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!





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






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

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





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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Denver Fly Fishing Show, day 3

Today was expected to be a bit slow because of the football game at Denver, but it was not slow at all. It was a great day with plenty of excited people in attendance. I offered a morning Bible Study for about 20 people, and then conducted a fly casting class. As with yesterday, all the students in the class received a copy of my new DVD, “The Perfect Cast I.” The casting class was followed by a PowerPoint talk on “Fishing the Film.” I was able to spend time in the Hardy Booth discussing rods before my casting demo, in which the attendees participated in all the antics that I asked of them. But they learned a great deal and had plenty of fun doing so. My day ended with a book signing session at the Author’s Booth. This year’s show was a great one. It had expended booth space, a wonderful crowd, and plenty of talks for everyone to attend. See you in Somerset.


These are not setters, they are pointers! Pointing is done with the index finger, and with the Three Point Grip, casting is as easy as pointing.

Denver Fly Fishing Show, day 2

Today, Saturday, January 10, 2015, the second day of the Denver Fly Fishing Show, was “packed to the gills” with eager attendees. I held a casting class from 8:30 to 11. The nine students learned well, and fast. Watch out fish. Then I had a break for lunch, and spent some time in the Hardy Booth. I use the Hardy Zenith 906 for all my casting demonstrations, and so at 1:15, I grabbed a rod, added a reel with a fluorescent orange line, and gave a casting demonstration. At the end of the demo, I had a short break to go and collect my computer and give a PowerPoint program on “The Angler as Predator,” and then it was time to head to the author’s booth to sign books. The day was full of talking, teaching, signing books, and just enjoying the show.


The crowd filled the isles and the exhibitors’ booths. They were eager to see, eager to talk, and eager to buy the newest and best tackle out there.


Another great crowd of pointers learning to use the Three Point Grip and all that it offers to the fly fisher.

Denver Fly Fishing Show, day 1

I realize that it has been too long since I posted anything, and I apologize. I was editing the new DVD, “The Perfect Cast I” which consumed nearly every spare moment. But that’s done now, and I will post details on it and the new book, “Fly Gear,” this week. Currently I am at the Denver Fly Fishing Show, and the opening day was very good. Although it was Friday, the crowd was reminiscent of Saturday. I gave a casting demonstration at 11:15, and the crowd was very large. They were also in a great mood and participated readily in all the pantomime directions that I gave for casting, the hook curve, the reach, the Curve Mend, and more. All in all, a great time was had by all.

I spent time in the Hardy Booth, answering casting questions right after the demo. Then, I answered questions about the rods and talked with visitors for the remainder of the hour. I have been using the Hardy Zenith rods in my casting demonstrations since they first came on the market, and have now entered an endorsement agreement with them. Interestingly, the parent company also now owns the rights to the Fenwick rods, and is producing a series of fine casting instruments under that once much heralded name. I really enjoyed seeing these rods brought back into circulation because I was the Midwest Director of the Fenwick Fly Fishing Schools from their inception until Fenwick was sold (about 15 years). In those days, Fenwick was THE name in fly rods, and so, to see them being re-introduced as the quality rods they were was very pleasing, indeed.

I also signed books, gave a fly tying demonstration on unique and different hackling techniques, and a PowerPoint presentation on Nymphing from Top to Bottom. All in all a very busy, but very pleasing day.


“Point at me” and they did. This was to prove that the index finger is the pointer finger and so, using the Three Point Grip is a natural way to point the rod where it needs to go.

The Perfect Cast I

My blog has been neglected these last few weeks because of The Perfect Cast I, my next book in the Fly Fishing Series, and a new DVD that I shot this fall. Editing the DVD is a very time consuming process, but a rewarding one as well. The DVD will certainly be ready for the show season beginning in Denver on January 8th, 2015. The book is progressing very nicely, too, and should be ready later in the spring.

Watch for announcements to come.


The Perfect Cast is the one that catches a fish, and in the book and DVD I cover a wide ranging look at fly casting and all that it offer us as anglers. Watch for more info coming soon.

Theo’s New Tying Material

Our friend, Theo Bakelaar from Holland has started growing his nose hairs for fly tying material. They tend to be a little curly, but make very good, inexpensive flies, especially for pike–according to Theo.


International Fly Tying Symposium Day 2

The show is over, and rather than showing the isles filled with crazed tyers, I opted to show a photo of the crazed exhibitors getting ready to break down the show. Looks empty, huh? Well in about 2 hours the hall will be totally devoid of all traces of the show. It was a good show with plenty of talking (almost too much), and a good class and good demos on hackling. I showed several “down and dirty” hackling tactics that greatly cut time, and actually improve fly floatability, in addition to hackling with elk hair, using big feathers to hackle tiny flies, and more. There were many aha! moments for the crowd, and I can see all of them now, trying loops, crimped stems, and simplified winding. Go for it.


The isles are empty, and soon will be no more. It was a good show.

International Fly Tying Symposium Day 1

The day started with a big crowd waiting for the doors to open, and there was the roar of the crowd all day long. I opened with a fly casting demonstration, and had a great group watching intently. This was followed by a fly tying demonstration in which I illustrated some unique ideas on hackling flies with both stiff hackles, soft hackle, long and short furs, and elk hair. There was no time for lunch because the fly tying demo was followed by a Power Point presentation of Fishing the Big Fish Flies, as discussed in my book “Long Flies.” Then came a short break in which I was able to sit down and have some water before heading to the Author’s Booth and signing books for an hour. Bob Clouser and I shared the booth together, and managed to get caught up a bit on life’s events. Then there was a break in the programming that allowed me time to get ready for tomorrow before heading to the evenings banquet.


The crowd at the fly casting demo pointing at me–proof that the index finger is the pointing finger.


The banquet was very well attended, and the desserts were good, too!

Theo’s Pike

The northern pike is a great gamefish, and occupies many waters in both the U.S. and Europe, and they take the fly very well. Those who fish for northerns understand that big, as in BIG, flies are the most effective. After all, a fish that weighs over 20 pounds and has a mouth of needles for teeth is not going to survive sipping size 18 Baetis mayflies off the film. And when they decide to take the fly, the strike is stunning. Our friend, Theo Bakelaar sent photos of this big pike he took from a small canal near his home. Check out the big fly in its mouth.


Big pike like this live in the many canals in Holland.


Look at the size of the head on this pike! That will give you an idea of the over all size of this big fish. Note the fly in its mouth.