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Simon Gawesworth Spey Casting Basics Part 2

Jul 12, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter, SpeyNation  //  Comments Off on Simon Gawesworth Spey Casting Basics Part 2

Simon Gawesworth came to Spey Nation V and gave a great presentation and graciously answered our questions.   Here he is again laying it down for us once more.  Part 2 of 2

 

Simon Gawesworth Spey Casting Basics Part 1

Jul 11, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter, SpeyNation  //  Comments Off on Simon Gawesworth Spey Casting Basics Part 1

Simon Gawesworth came to Spey Nation V and gave a great presentation and graciously answered our questions.   Here he is again laying it down for us once more.

Casting from tight quarters by Jeff Mishler – Video

Jul 10, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo  //  Comments Off on Casting from tight quarters by Jeff Mishler – Video

Skagit Master’s Jeff Mishler lays it all out there for those of us using switches in tight quarters.  Great casting reminders for the new trout spey rods popping up all over the place as many of the trout rivers and streams are smaller than their steelhead river counterparts and wading them may spook many of the residents so we spend our time in the bushes.

Tying the Ho Bo Spey Fly

Jul 9, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Fly Tying, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo  //  Comments Off on Tying the Ho Bo Spey Fly

A popular fall and winter steelhead fly for our waters is the Ho Bo Spey Fly.   The Ho Bo Spey has great movement and can be tide in any color to match any situation.   Playing with the thickness of the materials can also be played with to match the clarity of the water.   I like this version of black and blue with the orange accents for darker days.

Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile: Jay Peck

Jun 25, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile: Jay Peck

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

Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile: Andrew Moy

Jun 25, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile: Andrew Moy

We’ve had many supporters at Spey Nation with us from the beginning.  Andrew Moy, Owner of Tight Lines Fly Fishing in Parsippany, NJ has been one of them.  Between giving one of the most informative presentations every year to donating overnight stays at his 2 cabins on the Beaverkill, Drew’s generosity knows no boundries.  He’s also one of the most approachable guys I know in the industry.  If you have a chance to talk with him before or after the show, take advantage of it.  He takes front and center at 10:00Am on Saturday.

Owner of Tight Lines Flyfishing, if you are interested in spey casting, there’s no need to look anywhere else. Whether you are new to the two-handed game or have some experience under your belt, shop owner Andrew Moy can help. To date, Andrew has taught over 1000 anglers both basic and advanced techniques and has demonstrated for numerous fly fishing groups and organizations. A lesson or two will demystify the art of spey casting and you’ll be on the water on your own in no time.

Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile: Will Turek

Jun 25, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile: Will Turek

2:oopm.  Be in front for 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, www.midwestspey.com.

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’ blog www.steelheadalleyoutfitters.blogspot.com. 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.

Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile: Travis Johnson

Jun 24, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile: Travis Johnson

Right about now Travis Johnson’s Plane should be arriving.   He’s the 3:00pm presentation for the Spey Nation on June 27th.  Last year at the annual world spey casting championships in San Francisco Spey O Rama, he launched a world record distance cast that hasn’t landed yet.  He’s one of the most powerful spey casters I’ve ever met and you need to watch his presentation.  He’s also a become a good friend over the last few years coming all the way out from Oregon to show us third coasters how it’s done.  He likes it so much that he leaves the native land of steelhead every fall to fish with us on the Salmon.   So let’s make him feel as welcome as he has made us.

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!

Win a trip for 2 to the Kenai River in Alaska with Roehard Guide Service!

Jun 23, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Win a trip for 2 to the Kenai River in Alaska with Roehard Guide Service!
Win a trip for 2 to the Kenai River in Alaska with Roehard Guide Service!  The Kenai River in Alaska is known for big. Big water, Big Kings, and Big Rainbows. The Rainbows are biggest in September and you may be there to intercept some of those zeppelins.
IMG_5916-1024x1024The trip will be for three days in September of 2016 on the Kenai River for rainbows, and if conditions are right we will spend a day or two down on one of the Kenai Peninsula rivers chasing steelhead fresh out of the ocean. The winner will just have to have their dates figured out by at least May 1st of next year.  *****Travel and Lodging Not Included**** Winner will have to get here and have their lodging arranged. The winners could fly into Anchorage (Ted Stevens International Airport). The best place to stay would be down in Soldotna, or the Sterling area.

About our new supporter of Spey Nation!  Guide Christopher Tobias grew up fishing for salmon, trout, and Great Lakes steelhead JerBowon the Eastern end of Lake Ontario in central New York. From a young age, Christopher was wading around the many Lake Ontario tributaries in pursuit of the finned creatures that inhabit the flowing waters starting in the late Fall. After seeing pictures of Alaska, Christopher knew that one day he would find himself there.

Those pictures eventually became a reality and Christopher and his family found themselves migrating to Alaska. Christopher and his family reside in Wasilla where they base their business, Roe Hard Guide Service, out of. This provides a unique opportunity for Christopher to be able to guide on the many rivers and creeks to the North of Anchorage, as well as South on the Kenai Peninsula.

For more information about Chris and his guide service in Alaska please visit his website:  http://roehard.com/

A little more about this trip from Chris

September is a great time for big bows on the Kenai. Next year will be a great year since it will be a pink run on the Kenai. Lots of flesh and food in the water. It tends to bring out the big boys from the depths of the lake.
Depending on where the winner and his group are flying out of, they can find decent priced flights into Anchorage with limited connections. They can bring their own gear if they want. I will have extra spey rods, all the flies they will need, and some single hand rods to use while we move between runs.
The Kenai River Lodge is right next to the river in Soldotna, and is decently priced. http://www.kenairiverlodge.com/
If they want something a little more “Alaskan”, they can check out the Moose River Resort. http://mooseriverresort.com/
The winner and his group can purchase their license and print it right online. https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/Store/
I hope you guys have a great turn out this year. It seems to just keep getting larger and larger every year.

Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile Michael Mauri

Jun 23, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile Michael Mauri

As Spey Nation 2015 moves on to about 9:15am on June 27th, one of the major business partners of one of newest companies to join the Spey Nation family Seele Fly Rods will take front and center of our little natural amphitheater space.  Specifially exciting is their full line of fiberglass switch and spey rods.  Can’t wait to wiggle them

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.

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