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Vision and Reelflies Joins Spey Nation 2015

Feb 20, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Vision and Reelflies Joins Spey Nation 2015

They haven’t been able to make an appearance every year but they are always a hit when they make it to the water.  Vision in Fly Fishing  always has an innovative and large array of 2 handed fly rods available to us and this year will be no exception when Mike Wencel, the Eastern Canada Vision and rep joins us.  You will also be able to talk to Mike about giving you a one on one casting demo with the full line of Vision products.

Don’t know much about the Vision stuff?  You probably should.  With names like “Cult” and “Catapult” you might just want to spend a bit of your day over at Mikes booth talking to him about what this Swedish Company has to offer.

Also appearing in Mike’s booth will be Reel Flies.  A Canadian Company with a full array of Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead flies.



The Presentation Line-up is Set.

Jan 30, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Casting Tips, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on The Presentation Line-up is Set.

2015 Presenters

The 2015 Spey Nation Presentation Line Up is Set  for June 27th.  Well, as set as it can be on the last few days of January.  Of course there may be some additions or changes and we are a few months away from picking names from a hat to determine the order and times but I think you can agree that this is an impressive collection of D-Loopers.  Appearing on that day will be Mia Sheppard, Will Turek, Michael Mauri, Andrew Moy, Jay Peck, Lee Davison, Walt Geryk, and Travis Johnson.  You can find their individual impressive credentials on our Presentations Page.


Will Turek Bringing a Mid- Western Flavor to Spey Nation

Jan 29, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter  //  Comments Off on Will Turek Bringing a Mid- Western Flavor to Spey Nation

There’s no doubt that the mid-west has seen a good deal of play in the swinging fly world in the last couple of years. The aptly named Steelhead Alley and beyond does get it’s glut of steelhead running the rivers all fall and winter long. Since the beginning of Spey Nation, we have had a contingent of mid-west road trippers to come for the day and anybody who has witnessed them can agree that their waders never dry out.   This year we are pleased to include Will Turek in our distinguished list of presenters.   I think everybody will agree that Will’s obsession with everything Spey is contagious.

Will Turek

WillWill Turek was born and raised in NE Ohio and has been professionally employed in the Fly Fishing industry since 1995.

Will spent 10 years on the West Coast working for Fish First! in Northern California. While at Fish First! he gained considerable experience developing instructional fly fishing courses and on-stream clinics. As a licensed CA guide he lead walk/wade and drift boat trips on such notable rivers as the Yuba, Feather, Lower and Upper Sacramento and Pit Rivers. He has taught fly fishing classes for East Bay Regional Park District, Chico Area Recreation and Park District, and Chico State University’s Adventure Outings. In addition, he was an associate faculty member of Butte College where he taught a one-credit fly fishing course.

In 2005, Will moved back to OH to work with Midwest fly fishing icon Jerry Darkes’ Angling Consulting Services. As a fly fishing manufacturer’s sales rep he represented such brands as Bauer, Fishpond, Korkers, Nautilus, Pacific Fly Group, Rio, Scientific Anglers, Scott Fly Rods among others. In addition, he designed educational and sales presentations for continuing professional development of manufacturer’s dealers, sales reps, and pro-staff.

In 2008, Will joined Greg Senyo’s Steelhead Alley Outfitters as their Spey specialist with a focus on education and single person swung fly guided trips.

 Will first received his FFF Casting Instructor Certification in 1998 and was recently recertified in 2009. He has 13 years experience teaching both single and two-hand casting and fishing technique and is particularly passionate about casting and fishing with two-hand rods. Since 2005, Will has actively promoted spey casting and swung fly techniques throughout the Great Lakes region through his Midwest Spey instructional spey casting programs and private lessons,

Will is a frequent presenter at fly fishing clubs, fly shops, consumer shows and spey claves throughout the Great Lakes Region. He has appeared in The Steelhead Chronicles DVD by Jerry Darkes and in an episode of the Joe Thomas’ Reel Life show aired on ESPN2. He has spent time behind the camera as well filming several episodes for D’Arcy Egan’s Outdoors Ohio sportsman show. He regularly contributes to Steelhead Alley Outfitters’ He has also been published in Midwest Fly Fishing. He is a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers and Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders.

Will has chased trout, steelhead, salmon, largemouth and smallmouth bass, carp, muskie and striped bass in CA, OR, ID, UT, CO, MT, MI, IN, KY, OH, PA, NY and Ontario, Canada.

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.

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