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Update from the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club

Feb 2, 2017   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Environmental Stuff, Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club Minutes, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Fly Tying Video, Spey Nation Supporters, SpeyNation  //  Comments Off on Update from the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club

In an email correspondence with the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club,

We’re off to a good start this year.  We got 47,500 eggs and losses have been minimal.   The eggs are starting to hatch so we expect to be moving from the incubator building to the hatchery within a few months, depending on the weather.

That sounds great and can’t wait to see them in the river this June.

Check out the video I made while spending the day with the club stocking the Atlantic Salmon that were partially paid for and supported by our raffles at Spey Nation Events.   See you all this June 24th at the Pineville Lot for our 10th Spey Nation Celebration!

 

The Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club Stocking Atlantic Salmon into the headwaters of Fish Creek from Spey Nation on Vimeo.

2017 Spey Nation Update Email Went Out Today

Jan 23, 2017   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters, SpeyNation  //  Comments Off on 2017 Spey Nation Update Email Went Out Today

Check Out the newest newsletter.   In your inbox now!

Fundamentals of Spey Casting Part 1 with Travis Johnson

Aug 13, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Casting Tips, Spey Casting Video, Spey Fishing Video, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters, SpeyNation  //  Comments Off on Fundamentals of Spey Casting Part 1 with Travis Johnson

Travis is a perennial presenter at Spey Nation.  2 years ago at the Spey O Rama in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Casting Club, dubbed the Spey Casting World Championships, Travis Launched a world record distance cast that hasn’t landed yet.  So when Travis speaks about Spey Casting, you should listen.  It should be noted that I have watched Travis try and mimic common spey casting mistakes and his muscle memory is so acute and perfect that his bad spey casts are better than my good casts.  Take a look at this video if you want to know what spey casting is all about.

Travis 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 6 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.

If you have any questions on the availability of a trip or casting class with Travis Johnson, call The Fly Fishing Shop anytime between 6″00am & 6:00pm at 503-622-4607 or (800) 266-3971. 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. Winner of the event was Carron team member Gerard Downey, with a magnificent cast of 70.63 meters (231.7 feet). Gerard is now the current World Champion. The team is based out of Invergordon, Ross-shire, Scotland. It has dominated the Spey distance events for the past eleven years and has 12 world Championships to its credit. This team has won more events than all of the rest of the competing teams combined and Carron fly lines hold all of the Spey Casting distance records Most of the 6- members are Scottish. Gerard and Raurri are Irish, and of course Travis resides right here in Oregon, USA. As a matter of fact he grew up in Brightwood, just down the street from The Fly Fishing Shop, where he is currently employed in several capacities, including fishing guide and fly fishing instructor. 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 Francinsisco’s prestigous Golden Gate Casting Club with a world record breaking 198 foot cast!

Rio launches 3 new videos about 3 new spey casting lines.

Jul 22, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Casting Tips, Spey Nation Supporters, SpeyNation  //  Comments Off on Rio launches 3 new videos about 3 new spey casting lines.

With more and more anglers using 2 handed rods and spey casting techniques these days, looks like Rio is trying to capitalize on the trend.   Looks like some great products on the market and hopefully just the beginning.

RIO’s award winning InTouch Single Hand Spey Line from RIO Products on Vimeo.

RIO’s award winning (Best new Fly line for 2016 – EFTTEX 2015) InTouch Single Handed Spey line has been designed to be a fantastic tool for anglers that prefer/need to perform roll and single-handed Spey casts. The rear weight distribution loads a rod deeply in the tightest of quarters, allowing anglers to make long, effortless casts with obstacles close behind.

Though primarily designed for roll casting, this line also performs exceptionally easy overhead casts with incredibly smooth loop control. Built on RIO’s ultra-low stretch ConnectCore the line provides groundbreaking levels of sensitivity and performance.

The line is available in WF4F to WF8F

RIO’s InTouch Long Head Spey from RIO Products on Vimeo.

RIO’s InTouch Long Head Spey line has been designed for bigger rivers and long two-handed and Spey rods.
A series of sophisticated tapers and steps in the line design makes this one of the easiest casting long belly lines on the market, and a total joy to cast. The rear weight distribution ensures the rod loads easily, while the unique front taper design allows energy to unroll effortlessly to the fly – resulting in easy and effortless distance. The line is built with RIO’s ultra-low stretch ConnectCore for the very best in efficiency and load.

The line is available in 7/8 to 10/11 sizes.

 

RIO’s award winning InTouch Single Hand Spey Line from RIO Products on Vimeo.

RIO’s award winning (Best new Fly line for 2016 – EFTTEX 2015) InTouch Single Handed Spey line has been designed to be a fantastic tool for anglers that prefer/need to perform roll and single-handed Spey casts. The rear weight distribution loads a rod deeply in the tightest of quarters, allowing anglers to make long, effortless casts with obstacles close behind.

Though primarily designed for roll casting, this line also performs exceptionally easy overhead casts with incredibly smooth loop control. Built on RIO’s ultra-low stretch ConnectCore the line provides groundbreaking levels of sensitivity and performance.

The line is available in WF4F to WF8F

A Heartfelt Thank You From All Of Us At Spey Nation

Jul 14, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on A Heartfelt Thank You From All Of Us At Spey Nation

A Message of Thanks From Spey Nation

It is My Great Pleasure, to be writing to you on behalf of the team of volunteers that make our Spey Nation Gathering on the banks of our beloved Salmon River in Upstate, NY possible.   Please accept our most heartfelt thank you as without you, the manufacturers, representatives, presenters, and Spey Nation guests, we would not have the success we have enjoyed over the past 8 years. With your help and generosity of both time, money, and equipment donated, you have ensured the continuation of our work by fully funding Spey Nation IX as well as allowing us to make another sizable annual donation to the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club.  As you know, making our fishery a better place for all and restoring native fish populations in Upstate NY are our primary objectives.  I hope you had as much fun as we did over the course of the weekend and I am looking forward to seeing you all next year for Spey Nation IX!

Sincerely,

Spey Nation!

 

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.
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