Long Flies and Muskies

I am currently working on volume 3 in the Fly Fishing book series. This volume is entitled, Long Flies. By long flies I mean bucktails, streamers, strip flies, collared flies, buggers, muddlers and divers, tube flies, film flies like poppers and sliders, techno flies, and others. Their developmental history is not only fascinating but highly instructive in both fly design and angling tactics. Long flies are not just for trout. They’re for practically everything that swims, including muskies and bass. Here in Wisconsin, walleyes and muskies are king; bass and trout come in a distant second. So when the trout are in the midst of August doldrums or the rivers are blown out from all the rain we’ve been having this summer, there’s always the “other” fish that can be pursued with the fly rod. And they’re great fun, too.

Terry Cummings sent me some great photos of muskies and bass on the fly rod. You can be certain that he didn’t take them on a size 14 Parachute Adams. No, there are long fly fish.

My grandma, what big teeth you have, said Terry. The better to eat your fly, my dear said the muskie..

Another hungry muskie that ate Terry's long fly.

Not to be outdone, Mr. Smallmouth had a go at the long fly, too.

Terry's fishing companion, Aaron Nelson with a nice smallie that ate a long fly.


  1. Brian says:

    I believe your first book is supposed to be published, this series of course, but I can not find it anywhere.

  2. Gary Borger says:

    Hi Brian, The book is off to the presses this week. We had some unforeseen delays. I will be posting more on the book and presales very shortly. All my best,

  3. JB says:

    I can add that, yes, off to the presses this week! Got bogged a bit in the Index, but am getting through it more quickly now. That’s the last piece of the puzzle! GB and I have worked out some significant improvements in speed going forward, so the next book should go much more quickly!

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