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Update from the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club

Feb 2, 2017   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Environmental Stuff, Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club Minutes, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Fly Tying Video, Spey Nation Supporters, SpeyNation  //  Comments Off on Update from the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club

In an email correspondence with the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club,

We’re off to a good start this year.  We got 47,500 eggs and losses have been minimal.   The eggs are starting to hatch so we expect to be moving from the incubator building to the hatchery within a few months, depending on the weather.

That sounds great and can’t wait to see them in the river this June.

Check out the video I made while spending the day with the club stocking the Atlantic Salmon that were partially paid for and supported by our raffles at Spey Nation Events.   See you all this June 24th at the Pineville Lot for our 10th Spey Nation Celebration!

 

The Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club Stocking Atlantic Salmon into the headwaters of Fish Creek from Spey Nation on Vimeo.

We like videos with grabby steelhead

Nov 12, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, SpeyNation  //  Comments Off on We like videos with grabby steelhead

We like videos with grabby steelhead…period And Spitting

 

Fishing for Steelhead with Curtis Ciszek from Poler Outdoor Stuff on Vimeo.

Sage 3110-4 ONE Trout Spey Rod Review

Nov 3, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Gear Reviews, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, SpeyNation, Trout Spey  //  Comments Off on Sage 3110-4 ONE Trout Spey Rod Review

Hey Bill,  Howsabout you send me one of those new Sage ONE Trout Spey rods for my annual Landlocked Salmon trip next month.  The email was a veiled attempt to get my hands on the new rod and see what all the fuss was about.   2 weeks later the USPS dropped off a cylindrical shaped box on my door step.  You know the shape, the one that your significant other instantly recognizes and enters the dreaded “What did you buy now?” mode.  Honest, it’s just for a demo.

 

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Sage 3110-4 ONE Trout Spey Rod Review:   Note:  Revised as the rod delivered was mislabeled as 11 feet 9 inches.   The actual rod is 11 feet 0 inches

Finish and Initial Thoughts:  Note:  The actual length of the Sage ONE 3 weight is 11 feet  but the action is more a spey rod instead of a switch and that’s what I want to focus on.  That being said, the Sage 3110-4 ONE is a typically beautiful Sage rod.  It’s sports what Sage calls a “Black Ice” finish however I would say in the Autumn filtered sunlight, it has a distinct Olive cast to it.  The hardware is top notch as you would expect from the premium rod maker with black thread wraps with Bronze trim wraps, Fuji ceramic stripper guides, and hard chromed snake guides and tip-top.  The handle/reel seat area boasts a golden bronze anodized aluminum down-locking reel seat and Super Plus cork mini-Spey fore grip and rear grip.  Top that off with a black rod bag with Light Black logo and model tag and protected by a black powder coated aluminum rod tube with the Sage medallion and you have yourself one nice looking rod.  Most of that stuff came from the Sage website and everyone I showed the rod to commented with a sincere “Nice”.

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Balancing the Rod:  The Sage ONE 3110-4 weighs in at a puny 4 3/8 ounces and I tried a few reels on the rod and it seems to balance nicely with about 3.7 ounces (My Lamson Litespeed 2) to about 6 ounces (Some old Pridexes I have lying around).  Whether you’re a clicker or disc drag kind of fisher, that’s up to you and I used both throughout the day and you can decide whether you like the reel to pull the tip up at all during the swing but I found the Lamson to be more to my liking for fishing.  I hardly noticed the rod was in my hand.

 

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Lines:  The recommended grains for the Sage ONE 3110-4 is reported by Sage to be 250gr but since I was fishing a river that doesn’t allow weight to be added to the leader or fly and the fact that I was going to be using a floating poly, I kept things on the smaller end.  I fished with a 5 weight Wulff Ambush TT Taper, (18 foot head with at 215gr) a 10 foot RIO Floating Poly Leader and a 7.5 foot tapered leader to about 3x.  I also casted the 6 weight Ambush (18 foot head at 235gr) and a SGS custom Scandit head Steve Godshell made for my Mystic M Series 3 weight switch which was 22 feet (215gr).   Any of these lines worked and this rod has a huge grain window, you can just feel it.  The 5 weight Ambush seemed to be the sweet spot for me and the combo I was fishing had me firing 75 feet consistently with little effort.

I didn’t try nymphing or dead drifting as that stuff doesn’t interest me but I am sure a single hander 6 wt weight forward line would work fine if you were caught in that situation.

The Goods:  Casting this rod is ridiculously fun and that’s really what trout spey is all about.   I tend to bristle a bit when articles about trout spey focus on throwing large streamers and stripping them in.   Let’s leave that to the 5-7 weight switches and focus on the program I like to run.  For this rod, it’s a 3 wet fly rig or a small lightly weight bugger in the 6-4 range that it eats up.   Ask it to rip a circus peanut very far and you are either perfect in your mechanics or going to be disappointed.  You’ll be disappointed if you asked your 7 foot 3 weight to do that too so let’s stay in reality for a few minutes.

Today I was swinging small feather wing landlocked streamers and traditional hairwings for Landlocked Salmon in the Lake Champlain Tributaries on the New York State side.   Fish ranging from 16 to 24 inches are the norm but larger fish are regularly caught.  With a size 6 tmc7999 hair wing or a 6x long #4 streamer hook with a black ghost tied to the end of the leader, the rod performed all the casts with ease.  Mending was easy and manipulating the swing is also a breeze and the salmon that were in the pool I was fishing responded better to a broadside sped up swing than a classic steelhead slow vertical presentation and the extra length was appreciated.  The rod is quick and responsive recovering fast and light but not a wet noodle.   During the swing it doesn’t bow or bend unnecessarily, a quality I appreciate when high sticking the swing.

 

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Fighting Fish:  I had four salmon eat during the broadside swing and each time I had large bows in the line to create the desired speed to elicit the strike.  Every fish came unbuttoned during the fight and I don’t think I had enough in the rod to make up for the bow in the line, the slack in the running line and softness of the rod (Not a negative, we are talking about a 3 weight here and I probably wasn’t 100% used to setting the hook on this rod either) to get a great connection and drive the hook home.  And, as a local reminded me, driving a hook into the kype of a fall 20+ inch salmon isn’t an easy task anyways.  I did however get a great set when the fifth fish took on a straighter lined swing, jammed the fly hard and took off towards the lake.  The fish hooked itself and the rod performed with an even bend and surprising backbone down by the handle.  Overall a great shock absorber for light tippets.   Making the same trip, I might choose a 5 weight spey to handle these fish but I would not hesitate to swing this rod for stream trout anywhere in the country where the fish average 12 to 20 inches.   Asking it to handle salmon over 20 inches consistently may be too much to ask.

Confidence:  Some of the trout speys I have wiggled over the years seemed a bit thin walled and made me nervous either casting longer lines or fighting larger fish.   You never want to have the threat of exploding graphite damper your enjoyment stream side.   That wasn’t the case with this rod.   Even when intentionally leaning on the rod during the forward stroke, the rod never felt punched out and folded.

Summary:  Trout Speying is supposed to be fun and I get a kick out of taking fish on the swing.   When I bought my first trout spey rod, I bought it as a toy and to play around with.  It quickly became one of my favorite ways to fish for trout.  I have used switch and spey rods to fish trout on many of the larger trout streams and tailwaters in the Northeast and it just keeps getting better.   The Sage 3110-4 ONE Troutspey is a serious rod for serious fun.  It will do all the things you ask it to and then some while you giggle and that’s what it’s all about.   Whether you’re looking to extend your steelhead season by swinging flies for trout or smallmouth bass or you are tying a box full of Bergman Wets to swing during the next pmd hatch, you should feel confident to have this rod in your hand.

 

To find out how you can get a review of your rod here, please email us at speynation@gmail.com

Tackle Tool Changes

Oct 15, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Fishing Equipment, SpeyNation  //  Comments Off on Tackle Tool Changes

Big changes are happening over at our “Virtual Spey Nation Tackle Selector” tool.

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As you know, Thanks to our hard-working Spey Nation elves, we have compiled a list of over 1000 two-handed rods and who knows how many lines into a searchable database all geared to bring the unique experience of Spey Nation to the virtual world. You are able to search rods (say show me all the 12 to 13 foot 7wts) and with a click, see all the lines that may be appropriate for that chosen rod. We are excited to bring you this information and hope to keep it as updated as possible. Product information in our database is free to everyone to use as a resource.

Well, we still are working in the Spey Nation Workshop and look at it now!   You still can see all the cool rods in our database, plus some new ones have been added.

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New Look!  Pick one! Or click the HOT LINK    to quickly find your rod, or go to the manufacturer’s website!

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Now you have all your lines but wait!  Click the “Export to PDF” button

 

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hoof on down to your local fly shop!

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Get finding your next rod here!  

Oh, I’m sorry, do you need a new line before steelhead season?  Scandi, Skagit, Long belly?   Don’t Know?  Search Them All!

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Spey Rod Tackle Selection Tool

Sep 28, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Fishing Equipment, SpeyNation, Trout Spey  //  Comments Off on Spey Rod Tackle Selection Tool

It is my great pleasure to announce our new “Virtual Spey Nation Tackle Selector” tool.

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Thanks to our hard-working Spey Nation elves, we have compiled a list of over 1000 two-handed rods and who knows how many lines into a searchable database all geared to bring the unique experience of Spey Nation to the virtual world. You are able to search rods (say show me all the 12 to 13 foot 7wts) and with a click, see all the lines that may be appropriate for that chosen rod. We are excited to bring you this information and hope to keep it as updated as possible. Product information in our database is free to everyone to use as a resource.

Want to see how cool it is?   Show Me all the 12 to 13 foot 7wts!

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You asked?   We Delivered!  Pick one!

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Click Line for all the lines that are appropriate….or description….or go to the website for more info!   It’s that easy!

Show me my next line!

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Get finding your next rod here!  

Oh, I’m sorry, do you need a new line before steelhead season?  Scandi, Skagit, Long belly?   Don’t Know?  Search Them All!

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The Perry Poke Spey Cast. Spey Casting with Jon of the Ashland Flyshop

Aug 19, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Casting Tips, Spey Casting Video, SpeyNation  //  Comments Off on The Perry Poke Spey Cast. Spey Casting with Jon of the Ashland Flyshop

As Jon Hazlett explains in this spey casting video, the perry poke is a great technique for spey casting sink tips and heavy flies. You can perform a poke to set up many casts and I find it helpful to use when casting around stream-side obstacles such as bushes and trees. It’s all about positioning the line to make your presentation efficient as possible.

I have learned much from Jon’s great videos.

Spey Rod Review – 7wts: Sage Method 7126 vs the 7126 Accel

Aug 17, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Casting Video, Spey Fishing Video, SpeyNation  //  Comments Off on Spey Rod Review – 7wts: Sage Method 7126 vs the 7126 Accel

George Cook Launches Spey TV. The whole point is to talk tackle and show Spey Tackle. In this spey rod review, George talks about some of the most popular Sage Spey Rods in the 7wt range. 7wt Spey Rods are the goto all water rods. If you only had one spey rod, the 7wt is the one you want to go with. Which one is right for you? George lays out the difference between fast action spey rods and slower action spey rods.

Fundamentals of Spey Casting Part 1 with Travis Johnson

Aug 13, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Casting Tips, Spey Casting Video, Spey Fishing Video, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters, SpeyNation  //  Comments Off on Fundamentals of Spey Casting Part 1 with Travis Johnson

Travis is a perennial presenter at Spey Nation.  2 years ago at the Spey O Rama in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Casting Club, dubbed the Spey Casting World Championships, Travis Launched a world record distance cast that hasn’t landed yet.  So when Travis speaks about Spey Casting, you should listen.  It should be noted that I have watched Travis try and mimic common spey casting mistakes and his muscle memory is so acute and perfect that his bad spey casts are better than my good casts.  Take a look at this video if you want to know what spey casting is all about.

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!

Baltic Silver: A Spey Fishing Video

Aug 6, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Fishing Video, SpeyNation  //  Comments Off on Baltic Silver: A Spey Fishing Video

Scouring  the interwebs to bring you the best out there in Spey Fishing Videos brings me to this vimeo submission  from Mika Tuomela.  This is footage from the past few years in Northern Sweden.   The dramatic landscapes and rivers look like it’s worth the trip! Lots of spey fishing in this video.

 

Baltic silver from Mika Tuomela on Vimeo.

Yup that is the stuff of chills. This Spey Fishing Video is one of the better ones I’ve seen.

Spey Fly Tying: The Grapefruit Leech

Jul 30, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Fly Tying, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Fly Tying Video, SpeyNation  //  Comments Off on Spey Fly Tying: The Grapefruit Leech

Grapefruit Leech from Fly Fish the Mitt on Vimeo.

This Spey fly tying video was put together for the Revive Fly Fishing online magazine (http://reviveflyfishing.com/).
The fly is the Grapefruit Leech. It’s a steelhead swing bug designed by Kevin Feenstra (http://www.feenstraguideservice.com/). The fly has proven to be a very effective swing bug for Great Lakes steelhead.
The material and instructions for the Grapefruit Leech can be found on Kevin’s site at http://www.feenstraguideservice.com/pdf/grapefruithead_fly.pdf.

Materials:
Hook: Daiichi 2461 or equivalent 3xl streamer hook size 4-2/0
Tail: Black Marabou with sparse red flash
Hackle: Black or Purple Schlappen
Body: Black Marabou Feather
Collar: Large Mallard Flank
Flash: Combination of Green, Silver, and Blue Flashabou
Head: Fuchsia large cactus chenille followed by a veil of chartreuse ice dub

The Grapefruit Leech has proven to be an effective fly on both sides of the Great Lakes.   Swung on a traditional wet fly swing presentation the Grapefruit Leech is full of contrast and movement.  Especially effective on dark days, in high water, or lower in the river, this and other leech/intruder patterns can elicit that type of grab we are always looking for.  Keep looking at our blog as we bring you more Spey Fly Tying Videos from across the web.

 

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The Grapefruit Leech Spey Fly Tying

 

 

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