One of the world’s outstanding fly casters, Michael was born and raised in Germany and caught his first fish at age six in a small stream in Bavaria. In 1983, at age 12, he first devoted himself entirely to every facet of the sport of fly fishing.
His early source of inspiration was the late European Master Sepp Prager followed by Steve Rajeff, winner of the American Casting Association All-Around Championship 38 consecutive times.
Since 1998, Michael has participated in international shows and conducted single- and double-hand casting workshops around the globe. As a professional fly-fisher, he guides throughout Europe from Italy to Norway and, in early 2012, began guiding in the United States. Welcoming new challenges, he continuously hones his skills while - at the same time - coming up with new designs for his own products just as he long did for equipment offered by leading firms in the fly-fishing industry.
Michael is an innovator in all aspects of fly fishing and his years of martial-arts training allowed him to create his own unique casting method, the Effective Fly Casting Technique or EFCT. The secret of EFCT fly-casting is natural movement, which makes it easy to learn – whether a beginner, novice or seasoned casting veteran.
Michael’s life is all things fly fishing; he even met his wife Emily at a Fly Fishing Show! But put him in his element – on the waters of the world – and he becomes one with nature and is, in his heart, again that six-year-old boy in Bavaria.
Don’t miss an opportunity at shows or otherwise to join one of the most respected instructors in fly fishing and casting including all aspects of single-handed and double-handed spey casting and overhead casting.
Michael and Mike McFarland have teamed up to form a new rod company. Seele Fly Rods (pronounced zay-luh) will be based in Bellwood, Pennsylvania. Seele will offer high-end graphite and fiberglass fly rods, including Spey and switch rods, through a limited number of quality fly tackle dealers worldwide.
Together with Emily, Michael has also launched Mauri Flyfishing LLC which offers:
- Classes and guided fly fishing trips throughout Europe, the United States and Canada with emphasis on Atlantic salmon, steelhead, sea-run brown trout, and various other saltwater species;
- EFCT clinics, seminars, and one-on-one instruction for single- and double-handed spey and overhead casting;
- Fine single- and two-handed rods, lines, and other products designed and, in part, made by Michael;
- His DVD on single-handed spey casting.