Gink & Gasoline

Saltwater Fly Fishing: 11 Tips for Presenting Your Fly To Tarpon

Anyone that’s fly fished for tarpon has probably experienced how easy it can be to present the fly incorrectly. If you miss your target, even by just a little bit, it can drastically lower your chances for getting a tarpon to eat. Cast the fly too close, and the tarpon will spook. Don’t lead the fish enough, and your fly won’t get down to the… Read More »Saltwater Fly Fishing: 11 Tips for Presenting Your Fly To Tarpon

Winter Fly Fishing – Midges 101

Sometimes smaller flies mean bigger rewards. There’s no doubt there are times when big flies are the ticket for catching big fish. However, when you find yourself fly fishing on technical trout water and the bite is extremely tough, in many cases, it can provide you with big rewards if you put up those big gaudy fly patterns and break out your midge box. This… Read More »Winter Fly Fishing – Midges 101

Fly Fishing, Always Have a Plan B

Just about every fisherman out there is familiar with the saying, “never leave fish to find fish.” I live religiously by this common sense fishing advice. It’s saved my butt many days on the water guiding, and keeps me from straying away from productive water when I find myself being drawn away to fish other spots upstream that look great. Always remember that fly fishing… Read More »Fly Fishing, Always Have a Plan B

Guide Thoughts

I’M A FEW DAYS AWAY FROM STARTING MY THIRTEENTH YEAR AS A TROUT FISHING GUIDE. Where have all the years gone? It seems like it was just yesterday that I was just hired on by Upper Hi Fly shop in Hiawassee, Ga. Man, a lot has changed since then. That once prospering fly shop is no longer in business and many of the guides I… Read More »Guide Thoughts

It’s Ok to Ask for Help on the Water

A lot of fly fisherman of both sexes get a little hesitant when it comes to holding hands or locking arms with people that aren’t kin. Don’t be Haphephobia when you’re wading in and around trout water that’s challenging to navigate, in remote areas off the beaten path or during cold weather. Making the mistake of trying to do everything on your own when you… Read More »It’s Ok to Ask for Help on the Water

3 Ways to Improve Your Fly Casting on the Flats

About ten years ago, I embarked on my first international saltwater fly fishing trip, with a couple Texas boys I’d previously met while chasing peacock bass in the Amazon. The saltwater trip took place down in Mexico, specifically the Ascension Bay area. Our primary target fish were bonefish but we kept a constant lookout for permit and tarpon. The two born and raised Texas boys… Read More »3 Ways to Improve Your Fly Casting on the Flats

Fly Fishing Tips for Stocked Trout

My first memory of bringing a trout to hand with a fly rod took place back in the spring of 1990, on a seasonal trout stream, located 45 minutes north of Atlanta, GA. It was a far cry from a trophy trout at 10-inches, but that freshly stocked rainbow trout, touched my eleven year old fishing soul to the core. I’ll never forget the excitement… Read More »Fly Fishing Tips for Stocked Trout