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Worm Dunking

By Andy Link

This morning, the YouTube app on my phone alerted me that Tim Flagler had uploaded a new video to his YouTube channel. I’ve got to admit, I look forward to this every week. In my opinion (and I know a ton of others share this opinion), Tim has THE BEST fly tying videos in all of the internet. So, when his weekly offerings become public I’m one of the first to jump online and meticulously scrub through every frame.

Today, I was taken aback when I clicked to start the video and was greeted with this WARNING:

This isn't an episode of "Cops," but you might feel just as guilty after watching it.

This isn’t an episode of “Cops,” but you might feel just as guilty after watching it.

For a second, I thought I was watching an episode of “Cops.” I could even hear the infamous title music kicking in …

“Bad boys, bad boys … whatcha gonna do … whatcha gonna do when they come for you!”

As if the warning that “viewer discretion is strongly advised” wasn’t enough to pique my interest, the first thing Tim mentions is that the pattern was created by Fred Bridge of York, Pennsylvania. My sense of local pride swelled at the mention of another Central PA tyer. Enough delaying, here’s the video.

The “controversy” of fishing patterns like a worm has always fascinated me. On the one extreme, you’ve got your diehard fly guys that would scoff at the idea of using anything other than a perfectly crafted dry fly to land fish. On the other, you’ve got guys that will try just about anything to bring a bend to their rod. I fully admit that I fall in the latter category. I’ll go to just about any length (legal and ethical, of course) to trick just about anything that swims.

Another recent post/article on this topic is over at the Gink & Gasoline blog right now. Kent Klewein breaks down the 4 fly patterns that he carries in his fly box year-round. It’s definitely worth checking out, so head there next and give it a read.

Tight lines!

-Andy


Here at Black Gnats HQ, we’d like to hear your take on worm dunking with a fly rod? Have you had any success with worm imitations? If so, what’s your favorite pattern? San Juan? Wiggle Worm? Green Weenie? Leave your comments below, and be sure to cast your vote in our online poll.

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Black Gnat Poll – February 2015

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Pigfarmink IronFly: York

By Andy Link

Yesterday, Garrick and I were able to attend our first IronFly down in York, PA. It was hosted by Ben Rogers of Pigfarmink State Penn.

Here’s a small gallery of images from the event …

Ben goes over the finer points of deer hair Clousers to a noobie.

Ben goes over the finer points of deer hair Clousers to a noobie.

Gary's first fly. Ever!

Gary’s first fly. Ever!

Guess what Garrick caught while at IronFly? Pink eye!

Guess what Garrick caught while at IronFly? Pink eye!

Deliberation begins.

Deliberation begins.

Ben and Joel bring swift justice to the offerings.

Ben and Joel bring swift justice to the offerings.

Ben and Chad talk shop in the parking lot afterwards.

Ben and Chad talk shop in the parking lot afterwards.

Tight lines!

-Andy

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Utah Fly Fishing by Team Backcountry

Escape - Team Backcountry

Check out how the dudes over at Team Backcountry escape the daily grind in Utah. Dang!

Tight lines!

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Orvis Recon Video

We’re not really ones to promote a big brand name like Orvis (not that there’s anything wrong with Orvis, of course) but you’ve got to admit that this video for their new Recon line is pretty killer.


What are your thoughts on the new Recon series? Is it something you’re going to seek out? Have you had a chance to cast one? Let us know in the comments below.

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Merry Fishmas!

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Small Bite: Teaching Kids How to Net

In today’s “Small Bite” video, Garrick shows how to get kids hooked on “catch and release” fishing. On Wednesday, Sophia had a 2-hour delay from school, so Garrick decided to have her practice netting (landing) fish by catching snowballs.

Enjoy!

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Small Bite: How to Make an Acorn Whistle

In our latest “Small Bite” video, Garrick (and Sophia) show you how to make a safety whistle out of an acorn. Next time you find yourself in a tough situation and need to call for help, remember … there are whistles (usually) all around you.

Enjoy!

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Small Bite: Kickin’ Bass on Conneaut Lake

By Andy Link

Hey there fellow gnats!

After some thought, I’ve come up with a new format series for posts on the site and through our social media channels. I’m calling them “Small Bites.” The idea is to get more content out there in smaller, quicker chunks to whet your appetite. We’ll still work on making full-length, rich posts and videos documenting our more serious endeavors (multi-day trips to locations near and far, etc.), but often times we just want to get some GoPro footage edited together quick and capture just a moment in time. The “small bites” should be just enough to leave you itching for more … get it? (Cheeky, I know … but c’mon … black gnats?!)

To kick this series off I went back through an archive of GoPro footage I’ve been amassing in 2014. (I’ve got a lot … and that’s a good thing. I think. Means I’m getting out there.) Anyway, I came across three days worth of footage from June when I visited my brother Mike up at his place on Conneaut Lake in Crawford county (Northeast PA). He and I entered the 2014 “Bluegill Bev” Memorial Fishing Tournament presented by Loby’s Premier Entertainment and Walt’s Tavern (my uncle’s bar) during the weekend of Saturday, June 7th, 2014. The tournament itself was fun – we caught a few bluegill and had a good time at the weigh-in – but some of the best moments were in the days beforehand when we dropped in and pre-fished some of the lake. I caught a nasty bowfin and Mike hooked up with the nice largemouth you see in the video, above.

Here’s an Instagram pic I posted of Mike, enjoying a beer at weigh-in.

2014 Bluegill Crappie Tourney with @ekimknil!

A photo posted by Andy Link (@alink720) on

The boat you see us cruising in – a Bass Tracker I from the early 1980s – belongs to my inlaws. They let me borrow it for the week in exchange for being their “boat guy.” Every year, I help with getting it ready for the summer season, basic upkeep and maintenance, and winterizing it when we’re done. The thing is smaller than most fishing boats out there today (really, only two guys at best), but it still starts up fine and runs great after all these years. It’s also a blast to fish from and is just the right size for a lake like Conneaut. (OK, a little bigger would be nice, I’ll admit. I’m not getting any smaller.)

OK, this post it quickly getting into a longer post. I’ll leave it at this.

Enjoy!

-Andy

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