George Daniel

Fly Fisher/Fly Tier/Competitive Fly Fisher

George Daniel’s passion is in fly fishing education and conducts lectures/seminars throughout the country.

George began fly fishing at age six in Potter County, Pennsylvania. Growing up along a native brook trout fishery designated as a “kids only section” and, being the only kid in the village who fished, George was able to fly fish and practice a lot, so he developed a true passion for it. Through his early teens, much of his fly fishing knowledge was self-taught. However, when George was 14, his family relocated to central Pennsylvania, where, at a local fly shop, he found himself talking to his fly fishing idol, Joe Humphreys. Joe kindly took George under his wing and began providing him with his first, formalized fly fishing instruction.

Listen to George Daniel's Shows...

Dynamic Nymphing

George Daniel, a competitive fly fisher has effectively used just about every nymphing technique there is. He's been to Europe and competed against some of the best European fly fishers in the game. He's observed, learned and applied the best techniques to his craft. Listen in to learn George's nymphing techniques and you'll be a better fly fisher for it.

Strip-Set: Fly-Fishing Techniques, Tactics and Patterns for Streamers

George Daniel a professional guide and competitive fly fisher will take you on an exciting journey with streamers. He'll explain how to read the water, trout behavior, equipment, casting and night fishing as well as discuss some of the best streamer patterns being used today.

Fly Fishing Evolution

George Daniel has been experimenting, innovating, and developing strategies and techniques since he started fly fishing. One thing he’s discovered is that fly fishing doesn’t stand still; it evolves. Join us to learn about the cutting-edge strategies for nymphing, dry fly, and streamer fishing that are used on the water today. Equipment, fly patterns, rigs, and casting are all fair game.

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • What inspired you to write your latest book Fly Fishing Evolution?
  • What rod do you use for most of your fishing?
  • Does the weight of the rod determine the size of fish I can catch?
  • What do you see as the next step in rod development?
  • In what circumstances would you select a Tenkara rod over traditional tackle?
  • Do you carry more than one rod when fishing?
  • How do you rig for two flies, and when do you use this?
  • Do you see advantages to using a non-slip loop knot to attach your flies?
  • Do use the drop-shot nymphing technique? If so when?
  • How do you avoid having your mono rigs twist and tangle?
  • What do you use for your sighter?
  • When is it time to switch from a euro nymphing rig to a suspension rig?
  • What are your thoughts on confidence flies?
  • What are the flies you use most often for nymphing?

Nymph Fishing: New Angles, Tactics, and Techniques

George Daniel has guided clients and fished competitively throughout the world. His desire to learn as much as possible about his craft and adapt his techniques have given him a superb understanding of what it takes to get a nymph to a fish. There are many 'right' ways to deliver your nymphs whether it be contact nymphing or suspension nymphing. Listen to this podcast and learn George's latest strategies and techniques so you can up your game.

When George was just 16-years-old, Joe began to provide instruction on all levels, e.g. the basic cast to advanced nymphing casts. George credits Joe for the bulk of his knowledge, but also graciously acknowledges many national and international fly fishing professionals who have worked with him during the past.

Later, George had an opportunity to try out for Fly Fishing Team USA in Bend, Oregon. After qualifying for the team, George had the opportunity to compete in five World Fly Fishing Championships, coach both the US Youth Team and Fly Fishing Team USA in four World Championships. During this time, George has had an opportunity to travel the globe and learn from many of the best anglers in the world. George is a two-time US National Fly Fishing Champion and was ranked as high as 5th in the world.

George’s true passion is in fly fishing education. He appears at clubs and fly fishing shows around the country, where he conducts lectures and seminars. He also logs more than 280 days a year on waters near and far.

George is not only the author of two highly regarded and best selling books, he has also published articles in Fly Fisherman, American Angler and Fly Tyer magazines. His most recent book, Nymphing: New Angles and Tactics was recently released.

George is an ambassador for a number of fly fishing companies including Orvis, Tacky Fly Boxes, FlyCraft Boats, Regal Vises, Golden Trout Lanyards, and Loon.

Currently, George is an adjunct professor at Penn State University, teaching the legendary angling courses his mentor Joe Humphreys taught for years. He also operates a full-time guiding and fly fishing educational service called Livin On The Fly.


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