G&G Holiday Gift Guide 2016

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It’s time to put something under the tree for your favorite fly fisher and G&G is here to help.

If you’re like me, you get started on your holiday shopping about the 20th, and things get hairy quickly. Well, if you have a fly angler on your list, we’re here to make your life a little easier. The secret Santas at Gink and Gasoline have been working hard on our lists and checking them twice. Here’s a list of great gear we’ve had the chance to try out this year and think would make a great gift for any angler.

Fly Rods

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 5.20.57 PMOrvis Covert H2: This special edition of the Helios 2 is completely blacked out with a matte black finish and labeling, black hardware and guides, and a modified half Wells Flor grade grip. We’ve had our hands on one of these bad boys for a little while now and it’s just as awesome as the original H2, with just a smidge of badassery built in! Only a small batch of these will be made so don’t miss out!

Echo OHS Rod: Give something new a try this season! One handed spey techniques are becoming more and more popular and are an effective way to cover water efficiently!

Echo Gecko: We all want our kiddos to grow up with fond memories of learning to fly fish. That’s why Tim Rajeff developed the Gecko. Built with kids in mind, its full of purposeful kid-friendly features and a flex that makes it easier for the little ones to cast.

Swift Fly Fishing Ready to Wrap Epic Kit: This kit is the bomb.com! This is the kit for anyone who has ever thought assembling a rod looks too intimidating. This thoughtful kit is put together with the beginner in mind, and is full of quality components and detailed instructions that will have you spinning silk in no time. Not to mention, you’d be building on one of the most badass glass blanks on the planet! Epic ain’t just the brand, it’s the damn truth! These Epic glass rods truly are some of the best fish-whoopin’ sticks on the market.

Winston B3X: Not your father’s Winston. The B3X is a powerful fast action rod with an accessible load. Perfect for saltwater anglers and streamer junkies. High quality Winston components and cork.

edit-4046Scott Meridian: This lightweight, fast action, saltwater rod is a precision tool. Smooth power transfer and a silky action means accurate presentation in the most challenging conditions. The Meridian is a joy to fish.

G Loomis Asquith: The first fly rod in a while to stand out as completely different. The Asquith’s spiral construction gives it a unique feel and outstanding performance. Extremely light and exquisitely accurate with power to spare.

H2 One Piece 5 Weight: This might be the best 5 weight fly rod I’ve ever cast. Not just as a casting tool but an all-around fishing machine. Perfect loops, mends and just the right mix of power and finesse for fighting big fish.

Sage X: The X is an outstanding rod in both freshwater and salt. Super fast recovery without being stiff. If you like a fast action rod that loads easily and throws streamers as comfortably as tiny dries, you’ll love the X.

Fly Reels

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 5.40.37 PMOrvis Battenkill Disc: The beefier Battenkill has arrived! Light on the wallet, yet heavy on features, this reel will put the brakes on just about anything with fins and is available in a great range of sizes that includes two spey models.

Nautilus X series reel: This rare beast is finally showing up on the river and it’s fierce. Ultra-lightweight, rugged and powerful. This reel is a work of art and the perfect fly reel for today’s lightweight fly rods. Nothing lands fish like a Nautilus.

Fly Lines

Rio Winter Redfish: Does someone on your list throw big, chunky, meaty flies at big redfish? Then they need this line in their life. That’s it. Nothing else needs to be said. Check it out!

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 5.47.15 PMSA Sonar: When getting down is the name of the game, you need a line that sinks uniformly so you’re always in contact with your fly/flies. Not only that, but you need it to cast well. The SA Sonar lines will cover the most demanding of conditions and casts like a dream with today’s fast actioned rods.

Airflo Tropical Punch: My favorite tropical saltwater fly line. The Tropical Punch has the power to tame the wind, while maintaining the control you need to pick up a long line and make a spot-on presentation with no false casting. Perfect for bonefish, tarpon and permit.

Fishing Packs

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 5.50.50 PMFishpond Thunderhead Submersible Duffle: For the traveler that gets themselves into all kinds of crazy mishaps, weather, and mischief, this is the duffle bag for you. Fishpond thought of everything when they sewed this bad boy together. They wanted to create the toughest, lightest, driest bag on the market and they’ve done just that! Comes in two sizes; Big and Bigger.

Simms G4 Pro Tactical Hip Pack: This low-profile fishing pack, designed for the flats angler, is the model of efficiency. The thoughtful design puts everything you need right in reach without catching line or causing fatigue.

WEB_16_BEAST_AAGOY-SLTVedavoo Beast Sling: Always the smartest design and highest quality. A Vedavoo pack is a lifetime piece of gear. The Beast Sling carries everything an angler could possibly need in a remarkably compact and efficient space.

Umpqua Guide Belt: Whether you’re a professional guide or just a hardcore angler, the guide belt gives you a comfortable way to carry some essentials and a net big enough to get the job done. Wear it as part of your guide kit or by itself for an easy day on the river.

Vedavoo River Quiver Rod Bag: The Quiver is a super efficient way to travel with up to four fly rods, comfortably and safely. Perfect for driving or flying to your favorite water.

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 5.59.46 PMSimms G4 Pro Packs: Simms new line of G4 packs are made for punishment. Built to withstand the daily abuse that guides and anglers dish out while on the water, these packs are feature-rich and TPU coated to ensure your gear stays protected while you’re out in the elements.

Umpqua Bandolier Sling: Utter simplicity. This sweet little pack works as a sling or waist pack and is perfect for the angler who likes to keep it simple. Just what you need, nothing you don’t.


Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 6.08.42 PMSimms Headwater Pro Waders: When it comes to waders, there’s nothing like a pair of Simms. The Headwaters Pro waders deliver classic Simms fit, durable Gore-Tex fabric, and a ton of smart features at a price that won’t break the bank.

Orvis Pivot Boot: The Pivot is tough as nails, with a beefy molded toe cap and high traction outsole. The BOA laces get you in and out in a hurry and the rubber soles are easy to clean and care for.

Simms Windstopper Flap Hat: The essential piece of winter fishing gear, this powerful little hat keeps you comfy no matter how bad the weather gets. It’s the ultimate stocking stuffer.

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 6.13.16 PMOrvis Drift Vest: The perfect waterproof, core warming layering piece. Great under a jacket in the morning, and on its own when the chill wears off. This versatile vest keeps you comfortable all day.

Sight Line Provisions: Looking for that unique, quality accessory that conveys your passion for the outdoors? From Bass to Bonefish, as well as kayaking, hunting, and hiking… whatever your passion, Edgar Diaz’s designs have you covered! Handcrafted in Texas using only the finest leathers and materials, SLP offers everything from bracelets, necklaces, and wallets. Be sure to keep an eye out for the sweet one of kind pieces within the Artist Edition collection, as well as the newest Lost Cast collection. What’s In Your Sight Line?!

Fishing Accessories 

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 6.15.27 PMFinn Utility tube fly wallet: This rugged and beautiful fly wallet pulls off the trick of being both nostalgic and innovative. It’s the most ingenious way to store and carry tube flies I’ve ever seen. A must have for your steelheader or anyone who fishes tube flies.

Rising Net/Tools: A net that you’re proud to lean on when it’s needed most, these made-in-the-USA fish wranglers will last for damn-ever and take any punishment you can dish! Not to mention the numerous color combos and custom engraving that is available! While you’re on their site, make sure to check out their awesome line of tools and accessories (all made in USA)!

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 6.19.21 PMFishpond River Rat Beverage Holder: Tired of not having your beer within arm’s reach? Or maybe you’re prone to setting your beer down and forgetting it on the bank, or the tailgate. Or maybe you just have everything and just need the coolest, new accessory. Well here ya go. No more “Hold My Beer” before doing something crazy and life threatening. Now you can always count on that ice cold beer to be there to numb the pain once it sets in!

Orion 25 Cooler: For the man who has everything… except a damn good cooler. Time to throw down and pick up a cooler that will outlive you and keep things cold and refreshing in the meantime. Built in the U.S. of A., this cooler is packed with features and capabilities only found on an Orion cooler. The 25 quart is perfect for everything from family picnics to bourbon-fueled weekends with the guys.

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 6.21.53 PMUmpqua Cooler Gator: A perfect gift for the angler who has everything, including that damned good cooler. The Gator turns your cooler into a nicely organized work station. Just the thing for that boat owner on your list.

Umpqua Tying Kit: A great stocking stuffer for the angler who’s learning to tie their own flies. Everything you need to spin up some mouthwatering creations.

Yeti Customs: Yeti travel mugs, thermoses and cansters are gifts you know will get used. How could they be cooler? By custom engraving your favorite angler’s initials, logo or favorite graphic. The Yeti custom shop will create something unique for you.

Avex Thermos and Water Bottles: These high tech beverage holders offer great features and rugged design at an affordable price. They will provide years of enjoyment for any angler.

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 6.30.24 PMSimms Pliers: Tough, efficient and styling, these do-it-all pliers are the ones I carry. Bomb proof and affordable, who wouldn’t love a pair of these?

Orvis Tacky Boxes: Orvis and Tacky joined forces to crate an awesome fly box that’s incredibly functional. The Tacky material holds the heaviest flies and holds up to abuse. The two-sided design and magnetic closures make them super efficient.

Charitable Giving

BAARK: A donation to BAARK helps provide much needed veterinary care for Bahamian Potcake dogs. If you have a flats fishing, dog-loving angler on your list, this gift will warm their heart.

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 6.34.57 PMWorld Vision: A trusted charity which helps provide clean water and the tools for a self sustaining life for the neediest children and families on the planet. My wife an I have supported World Vision for years and highly recommend them. This is a gift that gives three times. Once to your loved ones, once to those in need, and once in the great feeling you get from helping those less fortunate.

Fishing Experiences 

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 6.37.16 PMThe best gifts are those which live forever in our memories. Why not send your loved one on a G&G hosted trip for steelhead or maybe bonefish. It’s a gift they will never forget and you’ll cherish the photo of them with their fish of a lifetime.

Merry Christmas from all of us in the G&G family. Be well, be safe, be joyful.

Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
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