Gary P. Tanner, a fly angler and tyer for more than forty years, began fishing for Atlantic salmon on the Miramichi River in 1998. He started tying salmon flies several years later, mentored by the likes of Keith Fulsher and Charles Krom (co-authors of Hair-Wing Atlantic Salmon Flies; Fly Tyer Inc., 1981) and Bob Warren (editor of Fishing Atlantic Salmon; the Flies and the Patterns; Stackpole Books, 1996), His flies have been purchased by salmon anglers throughout the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.
As executive director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing (1996-2002), he was referenced in several books (Split Cane Rods- Bamboo Treasures by Rolf Baginski, Fly Fishing for Sharks by Richard Louv, The Rise - Streamside Observations on Trout, Flies and Fly Fishing by Paul Schullery, and Angler Profiles; A Collection of Some Legendary Anglers' Favorite Flies, Foods, Rods and Waters by Russell A. Harper). Upon the passing of legendary salmon fly tyer Megan Boyd, he was quoted by the New York Times.
He is one of a select group of fly anglers and conservationists interviewed by Montana State University's 'Angling Oral History Project' (http://www.lib.montana.edu/trout/oral-histories/).
Sixty-six of his hairwing Atlantic salmon flies are featured in Mike Valla's recent book, Tying and Fishing Bucktails and Other Hair Wings - Atlantic Salmon Flies to Steelhead Flies (Stackpole Books, 2016). He has made presentations centered on fishing Atlantic Salmon on the Miramichi River to several Trout Unlimited Chapters.
Mr. Tanner serves on both the U.S. and Canadian boards of directors of the Miramichi Salmon Association. Most recently, he has been invited to tie hairwing flies at the Atlantic Salmon Fly International 2018 in Miramichi, New Brunswick, and he will be Master of Ceremonies at that event's banquet.
He maintains a blog at www.theriverscourse.blogspot.com