly fishing photography contest! That’s right, it’s your chance to show off your mad photo skills and get some wicked gear for your trouble. How sweet is that? Here’s what’s on the table. •1st place – a pair of Redington Sonic-Pro Stocking Foot Waders •2nd place – a Fishpond Piney Creek Tech Pack •3rd place – a Rio Gold fly line   We are equally excited to have three, at the very least, semi-celebrity judges. Tim Romano In addition to being a bad ass fly fishing photographer Tim is the managing editor of Angling Trade Magazine, the photo editor of The Fly Fish Journal and blogs for Field and Stream at fsflytalk.com. When does he sleep? Paul Puckett Paul is an amazing painter who has dedicated his talents to capturing the beauty of fly fishing. He also employes his considerable visual skills in clothing design as the creative force behind The Flood Tide Co. He’s a hell of a guitarist too. Claudia Lopez One of the most talented photographers I have ever known and hands down the toughest, Claudia is a world class mountaineer and has dedicated herself to taking us ordinary humans to the most beautiful places in the world to meet the most interesting people. Seriously, you must see her work to believe it. Here’s all you need to know to get in on the action. •The contest is open to everyone except me, Kent and the … Continue reading

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Conch And Beer For Dinner Again?

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By now I’m back from the Bahamas long enough to stop grumbling about the cold but not quite long enough for the line burns to have healed. I’ve done my best to rid the world oh Conch and Kalik but if you can find any I suggest you dispose of it as soon as possible. If you need help, shoot me an email.   Here’s the recipe for the worlds best Conch Salad courtesy of the gals at Andros South. Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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Sunday Classic / Tips For Netting Big Fish from a Drift Boat

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So you’re floating the river in a drift boat and your buddy just hooked into a trophy trout. What should you do next to ensure you land that trophy? Below are three tips for increasing your chances at netting that fish of a lifetime. 1. When the opportunity presents itself get all your fly line on the reel. After you’ve set the hook, made a few strips to keep tension, and your jaw has dropped to the ground after seeing the giant beast at the end of your line, your next objective will be to find a good time to get all that excess fly line onto the reel. The last thing you want is the trophy fish making a blistering run, and your excess fly line catching on your boot, thigh brace, or rod butt resulting in a break off. When the trophy settles down and holds in a stationary position during the fight, this is when you should take the opportunity to reel in and get all of your fly line on the reel. Doing so you can let that $300 fly reel with a butter smooth drag to do its job. 2. Use your drift boat to block danger zones during the fight. Don’t keep your boat anchored up during a battle with a trophy fish expecting the angler to do all the work. Often the trophy will make a big run downstream or upstream, which will drastically lower the ability of the angler to control the fish. If you’re on the oars, it’s your job to row the boat and follow the fish to help keep that perpendicular fight. Look for danger zones like snags and boulders that the trophy can break you off on. If the fish starts to make a move towards one of … Continue reading

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Saturday’s Shoutout / MidCurrent, Ask the Experts

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This weeks Saturday’s Shoutout goes to MidCurrent, for its Ask the Experts section. Anyone that surfs the web and also fly fishes has probably heard of Midcurrent. I try to visit the site at least once a week over a cup of coffee to read the latest content. It’s always well written and very informative. With hundreds upon hundreds of web pages dedicated to fly fishing on the MidCurrent website, it’s no doubt the Google of Fly Fishing. I personally enjoy the Ask the Experts section of the website, that takes questions from followers and is then answered by professionals in the industry. That’s information you can count on being accurate and worth your time to read, and we encourage you to check out. Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com   Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!  

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