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September’s beer of the month is my favorite beer that is being brewed in Louisiana right now, Ghost in the Machine.  It comes to us from Parish Brewing out of Broussard, which is probably also my favorite Louisiana brewery.  These are the same people that brew Canebrake and have a redfish labeled beer in South Coast.  Everything they make is delicious.  Ghost is a double IPA that is heavy on the hops, but not so much that it makes you wince – it has great flavor and a wonderful aroma.  Here’s what Parish has to say about it:

“Welcome to the future.  Our collective human consciousness, or Ghost in the Machine, has gained a tolerance for hops beyond what mankind has ever known before.  This double india pale ale is the necessary outcome.  Available in 750 ml bottles and 1/6th bbl kegs.  8% ABV”

That information from their website is a little dated as it was most recently available as a 12 ounce 4 pack with 8.5% ABV.  The limited release of the 4 pack was no secret and beer geeks all over Louisiana were left scrambling trying to pick up as many as they could before the next release (who knows when that will be).  Of course because of this it sold out in no time, but that’s not to say you can’t still try it, you just have to swing by the Parish Taproom in Broussard to get one.

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Reviews from people with more beer knowledge than myself:

The Ale Runner

The Beer Buddha

Drink All the Beers 

September’s fly of the month is, in my opinion, one of the more realistic shrimp patterns out there.  It is Blake’s version of Bob Popovics Ultra Shrimp fly.  This is a great pattern for inshore use, especially at night, under the lights.  It should be pretty durable too with that UV Knot Sense.  Speckled trout of Grand Isle beware, this fly is coming for you.

Materials:

Mustad 3407 size 2
EP fibers
Mono eyes
Krystal flash
White thread
Loon UV Knot Sense
Soft/webby bugger hackle

Attach thread and bring to the bend. Prepare some mono eyes using a lighter and sharpie marker to color them black.
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Tie in a small clump of EP fiber down a little into the bend.
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Tie in eyes on each side. I put a thread bump in front of the tie-in spot to splay the eyes out a little.
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Tie in the hackle by the butt so that when wrapped, the longer fibers will be towards the back and the shorter around the eye. Dub the body of the fly, including around the eyes. I forgot to dub around the eyes, but I don’t think it matters, just looks better to the fisherman.
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Palmer the hackle and tie off at the eye. I try to get the fibers to lay back towards the bend.
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Cut the top half of the fibers pretty close to the body.
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Tie in another longer clump of the EP fibers. Here i used double what i tied in in the earlier step. The bottom picture is what it looks like when you pull the fibers tight.
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Then add UV knot sense. I run a bead between the body and the fibers and then some in the fibers themselves. If you put some tension on the fibers, the glue oozes out of the fibers and creates a smooth body. I also pinch the fiber to make the vertical and create the profile i want. Below is the fibers under tension and not under tension with the glue applied.
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I added two strands of crystal flash for the antenna then cured the glue with the UV light. Here’s the finished product. color can be changed by either coloring the EP fibers or using different colored body materials (dubbing, chenille, etc.).

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