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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Trico Photos

John Beth has sent along a few more Trico photos from his trip to Montana’s Bighorn a couple of weeks ago. For those that have never fished big waters, the Trico hatch o the ‘Horn can seem unreal. But the big western rivers like the Missouri, the Henry’s Fork, Canada’s Bow, and others all have Trico hatches that are off the chart, and which can go one for over a month. The total number of insect is truly astronomical.


Arriving at the boat ramp in early morning one is created with untold numbers of Tricos.


The spiders get fat on the multitude of Tricos that hang up in their webs.


So many that one can actually breathe them in.


A mating ball illuminated by the sun. This is going on for miles up and down the river.

Bighorn Tricos Heavy as Ever

My friend and long time fishing companion, John Beth, just returned from the Bighorn. He and his friends fished Trico duns and spinners, and plied the waters with nymphs and streamers in the off-hatch times. As always the ‘Horn was welcoming, and they did very well. John’s best in the Trico hatch and spinner fall was a 20/20 brown—good work old friend. There were bigger fish, but it’s always fun to take a nice fish (20”) on a tiny fly (size 20).


Early morning on the ‘Horn can be stunning.


Especially stunning when the hatch is this heavy!


John’s 20/20 brown–a very healthy fish!


A heavy-bodied brown that fell to Joh’s streamer–held up by Bighorn Angler guide Bryen Venema.


Coho Blues?

Bluesman Keith Scott searched BCs Bulkley for 12 hours with his two hand rod for steelhead, but found none. Rigging his 7-weight one-hander with a Popsicle he made a few casts and secured a nice coho. Will there be a Coho Blues coming soon??


Is this the makings of Coho Blues?


Clydehurst Fly Fishing Camp, 2016 days 2,3

These are the core of the fly fishing camp; the hard core instructional days. Each morning started with a great chapel service lead by pastor Travis Syvrud. In the school sessions, Marc addressed Reading Waters and “Bugology” while I tackled knots, casting, equipment, and Nymphing. A Q and A session allowed the students to fill in the blanks that we generated or that they did not have answered in the regular sessions. In the afternoon of day 2 there was a casting skills competition, both accuracy and distance. It was fun and funny, and everyone had a great time. It lead into a discussion of distance casting that included line loops, shooting line, and the Double Haul.

The food at camp is always outstanding and overly abundant. The only ones going away hungry are those that chose to go away hungry. The fishing has been very good in the evenings after dinner, and everyone has caught fish or had the opportunity to catch fish, and that is a great incentiviser.

We are already planning for 2017–Sept. 14-17. If you’re interested, please contact Clydehurst (see under Links  to right).


I’ll bet I can cast further than you can!


Hey, this accuracy event is hard!



Fly Fishing Collaborative

Human trafficking is a sickening reality in this day and age. And the trafficking of children is especially so. The Fly Fishing Collaborative was instituted to rescue children from human trafficking through the efforts of the fly fishing community. It is a very unique program. The Collaborative builds self-contained, closed-loop aquaponic farms in which a community can raise both fish and vegetables, giving them a self-sustaining life-style that does not require them to sell their children for sustenance.. For more, see here. It has been a very effective tool in eliminating child trafficking where it has been instituted.

They need our help. One of the ways the Collaborative raises funds is through the sale of specially handmade, leather fly wallets filled with flies. I have examined the wallets, and they are made of rich, full-grain leather lined with wool. They have a strong magnetic clasp and are designed to hold 24 salmon or steelhead flies. There are two ways we can assist: (1) contribute flies or cash to the project, (2) purchase the fly wallets and/or other items from them. See them at products. The money goes directly to the building of aquaponic farms.

To contribute flies or money, go to Give and contact Bucky Buchstaber.

Thank you so much for your consideration of this most worthy cause.



The Fly Wallet is made if full grain leather, strongly stitched with magnetic closures.


The wallet holds 24 salmon or steelhead flies very comfortably and neatly.



The wallet is a great way to carry those special imitations for salmon and steelhead and help the children of the world.

Interview at

I was recently interviewed by It is an Argentine based blog. You can see the interview here.


A nice Argentine rainbow.

Parachute Flies, Stage 3 Emerger

Stage three of emergence of the three groups that hatch at the film—mayflies, cadis, and midges—occurs as the adult pulls itself free from the nymphal or pupal skin. The wings have started out (Stage 2) and now comes the head, and legs. The body of the insect is sticking straight up, or nearly so, the wings are pulled down along its back, the legs are out and on the water. It looks for all the world like a Parachute Adams or Klinkhammer. The parachute “dry” flies are actual emergers. The body is below the hackle and so it snuggles into the film or actually rides below the film—just like the nymphal or pupal body of the emerger.

The Parachute Adams is a great representation of stage three. Tie the Adams Family; in addition to the gray body of the original, tie them with a black body, a pale yellow body, a tan body, and a pale olive body in sizes 12 to 20 and you can match nearly all the mayflies, caddis, and midges that are emerging. A great fly.


The Parachute Adams is an excellent imitation of stage 3 of emergence.


Clydehurst Christian Ranch 2016

Marc Williamson and I are teaching a fly fishing school at the Clydehurst Christian Ranch. Today (9/8/16) was registration and the opening comments. We introduced two knots to the group as a warm-up exercise. Tomorrow they get a good shotgun blast of information.

Marc and I got in last night so that we could spend a bit of time fishing the Boulder in order to tell the student something about the conditions of the river, any potential hatches, and so on. We fished high on the watershed where the fish are all cutthroats. It was a very good day. Both caddis and a very dark mayfly, size 14, were on the water. Both of us caught many fish, The biggest about 14 inches. We caught plenty of 8 – 10 inch fish and all that we wanted in the smaller sizes. The trick was to not catch the small ones—not always easily done.


Native cutthroat in the upper river are brightly colored and take the fly well.

Keith the Pikeminnow man

Normally he’s Keith Scott, bluesman, but on the Adams River in BC, Canada, he was Keith the Pikeminnow man. Yes, this member of the minnow family  takes the fly well, and in a river, they fight well, too. They can reach over 24 inches in length and 8 pounds. The current world record is 13 1/2 pounds. Go for it Keith.


I got them Walleye Blues



Oregon Lakes

My friend, Marc Williamson was recently fishing on Crane Prairie Lake and East Lake in central Oregon. These lakes are known for producing good fish. This time of year it’s almost totally Chironomids—larvae fished deep on an indicator. The best places are in the old river channels and in deep water along high banks. A float tube or other water craft is essential, but there’s nothing quite like a day, half in the water in your tube on a big lake, taking nice browns and rainbows.


Marc with a nice Crane Prairie rainbow.



The browns of East Lake like Chironomid larvae, too.