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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.

Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile Batting Lead Off: Walt Geryk

Jun 22, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation 2015 Presenter Profile Batting Lead Off: Walt Geryk

Spey Nation 2015 kicks off this Saturday Morning at 8:30 am with a great presentation by our good friend and perennial favorite 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.”

Walt is also the coordinator for Deerfield River Spey Day, the annual charity event to benefit cancer survivors, which he founded in 2009.                                                                                                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.

Walt has earned a reputation for teaching spey casting in the northeast.  Check out his website:  http://www.speydoctor.com/

You can also enter to win a private lesson with Walt on the raffle table on Saturday.

Spey Nation Presenter Profile Lee Davison

Jun 4, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation Presenter Profile Lee Davison

LeeI told this story before about our friend Lee Davison and you can read about how excited we are to have him back here.  But there is more to the story.   Lee took first in his division at the annual Jimmy Green Spey O Rama Spey Casting Championship held at the Golden Gate Casting Club in San Francisco.   With a monumental single spey cast off his right hand of 146 feet (Which would have sailed across the parking lot in Pineville from the river) he now joins the growing number of spey casting champions who have appeared at Spey Nation.  If you remember, Whitney and Travis won their respective divisions last year.  In fact, Spey Nation presenters have won all categories within the last 2 years.  We can’t wait to hang out with our friend from Idaho.  You need to make a point of stopping by his booth and checking out his signature lines, Ballistic Spey Lines on your sticks.  I am sure you will find a pure magical match.  You’ll also find a few of his lines on display at the raffle tables so take your chances to win your own!    

More on Lee:

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.

 

 

Trout Spey is all the rage and here is your best base camp

Jun 2, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Trout Spey is all the rage and here is your best base camp

In the past few years and with the explosion of tools to spey fish trout with, eastern trout fisherman have been getting creative.  And what better backdrop to brain storm in, than the famous streams and tailwaters of the Catskills.   We also have the perfect base camp.  Supporter The West Branch Angler Resort.  They have donated

2 nights on the West Branch of the Delaware River  in a Grandview Cabin Party of 2.

Dates 7/1/15 — 12/31/15

Courtesy of

The West Branch Angler Resort

Hancock, NY

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What’s the most popular T&T Spey Rod at this moment?

May 24, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on What’s the most popular T&T Spey Rod at this moment?

Well the guys at T&T say it’s the

Thomas and Thomas DNA 1307-4

And where do you get one?

You win one at Spey Nation.  Period

T&T

4 piece 13 foot 7wt spey rod

Progressive action  Rated for 450-525 grains

Donated by Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods

2 Meiser Rods. Nuff Said

May 23, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on 2 Meiser Rods. Nuff Said

Have to be present to purchase a ticket.  And no ticky, no Meiser.

Robert Meiser Spey Rod

Highlander Classic S2H15068C-4

Length: 15’0″
Sections: 4
Grain Window: 450 to 750
Speed of Recovery: Fast
Flex: Uniform Progressive
All Game Fish: 8 to 20 pounds

Donated by Robert Meiser Fly Rods

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Robert Meiser Spey Rod

Highlander S Rod S2H1508S-4
 
 

Length:15’0″ 

Sections: 4 pc

Grain Window: 500 to 850

Speed of Recovery: Fast

Flex: Mid Flex

All Game Fish: 12 to 30 pounds

Donated by Robert Meiser Fly Rods

Great Lakes Skagit and Upper Peninsula Flies

May 22, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Great Lakes Skagit and Upper Peninsula Flies

UpperPennisulaWe have a new supporter and hopefully these folks will make the trip to let you guys play with their new toys at Spey Nation.  Upper Peninsula Flies, more than a fly fishing company, strives to bring you the best flies available.  Local flies tied by local artists for the same area(s) that you fish. Whether you are fishing Rainbow trout in Michigan, Brown Trout in Minnesota, or Steelhead in Wisconsin; we have locally tied flies for you. Our flies are available across the Lower and Upper Peninsula of Michigan, across the Wisconsin, throughout Minnesota reaching from Rochester to Duluth, and various other shops across the United States. Our flies are even available in Alberta, Canada.

There will be a nice box of intruders for you to bid on

Check out their full inventory at Upper Peninsula Flies 

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 Then their new venture, Great Lakes Skagit Rods.  Skagit rods designed in the Great Lakes specifically for the Great Lake’s Tributaries! All rods come with a lifetime NO QUESTIONS ASKED warranty.  They are donating a 10′ 6″ 6wt. and you will be sure to throw a few tickets in this beauty for sure.

Check them out on facebook at Great Lakes Skagit

greatlakesskagitrod

Want to win 2 nights lodging for you and 3 friends in the DSR?

May 21, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Want to win 2 nights lodging for you and 3 friends in the DSR?

Want to win 2 nights lodging for you and 3 friends in the DSR?

Well it just so happens that the DSR is donating just that to Spey Nation 2015.  So come on up and try your luck!  2 nights of lodging for up to 4 guests (fishing passes not included).

The offer may be used anytime outside of the Fall #2 season (Sept 10 – Oct 31, 2015) and will be good from June 29th, 2015 through September 9th, 2016.

Donated By the Douglaston Salmon Run

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They’re also giving you the chance to win one of two gift packages (DSR T-shirt, Lanyard, Sticker)

Donated By the Douglaston Salmon Run

Row Jimmy wants to Row You Down the River

May 20, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Row Jimmy wants to Row You Down the River

Experienced guide, LOTAC Member, and perrenial Spey Nation Supporter Jim Kirtland is offering his sled again this year to one of you guys.  Float Trip for 2 on the Salmon River To Be Used November 15, 2015 through April 30, 2016  Courtesy of Row Jimmy Guide Service.  

JimmyRow

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