Shortly before one of our Spey Nation gatherings a few years ago, Carl from Mad River Dubbing stopped by the Fox Hollow Lodge and dropped off a big box of shiny flash and fluff to give away to one lucky fly tier. He hasn’t missed an event since and it has become a real ticket magnet.
Fly tying materials and hooks
a $300.00 value
Carl Kapfer and Mad River Dubbing
The Echo Glass 2 handers may be the most anticipated rods at Spey Nation and thanks to Nick and the boys over at the Oak Orchard Fly Shop, you may be walking home with one. If you’re really lucky, I mean “Keith Lucky” then you may win a matching reel to hang on the bottom of the rod.
Echo Glass 12’9″ 7 wt spey
Donated By the Oak Orchard Fly Shop
Echo Ion Reel
Donated By the Oak Orchard Fly Shop
Check out the following review that Nick Pionessa wrote about the new Echo Glass 2 handers.
Confession time- I don’t fish a lot of $280 switch rods. I know it’s hard to believe but there it is. I have access to some of the world’s best fly fishing gear. Because I’ve taken the vow of poverty they allow me to purchase the expensive ones more reasonably. You wouldn’t be fishing inexpensive rods either. That said there is one that I will be using regularly and that’s the new Echo Glass Switch.
Let’s forget about the whole glass thing for a minute. This is a great rod period. Light in hand, loads easily, plenty of power and plays fish amazingly well. The fact that it’s glass never had anything to do with my fishing experience. That fact that it’s a well designed and built rod had everything to do with it.
I was fortunate enough to get the feel of a fish on it pretty quickly on its maiden voyage. A small but feisty steelhead was the first to play. Since I basically hooked it out from under a log jam I had to put the screws to it right off. Got her out of the wood and eventually to the bank and then remembered the rod when I was tailing her. That’s a good thing. It performed like it should when I needed it to. Glass or graphite, rods need to perform without worry.
The weather was blustery to say the least that day and with the spring conditions I was using a 10’ sink tip and a weighted tube streamer most of the day. The line I had on the 11’ 7 wt was the old Airflo NW Skagit. 30’ at 440 grains and a long gradual taper. One of my favorite lines and from some past glass switch experience, a good choice for glass. Yeah, Skagit heads used to be 30’. Throw on the 10’ tip and you have 40’ to move with an 11’ rod. Never a problem even in the howling wind. That was to be the real test of this rod and it not only passed, it was such a non issue I never had to think about it all day. Don’t think, just fish. That’s what I want out of my rod. At any price and made of any material.
Doubled to the cork on the best fish of the day in some fast water I had Power to turn and cushion to keep us connected. What I’ve always loved about my small, glass trout rods is now readily available at a reasonable cost for Switches and Speys.
Somewhere in Upstate, NY a fly rod company is building the next great Spey Nation Raffle Prize. Eric and his company generously donates to our cause every year and I urge you to take a look at his switch rods. All I hear is great things coming from those who use his sticks and every year it seems his business is expanding. This year he is donating an AX Switch Rod. Check out their website at www.wildwaterflyfishing.com/ and I urge you to take one of these rods out with you the next time you’re on the water.
Always a perennial favorite on the tables under the tents at Spey Nation, is Master Fly Tyer Frank Swarner III’s box of speys, hairwings, married wings, irish shrimp types flies stuffed into a Wheatley Clip Box. Frank can usually be seen in the back corner of the parking lot making more flies for the box under the June sun. Classic Styles and Modern Infusions of Flies to Swing for Salmon, Steelhead, and Trout Frank manages the website www.swarnerandson.com/ and it’s worth the read if you’re into classic flies of today and yesteryear.
Check out the box donated by master fly tier Frank Swarner III. over the past few years
Where can you get a fly box filled with an area’s guide’s favorite flies? Well if you come to Spey Nation this June 27th at the Pineville Parking Lot then you can not only hear Jay Peck speak about spey fishing the Salmon River, you can win a fly box filled with his custom flies that he puts into a fishes face every day on the water.
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.
If you are interested in improving your fishing skills, experiencing the excitement of fishing for Lake Ontario’s migratory fish, or enjoying a float trip on the Salmon River or the Delaware River, Jay Peck is your guide.
Nestled in the tiny hamlet of Altmar, NY, Bob Lockwood owns a lovely Inn with quaint, comfy smoke free rooms. He caters to individuals, couples, or larger groups.
The Salmon River Victorian Inn is a beautiful classic Victorian Inn, with a quaint wrap around porch, was built in 1898. All internal period pieces have been restored and retained. Come to Spey Nation on June 27, 2015 in Pineville, NY and you could win a 2 Night stay for Sept-Oct-Nov 2015 At the Victorian House 26 Church St. Altmar, NY 13302 For your next outing
Donated By The Salmon River Victorian Inn
The Spey Nation Shop is open for business. Check out the merchandise you can purchase. All for a good cause. Mojo included
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 Reelflies.ca 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 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.
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 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’ blogwww.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.
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