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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Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show 2015 day 3

Today started with a Bible study at 7:45. The group had a good time discussing the Christian role of the Priest of our own life. Then came a 3-hour casting class. The students learned quickly are readily, and we had to end with a too-brief discussion of the Double Haul. But, they did get enough to learn it well if they will take the time to practice as advised. The casting class was followed by a PowerPoint discussion on Reading Waters, and then a book signing.

I had a hour at the end of the day to visit friends quickly—at least to say “Hi”—and spend a few minutes photographing some of Lance Marshall Boen’s incredible leather work. Lane always has something new to show me, and it’s always stunning. I love the Alaskan rainbow with all five of the Pacific salmon embossed on its side. The Catfish living amongst leather beer cans, straps, and other wonderfully crafted bits of bottom detritus, is really a delight. And then there’s the Dorado. Look closely at it side; Lance always has a unique surprise in his pieces. See his site in the links section to the right.


What a delightful piece of artwork—check out the salmon on its side.


Now here’s a catfish! Look carefully at all the detail that lance has built into this incredible piece.


What a delightful piece of totally unique leather artwork. Look carefully at its side.

Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show day 2

For me, day two started with a bang—or rather a cast; a casting class that we held outside in the nice warm sunny day. It was a good class and everyone learned a great deal. All the participants received a copy of my new DVD, The Perfect Cast I. Then followed a casting demonstration on the outside pond, a Power Point presentation on Fishing the Film, a fly tying demo, and finally time at the author’s booth to sign books.

The crowd was heavy today, and the sound in the main hall was almost defining. But the crowd was also very excited and enthusiastic, and they spent much time in all the booths, looking at rods, reels, lines and leaders, flies, tying materials, lodges, and much more.


The crowd at the casting pond was delighted to show off their “six shooters.” Not a smoking gun among them.


Those in the crowd on the other side of the pond were equally fast on the draw; I’d say it was a tie.

Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show 2015 day 1

Friday, February 20, the show opened at 10 am to the roar of a fantastic crowd. Those of us who have been at the show for a number of years commented on the fact that the crowd was more reminiscent of a Saturday than a Friday. It was great to see such a enthusiastic and eager crowd. My day started in earnest at 11:15 with a casting demonstration at the outside pond. The day was perfect—sunny and in the low 60s—and the crowd was strong, and as always (I have not been disappointed yet) there were enough “wise” people in the crowd to yell out “The one that catches a fish,” when I asked for the definition of the Perfect Cast.

One member of the crowd asked if I had seen young Maxine McCormick cast yet. Not being from the area, I said I had not. But I did get to meet her a bit later in the day and have a chance to watch her cast. At 11 years old, she is truly superb. She reminds me of Jason when he was her age. Chris Korig is coaching her. He is a world-class casting champion and Maxine should flourish under his tutelage. The next Joan Wulff, perhaps? She certain has had a grand beginning in the tournament world, recording 98s and 99s in the dry fly accuracy event. To see her switch cast to the other end of the casting pond was a true delight for me.

Following that, I gave a Power Point presentation on Nymphing, signed books, and gave a fly tying demo. A great start for what looks like a great show.


Friday’s crowd was strong, and the aisles were stuffed .


The Angler’s Bookstore was busy all day long.


I had a real treat on Friday watching 11 year old Maxine McCormick casting. She is very deliberate and very precise in her movements.

Lynwood Fly Fishing Show day 2

My day started with a Bible study at 7:45. We had a fun and very useful discussion. Then later in the morning it was time for a Power Point presentation on Reading Water. We talked about the three basic biological drives of all living organisms, and then condensed them into: 1. Save your butt, (2) Fill your gut, and (3) Have kids. Protection of one’s life, fish or person, is always the over-riding drive. Second is getting something to eat, and third is reproduction. Knowing this helps us to understand why fish are where fish are in lakes and streams, as well as how to approach them and cast without spooking them.

Then following close on the heels of that presentation was a casting demonstration. Because this is a “show,” it’s not just a demonstration, but one filled with many tips and much fun. Everyone participates, and everyone learns something that they can use in their casting and fishing. Some come up afterward and want to see more detail on the Three Point Grip, or a little more discussion of the “C” Pickup, and so on. All these and much more are on the new casting DVD, The Perfect Cast I, and many get a copy for future reference. I am always happy to sign the cover of the DVD, and to sign books (which I did later in the day at the Author’s Booth).

Right after the casting demo, I gave a fly tying demo on hackling. We looked a variety of methods, including Down and Dirty hackle winding for dry flies, elk hair hackles, fur collars, the Down and Dirty minnow series, and the Hedgehog (tied with a brush style hackle wound on a loop of yarn and folded over the back of the imitation. The hedgehog is a “wow” fly that looks impossibly difficult to tie, but is very easy when one knows the tactic.

Next came the Author Booth, and then it was over. The days fly by, but everyone is so enthusiastic and excited and that makes the effort well worth it.

Next stop Pleasanton, next weekend (Feb20-22). I am offering fly casting classes Saturday and Sunday morning at the show, so if you plan to attend and want to enroll, please contact the Fly Fishing Show and sign up: flyfishingshow.


The crowds are gone, and it’s break down time. Getting ready to head to Pleasanton for next week’s show.


Lynnwood Fly Fishing Show 2015 day 1

As with all the shows, this one started with a bang. The crowd was nearly instantaneous and steady all day long. The crowd at the casting demonstration was heavy, and filled with all “pointers,” not a setter among them. As always, once the day starts it rips by with hardly a pause to breathe. My voice is always an octave deeper and more gravelly at the end of the show than at the start, but still, the eagerness and excitement of the crowd is contagious, and I never realize how tired I am until after the day is over. It was another great day at a great show.


The show crowd was heavy today.


The exhibitors were busy all day discussing fly gear.


Nat a setter among ‘em. The crowd always has fun with the pantomime movements, especially pointing at me.


The crowd never hesitates to play along with all the pantomime antics and fun that we have while learning some very useful casting tactics and tips.

Lynnwood and Pleasanton 2015

The shows are ripping by. Lynnwood, WA, is headed our way this coming weekend, followed by the show at Pleasanton, CA,  the following weekend. I will be giving fly tying classes, casting demos, PowerPoint presentations, book signing and a Bible study at Lynwood, and casting classes, casting demos, PowerPoint presentations, book signing and a Bible study  at Pleasanton. The Bible study is open to all.  If you are in the area, please drop by and say Hello.


No that’s not me, that’s Lefty teaching someone at Somerset. It’s always great to see him and all my other friends at the shows.

Theo’s Eel Skin Twister

Our friend, Theo Bakelaar, from Holland is always exploring fly designs using freshwater eel skin. His latest “Mr. Twister,” using a tail of eel skin whallops walleyes, pike, sea trout, and others. Its secret is the tail of eel skin that vibrates as it whips back and forth on the retrieve. Further, the fish skull causes the fly to jig as it is stripped back. Its action and its sound are simply too much for most fish to resist. If you don’t have eel skin, use Bug Skin or a similar leather material.


The combination of a Mr Twister eel skin tail and Fish Skull are deadly.

Somerset Fly Fishing Show days 2 & 3

Even more than usual, days 2 & 3 of the Somerset Show were jam packed with people. A light snow Friday evening and early Saturday did not deter the crowd from pouring into the show in what seemed to be record numbers. My casting demonstrations were lined with people 4 and 5 deep, all eager to listen and participate in the casting antics that I lead them through. When discussing the Three Point Grip, I have all of them point at me to emphasize that the index finger is the pointer finger, and not the thumb. With the Three Point Grip (which see here) the riod is positioned across the palm from the heel of the hand to the tip of the index finger. This rod positioning allows the caster to bend the wrist full on both the back cast and forward cast, eliminating the constant harassment of not bending the wrist. In fact, the wrist is used fully in the cast, making the casting stroke much more comfortable and much easier to execute.

Of course there was the usual mix of PowerPoint presentations, book signings, and fly tying demonstrations, too, all well attended. The audiences were eager to learn, and the buzz of fly fishing was everywhere in the air. The world’s largest fly fishing show was again a great opportunity and very satisfying experience for all involved.


Casting classes were held in the grand ballroom of the Holiday Inn. Students practiced pantomime moves, and got to cast, too, using the top halves of their rods.


Saturday’s casting demo was attended by a great group of pointers, not a setter among them.


The other half of Saturday’s demo audience all had a good laugh at the idea of being pointers and not setters.


The PowerPoint presentations were packed; good evidence that the love of fly fishing is ever with us.


The crowd at the casting demo on Sunday had to prove that they were equally as good at pointing as those on Saturday.


The Three Point Grip in its primal state, soon to be molded into the best grip ever used for fly casting.


After each casting demo the crowds surged to The Anglers Bookstore to buy the DVD, “The Perfect Cast I.”

2015 Somerset NJ Fly Fishing Show day 1

I had breakfast with by old friend, Mike Lawson, and his son Chris. We had a chance to get caught up a bit on each others’ lives and talk about New Zealand, the Henry’s Fork, the Madison, grandchildren, and other topics about life in general. What a delight to spend some time with friends that I only get to see once a year, if that often.

The world’s largest fly fishing show did not start with a bang—it started with an explosion. The door opened at 10:00 am today to a surging crowd that filled the aisles to capacity in only a few moments. What a way to start. I foolishly thought that I would get around the show to have a quick look at all the exhibitors booths, but when the crowd is heavy, the walking is slow, and the talking is fast. Great to see such an enthusiastic crowd of fly fishers.

In the afternoon I spend some time in the Hardy Booth, chatting with people about the rods and reels that Hardy has on display. Their parent company, Pure Fishing, also owns Fenwick, and as the Midwest Director of the Fenwick Fly Fishing Schools during the years they were in existence, it did me good to see the great HMG series resurrected so magnificently. Other models have been added to the Fenwick line, and the series holds great potential for all fly fishers, from tiny spring creeks, where Wrist Casting with a 4 weight is necessary, to the brawling rivers of the pacific Northwest where two-handed rods come into their own.

Of course, the Hardy rods cover the water with their delightful rods, too. The rods in the Zenith series, with their Sintrix nanotechnology, cast line as straight as an arrow, and throw curves with the greatest of ease. I do my casting demos with the 9 foot 6 weight, and the rods enhance my casting and help me to clearly and easily demonstrate what is possible in casting and mending.

I finished my day with a very pleasant dinner with my wife, Nancy’s, sister MaryAnn and her husband Richard. It was nice to have a relaxing evening because tomorrow will be a fast paced day with a casting class in the morning followed by a casting demo, a PowerPoint presentation, a fly tying demo, and a book signing session. There will be no time for lunch, but that’s OK; I will eat a hearty breakfast


The crowd swooshed into the hall with unrestrained enthusiasm.


Mike Lawson, and his son Chris. It’s always great to see long time friends and have a chance to get caught up on life.


Lyle Graff demonstrating his great Rite bobbins. We sat next to each other on the flight from Minneapolis to Newark and had a chance talk and compare notes on a variety of fishing topics. A rare chance for me to visit with a friend.


Another long-time friend “Sir Simon of Rio.” We only got a chance to shake hands and say “Hi.” Once the show starts, the day belongs to the attendees.


Long-time friend Lefty Krreh doing what he loves most–teaching casting.


The Hardy booth where I was able to spend some time visiting with people. Tomorrow I will going into the booth to grad the Zenith 906 for my casting demonstration.


The new Hardy Ultralight DD reels are very light weight, have a great drag system, and come in silver or black. Nice!


Great to see the famous Fenwick eagle logo back on the rack again and representing great rods.


Somerset Here I Come

This coming weekend (Jan 23-25, 2015) is the big Somerset, NJ, Fly Fishing Show, the largest dedicated fly fishing show in the world. I will be there with bells on–well not really. I will be there and ready to speak and demonstrate and sign books. NEW THIS YEAR–a new DVD that I shot entitled “The Perfect Cast I”–see announcement at the top of the blog– (yup, there will be a Perfect Cast II). It’s 72 minutes long and retails for just $15.00. It will be available at The Angler’s Bookstore along with copies of my newly released book, Fly Gear.” I am ready and willing and able to sign books, DVDs, your hat, whatever. See you there!