Healing Help Through Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing is a fabulous way to tune into nature and to tune into one’s self. And so, it is no wonder that it is a wonderful tool whereby men can link to others with cancer and work through all the facets of the disease. My friends at the Rockwell Trout Club have looked arms and backed this therapeutic approach by donating time at their great fly fishing venue. To read a report on the latest outings, go to http://www.bcsn.tv/news_article/show/658263

If you have such facilities in your area, please consider this most worthwhile project. To contact the national Reel Recovery Program go to www.reelrecovery.org


On a similar project in Colorado.


A Day on the Bois Brule

Recently my friend John Beth had an opportunity to fulfill a bucket list promise to himself, and that was to experience Wisconsin’s famous Bois Burle River in its upper reaches with a guide of outstanding skills and knowledge. His story follows.

My day with Damian Wilmot (http://fbnguideservice.com ) was a dream come true, and I never wanted it to end. I’m only sorry I didn’t do it sooner! All day in a wooden boat fishing a cane rod with dry flies for native brook trout–from Stones landing to Winneboujou–on a river so special words cannot do it justice. Damian knows the Brule: its history, its water, and its spirits…its every mood. And, he shares that with you in a special way. He is unrivaled as the “go to” guy for that river, especially that river. His reverence and passion is infectious. I caught wild brookies all day, with a gorgeous 16” brown as a bonus ! I cannot fail to mention: he made me the finest shore meal I’ve ever had in my life–all cooked on a wood fire ( Bois Brule means “burnt wood, ” you see). If you have yet to experience a day or an evening on the Brule with him, don’t wait.

The “legends” of the Brule are mostly behind us now, but you still have time to fish with this one. Let him transport you, not as much down the river as back in time. You will go home changed from who you were when you arrived.  It’s not mist you see and feel in the evening, when the whip-poor-wills call, it’s the ghosts of  Indians, voyageurs, trappers, pioneers, Joe Lucius , Gordon MacQuarrie and all the Presidents–and one day, Damian Wilmot.


John and Damian at the launch of the day’s fishing.


Damian capturing John’s sense of the gourmet.


A very fine brookie from the hallowed waters of the Bois Brule.


A “bonus” brown that thought it was a brookie.

Michigan Fly Fishing Club 2016

I spent May 18th with the Michigan Fly Fishing Club. We had a great fly tying class from 1 – 3 pm followed by an evening banquet. We tied several imitations by way of learning new techniques: Down and Dirty Minnow, Hen Saddle Pancora, Hedgehog, Elk Hair Skater (demo only), Down and Dirty Mouse (demo only), Black Strip Leech (demo only).

Everyone was excited to see the tying techniques embodied in these flies, and the room was abuzz with laughter and good-times talk. The Club purchased copies of Long Flies for everyone in the class, and many brought copies of my other books, so there was much book signing during a great lunch of pizza and salad provided by the Italian American Club of Livonia where the event was held. Great fun for everyone.

The after dinner program that I presented was “Where the Trout Are,” a fly fishing travelogue with an ecological message on the importance of our cold-water resources. It was a timely message, considering the devastating effects of the cold-water resource used by Flint, MI.

Thanks y’all for inviting me.


Lunch consisted of deep dish pizza, salad, and much book signing.


Whew, that was a lot of book signing–let’s tie flies!


The wild-eyed tyers, hard at work? I need a break to sign more books.


Fly tying tactic 1 was spinning and marking the Down an Dirty Minnow (also called the Collard Minnow).


The Hen Saddle Pancora uses 5 Coc d’leon hen saddle feathers. It has no equal for movement in the water. Fly two for the tyers, demonstrating a unique hackling tacit.


Ye olde Hedgehog was used to teach a very unique tying tactic to form the hackle fiber back on the fly.


The Elk Hair Skater with full elk hair hackle was the first demo fly.


The super-easy to tie Down and Dirty Mouse was the second demo fly.


The last demo fly was the Black Strip Leech–ol’ killer.

Heavy Tying Threads

Whenever I give tying demos at shows and clubs, attendees regularly ask about the heavy tying threads that I use. It’s a flat nylon thread called Nymo, the favorite of the late Polly Rosborough. The heaver sizes that I use for spinning my big flies are available through Fire Mountain Gems at:


It only comes in the sewing machine bobbin size spools. I use it with mini or midge bobbins. These are available through Cabela’s:


These heavy threads make tying larger flies with a spinning loop very easy. They are also great for spinning deer or elk hair.


These heavy threads are great for spinning big flies or tying with heavy hairs like deer and elk.


These strong threads are available in sewing machine bobbin sized spools. I use Griffin Midge bodies for them


Spinning big flies with heavy furs is easy with strong threads.


An elk hair hackle spun in a loop of heavy Nymo. Makes a great skater fly.


Sculpin Diver. Body faux fur spun in a loop. Head is spun deer hair. Heavy threads make this easy.

Hardy Factory Live Tour

I just received a note from my friends at Hardy regarding the live tour of their factor that was scheduled to happen on May 6th and didn’t:image002.png


Chuck and Jake 5/5/16

Chuck Furimsky, founder of The fly Fishing Show, is pounding the tarpon with Jake Jordan. Jake specializes in night fishing for these beasts, and is quite adept at it. Opening night was last night, and Chuck hung one of 90 to 100 pounds. After landing it, he hooked a second fish that jumped off the fly. Still, the thrill of fishing for these brutes in the dark, nearly gives one a sensory overload. Want to try? See Jakes info under “Links” to the right.


The suspense is killing me–and my arms!


Behemoth in the night–notice the reflection from the fish’s eye.

Hardy Museum Tour

Hardy recently conducted a live, on-line museum tour that was very well received. It is now available on line: www.facebook.com/HardyFlyFishing

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.