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Casting For Recovery

Mar 30, 2012   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos  //  Comments Off on Casting For Recovery

I have been asked to pass this along and I’ll do it gladly


Casting For Recovery is a charity program that introduces women who have survived breast cancer to fly fishing. In many cases the ladies are devastated by the experience with cancer and are in need of something to take their minds away from the battle with the disease.

Everyone here knows what I know; that nothing clears and refreshes the mind like time on a river or creek. Casting For Recovery has a network of volunteers across America who help to host Fly Fishing Retreats for women who are interested in trying the river as a place of refuge. But there are expenses…….

There is an effort that involves internet voting that will help the program to win a $50,000 grant to fuel these retreats underway right now. I am providing this link ……….. and I hope you will see fit to use it to register to vote for this most worthy cause.

In order to vote people must enter their e-mail address, that’s all. After doing so the home page sends a ‘voting link’ to the in box of the new supporter and they use it to cast the daily vote. I have been doing this since the challenge began and there is ‘no spam, junk mail or anything else associated with this registration’ none at all. It is what it sounds like, a contest to win support and awareness for the survivors of the disease.

The organization is on the very top of the page right under a fund raising promotion offering a book for sale. Don’t worry about the book, The vote is what we need. after today you’ll have to scroll down to find the vote button and you can vote once a day until May 15.

A Day With Simon G!

Mar 27, 2012   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Lessons After the Event  //  Comments Off on A Day With Simon G!

How does spending the day after Spey Nation with Simon Gawesworth tickle your fancy?  We are offering a day long, 6 person maximum day with Simon.  It’s a one day class on the Sunday after the event, July 15, 2012.  .

 $250 per person. The day would be roughly from 9 am to 5pm.

Simon’s father taught him to fish at the age of 6.  Now 45, he has been teaching fly casting professionally since he was 16.He has both cast and fished for England in British, European and World Championships and was elected Captain of the England team for the 2003 World Fly Fishing Championships.

Simon is A.P.G.A.I. and S.T.A.N.I.C. certified in the U.K. and C.I., Master and T.H.C.I. certified in the U.S.  He also sits on the F.F.F. board of Governors and the T.H.S.I. committee.

Simon’s articles appear regularly in the fly fishing magazines.

More Facts
Simon is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on spey casting and has taught and demonstrated spey casting around the world. 

His video “International Spey Casting”, produced with Rio Products, is recognized as one of the finest instructional videos on casting.

Mystic Rods is added to the ever growing Nation

Mar 27, 2012   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Raffle Prizes  //  Comments Off on Mystic Rods is added to the ever growing Nation

We met Dennis from Mystic Rods several years ago at the Somerset Fly Fishing Show.  Us, a small but growing band of addicts of the swing thinking that maybe there were more of us out there, getting the usual, well “How many people do you expect” and “This is your first one huh” responses from the industry.  On the way down we thought that since we had a few companies show interest in the first Nation gathering, then the others would follow suit.  Dennis and Co had the same idea in mind, that if he came to the Fly Fishing Show, put a quality product in people’s hands, then things would happen.  Over beers, after the show we talked about spey and switch, Mystic wasn’t making them at the time but had plans to, and we have kept in loose touch over the years.  Well, things have happened, for both endevours.  We are currently in our fifth year of planning gatherings and Dennis is putting quality rods in people’s hands.

Fast forward to yesterday.  Mystic Fly Rods now has a full quiver of Switch Rods and they are ready to put those rods in your hands.  Mystic Fly Rods is now part of The Nation!

They are also putting their 11 foot 8wt stick in our raffles for you to take a stab at.  It is currently the Fly Fish America 2012 Gear Guide Editors Choice and a success story in it’s own right


Not To Be Denied, G Loomis Steps up to the Plate

Mar 11, 2012   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Mojo, Raffle Prizes  //  Comments Off on Not To Be Denied, G Loomis Steps up to the Plate

I just got off the phone with the Eastern Reps of G Loomis.  They have confirmed that G Loomis will be present and accounted for at Spey Nation V on July 14, 2012.  They also hinted at new product and that there may be something with that famous fish logo on the raffle table.  Can’t wait to see what they have in store for us!

Maui Jim wants in to The Nation!

Mar 6, 2012   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Raffle Prizes  //  Comments Off on Maui Jim wants in to The Nation!

Up For Grabs in this year’s Spey Nation Raffles, a sunglass of your choice certificate, a hat and a long-sleeve t-shirt … does this sound OK?”

Trout Power Fly Fishing Tournament to be held June 2012 on West Canada Creek, NY

Mar 3, 2012   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Like Minded Mofos  //  Comments Off on Trout Power Fly Fishing Tournament to be held June 2012 on West Canada Creek, NY

Trout Power Fly Fishing Tournament to be held June 2012 on West Canada Creek, NY

Thanks to  great response from the Trout Power Campaign so far, we have decided to have a fishing Tournament on the West Canada Creek in June of 2012.
The Trout Power Tournament will be only outside the Trophy Section and will be open to any type of fishing technique as long as it is single hook artificial and NO BAIT.  The Tournament will also be strictly Catch and Release.

We will need lots of volunteers to Police the river during the tournament.  If you are interested in sponsoring or helping out, please email me at
The Tournament will be two days and will have a cash prize of $1000.00 for biggest fish or most fish is still not decided.  During the Tournament there will be lots of fun things to do with the community and after we will have an old fashioned hootenanny.
The Purpose of the tournament is to bring awareness to the river, the area and the business that surround the river.  It is clearly documented the the Trophy Section up river has been a great success, but we want to focus on the sections of the river around the towns, such as Russia, Poland, Newport and Middleville.
Sign up will start January 1st, and currently there is no plan to limit the number of anglers or assign particular sections or beats.
Please stay tuned on this web site and on for more details.
The Trout Power Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday June 9 and 10th 2012.  So far the response has been very good for this type of thing and I am very excited to see it moving forward.
Here are some details on the rules as they begin to be formulated.

  • the Trout Power tournament will be based on teams of 2, registration will start in January 2012. Estimated cost for entry will be $60.00 per team.
  • The Trout Power tournament will be a catch and release tournament, any fish that is purposefully killed will cause immediate disqualification.
  • Any form of fishing will be acceptable, as long as:  it is single hook on a fly or lure and no bait.  A fly and a dropper is acceptable, but no more than two flies in such a rig.
  • Other methods of fishing, such as dapping, noodling, float fishing, etc… are all acceptable and applauded.  Be prepared to explain to others your methods so everyone can learn.
  • First prize will be based on total inches caught in two days.
  • Fish length will be documented by participants with a digital camera and a tape measure.
  • anyone caught cheating will be fined $500.00
  • New York State officials will be on sight
  • Tournament starts at 7:00 am on Saturday, check in at 6:00 am to start and first check point will be at noon and sunset Saturday.  Trout Power Tournament starts on Sunday, 1 hour before sunrise, and ends at noon on Sunday.
  1. First Prize for most inches trout of any species caught in two days will be $1000.00
  2. Biggest fish caught by length and girth of ANY species will be $200.00 in gift cards to Jay-K Lumber and Hardware.
  3. Most inches of fish caught in first day will receive a Wheatley fly box from REC Components.

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