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Travis Johnson Returns to Spey Nation 2015

Jan 24, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Lessons After the Event, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter  //  Comments Off on Travis Johnson Returns to Spey Nation 2015

travisTravis Johnson began his fly fishing career at the ripe old age of 12. He was that kid who could not learn enough about anything and everything to do with fly fishing.

Travis landed his first Deschutes red-side at age 14 and his first summer steelhead at age 16. His passion for fishing with a fly has taken him all over the country and his wisdom of fishing the western United States surpasses most young men his age.

Having guided the Sandy, Clackamas and the Deschutes Rivers for over 7 years, Travis has learned how to find even the toughest of fish with success, while bringing an infectious energy to the game that will leave you invigorated and inspired.

From a day of chasing wily resident trout to learning in one of his advanced Spey casting classes, your day with this young man will not soon be forgotten.  Follow Travis through his blog Steelhead Chaser.

If you have any questions on the availability of a trip or casting class with Travis Johnson, call 541-591-3936.

Travis Johnson is both student and instructor in the art of fly casting. He is a member of the prestigious Carron competition Spey Casting team. Last year he placed second at the CLA World Championships held at Blenheim Palace.  He practices distance Spey Casting several times a week and regularly achieves casts of 150-200 feet with either hand. Travis won the 2014 Spey O Rama at San Francisco’s prestigious Golden Gate Casting Club with a world record breaking 198 foot cast!

Mia Sheppard to appear at Spey Nation 2015

Jan 23, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Lessons After the Event, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Mia Sheppard to appear at Spey Nation 2015

Oregon Guide and Spey Casting Champion Mia Sheppard will be appearing at Spey Nation 2015.  We are proud to continuously attract world champion spey casters to our little corner of the third coast.  She’s a 2 time Spey O Rama Champion, holds the world record distance cast and we have had nothing but great conversations on the phone.    Mia along with her Husband Marty also owns Little Creek Outfitters in Oregon and guides on the Clackamas, Grande Ronde, Deschutes, John Day, and Sandy Rivers.  I think it goes without saying that Mia has a passion for Steelhead and that will certainly come through in her presentation.

Mia Sheppard

I live and breathe being on the water.  My passion to share this with others has inspired me to become a proficient angler, teacher of fly-fishing, advocate for new anglers and kids in the sport and supporter of conservation.  In 2001 Marty Sheppard (my rod caddy and wonderful husband) introduced me to spey casting, and connecting with steelhead. This has led me down a path of sleeping in garages, wearing leaky waders, becoming a two time distance casting champion,  currently holding the record for womens longest cast at 144 feet. together we own Little Creek Outfitters, guiding steelhead trips on Oregon rivers and I work for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership as the Oregon Field Representative.  Never off duty, I love chasing chukar with my Pudelpointer and being a mother to our beautiful daughter Tegan.

 

Casting Demo- Tips to lengthen your cast  – Gain distance with your cast by proper rod alignment and  body mechanics

 

For a person that stands 5’2 you probable wonder how I can make a 145 foot cast with a 15’ double handed rod.  Mia will talk about anchor placement, proper hand and body alignment and remembering to breath.

Mia will also be available for casting lessons on Sunday after Spey Nation June 28, 2015.  Please contact her  at (541) 419-2105 or msheppard@trcp.org to secure a spot.  The class is limited to 6 people and is $150.

Reminder about lessons on Sunday

Jun 18, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Lessons After the Event, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo  //  Comments Off on Reminder about lessons on Sunday

Sunday June 22, 2014, the day after Spey Nation

the following Spey Casting Instructors instructors will be giving Spey Casting lessons.

Please contact the instructors directly to secure a spot.

Barney Wong Full Day Inquire for Price: sushiyummy@yahoo.com

Walt Geryk : Full Day Inquire for price: walt@neffguide.com

Peter Charles: Full Day Inquire for Price petercharles1@icloud.com

Travis Johnson Doing a class Friday and Sunday $200 speycaster@hotmail.com

Current Distance Spey Cast World Record Holder—Travis Johnson

Travis Johnson began his fly fishing career at the ripe old age of 12. He was that kid who could not learn enough about anything and everything to do with fly fishing.

Travis landed his first Deschutes red-side at age 14 and his first summer steelhead at age 16. His passion for fishing with a fly has taken him all over the country and his wisdom of fishing the western United States surpasses most young men his age.

Having guided the Sandy, Clackamas and the Deschutes Rivers for over 6 years, Travis has learned how to find even the toughest of fish with success, while bringing an infectious energy to the game that will leave you invigorated and inspired.

From a day of chasing wily resident trout to learning in one of his advanced Spey casting classes, your day with this young man will not soon be forgotten.

If you have any questions on the availability of a trip or casting class with Travis Johnson, call The Fly Fishing Shop anytime between 6″00am & 6:00pm at 503-622-4607 or (800) 266-3971. Travis Johnson is both student and instructor in the art of fly casting. He is a member of the prestigious Carron competition Spey Casting team. Last year he placed second at the CLA World Championships held at Blenheim Palace. Winner of the event was Carron team member Gerard Downey, with a magnificent cast of 70.63 meters (231.7 feet). Gerard is now the current World Champion. The team is based out of Invergordon, Ross-shire, Scotland. It has dominated the Spey distance events for the past eleven years and has 12 world Championships to its credit. This team has won more events than all of the rest of the competing teams combined and Carron fly lines hold all of the Spey Casting distance records Most of the 6- members are Scottish. Gerard and Raurri are Irish, and of course Travis resides right here in Oregon, USA. As a matter of fact he grew up in Brightwood, just down the street from The Fly Fishing Shop, where he is currently employed in several capacities, including fishing guide and fly fishing instructor. He practices distance Spey Casting several times a week and regularly achieves casts of 150-200 feet with either hand. Travis won the 2014 Spey O Rama at San Francinsisco’s prestigous Golden Gate Casting Club with a world record breaking 198 foot cast!

Barny Wong

IMG_0254Barny Wong possesses neither the qualifications as a guide nor an insider in the fly fishing industry. Rather, he solves problems outside the box while always honing his skill in communicating the unspoken that sticks. As an ex- innovation scout for the automotive industry, and currently in the field of consciousness, he brings new thought and insight into why, what, and how we do things. Barny’s approach to casting is manage the few so as to produce the largest result. In Tao, this is called Action from Non Action. In this Tao of Casting approach, the ever changing Style in casting can always rely on the immovable Substance (Physics), allowing the caster to self organize and evolve to their highest potential. And with this way, the caster nevers fall into a rut as they harness more with each pass of insight and understanding.

Barny Wong has been spey casting since 2007. He is also featured in both Midcurrent and Fly Fisherman magazine. He combines artistry and technical know how into the art of spey casting.

All levels are welcome for casting classes. His website is www.awholenuthalevel.com containing his rates and contact info.

Walt Geryk

One of the premier two-handed spey casting and fly fishing instructors in North America, Walt specializes in targeting salmon, trout and steelhead in the Northeast and offers basic, intermediate and advanced instructions and schools throughout the Great Lakes, Canada and the East Coast. Beginning his fly fishing in 1972, Walt has become the leader for marketing traditional fly and spey fishing serving these areas. Promoting ethical angling, continuing to bring awareness about the outdoors’ fragile eco-system and teaching the proper skills on how to become better fishermen are just a few things that will be touched on during your day. Since 1985, Walt has been a professional guide and instructor who advocates traditional, catch & release, fly fishing for the Salmon River Region of New York, the Deerfield River and others.

 

Peter Charles

Fishing has always been a constant passion for me, starting at the age of six when a neighbour took me and his kids to the side of Grey’s Creek in Cornwall, Ontario, to fish for anything that swam. We kids used long bamboo poles, wooden floats, a thick, green cord for a fishing line and of course, worms. The catfish we caught went in the frying pan, except for one of mine that ended up in the fire instead, thanks to an overzealous hookset. Some would say that my fishing habits haven’t changed much since.

My first fly rod was bought from a department store in 1969 and I’ve been hooked by the sport ever since. I’ve been in the industry side of things since 2006 as a pro staff member and a sales representative.

I have my Certified Casting Instructor qualification from the Federation of Fly Fishers.

I am on the Canadian field staff for G. Loomis / Shimano and pro staff for Airflo Fly Lines, Simms, and The Canadian Tube Fly Company.

That’s It, There’s Nothing Else We Can Really Do.

Jun 17, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Environmental Stuff, Lessons After the Event, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on That’s It, There’s Nothing Else We Can Really Do.
Alright, This is it.  The PRESENTATION SCHEDULE is laid out, you can almost smell the burgers, the raffles are ready to be laid out, and somebody is going to be going to British Columbia…
We received a big box of give-aways from the Fly Fishing Film Tourlast night and everyone is going to be entered in the big sweepstakes to win a trip to Belize.  But you have to be there Friday night.  Come to the Tailwater Lodge for a free primer!  A customized version of the Fly Fishing Film Tour!
Saturday, come to the boat launch in Pineville, NY to learn about Spey Fishing, eat some free food, and meet new people who love the river and want to learn more about all the good things that come with 2 handed fishing.  You just might win something amazing that will change your life!  .
And finally Sunday, come fish Douglaston Salmon Run….For Free!
Take a Lesson Sunday after the event from one of these great instructors!

Fly Fishing Film Tour!

Friday June 20, 2014 8pm. Free Tickets! Tailwater Lodge Altmar, NY
Pick Your Tickets up in advance at The Tailwater Lodge 855-895-6343, Malindas Fly Shop 315-298-2993 Tightlines Fly Fishing 973-244-5990 and Oak Orchard Fly Shop 716-626-1323 Any available tickets will be available at the door on the night of the event. Seating is limited so advanced tickets are recomended. 

Spey Nation! You Know it, You Love it! Saturday June 21, 2014 8am-4pm Pineville Boat Launch–Salmon River Free Event Free Lunch by Tailwater Lodge “On the water” demonstrations Learn 2 handed techniques Try specialized equipment See the latest from the Manufacturers Raffles! to benefit the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club
Free Fishing in the DSR On Sunday! June 22, 2014 The Douglaston Salmon Run will be allowing all Spey Nation participants access to the DSR on Sunday.  Participants will be asked to pickup a voucher from the Spey Nation event on Saturday as proof of participation and present it at the DSR for their complimentary access pass on Sunday. If you’ve never seen the tasty pockets and smooth swingable slicks of the run then this would be a great time to walk the bank.

Lessons available before and after Spey Nation

Jun 9, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Lessons After the Event  //  Comments Off on Lessons available before and after Spey Nation

Sunday June 22, 2014, the day after Spey Nation

the following Spey Casting Instructors instructors will be giving Spey Casting lessons.

Please contact the instructors directly to secure a spot.

Barney Wong Full Day Inquire for Price: sushiyummy@yahoo.com

Walt Geryk : Full Day Inquire for price: walt@neffguide.com

Peter Charles: Full Day Inquire for Price petercharles1@icloud.com

Travis Johnson  Doing a class Friday and Sunday  $200 speycaster@hotmail.com

 

  Current Distance Spey Cast World Record Holder—Travis Johnson

Travis Johnson began his fly fishing career at the ripe old age of 12. He was that kid who could not learn enough about anything and everything to do with fly fishing.

Travis landed his first Deschutes red-side at age 14 and his first summer steelhead at age 16. His passion for fishing with a fly has taken him all over the country and his wisdom of fishing the western United States surpasses most young men his age.

Having guided the Sandy, Clackamas and the Deschutes Rivers for over 6 years, Travis has learned how to find even the toughest of fish with success, while bringing an infectious energy to the game that will leave you invigorated and inspired.

From a day of chasing wily resident trout to learning in one of his advanced Spey casting classes, your day with this young man will not soon be forgotten.

If you have any questions on the availability of a trip or casting class with Travis Johnson, call The Fly Fishing Shop anytime between 6″00am & 6:00pm at 503-622-4607 or (800) 266-3971. Travis Johnson is both student and instructor in the art of fly casting. He is a member of the prestigious Carron competition Spey Casting team. Last year he placed second at the CLA World Championships held at Blenheim Palace. Winner of the event was Carron team member Gerard Downey, with a magnificent cast of 70.63 meters (231.7 feet). Gerard is now the current World Champion. The team is based out of Invergordon, Ross-shire, Scotland. It has dominated the Spey distance events for the past eleven years and has 12 world Championships to its credit. This team has won more events than all of the rest of the competing teams combined and Carron fly lines hold all of the Spey Casting distance records Most of the 6- members are Scottish. Gerard and Raurri are Irish, and of course Travis resides right here in Oregon, USA. As a matter of fact he grew up in Brightwood, just down the street from The Fly Fishing Shop, where he is currently employed in several capacities, including fishing guide and fly fishing instructor. He practices distance Spey Casting several times a week and regularly achieves casts of 150-200 feet with either hand.   Travis won the 2014 Spey O Rama at San Francinsisco’s prestigous Golden Gate Casting Club with a world record breaking 198 foot cast!

Barny Wong

IMG_0254Barny Wong possesses neither the qualifications as a guide nor an insider in the fly fishing industry. Rather, he solves problems outside the box while always honing his skill in communicating the unspoken that sticks. As an ex- innovation scout for the automotive industry, and currently in the field of consciousness, he brings new thought and insight into why, what, and how we do things.  Barny’s approach to casting is manage the few so as to produce the largest result. In Tao, this is called Action from Non Action. In this Tao of Casting approach, the ever changing Style in casting can always rely on the immovable Substance (Physics), allowing the caster to self organize and evolve to their highest potential. And with this way, the caster nevers fall into a rut as they harness more with each pass of insight and understanding.

Barny Wong has been spey casting since 2007. He is also featured in both Midcurrent and Fly Fisherman magazine. He combines artistry and technical know how into the art of spey casting.

All levels are welcome for casting classes. His website is www.awholenuthalevel.com containing his rates and contact info.

 

Walt Geryk

One of the premier two-handed spey casting and fly fishing instructors in North America, Walt specializes in targeting salmon, trout and steelhead in the Northeast and offers basic, intermediate and advanced instructions and schools throughout the Great Lakes,  Canada and the East Coast. Beginning  his fly fishing in 1972, Walt has become the leader for marketing traditional fly and spey fishing serving these areas.                Promoting ethical angling, continuing to bring awareness about the outdoors’  fragile eco-system and teaching the proper skills on how to become better fishermen  are just a few things that will be touched on during your day. Since 1985, Walt has been a professional guide and instructor who advocates traditional, catch & release, fly  fishing for the Salmon River Region of New York, the Deerfield River and  others.

 

Peter Charles

Fishing has always been a constant passion for me, starting at the age of six when a neighbour took me and his kids to the side of Grey’s Creek in Cornwall, Ontario, to fish for anything that swam. We kids used long bamboo poles, wooden floats, a thick, green cord for a fishing line and of course, worms.  The catfish we caught went in the frying pan, except for one of mine that ended up in the fire instead, thanks to an overzealous hookset.  Some would say that my fishing habits haven’t changed much since.  :)

My first fly rod was bought from a department store in 1969 and I’ve been hooked by the sport ever since.  I’ve been in the industry side of things since 2006 as a pro staff member and a sales representative.

I have my Certified Casting Instructor qualification from the Federation of Fly Fishers.

I am on the Canadian field staff for G. Loomis / Shimano and pro staff for Airflo Fly Lines, Simms, and The Canadian Tube Fly Company.

Late Openings in Tom Larimer’s Spey Class 7/21/13

Jun 17, 2013   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Lessons After the Event, Spey Nation Presenter  //  Comments Off on Late Openings in Tom Larimer’s Spey Class 7/21/13

Tom Larimer just had 5 spots open up in the Spey Casting Class the Day after Spey Nation.  He offers a 6 hour teaching class with video/Ipad analysis.  Want to be a better fishermen/caster?  Or do you want to become a Steelhead Predator. 
Take Tom’s class and take your fishing to the next level.  See what they say about Tom Larimer’s Spey Casting Lesson

Spey Casting Instruction

 

If you truly want to take your Spey casting ability to a higher level, consider personal coaching from the best in the business. Outside of guiding, I offer personalized two-handed casting instruction.

I’ve been fortunate enough to design a number of Spey lines for Airflo Fly Lines. The Skagit Compact, Skagit Switch, Skagit INT and the Rage Compact are all products of my fishing, guiding and teaching style. My focus for both Spey instruction and fly line design has always been on helping students become versatile and efficient anglers. After 15 years of instructing Spey casting and designing products, I have developed a teaching style that installs sound principles and proper technique. I guarantee you will walk away with the tools to become a better angler!

Private lessons can be tailored to your ability level and desire to learn specific techniques. Both beginners and experts will find taking a private lesson will accelerate their learning curve and dramatically improve their casting ability. My full day private lesson is tailored to anglers looking for the most advanced Spey casting class available. Full days are done via Jet boat on the Clackamas or Deschutes depending on water levels. Lunch included.

Price is $275 for the 6 hour lesson.

Contact Tom at

Tom Larimer:tom@larimeroutfitters.com

 

Skagit Master 4 Out Now…GL’s Get Some Swinger Love

Jun 3, 2013   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Lessons After the Event, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter  //  Comments Off on Skagit Master 4 Out Now…GL’s Get Some Swinger Love
 

Return home with full time steelhead guide Tom Larimer to fish with a few of the guys who “Cracked the Code” on swinging flies for steelhead in the midwest. Soul-roller Dave Pinczkowski, close friend Jay Niederstadt, and veteran guides Jeff Hubbard and Greg Senyo spend long days fishing with Tom on their home rivers. Urban streams surrounded by a sprawling metropolis, wilderness spring creeks, large tail water rivers, and slate bottom spate rivers, all suffering the lowest flows since 1944, present a mountain of challenges for the anglers.

Skagit Master Volume 4 presents concepts used in the first 3 Skagit Master DVDs and applies them to these varied waters of the midwest. From Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Steelhead Alley in Ohio, Tom and his buddies use innovative big fly designs, Airflo Skagit heads and sink tips loaded on Sage ONE two handed rods to hook and land many steelhead – on the swing!

Flies tied in Skagit Master Volume 4: Two versions of Dave’s Bad Hair day, Hubbard’s Firecracker Leech, The Tube Leech, and Senyo’s Artificial Intelligence.

The Bonus Features section of the DVD presents media from our sponsors: Sage, Simms, Airflo, and Western Rivers Conservancy.

Buy Now

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.  http://speynation.com/lessons/

 

A Two Handed Spey On The Water Class

Mar 26, 2013   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Lessons After the Event, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes  //  Comments Off on A Two Handed Spey On The Water Class

Up For Grabs At This Year’s Spey Nation! 

A Two Handed Spey On The Water Class Tailored To Your Needs for 1 Student

A one on one, 6 hour stream side lesson on the Salmon River New York or the Deerfield River Massachusetts held during seasonal times. Hardy & Greys rods, reels, the day’s soft drinks, snacks and misc. provided. Lunch not included. You decide what you need, wanting to learn the basics or expand on your current skills, then this day is for you.

Basic Casting

Learn the casts needed to fish river right and left. Single Spey, Dble Spey , Snap T, D Cast, Wombat and others

Intermediate to Advanced Casting and Fishig

Continue to advance your Spey and Scandi casting abilities. Add the Snake Roll to your current abilities and other variations in casting techniques required to adapt to changing conditions and locations. Understand sink tips, fly tracking, proven presentations and effective drifts to increase your spey fishing success

Walt Geryk

Walt is a Professional Fly & Spey Fishing Guide, Instructor & Coach Since 1985, Walt has been promoting traditional fly fishing with catch & release for the Salmon River Region New York and the Deerfield River in Western Massachusetts. The leader for Traditional Fly and Spey Fishing serving these areas.for more information: Northeast Fly and Spey Fishing Schools

Lessons the Sunday After Spey Nation V

Apr 7, 2012   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Lessons After the Event, Like Minded Mofos  //  Comments Off on Lessons the Sunday After Spey Nation V

Sunday July 15, 2012, the day after Spey Nation V, the following instructors will be giving lessons

 

Simon Gawesworth:  Full Day 4 anglers max:  $250/person  Contact sgawesworth@rioproducts.com

Topher Browne:  Full Day, Inquire for Price  Contact topherbrowne@aol.com

Peter Charles:  4 hours $150/person  contact pscharles@shaw.ca

Mike Barrand:  Inquire for Price  Contact mike@waistdeepcasting.com

 

Please contact the instructors directly to secure a spot

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