Chard’s Snapping Shrimp

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IT’S TIME TO GO TO THE BAHAMAS AND CATCH BONEFISH!

Seriously, I’m going to the Bahamas tomorrow morning for the first week of the G&G Andros South bonefish trip. I can’t wait. And in the box of flies I’m taking along there is a healthy handful of Bruce Chard’s Snapping Shrimp patterns.

This is one of the first bonefish flies I learned to tie and it’s a s productive now as it was then. It’s a versatile little fly that takes almost no time to tie and catches bonefish on any flat in the Bahamas. And plenty of other places I’m sure.

It may be too late for you to go to South Andros with me tomorrow, but it’s not too late to tie some Snapping Shrimp for your next trip.

Watch the video and learn to tie Chard’s Snapping Shrimp.

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New Leader and Tippet Material From Umpqua: Video

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New nylon, fluorocarbon and fluorocarbon ultra material from Umpqua sports hidden tech.

Can fish see your leader? This new leader and tippet material has up to 5 different coatings to make it less visible in the water. Updated materials promise better knot strength and a handy size guide helps you choose the right tippet for your fly.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR ALL OF THE DETAILS.

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There’s No Such Thing As A Bad Perm

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Funny Ass Video!

YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY. THERE ARE NO SMALL PERMS.

Just perms, and big perms. Happy perms and happy clouds. If you can’t catch perms, you can always drink.

Here’s Bob Ross to teach you how!
http://vimeo.com/32582348

The Bob Ross Drinking Game

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Three Tips for Casting in the Wind

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By Bruce Chard

WHEN YOU’RE FLY FISHING IN SALTWATER THERE IS ALMOST ALWAYS WIND.

Saltwater fly fishing demands your A-game. Your presentations have to be spot on and when the wind is howling, it will test your angling mettle. If you’re new to the game, it’s intimidating but having and practicing the right skills can give you the confidence you need to deliver.

Here are three tips that will help you tame the wind
Make tight loops

Having the ability to form tight loops while casting in the salt will help in many ways.
Tight Loops help:

•Control line in the air for better accuracy
•Increase line speed
•Reduce slack in the line during casting and presentation
•Increase distance
•Fight the wind
•Lay your leader and fly out straight with no slack

Whether you are wading or in the skiff, a tight loop is vital to success in the salt. To form a tight loop you need to do the following:

•Keep your rod tip traveling

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Reece’s Fusion Nymph

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Bob Reece

Wire body nymphs sink quickly but their rigid structure produces no added movement.

Dubbed nymph bodies provide excellent movement but do not sink quickly and lack durability. Reece’s Fusion nymph combines these elements, allowing it to sink quickly, display enhanced movement and sport excellent durability.

Versatility of application and ease of creation are appealing payoffs for the investment of time at the vise. The process and materials used to create this pattern, check both of the above mentioned boxes. With the variety of available colors of Ultra Wire, Ostrich Herl and Ice Dub, the color combinations for this fly are nearly endless. The size range is also highly flexible. By adjusting the wire diameter and portion of the herl used, this nymph can be tied from a size twenty up to a size six. A size twenty, for example, would be tied using extra small Ultra Wire and the fine tip portion of the herl. Conversely, a size six would incorporate large Ultra Wire and the widest portion of the herl, found from mid stem down to the base. The optional inclusion of various sizes of MFC Sexi-Floss for rubber legs, can be used to increase the already present element of movement. Over the past three years this pattern in its plethora of sizes and color combinations has brought fish to net on numerous still waters, freestones and even the highly pressured tailwaters of Cheesman canyon, Gray’s Reef and the Miracle mile. Its applications are not limited to trout. It has proved itself as an effective pattern for other species ranging from grayling to pan fish.

With regard to process, the simplicity of this patterns makes for an easy creation for tiers at all skill levels. Its fundamental steps of construction are frequently used in the creation of other patterns and should become part of the repertoire of any aspiring tiers. Due to the small number of steps, the overall time for creation is minimal. This serves as another benefit in a world of constant busyness and demands for our free time.

There are several rigging options for this pattern depending on the type of water that is being fished. When using the Fusion on still waters, I rig it as the bottom fly on a suspended nymph rig under an indicator. This same set up is also applicable on moving water. Additionally the Fusion nymph makes for a great dropper in the widely used dry dropper rigging. It’s important to note that the high density of its construction requires a large foam terrestrial to float it in its larger sizes. If used as a dropper below a traditional dry fly, the Fusion nymph size should fall into the sixteen to twenty range. Moving beyond more traditional setups, this patterns serves as a solid foundation at the bottom of a tight line rig. In an even more atypical setup, I’ve had great success trailing this bug two feet behind a small streamer pattern in clear water conditions.

Watch this video and learn to tie Reece’s Fusion Nymph

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Tying On The Road

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When Kent and I hit the road for a Gink and Gasoline outing, among the pile of rods, waders, cameras and Cliff Bars there’s always a canvas tool bag stuffed to the gills with feathers and fur. It’s generally a ridiculous amount of materials. Way more that we could ever use. Everything we need to tie a thread midge or a streamer that looks like something Elton John wore in the 70s.

I don’t care how well you plan for a trip you always need just one more of that hot fly. Maybe there’s an unexpected hatch or maybe a sudden inspiration. In any case that bag of feathers has saved more than one trip.

I’ll never forget a subfreezing night we spent in a fish camp on the White River in Arkansas tying shad patterns. We would tie a fly, bundle up and scramble out to the river to try it out

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2020 Bonefish School Update

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By Louis Cahill

The most rewarding part of my job, by a measure, is working with anglers to help them become effective and self-reliant saltwater anglers.

It’s become a kind of calling and every year it gets better. I guess what I mean is, I get better at it. My Bonefish 101 presentation gets better every year and moving the school to Bair’s lodge has been a huge upgrade, but it also feels like I’m getting a little extra help. The fishing on South Andros has been the best I can remember for the last several years. That certainly makes my job better.

The icing on the cake is the amazing group of returning anglers. The trip is so much fun that folks just want to do it year after year. That makes the experience fantastic for everyone but it does leave me with fewer open spots to offer for new anglers. I’m doing my best to expand the program to accommodate everyone who wants to join, but I always seem to have to turn a few folks away.

So, here’s some good news.

Although this eye condition I’ve been fighting will be with me for some time, I’m back on my feet and feeling confident about the future. I had held back on summer dates for the Bonefish School in case I was not up to it. I’m now confident that I am, so it’s full steam ahead for this summer.

JUNE 6-13 2020 WILL BE THE SUMMER BONEFISH SCHOOL AT BAIR’S LODGE.

The full week trip cost you $4299. That’s a huge savings over the normal rate of $6395! It’s also the last I can offer that great price. Next years school goes up to $4495. Several anglers have already jumped on this deal so spaces are going quickly. Shoot me an email to hookups@ginkandgasoline.com if you are interested.

THE JANUARY 2021 BONEFISH SCHOOL IS ON THE BOOKS FOR JAN 9-16, 16-23 & 23-30. 

Rebookings from this year were strong and several anglers have decided to do multiple weeks, so there are only a handful of spots available. I know that makes it tough and I apologize. This trip is just very popular. If you’re interested, get in touch and let’s get you in before it’s all gone.

Let me add a heart felt thank you to all of you who have made the Bonefish School such a huge success, and to each of you who have supported me and Gink and Gasoline through this extremely challenging year. I don’t know if I could have done it without you. I mean that.

I hope you can join me in the beautiful Bahamas this season!

Email hookups@ginkandgasoline.com for more info.

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How Not To Learn Bonefishing

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Float to the Bahamas on a 55 gallon drum and save the air fare but hire a good guide every day!

My buddy Brad went to the Bahamas for bonefish recently. I loaned him a rod, reel some leaders and a box of my favorite bonefish patterns. It was his first trip to the salt and when he got home the stories brought back memories.

Brad is a great angler. He guides for trout and when it comes to working a tough fish with a tiny dry fly he’s the man but salt water is a totally different game and, like all of us, he ran up against the learning curve pretty quickly. He came home from the trip with a photo of himself holding a nice bone and that’s better than I did on my first salt water trip so I’m not dogging my friend here but I’m going to tell you where he went right and where he went wrong.

Brad took some advice I gave him and that was a good start. First off he went to the Bahamas. There’s a lot to learn for the beginning bonefish angler and much of it is retraining muscle memory. Developing a good strip set for example. The only way you learn to strip set is by feeding fish. “Those crazy ass fish run every which way!” Brad told me. That’s true, and you only learn how to lead moving fish by getting shots at moving fish. Simply put, in the Bahamas you get a lot more shots and you feed a lot more fish.

The first way he went wrong was he went to the wrong island. I told him to go to South Andros but he has a friend with a place in Eleuthera and went there. He saved some money and I get that, but he caught a lot fewer fish. It’s like my friend Joel told me when I booked my first trip to Andros. “The Bahamas is the best bonefishing in the world and Andros is the best bonefishing in the Bahamas.” Well said, and true.

I learned to fish salt in the Florida Keys and that’s a tough way to go. The fish in the keys are a lot more educated. The bonefish in the keys are big but fewer and the turtle grass bottom makes them hard to see. The Bahamas has

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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

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The Redesigned Lamson Guru Fly Reel

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The New Lamson Guru fly reel is a complete redesign.

The new Guru is more than an update in looks. New design features reduce weight and enhance performance. Ported arbors, new drag and new sizes are on the list of updates, as well as new colors.

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO FOR ALL THE DETAILS ON THE NEW LAMSON GURU FLY REELS.

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