Good news and bad for G&G readers

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There are exciting new changes coming to Gink and Gasoline, but first we’ve got to get over a little hump. 

We’ve been working for some time on a new version of Gink and Gasoline. There’s going to be a lot of cool new stuff and even better content. I wasn’t going to talk about this quite so soon, but plans, as plans do, have changed.

Regular readers will probably know that back in the first of the year, I had cataract surgery. I have held off writing my final update, because things have not gone well. As it turns out, I now have a detached retina in my right eye which requires immediate surgery. The good news is, the doctors are confident they will save the sight in my eye, but the bad news is this will be a challenging recovery. I’m not allowed to read or look at a computer screen. It goes without saying, that makes my job a bit complicated.

So here’s what’s going to happen over the next few months.

Our developer has found a way to recycle some of our classic content from the past 8 years. I’m confident there will be a lot that is new to each of you. I hate that I will not be generating new content for you for the immediate future, but it can’t be helped. I hope you will understand. Once I’m back on my feet, it won’t be long before we unveil the new, super-charged Gink and Gasoline. In the meantime, I humbly ask for your patience and support.

I apologize in advance that I’m unable to return emails, text messages, or respond to comments. The only way you are reading this is thanks to my darling wife who’s typing what I tell her.

I would like to offer a special thanks to my advertisers who have been so supportive and understanding during this time. I would also like to thank my awesome contributors who consistently pump out the best fly fishing content on the web. Lastly, and most importantly, I would like to thank you, the G&G community. You make living my dream possible. 

I hope you enjoy the greatest hits and we’ll be back soon better than ever.

Thank you.

Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
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77 thoughts on “Good news and bad for G&G readers

  1. Good luck and heal well, everything else will proceede then. Cheers,
    Rredrag, a reader from Belgrade, Serbia

  2. Good luck Louie
    I’ve had D R ‘s in both eyes and I know what your going through. Speedy recovery and look forward to your return.

  3. I look forward to your next blog telling us how successful your surgery was.Everybody needs their eyesight but I can’t think of many
    who make such good use of it as you. Best wishes…………..JOHN

  4. I hope your recovery goes well and speedy. Thank you for all you provide us and don’t worry we’ll be patient.

  5. Louis, I wish you the very best; your column is part of my daily routine and has been for 2 years at least. It was good to meet you couple of times in South Andros; get well, buddy, a lot of us are thinking of you!

  6. Louis, I am a dentist. I had a detached retina in my left eye. I understand your concerns. No one wants to go to a blind dentist! Anyway my surgery went well, as I am sure yours will to. My recovery wasn’t bad, I was allowed to work and fish after 2 weeks.

  7. Look after yourself and do EXACTLY what the Vitreoretinal Surgeon tells you to do. I’ve had the surgery about four years ago and you will have to sleep face down for a while and have your head bent forward for about a week. I live on my own so it was interesting looking after things. I still haven’t got full sight back but it is still improving. I was lucky as they put a special lens in my left eye when I had the cataract done so I can see things now that I have never seen before. They knew I’m a flats fly fisher so I can see the bottom (11th) line on the Snellen Chart. Good luck with your journey.

  8. Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery. Be a good patient and we will show patience while you heal. Most of all, remember that you will have the good thoughts and best wishes from a lot of flyfishers for a successful outcome.

    Bill Love
    Sandpoint, Idaho

  9. Louis,
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I welcome reposts of your best columns–I always need to reread them to get the most out of them.

  10. Best wishes for the surgery and a speedy recovery. I don’t know what I’ll do to fill my morning time waiting for you to write again. I’ll certainly look at the “old” stuff but don’t think I’ve missed a column in all those years.

    Sorry also that this has happened during the wettest western water year in a long time.

  11. Best wishes for a quick and complete recovery. My father had had a detached retina many years ago and I didn’t know until after he had fully recovered. I look forward to many great new articles in the future.

  12. Hi Louis,

    I’m sorry to hear about your update on your eye. I hope it all works out for you and wish you a speedy recoveries. This blog is the 1st thing I read after opening my computer in the morning. Great info and lot of laughter.


  13. Absolutely hoping for the best on your recovery! Having your activity restricted will be a challenge I’m sure.

    Sharing some of your past contributions will be wonderful. Timeless advice is worth revisiting.

  14. Dear Louis,

    Just wishing you a very speedy recovery and osprey vision in the future. I consider G&G a service and one of the few reasons to look forward to Mondays. We, your readers should be the last thing you worry about. Get well soon!

    Randy Hutchins

  15. Good luck with the eyes! My wife went through the detached retina several years ago and came out with her sight intact. Hope you do as well!

  16. I hope all goes well with your surgery. Take care of yourself first, we readers can wait. I enjoy your articles and look forward to some older ones as a refresher or those that I missed.

  17. Good luck with the retina surgery! I had it a few years ago. The recovery is kind of a pain in the ass but no pain otherwise. You will be in good shape long before Andros!

  18. So very sorry to here about your bum eye. I’m sure you have a good opthomologist who will fix the retina. With good work on his part and a bit of good luck thrown in you will be fine. Will wait patiently for your return.
    Jim Patton
    PS I especially love your bonefishing editions.

  19. Hey,first thoughts are with you and hang in there. Hope all goes well. Second, rereading and maybe catching something I missed or have forgotten due to age is always a good thing. Again, hang tuff.

  20. Louis,
    thanks for your candor… I wish you the best with the operation and healing… no problems on postings…there are always articles missed and to reread … you and your partner contributors continue to provide a “wealth” of useful, informative and thoughtful posts about and around the cherished sport of fly fishing…
    My best to you…heal well!

  21. Wishing you a speedy recovery and hoping the recovery doesn’t interfere with the more important things in life, like fishing.

  22. I hope your surgeon told you about needing to be face down for quite a while after surgery. You’ll likely have a GAS bubble that will act like a bandaid over your retina, but it needs to “float” up to the retina, so you’ll need to stay face down for extended times. the reading restriction is because your eye move side to side when you read, and it’s better if you limit those movements. You could dictate what you want to say, and have someone proofread and edit for you if you want. I have know several people that have watched movies looking straight down at their computer screen with their head in a padded horseshoe pillow… I wish you the best of luck on your surgery and your recovery.

  23. Louis, take all the time you need for complete recovery. Your loyal followers will wait for you.Good luck and wishes for a speedy recovery,

  24. Dear Mrs Cahill,

    Please wish Louis a speedy recovery. I have never commented on any of the blog posts though I am a daily reader and the content here is some of the best I can find anywhere. We have been so fortunate in the fly fishing community to have such an amazing and entertaining resource. Though I have never met Louis I feel as if I know him and the fly fishing fraternity needs more like him. Hope this brings a smile to his face.

  25. Best wishes to you! Your health is far more important than our entertainment! I just hope you can still go fishing….

  26. After cataract surgery, I had a detached retina in one eye and holes in the retina of other. I wear contact lens and I still tie 22s and can see them at dusk. This is a short term pain but you should be back in no time…as good as or better.

    I enjoy your work – thanks and wish you the best!

  27. Louis:
    Been there done that with the detached retina. And cataracts. It went well, well enough I’ve fished two weeks at Bair’s Lodge with you. I”m still a sh*t angler, but my eyesight is fine.
    Best wishes

  28. Louis, my thoughts are with you and your wife right now! You can do this, keep all the positive vibes of the great adventures you have been on and know that there are more ahead. Thank you for your contributions to all our fishing worlds. I caught my first Musky on a fly I tied last week- Thanks for your help making me a better fisherman and encouraging me to bring others to the sport.

  29. Great news letter , have no problem waiting for your recovery. No need to come back to quickly , plenty of content to review and absorb. Appreciate all you do and hope for a full recovery.

  30. I had a detached retina and corrective surgery (buckle) 6 years ago It will work I still tie all my flies and am still effective on the water. I’m sure You will be back and hard at it. All the best wishes and looking forward to your return

  31. Best of luck on your surgery Louis.
    I’ve no doubt that you have enough in your archives to keep your readers content. Hopefully see you in Denver.
    Steve Silverio
    Regal Vise Co.

  32. Not a problem, Louis.
    Have a safe and speedy recovery.

    I’ll still be here once you get back on-board.

    – Mark

  33. Louis, wishing you a speedy and complete recovery! I’m sure we will enjoy the “Best of G&G” while we await the next generation of content. I have been a fan since I started reading your content about a year or so ago. I’m sure you’ll be back better than ever!

    Hemet, CA

  34. …Thats what we fly guys get for glassin crystal clear water all day and tying knots with 6x at dusk! Hope recovery goes well you’ve got the best blog on the net.

  35. Hope everything goes well and you have a speedy recovery. Be sure and follow doctor’s orders. I think we can wait for your recovery!

  36. Louis,

    Wishing you a full and speedy recovery. Just found your blog about a year and a half ago, so I will happily read the stuff archived deep in the vaults.

    Best of luck, keep the faith! You’ll be back on the water in no time.

  37. Louis, wishing you all the best and hope you have a full recovery and are back at it sooner than you think.

  38. Good Luck, hope you have a great recovery! Love the info your site passes on to those of us still trying to learn!

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