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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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.

Pike and Walleye in Holland

Spring is blooming in Europe, and the pike season is closing for spawning time. My friend Theo Bakelaar and his companions have been pike fishing on the River Maas the last few days before the close of the season. The best fly had a Mr. Twister style tail, which imparts plenty of action and gives the fly a sonic impression, also. In addition to northern pike, they also caught some rather nice walleyes.

The Mr. Twister tails can be cut from leather—such as BugSkin, latex sheeting, foam sheeting, eel skin, and other flexible and tough materials.


These big northerns loved the flies with the Mr. Twister tails.


A very nice walleye on an imitation with a Mr. Twister tail.


Infrequent Posts

I must apologize for the infrequent posts. Nancy and I are house hunting in the Vancouver WA area (right next to Portland, OR), and we spend a great deal of time driving around looking at potential places. I have not had much of a chance to do more than that and travel to shows and clubs across the nation.

However, the Show Season is over, and warmer weather is coming soon—as will the rainless days—and I plan to be out and about fishing and shooting photos, etc. And, as soon as we find the appropriate home, I’ll be able to get back into shooting photos and videos of fly tying, casting, and so on.

All this to say, hang tight. More, much more, to come. I am also in the process of getting a FaceBook page in play. Then, I can put up small items on a much more frequent basis. Thanks for hanging tough with me.


Thanks for your patience. Watch for my FaceBook page.


Steelhead Are In-2016

My friend, and great blues guitarist, Keith Scott is also a more that dedicated fly fisher. He sent the photo below of a spring steelhead. The time is ripe, and when water conditions are right, this is what’s available.


Spring is sprung, the grass is rise, I know where the steelheads is.

Edson Brass Eyes

Bill Edson was one of the early bucktail innovators. Flies like his Edson Light Tiger and Edson Dark Tiger are still superb trout flies. As he designed his flies, he wanted to add jungle cock eyes to them, but had trouble getting them. So he added small, oval brass eyes in their place. These added weight to the head, and gave the flies a jigging movement. This jigging action gave the imitations tremendous appeal to the trout, and likewise tremendous appeal to the angler.

When I wrote “Long Flies,” and discussed Edson’s early use of a weighted head, his brass eyes were basically a thing of the past. But this weekend, while speaking the Fly Fishers of Virginia, Phil Johnson gave me some of the Edson eyes. They are indeed now available from Whitetail Fly Tying Supply-see Edson Brass Eyes at:

Clip off the broad flat end of the eye and trim the smaller flat portion to a taper before tying it in, to keep the head as small as possible.


Edson Brass Eyes–his answer to Jungle Cock.

Fly Fishing Show Lancaster PA 2016

The Fly Fishing Show at Lancaster PA opened today(3-5-16) with a strong crowd that only got stronger during the day. I offer a casting class in the morning, followed Nya stint in the Author’s Booth, a casting demo, and a Power Point program on The Angler as Predator. Great day. Lefty Kreh and Joe Humphries also gave casting demos. All were very well attended.


Lefty demonstrating his sidearm backcast.


Lefty demo-ing his sidearm forward stroke.

Fly Fishing Show Pleasanton Day 3

Another lovely day in California. The day started with a Bible study at 8am and progressed swiftly into a fly casting class, followed almost immediately by a PowerPoint Presentation on Nymphing, then a casting demo, and a book signing session. I had a break over the lunch hour and could spend some time listening to my friend Dave Blackburn play banjo for the crowd. During that time, a father and little girl came and sat at a nearby table. Everyone was taken by her precious smile and precocious, outgoing nature. When Dave finished his gig, he went and sat with her and played a song just for her. What a delight for everyone—including Dave. Fly Fishing Shows are always a fun event.


Sun flashing off his banjo’s face, Dave played his heart to the little cutie.



The Fly Fishing Show Pleasanton Day 2

The second day is always the busiest. A fly casting class from 8:30 to 11, and then a Power Point Program (Reading Waters), a casting demo, a fly tying demo, and a stint in the author’s booth. All fun, but also tiring. But, the Show must go on.

The casting demo is always fun because the crowd gets to interact and participate. And they do. One of the exercises is learning the Three Point Grip (see Grip in the Categories to the left). One of the steps in the process is pointing. No one ever points with the thumb, always with the index finger. It’s a fun exercise, and everyone laughs-especially when I ask to take their picture.

Tomorrow starts with a Bible study at 7:45, and then another casting class from 8:30 to 11 followed by a Power Point Program on Nymphing, a casting demo, and time at the author’s booth. By the way, the weather is wonderful. Warm and no real wind to speak of. Great for teaching casting.



Quite the bunch of pointers. I offered to give permission slips to all those who needed an excuse to show “mommy.”


I know posting is rude, but not in fly casting. It’s the best way to hold the rod.

Fly Fishing Show, Pleasanton Day 1

The Show opened today (Friday 2/26/16) with the roar of the crowd. When the din of the crowd exceeds discussion at even a slightly elevated auditory level, then you know that it’s a good one. And roar they did. I did a casting demo, book signing, fly tying demo, and a Power Point presentation on “The Angler as Predator.”

Tomorrow will start much earlier with a casting class from 8:30 to 11am followed by the same events as today. The Power Point will be on Reading the Water. California can be very lovely this time of year, and so it is. Balmy days, and all the trees in flower. Very nice indeed.


Remember it’s a Show. Simon Gawesworth taking off his shoes to wade into the casting pond and demonstrate placement of the P spot when Roll Casting or Spey Casting.


Simeon points to the P Spot and notes that it should not be allowed to get behind the angler when making a roll cast or Spey cast.