This is a bit long to watch while your boss might walk in on you but the scenery alone is worth the watch.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2:oopm. Be in front for Will Turek:
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.
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.
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!
About our new supporter of Spey Nation! Guide Christopher Tobias grew up fishing for salmon, trout, and Great Lakes steelhead on 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.
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