Fur Baby Christmas Gifts

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By Justin Pickett


We all spoil our pets, I know I do anyway. If you’re having trouble finding the perfect gift for the pooch, or pooch lover, on your list, here are some good places to start. Who’s a good puppy???

Orvis Dog Beds – Every dog deserves a comfy place to rest their head and it’s no secret that Orvis is the place to go for some of the most comfortable and durable dog beds on the planet. https://www.orvis.com/dog-beds 

Orvis Personalized Collars and Leashes – A good collar is must and Orvis has plenty of options for every dog, big and small. One of the best deals in dog collars is their personalized buckle collar. https://www.orvis.com/dog-collars-and-leashes 

Whiskey Leatherworks Dog Collars and Leashes – Looking for something a little snazzier for your best friend? Our friends at Whiskey Leatherworks recently released their Whiskey Dog collars and leashes which offers a line of fish prints designed by Chris Underwood mounted on Latigo leather and finished with solid brass hardware. They are sure to compliment every fishy dog’s personality. https://whiskeyleatherworks.com/collections/fish-upland-print-collars-and-leashes 

Kong Extreme – If you have strong chewers like me, then you’ve undoubtedly gone through your fair share of dog toys. A friend of mine suggested the Kong Extreme when my Lab puppy, Dakota, kept chewing her way through my house.  She’s now 9-years-old and still has the same one! Definitely worth the investment! https://www.amazon.com/KONG-41940-Extreme-Large/dp/B0002AR0II/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=kong+extreme&qid=1573919671&sr=8-1 

Yeti Dog Bowls – If you’re looking for a food and water bowl that’s little more rugged, then look no further than Yeti. Offered in 4 and 8 cup sizes, each bowl is

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Gold Nugget

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Trophy brown trout like this one are worth their weight in gold.

I’m a big fan of that Gold Rush TV show filmed up in Alaska. I don’t know what it is about that show but I’m hooked. Go ahead, call me dumb for wasting my time watching it, I’m just dying to see one of those crews dig up a fortune of gold that will give all of their families peace, security and well being. If there’s one thing I’ve learned after watching Gold Rush for almost three seasons now, it’s that gold mining does not come easy. It requires every ounce of energy and stubborn persistence to find enough gold for you to come out ahead, and then, even the biggest of crews can get outperformed by one lucky schmuck with a metal detector. Just ask that Australian amateur gold prospector with a metal detector who recently found a 12-pound nugget worth well over $300,000. Sometimes, no matter how diligent you are, it all boils down to timing and luck. The entire deal felt eerily similar to a giant 26″+ wild brown trout a client of mine landed last week.

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G&G Christmas For The Kiddos

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By Justin Pickett

Still looking for that great fly-fishing gift for the kids on your list?

There’s no greater gift you can give than teaching a child to fish. It’s a gift you will enjoy for years as well. If you are looking for some fly fishing gear for the kiddos on your list, here are some ideas to help.

Echo Gecko Kit – The Gecko is probably my favorite rod kit for the kiddos. Aside from its fun color scheme, it’s no limp noodle when it comes to casting characteristics, and there are thoughtful design aspects that make fishing with it fun for youngsters. Its shorter length, smaller grip diameter and an extended butt allow for a more comfortable grip for smaller hands, and the option for even the smallest of tikes to use two hands to launch their fly with ease. Each Gecko kit comes with a cordura rod case as well as an Echo reel spooled with fly line. https://echoflyfishing.com/project/echogecko/ 

Redington Minnow Combo – Redington also went with a more youthful theme when they updated the minnow a few years ago. With a comfortable foam grip, medium action, and its shorter, lighter blank, it’s really fun rod to cast. The Minnow combo comes with a cordura rod tube along with a Redington Crosswater Reel spooled with a Rio Mainstream fly line. https://www.redington.com/fly-fishing-combos/minnow-combo-new 

Orvis Encounter Combo – The Encounter combo is a great budget-minded setup for the angler looking to get into fly fishing. While not necessarily catered to the youngest of folks, this is a great starting point for the pre-teen and older angler looking for a setup that won’t break the bank. The Encounter lineup covers most fishing needs from 5-weight to 8-weight and each outfit comes with a cordura rod tube and a matching Encouter reel spooled with an Orvis floating line, leader, and tippet. https://www.orvis.com/encounter-fly-rods 

Lone Cone Kids Waders – Finding a pair of waders that will fit my six-year-old daughter has been crazy frustrating. Options are limited for kids younger than eight or so, and the provided size charts can be confusing. These same problems are what prompted the founder of Lone Cone to come up with her own line of outdoors clothing for kids 3-7 years old. Just three simple measurements are all you need for sizing. I just recently purchased a pair of their waders for my daughter and they fit perfect and look great! Better yet, she loves them. If you are in need for waders for your little one, these are perfect and won’t break the bank either!   https://www.lonecone.com/kids-fishing-waders 

Simms Tributary Youth Waders – Simms is known worldwide for their waders, so its only natural that they would also outfit young anglers with a quality wader that’s durable and affordable. The Tributary wader is Simms’s latest youth wader offering and offers many of the same features as their higher-end waders. With 3- and 4-layer breathable fabrics, these waders will be just as durable as they are comfortable to wear on the water! https://www.simmsfishing.com/shop/womens-mens-waders/kids-tributary-stockingfoot-s19 

Orvis Encounter Youth Wader – Orvis also offers a great youth wader at an affordable price! The Encounter is built from a durable 4-layer breathable, waterproof nylon and sports features such as an integrated gravel guard and anatomic neoprene booties. Another quality, durable wader option that also won’t break the bank! https://www.orvis.com/p/encounter-kids-waders 

Redington Crosswater Youth Wading Boot – Surprisingly, there are not many options in the way of youth wading boots on the market right now. However, Redington has you covered with their Crosswater wading boot. Offered in sizes 2, 4, and 6, these boots will have your kiddo wading in a lightweight, supportive shoe sporting a sticky, rubber outsole that will help keep them vertical.  https://www.redington.com/fly-fishing-waders/crosswater-youth-boot 

Suncloud Youth Polarized Sunglasses – Just like we adults benefit from wearing quality sunglasses, our little ones deserve the same. While polarizes sunglasses can cost the adult angler hundreds of dollars, Suncloud has a line of youth polarized specs at very affordable prices and offer and handful of youthful styles.  https://www.rei.com/b/suncloud/c/kids-sunglasses 

Fishpond Tenderfoot Vest – Pack and slings can be cumbersome and awkward for the young angler, and there aren’t many options on the market, but Fishpond

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Gink and Gasoline Holiday Gift Guide 2019

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By Justin Pickett and Alice Tesar

The holidays are upon us and, if you are anything like me, you are scrambling for some great gift ideas for the fly-fishing enthusiast in your life.

Here are some suggestions that may help. We get to play with a lot of cool toys and these are some of our favorites. I’m sure there’s something hear to put a smile on the face of your angling Santa.


Scott Fly Rods Sector: New materials, new tapers, and a new level of badass. Jim Bartschi of Scott Fly Rods doesn’t just design a new fly rod because he can, but because he knows he can make that rod better than anything before it. The new Sector certainly delivers over its predecessor, the Meridian, in every aspect of the cast. It’s certainly one of the best saltwater rods we’ve had the pleasure of casting in any conditions. Check out the 8’4” offerings as well. They just might blow your mind!


Orvis Helios 3 Artist Series: If you’re looking for a fly rod with a custom touch, be sure to check out the new H3 Artist Series from Orvis. With the amazing H3 as his canvas, artist Tim Johnson has turned 500 of these rods into works of art by hand-burning fishy scenes onto the cork grips. This series is very limited with only 300 nine-foot five-weights, featuring a rising brown trout, and 200 nine-foot eight-weights, featuring a tailing bonefish. Each rod also has custom labels and subtle touches that further set this series apart from any other H3 on the water. Once these rods are gone, they are gone for good, so don’t miss out!


Winston Alpha+: If you’re slinging flies at the baddest of the bad, then this is the rod for you. The Alpha’s ability to turnover large flies and heavy lines is impressive and boasts the heavy lifting power needed to pull any big nasty out of thick cover. Don’t confuse the Alpha’s power with broomstick, though. My first cast with the five-weight Alpha+ was at forty-feet and I landed it in the dead center of a dog bowl. One of the smoothest rods at IFTD this year! 


Echo Prime 2: The newest generation of the Echo Prime has arrived. Now offered in 2pc and 4pc blanks, the Prime 


G. Loomis NRX+: The NRX+ is the new generation of rods painstakingly developed by G.Loomis and debuted at this year’s IFTD. Replacing a flagship rod, such as the heralded NRX, is a tall order, but Loomis did this one right. Lighter, stronger, and more responsive, the new NRX+ is a performer throughout this new family of rods.


Orvis Mission Spey: These two-hand beauties borrow build on the materials and technology of the Helios 3 to deliver maximum power to the cast. Available in a variety of lengths and actions, there are even some six piece models for the traveling angler.


Winston Air Spey: These elegant casting machines load deep and recover fast, making hero cast look effortless. Ranging in weights from 5-9, and lengths from 11’ 6” to 14’ 6” there is an Air TH for every angler.



Lamson Guru S: Light weight and durable, the Guru delivers large arbor performance, made in the USA, at an affordable price. 


Orvis Mirage LT: With the same stylish design and silky smooth drag as the Mirage, the LT skips those holiday deserts and delivers all the performance with a lot less weight.


Able Vaya: This beautifully designed reels, with it’s artistic, hand anodized finish makes a statement everywhere you GO. The ultimate combination of form and function, the Vaya will thrill any angler.


Orvis Battenkill Disc Spey: The perfect marriage. The classic Battenkill styling lends itself effortlessly to the function of a spey reel. Throw in a closed spool, mid-arbor and powerful disc drag and you have a whole lot of reel for under $200!


Bauer RX Spey: Manufactured to the highest standards in the industry, the RX Spey has proven time and again to be just what the doctor ordered. This is the reel you want on your side when you hook the fish of a lifetime.



Scientific Anglers Absolute – Scientific Anglers has developed new leaders and tippet for 2020 and the results are quite impressive. Stronger and more supple than the competition, these new products from SA are sure to help you catch more fish on the water. They even come in 100% biodegradable packaging! 



Rio Technical Trout and Direct Core – Looking for a specific tool to add to your bag of tricks? Rio has you covered with a multitude of purpose built fly lines that will keep you in touch with your fly, and more fish. This year, Rio has added the new In Touch Technical Trout, and has also expanded their Direct Core offerings to cover the most technical of fisheries, whether fresh or salt.



Airflo Superflo Elite- For anglers who need a line to perform in the widest range of freshwater conditions, this is your line. The Superflo Elite’s moderate taper can change from dry fly fishing to nymphing to light streamers and fish effectively. This taper style also lends itself to easy casting for the widest range of casting styles. It’s as close to a “one size fits all” as you can get in a freshwater line.


Cortland Tropic Redfish- With a Short, Aggressive Taper and a hard Tropic Coating, the Tropic Plus Redfish Line is built to load rods quick and turn over large or heavy fly patterns. The Tropic Plus coating keeps the line hard and slick in hot weather for maximum shoot-ability. Chucking flies at summer time redfish has never been easier!



Simms G4 Gear- 


Orvis Pro Gear- The Orvis PRO Collection is stacked with waders, jackets, and boots engineered and tested to outfit industry professionals and serious anglers. Technologically advanced design, smart materials, and modern construction techniques ensure the gear in this fly-fishing collection can withstand the harshest environments. One of our favorite pieces is the new Pro Insulated Hoodie. Super warm and comfy! 


Patagonia Packable Waders- Their lightest and most packable waders feature Patagonia’s seamless bootie technology, which is made with lightweight yet durable waterproof/breathable fabric. These features allow them to fold into a compact stuffsack for go-anywhere convenience and capability.


Fishpond Tenderfoot Youth Vest.  Best of Show youth product at IFTD 2019, the Tenderfoot Youth Vest gives you all the capacity adult vests have with a youth fit. A lightweight mesh interior keeps things easy for the junior angler and an adjustable shoulder and waist strap allows for “one size fits most”. Fishpond claims, “the Tenderfoot Vest is no ‘toy’” which is fine because it is more of a ‘toy chest.’  

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Playground Earth Relay Episode #3 – Fly Fishing Owyhee River

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Check Out Playground Earth All-Terrain Relay Episode #3 Video - Fly Fishing Owyhee River

Louis and I are proud to showcase with all of you today Episode #3 of the Playground Earth All-Terrain Relay sponsored by BFGoodrich, which documents an epic off-roading and fly fishing adventure to the Owyhee River in Oregon for trophy brown trout.

We couldn’t be happier with the final cut and we hope all of you thoroughly enjoy watching the brilliant work created by Camp 4 Collective. First, we’d like to thank BFGoodrich and The Martin Agency who believed in us and allowed us to participate in this once in a life-time opportunity. We’d also like to thank Camp 4 Collective for making us look top notch and Rob Parkins, our Lead Location Scout, who put in countless hours of his time to make sure our relay was a success. We couldn’t have pulled it off without these great partners.

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Keep It Clean, With A Clearing Cast

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I’ve heard salt water fly fishing described as long periods of boredom punctuated by brief periods of panic.

I don’t know that I find staring at miles of gorgeous flats boring but I’ve felt that panic a time or two. It’s a stalking game and when the fish show up, shit happens fast. You often only get one shot and the last thing you need is a line maintenance issue. That’s why you need to make a clearing cast.

Start by striping as much line as you can cast off of your reel on to the deck. Because the line you are pulling off of the reel stacks on top of the line coming form the guides, when you try to cast you will be shooting line from the bottom of the pile and it will tangle every time. Like in the photo above. Not what you want when your casting to a fish and certainly not once you’ve fed one. So before you

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My Most Memorable Bonefish

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sn’t it funny, how certain fish we catch during our fly fishing trips can end up providing us with ten times the satisfaction over all the others. Sometimes, the size of our catch has little at all to do with the amount of reward it brings. I love catching big fish just as much as the next guy, but for me at least, it’s often more about overcoming the challenges along the way that’s what really makes one catch end up standing out amongst all the rest.

For example, my most memorable bonefish to date, only weighed around four pounds. I’ve landed much larger bones over the years, but what made this particular bonefish so special to me, were the extremely difficult fly fishing conditions I had to work through to hook and land it. Before it all unfolded, and I found myself feeling that special fish tugging on the end of my line, I was holding onto the last remaining tidbits of hope I had left inside me for dear life. I thought success was just about impossible. Never give up when you’re out fly fishing. For when you succeed when everything is stacked up against you, it will be invigorating to your very core.

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New Rio Freshwater Fly Lines: Video

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RIO has a couple great new technical fly lines for freshwater anglers.

This year’s freshwater offerings from RIO are all about the technical anglers. The new Technical Trout line is designed for fishing long leaders to picky fish. There’s some very cool stuff for stillwater anglers too, including a sweep line. Uncommon in the US these lines are amazing searching tools for lake anglers. Simon Gawesworth explains how they work.


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Stretch Thy Fly Line

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Are you looking for more a little more distance in your fly cast? Is your fly line not shooting through your guides as easy as it should? Is it lacking that fresh from the box high floating buoyancy? Are you spending more time untangling your fly line than fishing? If your answer to any of the above questions is yes, you should think about taking a couple minutes before hitting the water to stretch your fly line out.

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7 Easy Steps To Successful Saltwater Fly-Fishing: Video Round-up

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Let’s review some basic skills you need to get started catching fish on the fly in saltwater.

Success in saltwater fly fishing is all about the fundamentals. If you understand and practice the fundamental skills you will catch fish. There is a lifetime of learning but once you have the basic skills it’s a blast learning the rest.

Saltwater fly fishing doesn’t have to be daunting. Any angler can learn and today we’re going to review the skills you need for some great days on the water. Skills simple enough for any angler to understand and put into practice.


Let’s start with the most basic and likely most important aspect of saltwater fly fishing, communicating with your guide. Understanding the

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