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Capt. Gary’s passion for fishing brought him to North Carolina in the late 1980’s. Starting “Spec Fever” because of his love of speckled seatrout fishing.  Moving from the Outer Banks to the Neuse River, Gary adding redfish, stripers, false albacore and so many other species to the Spec Fever hit list.

Always looking to improve his techniques, Gary pioneered the popping cork craze for NC giant red drum, turning what was a night time bait fishery into a day time artificial lure fishery.  Progressing that one step further, Gary invented the Pop-N-Fly rig and revolutionized fly fishing for these giant reds.

Capt. Gary has written and lectured on both light tackle and fly fishing and he has appeared on a number of angling shows on ESPN 2, WFN, UNC-TV, NBC Sports, the Sportsman Channel and Discovery Channel (Europe).  He is a frequent speaker at local and national fishing shows including the Saltwater Sportsman’s National Seminar Series, the Fly Fishing Show and the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival.  He has also been featured in many major sports fishing magazines and in several books. 

Gary is Advisory Staff at Gary Loomis’s Edge Rods, National Advisory Staff at TFO Rods, Pro Staff at Rapala, Sufix Fishing Line, and Cortland Fly Lines and professional guide with Costa Sunglasses, Penn Reels, Columbia Clothing, Simms, Power Pole and Lee Fisher.  Capt. Gary is also the creator of the Pop N Fly that is produced by the Flymen Fishing Company.

Gary’s wife, Michelle and daughter, Shelby can often be found on the water with him, all sharing a passion for the sport.  Gary and the girls also enjoy traveling abroad and are especially fond of Europe.  Gary has visited both Ireland and Poland on several occasions fishing with locals and guides.  His has enjoyed learning various fly fishing techniques developed in those areas.

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