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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Somerset Fly Fishing Show 2016

This year’s Show in Somerset missed the big snowfall by a week. I was not the only one glad for the “near miss.” Friday’s show opened with a bang; the crowd was very good. Plenty of people in attendance, plenty of “fishing speak” all over the place, and great attendance at all the talks. Saturday opened not with a bang, but with an explosion. The crowd roared in and stayed roaring all day long. As I signed books, I had to yell to get people’s names, and they had to yell back. The casting class I offered at 8:30 to 11 am was filled, and we all had a great time. Tomorrow’s is sold out, too. The talks went off without a hitch and with a robust crowd. The casting demo was jammed with attendees—all willing to run through the pointing, “six’shooter” exercises, and all the other pantomime moves. Fun, and then some. Fly tying was also great fun, and I demonstrated as many of the 42 hackling methods as possible in an hour. I used my new “Ikea Loop Spinner,” much to the amusement and delight of the crowd.

Tomorrow promises to be another great show day. I start with a Bible study at 7:30ish and then tear off to do the casting class at 8:30. Then on to book signing, another PowerPoint program and a casting Demo. I have been using the new Hardy Wraith, 905 for the casting demos. What a rod! Such a delight to cast—makes me look extra good, and that’s always a plus. Can’t wait to fish it as soon as I have a chance.


Friday’s crowd was great, and they “stalked” the aisles, watching they fly tyers, flexing rods, cranking reels, and generally having a delightful time.


Today’s crowd was massive. It was shoulder to shoulder in the aisles, and the booths were crowded with eager anglers, talking up a storm. One hears of the roar of the crowd–today’s was roaring.


Mommy said not to point, but pointing is essential to easy and good casting.


The pointing exercise is to demonstrate one of the great features of the Three Point Grip–where you point is where you cast.


High Speed Spinning Tool

This weekend I am at the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ. But before the show, I am taking a day to be with the Mainline Fly Tiers, near Philadelphia, PA. We will have an afternoon fly tying workshop from 2-4 and then an evening program at 7.

My friend, Jay Kapolka, picked me up at the airport. We had dinner together and then he dropped me at my hotel. On the way, he told me he had a present for me. I was a small electric whip to froth milk, but it was modified my bending the end of the whipping wire into a small hoop. He told me that Hans Van Klinken had shown it to him and that he got it at Ikea. Then I remembered that Hans had shown it to me at the EWF show in Munich, Germany, last spring. Being a show, it was all I could do to acknowledge that it was a great tool, and race wildly onward. I wanted to talk to Hans about it, but never got the chance. What a serendipitous way to finally get a chance to not only see it up close, but to actually have one and use it.

Its use? Well, the thin metal wire spins at incredible speed, and with a small hook at the end, it makes the perfect spinning tool. More than perfect—it twists the loop so fast that it’s stunning. Wow, thanks, Jay. And I know where the Ikea store is near us in Portland, OR.


Milk frothing tool from Ikea modified by bending tip



A small hook and it’s a spinning tool,deluxe

Western Canadian Fly Fishing Expo 2016

Last weekend (Jan. 16, 17) was the Western Canadian Fly Fishing Expo in Calgary. The weather was classic winter Calgary, cold and blustery. The day I left, a Chinook Wind was headed in to warm things a bit. The show however, was warm and toasty and busy. Plenty of things to see and do. I gave a couple of casting demos using the Hardy Wraith rods (thy cast wonderfully), a couple of power point presentations, and offered three workshops. Plenty to keep me moving right along with no dull moments. The crowd was most receptive, and a fun time was had by all.

I had a chance to visit with old friends, eat some great Chinese food, and, of course, interact with the crowd and people at the workshops and presentations.


The crowd was thick and excited to see all the booths and events the show offered.


The crowd at the casting demo was not only cooperative, but even laughed at my corny jokes.


Show me your “six shooters.” and danged if they didn’t.

Denver Fly Fishing Show 2016, Day 2,3

Whew, those two days blasted by. Saturday morning from 8:30 to 11:00, I taught a casting class and then tore off to have a stint at the Author’s Booth, give a casting Demo, and a Power Point presentation on Fishing the Big Fish Flies. I used the new Hardy Zephrus rod, 9 foot 6 weight to do the casting demo. A very sweet rod that lays out line straight and easy. It made the demo a snap. The crowd was cooperative and ran through the exercise like champs.

Sunday started with a Bible Study at 7:45 and then off to another casting class at 8:30. Again, a stint in the Author’s Booth, a Power Point presentation on Reading Waters, and a casting demo. I used the Hardy Wraith 9 foot 5 weight. Do I like this rod! I’ll be fishing with one this coming season.

The day ended with a dinner out with old friends, some good food and good laughs.

Off to Calgary Alberta next week for the Western Canadian Fly Fishing Exposition.


Saturday’s crowd was cooperative, running through the exercise like old champs.


Sunday’s crowd was not to be outdone, pantomime casting like old champs, too.

Denver Fly Fishing Show, Day 1

The Show Season has started. Day One was a bit of getting back in the saddle, but that was over quickly. My first event of the day was a Casting Demo. I used the new Hardy Wraith, 9 foot, 5-weight with a fluorescent orange, long head, 6wt line made for me by Rio. It casts like a dream. The rod lays the line out as straight as an arrow with great ease, and made my demo ever so much easier. It’s always easy when the casts come automatically and with such ease. The crowd had a great time, and we shared plenty of laughs.

Then came a power point program on Nymph Fishing from Top to Bottom. The crowd was large and we had a great discussion on techniques from The Greased Leader Tactic, to The Wink Underwater, to casting to sighted fish, to bottom bouncing. Fun stories of Polish Nymphing and its morphing into Czech Nymphing, French Nymphing, Spanish Nymphing linked to bottom bouncing with a long tippet and split shot.

After some time in the Author’s Booth to sign books, I gave a tying demo on 42 Hackling Techniques. Of course in the hour that we had, we could only get through a few, but they were ones that most people did not know. We spun soft hackles for tiny flies from big feathers, tied a Hedge Hog using a brush-wound palmered hackle of brown and grizzly, spun Down and Dirty Minniows, Tied a Down and Dirty Mouse, spun elk hair hackle for a skater and a Down and Dirty Stonefly, and more. An hour sure goes quickly.

Tomorrow starts with a casting class from 8:30 to 11 and then back into the fray.


A fun, cheerful crowd giving me the high sign–actually the pantomime Three Point Grip.

Casting Classes

The Fly Fishing Shows are a great place to get half-day casting classes at an exceptionally good price. I offer them as space allows at the shows I attend. This year I will be at Denver, Somerset, Pleasanton, and Lancaster. The casting classes are always fun, and everyone comes away with some new understandings and casts, mends, and line handling tactics to apply to their fishing. Hope you can make one of the classes. Here’s where you can go to register for the soon upcoming classes at Denver:

Check out the classes at the other shows at


Using a modified Forearm Cast while fishing close on the River Ager in Austria.




Albacore Inshore 

Usually one has to run offshore to find the Albies. But now, Jake Jordan has reported that the Albies in his area have come inshore looking for the bay anchovies that are running out of the streams in search of warmer ocean water. Albacore by the thousands busting bait as far as the eye can see. If anyone wants hot action, this is the time. See Jake’s link to the right.



Inshore means inshore.


Albies will fight you to a standstill and beyond.


It’s the tuna in them that gives them such power.


The Big Boys are on the Bite

Some years are outstanding in the striper department, and this is one of them. The coastal area off NJ is stuffed with big bunker (baitfish) and the stripers are piling in the weight. Ben and Chuck Furimsky and friends are taking full advantage of all the season has to offer, latching into 40 inch plus fish every trip out. This is phenomenal—must be yesterday there. Anyway, they are heaving huge bunker imitation with great success. If you are a coastal angler, get thee to the water.


Chuck looking mighty happy, but this was only the start.


Later toward evening, another big one rolls in.


Number three, what a way to end the day.


Another day, and Ben nails a really big one.


And then there’s 56 pounds of striper taken by a friend of a friend of Ben;s. Now this is something else!

2015 International Fly Tying Symposium One Eye

This year’s symposium was well attended and featured a number of very interesting and fun events—including a Polka on the accordion by Chuck Furimsky, founder and manager of the event. He’s actually quite good, but prefers fly fishing and fly tying to performing in a Polka Band. Perhaps the most unusual event, however, was the “One Eye” fly tying contest. Tyers had to wear an eye patch, thereby limiting their binocular vision, and giving them a very much different look at the fly they were tying. In addition the 10 participants had only 15 minutes to complete their flies. Christopher Krysciak, a 17-year old from Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, received place first, followed closely by second place fly tyer Joseph R. Wedum, Des Moines, Iowa, and third place tyer Philip Allen of Maine.

Because the competition was so close, and the end results so creative, event co-sponsor Regal Engineering awarded all three new Regal vises.  Bob Clouser, Steve Silvario, Bob Popovics, Hans van Klinken, and Harry Schoel judged the flies.


One Eye Winners.Right to left: Christopher Krysciak, Joseph R. Wedum and Philip Allen. -photo by Len Lichvar



The Big Stripers are in!

One of the events that I always look forward to during the International Fly Tying Symposium is a fishing trip with Chuck and Ben Furimsky. We run out off Ocean City, NJ, and hunt for stripers and blues. This year, because Nancy and I are moving to the Pacific Northwest, I was unable to attend the Symposium. Of course this was the year that the stripers were, big, big, big. The ocean was filled with huge bunkers and the big stripers were there chowing down on them. Next year, when I can return to the Symposium, the fish will all be small to average—as usual. “Yah, you shoulda been here last year.”


This year, BIG stripers are “average.”