Gary Hanke (Canada) - Semperfli Professional Team
Gary was the former team Captain for Team Canada at the 35th Annual World Fly Fishing Championship in Bosnia 2015. With this distinction, he was able to be involved at the highest level skill competition in the World, through both qualifying and leading a five-man Canadian team. This experience of training under some of the best fly anglers in the world in extremely competitive conditions, allowed him to vastly broaden his fly fishing knowledge. His learning curve increased ten-fold and has considerably improved his personal mainstream fishing ability and has given him an advanced edge in competition tactics.
Gary has been fly-fishing for 50+ years and teaches Fly tying from the most basic level to the master class level. He recently won the Gold Medal in the German Open Fly Tying Championship for 2016 in the dry fly category. And ranked her hi in the 2016 Slovenian Fly Tying Championship. He guides, teaches and shares many aspects of a variety of fly fishing styles, from loch style fishing, bank fishing, nymphing techniques and river and creek fishing to a host of techniques from new techniques to traditional loch style (Irish, English and Scottish) and the presentation. He also offers lectures on various topics and hosts private, community and public presentations world-wide.
Gary is the Owner / Operator of Eastslopes Distributors, a Flyfishing and tying wholesale company and is also the Owner / Operator of one of the most popular local and global Flyfishing Facebook pages, Alberta Flyfishing. He has also authored in many outdoor magazine publications. In Western Canada, the primary magazine is Fly Fusion that contains step-by-step instructions where he has designed or had the privilege to feature the completed flies. Gary has ran his business and operated at a local Alberta level consisting of both adults and youth, for the Southern Alberta fly fishing league. This league provides opportunity (through practicum) for Alberta fly anglers to experience the knowledge, sharing and commitments through entry-level competition, while fishing and partnering with other anglers at various skill levels. These are fun evens that can merge into provincial, national, commonwealth of even world level competitions if desired.