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Tom Gilmore the Fly Fisherman

Tom Gilmore is a dedicated environmentalist. His 1983 to 2012 tenure as NJ Audubon’s President is punctuated by at least four major environmental achievements. But his passion and respect for the outdoors doesn’t end there. Tom is also an avid fly fisherman.

Tom has fly fished around the world for over 40 years. During that time he has recorded the details of landing over 11,000 game fish with a fly rod. He is an accomplished author, having written numerous articles on the many aspects of fly fishing, and is currently working on his fourth fly fishing book. Tom’s first book, False Albacore, was published in 2002 by Countryman Press, and represented the first book dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of this exciting and challenging species, extremely fast and strong for their weight. His second book entitled, Tuna On The Fly, was published in the Fall of 2006 by Countryman Press. Here Tom Gilmore explained the behavior and habits of the several species of tuna, and where they can be found. His book includes tackle, tactics and important flies and knots, and is considered an indispensable guide for those pursuing this sport fishing trophy.

Tom’s third book, Flyfisher’s Guide to the Big Apple was published in 2011 by Wilderness Adventure Press. Having fly fished the tri-state area’s trout streams for 40 years, this book contains a plethora of information for the freshwater fly fisherman.


Tom has summarized his fly fishing adventures aptly as follows, as taken from his introduction in Tuna on the Fly: “I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively to fly fish for most of the world’s highly prized sport fish. I know the exhilarating feeling you get when you hear the violent ripping sound your backing makes as it cuts through the water following a bonefish across a glass-smooth tropical flat and off into the horizon. Monster tarpon have taken my breath away with their gill-rattling aerial displays. My heart has been broken by the brute strength of a king salmon’s powerful run down a raging Alaskan river as I helplessly watched the last few turns of my backing melt off the reel.”

Tom is a well known fly fishing celebrity, having given over 100 programs on fishing for almost all of our North American Game Fish.
In preparation for this special fly fishing trip to Turneffe Flats in Belize, Tom will present his program “Introduction to Stalking the Flats.” This program is designed to prepare the angler for a successful tropical flats fishing trip.