A Closer Look

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Another look at the object of all my affections. This time it’s the gill plate of a North Carolina Brown Trout. Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com  

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Something Wicked This Way Comes…..

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Or does it? Capt. Joel Dickey explains how tropical storms and hurricanes can create epic fishing conditions. Even with all the satellite imaging and sophisticated radar, we can never be sure as to where a tropical storm or major hurricane will strike land. The fish don’t have all this modern technology and yet they can predict weather much better than we can right down to the day the system hits. So with hurricane Irene barreling through the Caribbean, I’m getting prepared….to fish. Now you might ask what does this have to do with fishing? A LOT! Just like in freshwater before a summer thunderstorm or low pressure system steams through your area, the saltwater fish also know something is coming and therefore react. A couple days before a tropical system rolls through the Florida Keys tarpon, bonefish, and permit feed like there’s no tomorrow. Waking, tailing, and rolling, these species flood the flats gorging themselves in preparation to hunker down for the next few days of less than desirable weather. If you have the jewels to stay in town before a system moves through you will experience what most fly fisherman dream about. The fish we often consider shy and extremely smart on a day to day basis, become dumb and unaware eating our flies without hesitation. These conditions also hold true AFTER a tropical system moves through the Keys, and fishing conditions can even climb higher on the epic meter. Weathering the storm the fish have now been stacked in the deep channels and have not fed for a few days becoming hungrier by the minute. Look out for total flats chaos! The palm fronds, coconuts, and limbs will have to wait around my house. The aftermath will always be there but the extremely blue skies and calmer days … Continue reading

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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

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Simms New “Catch and Release” System. Pretty Cool!

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If there is one word in fly fishing that means quality, it’s Simms.  I was impressed by all the Simms gear I saw at the IFTD show.  It’s impossible to show on the web what your hand feels when you touch a piece of Simms gear but you can feel the quality.  One thing I saw and thought was pretty cool is the new catch and release magnetic pack system.  It’s very well designed and the first magnetic system I’ve seen that I trust not to pop loose at the worst possible time.  Rich Hohne shows you how it works in this video. Rich, I apologize for the crappy frame in the preview.  I tried to change it but no luck. Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com  

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Think Twice About Your Tippet Size

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HAVE YOU EVER MADE THE MISTAKE OF CUTTING OFF YOUR DRY FLY OR NYMPH RIG AND QUICKLY TYING ON A STREAMER TO TARGET A BIG FISH? 

You know, when your too lazy or in a hurry to take the time to upsize to the appropriate tippet size generally called for with streamers. I know I have, and it’s resulted in breaking off a big fish on more than one occasion. Big brown trout particularly have razor sharp teeth like a high quality serrated knife. I’ve seen a brown trout literally cut a trout in two after one quick bite. Their teeth ain’t no joke man. If you’re streamer fishing, use fluorocarbon tippet. It’s much better than monofilament for abrasion resistance. Lastly, don’t be shy to go big on your tippet size at first. It could make the difference between you landing or losing that trophy of a lifetime. You can always down size your tippet if you think your not getting bites because the fish are seeing the line.

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The Envelope Please…

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The results are in on the IFTD best new product awards courtesy of Angling Trade. Here are some highlights. Simms took best of show for their pro dry jacket bib and pants as well as best wader and best outer ware. Sage swept both best salt and fresh water rod with the new One Rod Redington showed they love the ladies winning best women’s specific product for their Women’s Sonic Pro Waders Nautilus Reels Monster was voted best salt water reel. The Hardy Ultralite took best fresh water reel. Korkers Metal Head Boot with Svelte sole were the best Eco-friendly product. There is so much cool gear at the show this year. It’s been awesome and exhausting trying it all out. The complete list of winners is below. Best of Show – Simms Pro Dry GORE-TEX jacket, bib and pants Best Outerwear – Simms Pro Dry GORE-TEX jacket, bib and pants Fly Rods, Freshwater – Sage “ONE” Fly Rods, Saltwater – Sage “ONE” Fly Reel, Freshwater – Hardy Ultralight fly reel Fly Reel, Saltwater – Nautilus NV Monster Fly Lines, Freshwater – Scientific Anglers Mastery Textured Trout Stalker Fly Lines, Saltwater – Airflo Ridge Floating Clear Tip Tropical line Eyewear – Smith Chief with Techlight TLT lenses Wading Gear – Simms Freestone stockingfoot waders Women’s-Specific Product – Redington Women’s Sonic-Pro Waders Youth-Specific Product – CasTarget by The School of Fly Fishing Eco-Friendly Product – Korkers Metalhead Wading Boot with Svelte 2 soles\ General Apparel – Buff Bug Slinger Series UV Fly Pattern, Freshwater – Jay Zimmerman’s Texas Ringworm Fly Pattern, Saltwater – Fish Skull Crafty Deciever Fly Tying Material – Fish Skull Sculpin Helmet Fly Box/Storage System – Montana Fly Company MFC Waterproof Boat Box Book – Fifty More Places to Fly Fish Before You Die, by Chris Santella (Angler’s … Continue reading

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Art Gone Wild

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Paul Puckett is one of our very favorite artists. I’ve loved his painting for years. I’m really stoked that this year he’s putting his work on tee shirts, hats, and stickers under the name Flood Tide Co. They are way cool! Please support this down earth talented artist and fly fisherman. Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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Finally!

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Kast Extreme Fishing Gear It’s about time someone made a high performance water PROOF glove . Kast has done it. We love to fish when it really shitty out. This glove is just the ticket. Take a minute to visit their website and check out their other extreme fishing gear product lines. Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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Keep Your Eye on These Guys

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The tight line shoulder pack From Vedavoo is all about fung shway. With this pack you go light simple and efficient. It’s not a station wagon but it carries everything you need to target a great hike in stream. I’m really impressed with the design and ease of use. I look for great things from this cool young company.

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Sweet And Simple

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Don’t judge this product by it’s size. This is the only thing I’ve seen at the show that made me say, “why didn’t I think of that”. I tie a lot of articulated streamers and the new articulated shank from Fish Skull is going to change the way I tie and save me hours at the vice. Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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