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 no 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

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The Early Bird Gets the Worm

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Here at Gink & Gasoline we believe strongly in the saying, “The early bird gets the worm”. Getting on the water early can pay off big time for two reasons. The first reason is you’ll often ensure your the first boat on the water, allowing you to present your fly first to fresh fish that haven’t put up their guard from previous fishermen. The second reason, which is our main reason for getting on the water early, is to take advantage of the great streamer fishing for wise trophy trout, that often prefer to feed during low light conditions. It’s easier for them to ambush prey and they also feel safer and more comfortable feeding during this time of the day. Pack your Advil, drink your water before bed to avoid the hangover, and hit the river early. Doing so you’ll often find your day of fishing will be more successful for big fish and numbers. Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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Jeepers Creepers!

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Where’d you get those peepers? Andros Bonefish Ever wonder why it’s so hard to sneak up on a bonefish? Take a close look. Have you ever seen a fish with eyes like that? Notice how from straight above you can still see both eyes. That’s why he can see you. When you’re stalking the flats for these guys, here are a couple things to keep in mind: 1. Don’t wear bright colors. 2. Stay low when fish are close. 3. Don’t rock the boat or wade too quickly, making ripples in the water. 4. Lead the fish. Don’t show him your fly line. 5. Land the fly soft. He’s Watching.   Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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Art Is Everywhere

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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

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MidCurrent and Angling Trade Announce Partnership

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MidCurrent, which reaches the largest audience of any fly fishing media brand, and Angling Trade, the only publication (and website) specifically targeting the business of fly fishing, will partner on a “Fly Fishing Gear Guide” and other gear-specific content related to fly fishing products and services. The co-branded joint venture will include online gear reviews, product listings, and a manufacturer database in both consumer-focused and business-focused versions. MidCurrent/Angling Trade will also produce a printed “Fly Fishing gear Guide” annually for angling consumers. Kirk Deeter and Tim Romano, co-publishers of Angling Trade, will assume roles as co-editors of gear content for MidCurrent. The companies will integrate editorial, sales, and marketing resources related to coverage of fly fishing products and services. The partnership combines the resources of the largest consumer media brand in fly fishing with the media outlet that reaches every manufacturer and retailer of fly fishing products in North America. “It’s a classic yin-and-yang relationship. Fly fishers are keenly interested and in tune with the latest and greatest product-gear is the factor that drives this market, for both retailers and consumers,” said Kirk Deeter, co-publisher and editor of Angling Trade. ” For more details on this partneship visit the websites of either MidCurrent or Angling Trade. Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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Work it Baby!

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Persistence pays off. I don’t know anyone willing to work a fish like Kent. We were getting no love on the South Platte when Kent spotted this brown. He made cast after cast. He changed flies and presentation again and again. I took a nap. Two hours later he woke me up to take this photo. On a long enough time line, everybody’s got to eat. Work that fish! Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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Trout Fix of the Day

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Here’s your trout fix for the day brought to you by big pimpin, Louis Cahill. A trophy male rainbow with a big square hooked jaw nose sipping before the storm. Louis took this killer photograph when we were out slamming big fish on the Yampa River in Colorado a while back. That day of fishing was epic because a huge thunderstorm rolled in, and everyone on the water packed up and left except for Louis and I. I can’t tell you how man trout we landed that evening twenty plus inches in length. The tandem scud rig was the ticket. I’ll never forget that day of fishing. Keep it Reel, Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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Tips for Spooky Trout

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   When the Going Gets Spooky : Photos Louis Cahill Do you ever find yourself  sight fishing to trout in big flats on the river? It’s as clear as water can get, and as flat and calm as can be. There are plenty of visible trout but they’re super spooky. What can you do to increase your odds at catching trout in these situations? Try these six tips that should stack the odds in your favor. 1. Use a long and fine leader. Your standard 9′ leader isn’t going to do the job in most instances. You are better off going with a 12′ leader, or even longer in some cases, that will allow you to lay out your fly with a super soft presentation. The longer leader will also help keep your fly line out of view from the ultra observant trout. Selecting a specialty dry fly leader that’s supple, and not stiff will aslo help you get a better drag free drift when dealing with intricate water currents. On a side note, you should do away with your fluorescent orange fly line, instead spool up your reel with a more natural and subtle fly line color like olive or grey. 2. Downsize your Tippet When you are dealing with crystal clear water conditions and spooky trout, you should not hesitate to downsize your tippet. I personally wouldn’t start out using anything lighter than 6x tippet on flat, clear water. If you get refusals from the trout, or if you’re using super small fly patterns sizes 22 or smaller, you had also better be prepared to breakout those tippet spools of 7x and 8x. It’s very important to match the tippet size with the size of the fly in order to get a more natural drift with your fly. 3. Downsize the weight … Continue reading

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Epic Run Off Continues

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My last few posts have not dealt much with fishing.  Here’s the reason.  If you are planning a trip to the west, later is better.  This is pretty much the story everywhere. Fall fishing in Wyoming should be great this year.  Keep tying flies and telling yourself that. Keep on Fishing, Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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God Bless A Cowgirl

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  After three days of driving I’m in Wyoming for a week long shoot for the good folks at Redington.  My assistant Travis and I went out to check on the water level at one of our locations.  We were scouting around when up rode two folks on horseback.  One was a bone-a-fide Wyoming cowgirl complete with side arm!  We chatted fore a bit and into the lake she rode.  You got to love Wyoming. Keep on Fishing, Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com hookups@ginkandgasoline.com

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