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Meiser Fly Rods building something special

Jun 3, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Meiser Fly Rods building something special

Want to win a Meiser 2 handed Fly Rod with the Spey Nation 2014 Label?  Well we got one for you!


5 pc 11’9″ 5/6/7 wt Highlander Classic
Uniform progressive action with a fast speed of recovery
Grain window: 425 to 650
Scandi heads: 425 to 475 grains <> 29/31 feet in length
Skagit heads: 450 to 525n grains <> 21/23 feet in length
Suitable for all game fish from 5 to 15+ pounds
Case and sock.
Signed:  “Spey Nation 2014”




The Highlander Classics are the original R. B. Meiser series of two
handed rods, and are the benchmark design tapers that both the MKS and
Highlander S Series tapers are based from.

Over the past 10 years our Classic Highlanders have developed a strong following with anglers’
world wide. They are especially appreciated by those two handed anglers that
will wish to achieve effortless long distance, ascending deliveries utilizing
classic Spey lines and present grease line swing.

They will do equally
as well with both Skagit and Scandi shooting head line systems by economizing
the stroke and sourcing power from the lower hand.

These are extremely
authoritive two handed rods, yet when put to work they offer the caster a
sensual, uniform power and flex that will carry nicely into the cork when under
full line load. Speed of recovery is quick and power transfer is immediately
responsive to minimal caster effort.

Our new material schedules and
improved bi-directional Helical scrims have allowed us to decrease the overall
weight-in-hand of the new Highlander blanks by allowing the use of smaller
diameter tubes and flatter tapers. These blank adjustments have not changed
their acclaimed benchmark flex and power, but their lighter tubes have increased
overall fishing and casting performance.


Poppy’s continued support rolls on

Jun 3, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Poppy’s continued support rolls on

Back when Spey Nation was an idea, in fact I don’t think we had come up with the name yet, I received a phone call from Peck, ID.  The voice on the other line asked if we could use a donation to help support our clave.  Of course we accepted and a short time later I recieved a package in the mail, which we promptly gave away at our first gathering.  Since 2008, Poppy has come through every year outfitting one of use with a full outfit.  This year, Poppy has become the exclusive dealer for Gaelforce Lines   So, since he has something to talk about and promote, he’s coming out this year to join our festivities.  We welcome our long time supporter and hope he likes what he sees.  I know many of you have spoken to him over the years and were most likely some of the inspiration for him to decide to make the long trip.

In case you missed the video,

Poppy is also donating a

Abel Spey reel

Donated By The Red Shed Fly Shop Peck, ID


54′ Gealforce line

Equalizer Spey line 54 ft / 16.45m head

Donated By The Red Shed Fly Shop Peck, ID

All Seasons Sport Shop supports Spey Nation and bolsters the raffles!

May 18, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on All Seasons Sport Shop supports Spey Nation and bolsters the raffles!

All Seasons Sport Shop will be doing an in store sale of 10% off everything Spey and single related.Lines,rods,reels,flies.50% 0ff Redington guide shirts. 20% off Redington clothing the weekend of Spey Nation.  There will also be quite a few items on the raffle tables from the.  Lines leaders and clothing.  We thank them for their support!


Mystic Outdoors Support to the Nation Greatly Appreciated

Apr 23, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Mystic Outdoors Support to the Nation Greatly Appreciated

mystic2Join us at Spey Nation on June 21, 2014 and you may be heading home with this little beauty.  Perfect for throwing streamers to your local trout and smallmouth bass.  Up for grabs is the

Mystic 11’3″ Switch rod 5wt 4pc

The M-Series Switch Fly Rods are designed to provide versatility while afield.  They target big fish in medium to big water and allow for traditional casts or spey casts for swing fishing.  These diverse rods utilize the same high-grade materials and components used in our standard M-Series rods but are built to our specifications for length and tapper and perform to a medium-fast action.

Check out Mystic Outdoors for all their great rods.  I hear the musky sizes are killers.  Dennis and family have been with us since they started making 2 handed rods.  I have their 3 wt switch and it quickly became one of my favorites.




Spey Casting Tip Tuesday—Mono Running Lines

Mar 25, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo  //  Comments Off on Spey Casting Tip Tuesday—Mono Running Lines

Skagit Line Caught Steelhead swinging fliesA bit of research at the beginning of this year and some limited experimentation has completely changed my program for winter swinging.   And what a winter to experiment with for cold weather spey casting.  Last February saw mainly 40 degree days and shelf ice free runs.  This one trapped me in the upper river fishing to stale fish for most of the winter to avoid slush and fully locked up pools.  It’s interesting though, the new techniques came through.

This and this and this  came together to allow me to use a skagit line all winter….not something I usually do in the spring summer and fall either.  I considered myself a scandi guy and I was quite proud.  I even swung further up the long belly line in the winter concluding that if I didn’t have to strip line, the guides wouldn’t get iced up.  I found myself hooking more iceburgs that way than fish.  The longer belly also lost control of the fly more often resulting in a faster swing.  It took some fishless days over the past couple of years to come to these realizations and cut through all the pride.  I mean aren’t skagit lines for deep swings and large flies….things that just aren’t reality in the Salmon River.  Low clear flows and spooky fish seem to scream long-belly/scandi/small flies.  Not so much, as I was to find out.  Using mono running lines and a scagit head on my 12 1/2 foot 6 weight allowed me to cut my “guide-clearing” session in about a third, AND using a shorter skagit head afforded me GREATER control of my fly.  I could now pull ALL the mono OFF the water and WALK the skagit head down and across with a high rod tip.  I still tended to gravitate toward the smaller flies for success but could gain great depth this way with extremely light tips, a 2.6ips Rio Versaleader and keep my presentation delicate.

Tip Tuesday: Anchor Placement

Mar 18, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo  //  Comments Off on Tip Tuesday: Anchor Placement


Fly Collection.

Mar 5, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Fly Collection.

Taking up a collection of flies for our raffles.  Submit one fly of the “swinging variety”…email us for shipping address .  We’ll supply a fly box…and we will include the entire lot in our raffles on June 21 2004 at the Pineville boat launch.  Let’s see what type of flies we can come up with.


Proceeds from our raffle will be donated to the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club, a completely grass routes organization dedicated to re-establishing native fish stocks to Fish Creek in Upstate, NY with the primary focus on restoring runs of native Atlantic Salmon to Fish Creek. You can learn more about their efforts and follow their successes at

Week In Review 2/28/13

Feb 28, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter, Week In Review  //  Comments Off on Week In Review 2/28/13

This weeks Spey Nation Week ion review!20140226150730_1961311

1:  We have ordered the Fly Fishing Film Tour tickets and posters.  We are beyond siked about this.  Soon you will be able to add into your spring steelhead trip, a trip to one of our pick-up places, The Tailwater Lodge, Malindas Fly Shop, The Oak Orchard Fly Shop, or All Season’s Sports.

2:  Robin has a review of what happened last Wednesday and Thursday on the Salmon.

3:  We have started to update our list of presentators for June’s Spey Nation Gathering.  We think it’s pretty good.  Some new faces and some returning faces that haven’t been around in a while.

4:  It turned cold again this week.  Seems fishing pressure has been off.  This doesn’t mean the March doldrums have begun, I think that wiser heads are prevailing.  Some fish are still being caught in the DSR.  This is right around the time of year when those first dropbacks begin to show.  It may be early though this year.

5:  I shared this post because I thought it was right on

6:  We have our twitter page active.  You should see it. We have like a million followers

7:  Like Minded Mofo


Spey Nation Presenter Profile

Feb 27, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation Presenter Profile

Another new face at Spey Nation this year!   Spey Casting Instructor Jean-François Lavallée (JF) comes to us from Quebec and is on the Guideline Pro Staff.  We can’t wait to see what he has to say!

Jean-François Lavallée (JF Lavallée)

JF Lavellee Spey Instruction

Jean-François Lavallée (JF), is owner and chief instructor at the Modulus fly fishing school in the greater Montreal region in the province of Quebec.

For the past ten years, JF has dedicated most of his free time to his passion, the learning and teaching of everything surrounding the art of fly fishing. Sole instructor in Quebec certified from both the renowned Joan Wulff school and from the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFC), he also often volunteers time to the local fly fishing clubs.

Silver team medalist at the 2013 Canadian National Fly Fishing Championship (NFFC) in Calgary, JF has been active on the competition scene since 2008 as both competitor and organizer. This contact with the competitive world enables him to exchange and learn with the best anglers in Canada, the US and from Europe.

In parallel, his “corporate coach certification” from the World Association of Business Coaches, allows him to apply professional coaching techniques to his fly fishing instruction methods, in order to maximise their results.

From Quebec to New-Zealand, from trout to salmon, from dry fly fishing to Czech nymphing, where ever he is, JF will enable you through his presentations and his instruction to learn always more about the art of fly fishing, and this, always in a fun and light hearted way!

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Tip Tuesday

Feb 24, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Casting Tips  //  Comments Off on Tip Tuesday

As a late commer to the week in review We are implementing the other social media trending days of the week.  No Make Up Monday was started yesterday and Throw Back Thursday will be on the way soon but today is Tip Tuesday.  So Here Goes #TipTuesday

In this video Spey Nation perrenial demonstrator and owner of Tight Lines Fly Shop   discusses Reading the Anchor in Spey Casting

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