After a few minor complications that have been fully cleared up, FLY GEAR is here.

This was an exciting book to write, with a deep look into the gear than makes fly fishing such an interesting sport. Until February 15th it is being offered at the Just-released price of $25.00, which includes shipping and handling. I will personalize the book to you, or to the person you designate when you order it. Please, if you are ordering it for someone else, don’t forget to tell me so, and give me that person’s name. Otherwise, I will sign it to the person who orders the book.

There’s a saying in fly fishing that equipment isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. And that’s certainly true. Especially when we understand that our equipment is the only thing between us and the fish. Fly Gear is a full 224 pages. And what a great 224 pages are they are, crammed with an abundance of detailed information on the gear that we love. The primary emphasis is on rods, reels, lines, and leaders. These tackle items are not just discussed from the current view-point, but from the whole of fly fishing, its evolution to modern tackle (which began around 1850), and on to today’s marvelous equipment. There are charts and diagrams that help the reader to clearly see the “why” as well as the “how.” There are page upon page of reasoned guidance in tackle selection, and a thorough look at Bill Hanneman’s CCS system for rod evaluation. Two full chapters are devoted to leader development, including a deep look at Gary’s much lauded Uni-Body leader system. There’s a full chapter on the most used knots, replete with very clear photos of their construction. Fly lines, our most unique piece of fly fishing equipment, receive four chapters, discussing them in great detail so that the reader is totally prepared to select that just right line for any circumstance. Likewise four chapters are devoted to details of modern fly rods. Knowing them in intimate detail, from bamboo to glass to graphite to boron, allows the angler to not only select the best rod for any situation, but also allows the fly fisher to discuss topics such as action, swing weight, prepreg, mandrels, and more with total authority and accurate knowledge. This is a book designed by a fly fisher for every serious fly fisher.

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The Perfect Cast I discusses and demonstrates the three casting Methods: Wrist Casting, Forearm Casting, and Whole Arm Casting, noting their best uses, and clearly illustrating the “how-to” of each method. Gary discusses grip and stance, including detailed instructions for The Three Point Grip. There are clearly illustrated demonstrations of the Bow and Arrow Cast, the Elliptical Stroke, Across the Head Cast, Hook Curve, Reach Mend, Curve Mend, Puddle Mend, Roll Cast, Switch Cast or Forward Spey, Shooting Line, Long Distance Casting. Gary discusses and illustrates the details of the backcast with its lift and flip, the pause, the forward cast, A.L.E., Loop formation, tailing loops, pantomiming, false casting, casting in the wind, pickups, including the “C” Pickup, change of direction pickups, mending, and more. Unique shots from above dramatically illustrate Gary’s discussions of the casts and mends. All this in a 72 minute DVD for only $16.50 postage paid

Gary’s clear and easy to follow teaching style was developed in over 40 years of teaching internationally on all aspects of fly casting and fly fishing at the professional level. He produced the first-ever instructional video on fly fishing (Nymphing, 1982), was the Midwest Director of the Fenwick Fly Fishing Schools, and a founding Board Member of the FFF Casting Certification Program. He writes and lectures internationally on all aspects of fly fishing. Music on this DVD from the CD, “My Madison,” by Gary Borger and John Beth. To order the CD or see other ongoing information, visit

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In this unique collaborative work, Gary and John have joined the best of their writing and musical composition and performance skills to celebrate their joy in this magnificent fishery. They envision the river’s seven segments in prose and music: the headwaters of the Gibbon River and the Firehole, the Upper Madison that feeds Hebgen Lake, Quake Lake with the lost campers under its huge slide, the 55 mile riffle down to Ennis Lake, and the Lower Madison through the Beartrap Canyon and on to the formation of the Missouri at Three Forks. John’s delightful music gives song to the grand sweep of the whole river, and Gary’s poetry in prose paints a unique picture of this unique river. “MY Madison” was awarded First Place in the 1994 Broadcast Division by the American Association of Outdoor Writers. This prestigious award is celebrated in this 20th Anniversary Release. This 14 track CD is priced at only $11.50 postage paid. For ongoing information visit Copyright 2015, All Rights Reserved

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My friend, Theo Bakelaar, from Holland, sent these great photos of the process of smoking eels and fish. He uses fresh-water eel skin in many of his long fly imitations—and it makes an extremely tough and effective fly. Theo is waiting for these with a glass of beer in hand.

My grandfather had a smokehouse and cured all his own meats every fall. As I child I helped with the butchering and smoking. Nothing like thickly sliced, home cured bacon smoked over applewood. Even now it makes me drool as I think of it.


Eels and fish hanging’ in prep to be smoked.


Watching the smoker and waiting for the tasty finished product.





Hot Marlin and Sails on the Fly

My friend, Capt’n Jake Jordan writes:
Yesterday I got a call from my friend Nick Smith, he had just got in from three days of fly fishing for Blue Marlin, aboard his vessel “Old Reliable” with Captain Chip Shafer. They had a great fly fishing trip by raising 49, they got 27 to bite the fly, while Nick caught and released 20 Blue Marlin on fly. Congratulations to Nick, Chip, and the crew, on an awesome trip, in my opinion this is the best billfish boat, crew, and fly angler, team, ever.
Interested? Jake’s contact info is in the Link section to the right.

Healing Help Through Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing is a fabulous way to tune into nature and to tune into one’s self. And so, it is no wonder that it is a wonderful tool whereby men can link to others with cancer and work through all the facets of the disease. My friends at the Rockwell Trout Club have looked arms and backed this therapeutic approach by donating time at their great fly fishing venue. To read a report on the latest outings, go to

If you have such facilities in your area, please consider this most worthwhile project. To contact the national Reel Recovery Program go to


On a similar project in Colorado.


A Day on the Bois Brule

Recently my friend John Beth had an opportunity to fulfill a bucket list promise to himself, and that was to experience Wisconsin’s famous Bois Burle River in its upper reaches with a guide of outstanding skills and knowledge. His story follows.

My day with Damian Wilmot ( ) was a dream come true, and I never wanted it to end. I’m only sorry I didn’t do it sooner! All day in a wooden boat fishing a cane rod with dry flies for native brook trout–from Stones landing to Winneboujou–on a river so special words cannot do it justice. Damian knows the Brule: its history, its water, and its spirits…its every mood. And, he shares that with you in a special way. He is unrivaled as the “go to” guy for that river, especially that river. His reverence and passion is infectious. I caught wild brookies all day, with a gorgeous 16” brown as a bonus ! I cannot fail to mention: he made me the finest shore meal I’ve ever had in my life–all cooked on a wood fire ( Bois Brule means “burnt wood, ” you see). If you have yet to experience a day or an evening on the Brule with him, don’t wait.

The “legends” of the Brule are mostly behind us now, but you still have time to fish with this one. Let him transport you, not as much down the river as back in time. You will go home changed from who you were when you arrived.  It’s not mist you see and feel in the evening, when the whip-poor-wills call, it’s the ghosts of  Indians, voyageurs, trappers, pioneers, Joe Lucius , Gordon MacQuarrie and all the Presidents–and one day, Damian Wilmot.


John and Damian at the launch of the day’s fishing.


Damian capturing John’s sense of the gourmet.


A very fine brookie from the hallowed waters of the Bois Brule.


A “bonus” brown that thought it was a brookie.

Michigan Fly Fishing Club 2016

I spent May 18th with the Michigan Fly Fishing Club. We had a great fly tying class from 1 – 3 pm followed by an evening banquet. We tied several imitations by way of learning new techniques: Down and Dirty Minnow, Hen Saddle Pancora, Hedgehog, Elk Hair Skater (demo only), Down and Dirty Mouse (demo only), Black Strip Leech (demo only).

Everyone was excited to see the tying techniques embodied in these flies, and the room was abuzz with laughter and good-times talk. The Club purchased copies of Long Flies for everyone in the class, and many brought copies of my other books, so there was much book signing during a great lunch of pizza and salad provided by the Italian American Club of Livonia where the event was held. Great fun for everyone.

The after dinner program that I presented was “Where the Trout Are,” a fly fishing travelogue with an ecological message on the importance of our cold-water resources. It was a timely message, considering the devastating effects of the cold-water resource used by Flint, MI.

Thanks y’all for inviting me.


Lunch consisted of deep dish pizza, salad, and much book signing.


Whew, that was a lot of book signing–let’s tie flies!


The wild-eyed tyers, hard at work? I need a break to sign more books.


Fly tying tactic 1 was spinning and marking the Down an Dirty Minnow (also called the Collard Minnow).


The Hen Saddle Pancora uses 5 Coc d’leon hen saddle feathers. It has no equal for movement in the water. Fly two for the tyers, demonstrating a unique hackling tacit.


Ye olde Hedgehog was used to teach a very unique tying tactic to form the hackle fiber back on the fly.


The Elk Hair Skater with full elk hair hackle was the first demo fly.


The super-easy to tie Down and Dirty Mouse was the second demo fly.


The last demo fly was the Black Strip Leech–ol’ killer.

Heavy Tying Threads

Whenever I give tying demos at shows and clubs, attendees regularly ask about the heavy tying threads that I use. It’s a flat nylon thread called Nymo, the favorite of the late Polly Rosborough. The heaver sizes that I use for spinning my big flies are available through Fire Mountain Gems at:

It only comes in the sewing machine bobbin size spools. I use it with mini or midge bobbins. These are available through Cabela’s:

These heavy threads make tying larger flies with a spinning loop very easy. They are also great for spinning deer or elk hair.


These heavy threads are great for spinning big flies or tying with heavy hairs like deer and elk.


These strong threads are available in sewing machine bobbin sized spools. I use Griffin Midge bodies for them


Spinning big flies with heavy furs is easy with strong threads.


An elk hair hackle spun in a loop of heavy Nymo. Makes a great skater fly.


Sculpin Diver. Body faux fur spun in a loop. Head is spun deer hair. Heavy threads make this easy.

Hardy Factory Live Tour

I just received a note from my friends at Hardy regarding the live tour of their factor that was scheduled to happen on May 6th and didn’t:image002.png


Chuck and Jake 5/5/16

Chuck Furimsky, founder of The fly Fishing Show, is pounding the tarpon with Jake Jordan. Jake specializes in night fishing for these beasts, and is quite adept at it. Opening night was last night, and Chuck hung one of 90 to 100 pounds. After landing it, he hooked a second fish that jumped off the fly. Still, the thrill of fishing for these brutes in the dark, nearly gives one a sensory overload. Want to try? See Jakes info under “Links” to the right.


The suspense is killing me–and my arms!


Behemoth in the night–notice the reflection from the fish’s eye.

Hardy Museum Tour

Hardy recently conducted a live, on-line museum tour that was very well received. It is now available on line:

Have a look, you will enjoy it.


Hardy has been known for quality rods and reels and other angling gear for over 130 years.

Tarpon Time 2016

The time of the tarpon for 2016 is here. Capt’n Jake Jordan is back on his boat, the “Fly Reel,” and fishing for tarpon in the Florida Keys in the dark hours. I have not yet done this with Jake, but I have talked to him many times about fishing after dark for these big beauties. If you get a chance, it sounds like absolutely one of the most exciting things one can do with a fly rod. The anticipation of fighting one of these big fish in darkness, or having one jumping onto the boat with you in the blackness, or luring a big, unseen shark to the boat as you get ready for the release, has got to be an off-the-chart adrenaline rush. See Jake’s contact info in the links to the right.


Imagine having a fish this size jump into the boat with you in the inky blackness of night. Rare occurrence, indeed, but at night the anticipation is nearly overpowering.


As the fish gets close for the release, one’s mind goes to a big hammerhead surging up from below. Night fishing for big tarpon is an adrenaline rush, for sure.