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Michael Mauri to present at Spey Nation 2015

Jan 27, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter  //  Comments Off on Michael Mauri to present at Spey Nation 2015

If there is one thing I am excited about to see at Spey Nation this year, it’s the appearance of a true lineup of glass 2 handers.  We’re not just talking about 1 or 2 but full line-ups of whippy sticks running around the boat launch parking lot.  Michael Mauri, Co-owner of Seele Fly Rods, contacted us this year and has committed to have his Zeitlos Switch and Spey Rods  lined up and ready for action.  Also being a talented caster of all things 2 handed, Michael will also be giving a great presentation on single & double hand spey casting.

Michael Mauri

Michael MauriRecognized internationally as an outstanding fly caster, 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.

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 has guided throughout Europe and 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 the Effective Fly Casting Technique, or EFCT, based on natural movement, which is easy to learn – whether for 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, just like when he was six years old 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.

In 2013, Michael and Mike McFarland teamed up to form a new rod company. Seele Fly Rods (pronounced zay-luh) based in Bellwood, Pennsylvania, USA. Seele offers, worldwide, high-end graphite and fiberglass fly rods, including Spey and switch rods. All Seele fly rods are entirely built and handcrafted, piece-by-piece, in Bellwood.

Walt Geryk Returns to Spey Nation 2015 with Hardy and Fenwick

Jan 26, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Walt Geryk Returns to Spey Nation 2015 with Hardy and Fenwick

Walt Geryk

waltOne 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 excelled in becoming a leader in 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.                     Those who have spent time with Walt have found that he possess a unique and descriptive way in teaching which allows for easy understanding while furthering the enjoyment of spey casting and fishing.
Being the premier spey casting and fishing instructor, seasoned fishing coach and guide on these waters requires continuous work and dedication. Walt brings to the water each day his in depth knowledge and enthusiasm which enables you to become better fly fishers. These are just a few attributes why Walt is recognized to be one of the best in the sport today.

“Take the opportunity to learn and spey fish with Walt, North America’s Hardy Fly Fishing Ambassador .
You’ll leave the water a better spey caster and enjoy fly fishing with confidence.”

Throughout the year Walt can be seen swinging a fly most anywhere in North America. During March thru May and again from September thru December, Walt is instructing and offers coached fly fishing trips in the Salmon River Region of upstate New York for salmon, trout and steelhead. From May into late August he is wading the Deerfield and Westfield Rivers of Western Massachusetts for rainbow, brook and brown trout. A June thru July trip to New Brunswick for Atlantic Salmon is where he will be hosting coached fly fishing trips, casting schools, lessons and clinics all on the Fabled Miramichi River Region.

Jay Peck added to the list of presenters for 2015 Spey Nation

Jan 25, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter  //  Comments Off on Jay Peck added to the list of presenters for 2015 Spey Nation

jayJay Peck

Jay has been sharing his experience through his guiding and his writing.

Jay has been fly fishing the great Lake tributaries for more than 35 years and has been tying flies for most of this time.

Jay has been applying his experience as a guide for the past 20 plus years. Fishing the Lake Ontario tributaries from western New York to the Salmon River from fall to spring.

Along with being an expert in fishing Lake Ontario’s migratory fish, Jay is also an accomplished spey caster and has developed several techniques and fly patterns for fishing the tributaries. A few of his flies are featured in the book ‘Steelhead Guide’ by John Nagy.

Casting demonstration;

Using Switch rods; Demonstrate Casting techniques that are similar and unique to using the shorter switch rods. Also talking about different setups to be used in the unique fishing conditions that we see fishing The Great Lakes tributaries.

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 to secure a spot.  The class is limited to 6 people and is $150.

Spey Nation welcomes back an old friend. Snake River Outfitters and Ballistic Spey Lines

Jan 22, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation welcomes back an old friend. Snake River Outfitters and Ballistic Spey Lines

In 2008, when Spey Nation probably didn’t even have a name and definitely had no business attracting talent and companies from Idaho, Lee Davison (Owner of Ballistic Spey Lines and Snake River Outfitters) made the trip.  He even came back for Spey Nation 2009.  After a long hiatus, Lee is traveling back and will be displaying his popular Vector and Ballistic Spey Lines, as well as a new line of competition lines he was telling me about on the phone last night.  Lee will also be presenting at the event during the day.  We are so happy to have him confirmed at Spey Nation.  Chances are the rods in your quiver haven’t had the pleasure of launching one of Lee’s lines.  I highly recommend that you make it a point to check them out.

A bit about Lee Davison:

Lee is the designer/owner of the Ballistic Speyline Products; CEO of Snake River Outfitters; Snowbee UK distributor for USA; an international Spey Casting competitor; and ex-officio President of the Federation of Flyfishers Western Rocky Mountain Council. Also, IFFF Certified Master Casting Instructor, IFFF Certified Two-Hand Casting Instructor, and a licensed Idaho guide, Lee combines both a calming patience and an infectious enthusiasm for teaching single hand or Spey casting techniques, building confidence and skill in his students. Lee


Jan 16, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo  //  Comments Off on WINSTON BORON III TH-MS MICROSPEY

Winston Pro Advisor, Tom Larimer discusses the development and fishing applications for the new WINSTON BORON III TH-MS MICROSPEY® – an innovative addition of three (3) specialized light line Two Handed trout models to Winston’s extremely popular Boron III TH Two Handed rod series. Featuring Winston’s Boron III technology, these new high performance two-handed rods perfectly combine the power of a spey rod and the finesse of a trout rod to bring a whole new dimension to fishing big, open trout waters, landlocked salmon and smallmouth bass in moving water.

The New Winston Boron III TH-MS Microspey from R.L. Winston Rod Co. on Vimeo.

Stream Walker Nets added to our growing family

Jan 7, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Stream Walker Nets added to our growing family



We always welcome new companies into the fold here at Spey Nation.  And we have a bunch for you next year.  Loop USA, Seele Fly Rods, etc.  We really get excited if those new companies are new themselves.  And if those new companies that are new happen to be local?  Well then you just described Stream Walker Nets.  These hand crafted nets are made near Rochester NY and boast ingredients like American Black Walnut, Eco-clear Soft Plastic Net bags, and Curly Maple.

These nets are designed and built by Leif Mermagen and he will have his handiwork on display at Spey Nation 2015.  So when you get a chance, head on over to their website and check out all the natural wood goodness.

Word is, they’ll be some to take home to a lucky raffle ticket holder on June 27, 2015.

Super 1 Question Pre-Spey Nation Survey

Jan 6, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo  //  Comments Off on Super 1 Question Pre-Spey Nation Survey

Spey Nation 2015
June 27th, 2015
Free Admission

Lunch Provided By The Tailwater Lodge
Raffles, Demos,
On The Water Time With
The Newest Rods, Reels, Lines

As we plan Spey Nation 2015, we’d love to hear what you would like to see Friday night June 26th, 2015.  We have the room at the Tailwater Lodge and even though the Film Tour turnout was spectacular, we have other ideas as well.  It’s your chance to tell us what you would like to see.  As you know, Spey Nation is developed, planned and run by volunteers, we can essentially change anything we want. So please take a few minutes to answer this 1question. It will help us greatly as we go about our business.  Otherwise we’ll just do what we want.

Thanks and can’t wait to see you guys next year!


We love steelhead rivers, and this one is ours. We want it to be the best one it can be. People who go to Spey Nation talk about concepts like streamside etiquette, conservation, returning Atlantic Salmon to historical watersheds, and angler rotation…and we share our knowledge to everyone who listens on this special day. Spey Nation is a spey clave that offers the unique opportunity for enthusiasts and manufacturers of 2 handed rods to gather in a streamside setting. The Location is the Pineville Boat Launch on the Salmon River in Pineville, NY but it only lives through our actions

Seele Fly Rods New 10’7″ 8wt

Nov 7, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Seele Fly Rods New 10’7″ 8wt

As you may or may not be aware, Spey Nation has been growing this year already.  We have added several new companies and Seele Fly Rods may turn out to be the most unique.  The Pennsylvania born company who’s name translates to roughly “Life and Soul” in German has produced a full line of glass spey rods, the newest of which is the 10’7″ 8wt.   Their website claims “In every single Seele Fly Rod you will feel the essence of more than 60 years of experience in fly fishing – built by fly fishers for fly fishers.  The fly rods with soul.”  The best news is that they are 100% made in the USA.  “All Seele Glass and Graphite Fly Rods are built and handcrafted, piece-by-piece, entirely in Bellwood, Pennsylvania, USA”

Michael emailed me this morning with this new clip of the new glass 8wt.


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