Browsing articles from "May, 2013"

Lesson Space Available.

May 31, 2013   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Lessons After the Event, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter  //  Comments Off on Lesson Space Available.

Tom Larimer informed me that there were some cancelations in his class for Sunday after Spey Nation.  This is a great class and these spots won’t last.

Tom Larimer owns and operates Larimer Outfitters out of Hood River, Oregon. He calls the Deschutes River home from the beginning of salmon flies in May until the weather gets too cold to Spey cast in November. His steelhead jet boat camps are legendary. Once the snow flies, Tom’s focus shifts to guiding the winter steelhead rivers of northern Oregon. Depending on the conditions, you might find him floating the Sandy, jet boating on the Clackamas or hiking into the Hood.


Tom has lived and guided in the Oregon since 2001. Before moving to the Northwest, he guided the world famous upper Kenai River in Alaska, the fabled steelhead & trout waters of Northwest Michigan, and the rivers he learned to fly fish on in Wisconsin. His seventeen years of guiding experience have given him a patient and enthusiastic teaching style while on the water or when giving clinics. However, Tom’s passion goes beyond just teaching casting or fishing techniques. He loves to share lessons on the history, the flora and the fauna of his home waters.


Outside of guiding, Tom is one of the most revered Spey casting instructors in the country. He teaches private lessons near his home in Hood River as well as numerous group clinics throughout the country. His teaching style revolves around the family of lines he designed for Airflo Fly Lines. His contributions to the Spey world include the Skagit Compact, the Skagit Switch, the Skagit Intermediate and the Rage Compact.


Finally, Tom is a professional fly tier, photographer, author and hosts trips to some truly amazing fly fishing destinations. Additionally he is a pro-staff member for Simms, Hatch Reels and Solitude Flies. As a man who makes his living from a natural resource, Tom is a steward of the water and her fish. He is a member & supporter of the Native Fish Society, Trout Unlimited and Oregon Water Watch

Contact Tom directly for more info.


Oppurtunity at Oppurtunity

May 29, 2013   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos  //  Comments Off on Oppurtunity at Oppurtunity

After talking with Jad Donaldson, owner of Oppurtunity Fly Fishing and the fishing director at Turneffe Flats,  he mentioned that he has 4 openings for a week on the Grande Ronde River in Northeastern Oregon fishing for Summer Run Steelhead.  Read all about the trip I took Here Here and Here .  I have yet to finish the story and that’s more on my inability to manage my time that not wanting to finish the tale but let me assure you, if you have only fished the Great Lakes for Steelhead, this trip will be a revelation.  Well worth the time effort and money to embark on. 

Jad has 1 opening available this year.  It’s November 16th through the 19th.  The cost is $2000 per person (Limit 4) and is all inclusive with meals and all the ammenities except for alcohol.  The meals are epic, the scenery is epic, the solitude is epic, you get the idea. 

Contact Jad if you want to go, 503-799-1498 or


Beulah Stepping Up Again

May 23, 2013   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes  //  Comments Off on Beulah Stepping Up Again

Beulah Platinum Spey Series 13’2″ 7wt. 4 Piece

Maybe the “Sweetheart” in the series! Mainly because this rod can be fished confidently anywhere in the lower 48 and abroad for summer or winter Steelhead and will cross-over into Chinook territory. Our new 13’2” Platinum is not an 8 weight in 7 weight clothing, it is an extremely “Crisp” 7 weight that loads easily with a variety of lines and casting styles. The finished rod weighs only 6.8 ounces making it easy to fish long hard days on the water chasing “Steel”. Ridiculously light in hand this rod balances with reels as light as 8 ounces and handles reels nicely to 11 ounces. You won’t have a hard time finding a place for this rod in your two-handed quiver!

USE OF ROD: Fishing variety of lines for Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon, Chinook and Sea run Browns, Chinook and Silver Salmon.

ACTION: Slightly regressed Traditional “Spey” action/ fast recovery

Scandinavian: Beulah ELixir425-475 Spey
Skagit: Beulah Tonic 475-550 Spey
Mid Belly: 515-575 grains, Airflo Delta 7/8, Rio Windcutter 7/8/9
Long Belly: 515-595 grains, CND GPS 6/7 or 7/8 for deep load

Platinum Spey Rod Series 13’2″ 7wt. 4 PIECE
Comes with sock, tube, lifetime warranty for original owner (see warranty for conditions)

Win this Rod With A $20 Ticket At Spey Nation:  Get 7 chances for $100

Just Ask Matt what he thinks of the one he won last year…

Heritage Spey Rod Arrives

May 22, 2013   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Raffle Prizes  //  Comments Off on Heritage Spey Rod Arrives

Phil at Castle Arms sent a 14 foot 9/10 3 piece Spey Rod for us to raffle to you on July 20, 2013. 

The success we have had with our Heritage fly rods has everyone surprised. For 15 years without any advertising except word of mouth from the guides and pro fishermen who first bought them we receive compliments and orders from all over the world for our rods. Our rods are 50% to 75% less expensive then the highly advertised rods, yet cast and fish as well or better. The added cost of a huge advertising program adds nothing to the quality of a rod except $$$$$. Available at selected dealers or from Castle Arms.

See the rest of the Heritage rod and reel line-up here

April Fish Creek Newsletter

May 22, 2013   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Environmental Stuff, Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club Minutes, Like Minded Mofos  //  Comments Off on April Fish Creek Newsletter
April 2013 News:
Vermont Atlantic Salmon We have a special agreement with the folks who run the Vermont Fish Hatchery on Grande Island, Vermont, to take any Atlantic salmon that they have left after they reach their state’s yearly stocking quota. This year we were given about 15,000 Atlantics. We were required to have the virology tests done to assure our DEC that the fish are free of any known virus like VHS; and, to get them from the Vermont hatchery by April 5th. After receiving the laboratory test results, Jim Lawler and Larry Chismark rented a truck, borrowed transport tanks from the Rome Hatchery and went to Vermont and brought the fish back for stocking in our West Branch of Fish Creek on April 5th. A large turnout of Club members and friends met the stocking truck and we stocked the fish at several locations on the West Branch of Fish Creek and the Mad River above our hatchery at McConnelsville. The fish measured about 1.5 inches in length at stocking time, but by fall should be about 5 – 6 inches long. This is a bonus for our stocking program as we are also raising another batch of Atlantics in our own hatchery at the McConnellsville dam for release later this year.
Sabago Strain Atlantic Salmon – Paul Miller ordered 45,000 eggs from the hatchery in Maine which collects eggs from the spawning Atlantics in the inlet to Sabago Lake in Maine, then holds them in the hatchery egg rearing facility until they show signs of eyes in the eggs. Paul was notified when the eyed eggs were ready for transfer to our hatchery. This year it was my privilege to go after our eggs on February 14th. After arriving at the hatchery at 7 AM, I was given a brief tour of the hatchery while workers prepared the eggs in foam trays covered with damp cheese cloths and ice, then put in a larger foam box for safe transport. I was on my way home around 8 AM, so I called Jim Lawler and Paul to let them know that I planned to arrive at our hatchery around 4 PM. We met at the hatchery and checked the egg temperatures vs. our water temperatures in our tanks, then transferred the eggs to our hatching baskets, which float in our tanks. All went as planned. Since then, each day, a Club member goes to the hatchery to clean the tanks, inspect the eggs, remove any dead and record numbers removed, check water flows through the tanks and water temperatures and record all in our log book. Our eggs are now hatched out and swimming around with their egg-sacks still attached, supplying nutrients for their survival. Soon the fish will be fed with special food, which we buy for them and we will see them grow and get stronger. These fish will be sample tested when they get large enough, and provided the test results are ok, will be ready for stocking later this year.

Annual Raffle Prize Renewal

May 7, 2013   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Raffle Prizes  //  Comments Off on Annual Raffle Prize Renewal

A Wheatley box filled with hand tied flies

speys, hairwings, married wings, irish shrimp types flies

donated by master fly tier Frank Swarner III.

Another local company thinks we’re doing something good

May 1, 2013   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club Minutes, Like Minded Mofos, Raffle Prizes  //  Comments Off on Another local company thinks we’re doing something good

About a mile from the Pineville Bridge sits the Mid-River Motel & Campground. It has 16 rooms that sleep 3, 4 and 6 people and five park models that will sleep up to 6. 

For Spey Nation 2013, they have offered up $20.00 per person based on double occupancy. Park models at $30.00 per person based on 3.   They also have five campsites available.

The Mid-River Motel and Campground is also donating

A room for two nights that sleeps 4

during Salmon Season to Spey Nation to Raffle Off.

Mid-River Motel & Campground.

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