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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.

To order this new book, click here: ORDER FLY GEAR

 

 

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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 GaryBorger.com

To order this great new DVD click here: ORDER THE PERFECT CAST I DVD

 

 

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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 GaryBorger.com. Copyright 2015, All Rights Reserved

To order this great music CD click here: ORDER MY MADISON MUSIC CD

Denver Show 2017 Days 1 & 2

 

The Fly Fishing Show season begins at Denver, CO and heads s to Marlborough, MA, Somerset, NJ, Atlanta, GA, Lynwood WA, Pleasanton, CA, and Lancaster, PA. This year the opening of the Show in Denver looked potentially thin because of a snow storm the day before and very cold temperatures. Fly fishers are not to be deterred, however, and they showed up in good numbers on Friday (January 6th, 2017). I gave a casting demonstration, followed by time in the author’s booth, a power point presentation on The Angler as Predator, and ended the day with a tying demonstration. The crowd was always good and very interested.

Day two (Saturday January 7, 2017) was another day for great attendance. The Show has expanded to even more booths than last year, filling the hall and spilling into the hall way to the seminar rooms and into the area adjacent to the food court. Today I held a casting class in the morning, and then spent time in the Author’s Booth, gave a casting demonstration, and a power point program on Reading Waters. It was a full day, but the excitement of the crowd and the genuine interest of those in attendance made the day go fast and filled with fun and great banter.

I had a chance to walk around a bit of the show today and spend a few minutes chatting with Bruce Taylor from Albuquerque, NM. Bruce is an exceptional sculptor, working in wood. His fish, which he also paints are anatomically beautiful. Have a look at the photos below. If you want so see more of his work and consider a piece for you home or office, visit his web site, taylorsfish.com

The pointer crowd. Developing the Three Point Grip.

The crowd of the second day, pointing so nicely.

A very fine brown!

Paired bows. Great sculptures.

A fine collection of fishes.

Casting Classes at 2017 Shows

Casting is at the very core of all fly fishing, whether for wild trout in a swift mountain brook of the eastern U.S. or a broad western river, whether searching African waters for tiger fish, or South American waters for Dorado, whether plying the flats for bones, or a lake edge for bluegills. In the classes that I present at the Fly Fishing Shows, we develop the core casting skills, with attention to grip, stance, the secrets to easily developing a great back cast and forward cast, the elliptical stroke, across the head casting, a variety of aerial mends, shooting line, and hauling. With these core skills, the fly rodder can head in any fishing direction.

This year I will be offering casting classes in Denver, Somerset, Atlanta, and Pleasanton. If you plan to be at any of these Shows, consider these classes, you will not be disappointed. See you there.

A friend casting for rainbows in Alaska.

2017 Fly Fishing Show Season

The Fly Fishing Show season is fast upon us: Denver, Marlborough, Somerset, Atlanta (new this year!), Lynwood, Pleasanton, and Lancaster. I will be at all the shows except Lancaster this year. In addition to casting and tying demos, I will be offering casting classes and/or fly tying classes at all the shows. Come join me. Find the locations, dates, hours, programs, classes, and all other information here.

The crowd at a 2016 casting demo showing they know how to point–always a fun time.

Big Redfish with Jake Jordan 2016

My old friend, Jake Jordan, took a 3-day busman’s holiday to Louisiana to fish for redfish. He was met there by our mutual friend, Ted Calvert. They hooked up with big redfish guide Allen Caine, from Hopedale, LA, and got after ‘em right away. These were not the 8 to 12 pound fish that most of us chase, they were 20-pound plus beauties. And they found them. What lovely big redfish.

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Ted and Allen with a 26 pounder. Great red.

 

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Captain Jake with a big sheepshead.

 

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Ted with another lovely.

 

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This big red took a 5-inch black and purple streamer, hot fly for the three days.

 

Really Last Day for 2016?

John Beth just couldn’t stand it any longer. The warm late fall and perfect water conditions lured him out of his lair and on the river. There were few fish, but John managed to connect solidly with one on a single egg fished along the bottom in a deep run.

This was the year of the big boys, and John finished with a very fine 29 inch, 11 ½ pound male, that fought powerfully in the strong flows. OK, John, are you really going to hang it up for the year?

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Early mono-tone morning on a favorite Lake Michigan tributary.

 

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The smiling angler with his final prize of the year?

Big Boys are Back 2016

Chuck Furimsky, Theo Bakelaar, and Harry Schoel have been fishing together in these weeks before the International Fly Tying Symposium (Nov. 19/20 at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, NJ—see here).

This week they were hunting big stripers about 50 miles north of Ocean City, NJ. And they found them. Casting 10-inch long bunker imitations, they tied into 20-pound plus monsters that ripped line from the reel like a freight train. Whoa. What a blast.

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Look at the fly hanging out the mouth of this big boy–it’s way bigger than Chuck’s mustache.

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It’s hard not to smile when you’re holding a striper of this size–good on you Theo.

Last Big Hurrah

My long time fishing pal, John Beth, made his final trip of the season to the Lake Michigan tributaries in Wisconsin. There were others there, too, about 16 all total for the day. No one caught anything–except John.

Drifting a single egg through a deep run he felt a tap, and was suddenly tight to a 30 inch female brown of 15 lbs 3 oz. 

you have to know John to understand that he likes to finish the year fishing a cane rod, snd vintage reel. 

The fish was a sincere handful on his gear, and John finally had to cross the river to land the very healthy fish. 

Good on you John. He promised to catch one for me this fall, so I’ll say thanks, old friend.

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What a great way to end the season.

Cast/Mend Definitions

As a scientist and college professor, I insist that my students learn definitions. It was not merely an exam exercise, for, without definitions that clearly demark the boundaries of an object, idea, theorem, anatomical structure, and so on, it is not possible to think about their relationship to other objects, ideas, theorems, anatomical structures and etcs.

But too often in fly fishing, terms are used so loosely that they overlap one another. Not the most effective way of learning about the processes of line control. For example, casting and mending are frequently confused. We need to very carefully separate them both in terminology and by what they actually do. So…

CASTING: Those motions necessary to energize the line and send it to target. There are three methods to do this: (1) Wrist Casting in which only the wrist is used to energize the line. (2) Forearm Casting in which the forearm and wrist apply the needed energy. (3) Whole Arm Casting that uses the wrist, forearm, upper arm, and shoulder muscles to sent the line to target.

MENDING: Changing the position of the line after the cast. There are two methods to mend line, and many techniques within each method. (1) On-the-Water Mending where the angler casts the line, and after it has fallen to the surface, it is then flopped, rolled, stacked, or otherwise manipulated to reposition the line. (2) In-the-Air Mending (also called Aerial Mending) in which the fly rodder makes the cast, and as the line is travelling to target (still in the air), the rod is moved to reposition the line. This leads to the Reach Mend, Parachute Mend, Puddle Mend, Reached Puddle, Curve Mend, Reached Curve, Hump Mend, and so on.

Knowing these definitions greatly helps the fly caster develop the needed cast or mend without confusion.

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Whether casting and/or mending by horseback, wading, or from a boat, the fly rodder must see the processes as individual rod manipulations, separate from one another.

Pre-Symposium Fishing 2016

My old pal, Chuck Furimsky, founder of the Fly Fishing Show and the International Fly Tying Symposium, spent a day fishing with our friends Theo Bakelaar and Harry Schoel on private waters in Pennsylvania. The fishing was good, the catching even better.

Theo and Harry came from Holland to attend the International Fly Tying Symposium that will be at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset on Nov. 19, 20, 2016. Both of them will be demonstrating some unique tying materials and techniques. If you have a chance, get there. You can get more info here. All photos by Barry Beck.

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Harry nets a nice rainbow.

 

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Harry with a nice brown.

 

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Theo shows off a fine rainbow.

 

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Yes, I’d smile, too, if I caught a beast like this one.

Wisconsin Big Browns 2016

My old fishing pal, John Beth, went in search of big browns in the Lake Michigan tributaries of Wisconsin’s eastern shoreline a couple of days ago. It was a tough day. His two fishing companions caught nothing, and neither did John, until—wham. He was casting long with a big white streamer barred in black, and at the end of the swing, just as he was ready to lift into a backcast, a big male nailed the fly like a rogue torpedo. The fish tore the water to shreds, and John followed, tearing the water to more shreds. Finally in the net, it came in a just a bit over 20 pounds. Best fish of the fall.

The fishing is thinning out fast, but the browns will be around right up until ice up, so if you want to spend a searching day, maybe no fish, maybe a big on, get thee to the river.

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That’s one fine brown!

 

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With a mouth like that, even big streamers seem small.

 

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The barred fly in the lower left was the winning combo.