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Walt Geryk Returns to Spey Nation 2015 with Hardy and Fenwick

Jan 26, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Walt Geryk Returns to Spey Nation 2015 with Hardy and Fenwick

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.”

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.

Mia Sheppard to appear at Spey Nation 2015

Jan 23, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Lessons After the Event, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Mia Sheppard to appear at Spey Nation 2015

Oregon Guide and Spey Casting Champion Mia Sheppard will be appearing at Spey Nation 2015.  We are proud to continuously attract world champion spey casters to our little corner of the third coast.  She’s a 2 time Spey O Rama Champion, holds the world record distance cast and we have had nothing but great conversations on the phone.    Mia along with her Husband Marty also owns Little Creek Outfitters in Oregon and guides on the Clackamas, Grande Ronde, Deschutes, John Day, and Sandy Rivers.  I think it goes without saying that Mia has a passion for Steelhead and that will certainly come through in her presentation.

Mia Sheppard

I live and breathe being on the water.  My passion to share this with others has inspired me to become a proficient angler, teacher of fly-fishing, advocate for new anglers and kids in the sport and supporter of conservation.  In 2001 Marty Sheppard (my rod caddy and wonderful husband) introduced me to spey casting, and connecting with steelhead. This has led me down a path of sleeping in garages, wearing leaky waders, becoming a two time distance casting champion,  currently holding the record for womens longest cast at 144 feet. together we own Little Creek Outfitters, guiding steelhead trips on Oregon rivers and I work for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership as the Oregon Field Representative.  Never off duty, I love chasing chukar with my Pudelpointer and being a mother to our beautiful daughter Tegan.

 

Casting Demo- Tips to lengthen your cast  – Gain distance with your cast by proper rod alignment and  body mechanics

 

For a person that stands 5’2 you probable wonder how I can make a 145 foot cast with a 15’ double handed rod.  Mia will talk about anchor placement, proper hand and body alignment and remembering to breath.

Mia will also be available for casting lessons on Sunday after Spey Nation June 28, 2015.  Please contact her  at (541) 419-2105 or msheppard@trcp.org to secure a spot.  The class is limited to 6 people and is $150.

Spey Nation welcomes back an old friend. Snake River Outfitters and Ballistic Spey Lines

Jan 22, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation welcomes back an old friend. Snake River Outfitters and Ballistic Spey Lines

In 2008, when Spey Nation probably didn’t even have a name and definitely had no business attracting talent and companies from Idaho, Lee Davison (Owner of Ballistic Spey Lines and Snake River Outfitters) made the trip.  He even came back for Spey Nation 2009.  After a long hiatus, Lee is traveling back and will be displaying his popular Vector and Ballistic Spey Lines, as well as a new line of competition lines he was telling me about on the phone last night.  Lee will also be presenting at the event during the day.  We are so happy to have him confirmed at Spey Nation.  Chances are the rods in your quiver haven’t had the pleasure of launching one of Lee’s lines.  I highly recommend that you make it a point to check them out.

A bit about Lee Davison:

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. Lee

Oh the anticipation….

Jan 8, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Oh the anticipation….

Love when we receive emails like the one we just received from Walt Geryk, the Spey Doctor.

Don’t forget to add Fenwick to the list. I will have them available at my venue this year to go along with Hardy products.

I will have the new fenwick switch and spey rods as well as the new hardy switches as they are being unpackaged as i type. When i find out the sizes i will let you know.

 

 

Stream Walker Nets added to our growing family

Jan 7, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Stream Walker Nets added to our growing family

 

Stremawalker

We always welcome new companies into the fold here at Spey Nation.  And we have a bunch for you next year.  Loop USA, Seele Fly Rods, etc.  We really get excited if those new companies are new themselves.  And if those new companies that are new happen to be local?  Well then you just described Stream Walker Nets.  These hand crafted nets are made near Rochester NY and boast ingredients like American Black Walnut, Eco-clear Soft Plastic Net bags, and Curly Maple.

These nets are designed and built by Leif Mermagen and he will have his handiwork on display at Spey Nation 2015.  So when you get a chance, head on over to their website and check out all the natural wood goodness.

Word is, they’ll be some to take home to a lucky raffle ticket holder on June 27, 2015.

Seele Fly Rods New 10’7″ 8wt

Nov 7, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Seele Fly Rods New 10’7″ 8wt

As you may or may not be aware, Spey Nation has been growing this year already.  We have added several new companies and Seele Fly Rods may turn out to be the most unique.  The Pennsylvania born company who’s name translates to roughly “Life and Soul” in German has produced a full line of glass spey rods, the newest of which is the 10’7″ 8wt.   Their website claims “In every single Seele Fly Rod you will feel the essence of more than 60 years of experience in fly fishing – built by fly fishers for fly fishers.  The fly rods with soul.”  The best news is that they are 100% made in the USA.  “All Seele Glass and Graphite Fly Rods are built and handcrafted, piece-by-piece, entirely in Bellwood, Pennsylvania, USA”

Michael emailed me this morning with this new clip of the new glass 8wt.

You know what this Nation thing needs? More Glass.

Oct 28, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on You know what this Nation thing needs? More Glass.

Seele Fly Rods have agreed to be in attendance at Spey Nation.  We’re happy to have another “East of the Mississippi” rod company who are addicted to the same thing we are.

As a young company we have a ton of new rods – all handcrafted (we roll our own graphite and glass blanks) in Bellwood, PA.

Probably most unique rods: Switch and Double Hand Glass rods (100% S-Glass)!
In every single Seele Fly Rod you will feel the essence of more than 60 years of experience in fly fishing – built by fly fishers for fly fishers.  The fly rods with soul.
Michael at Seele Fly Rods
Check out their entire line of graphite and glass fly rods here and especially pay close attention to these light sabers. 

Tailwater Lodge Joins Stash Rewards and Allows Anglers to Earn Points While Staying.

Sep 23, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Mojo, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Tailwater Lodge Joins Stash Rewards and Allows Anglers to Earn Points While Staying.

Our gracious partners for this year’s Spey Nation, The Tailwater Lodgehas joined a rewards program that allows their guests to earn points.  It also looks like you can earn points staying at other hotels across the country as well.  Imagine earning your stay at Tailwater while on your next business trip?

Guests of Tailwater Lodge can join Stash for free at www.stashrewards.com. Stash members earn five points for each dollar spent on eligible room rates and can redeem them at nearly 200 unique independent hotels across the U.S. Stash points never expire, and redemption is simple, without blackout dates or category restrictions found in many chain programs. Stash partner hotels also provide members with access to exclusive travel deals.

Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2014/09/23/6349950/tailwater-lodge-partners-with.html?sp=/100/773/385/#storylink=cpy

Thank You For Making This Year’s Spey Nation Another Memorable One!

Jun 26, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Thank You For Making This Year’s Spey Nation Another Memorable One!

A warm heartfelt thank you to all our sponsors who help us in too many ways to count!  Please forgive me if I have forgotten anybody who contributed to this year’s raffles or came to the event!

 

The Spey Lodge, Frank Swarner IIIThe West Branch Angler, Scott

Airflo, Wild Water Fly Rods, Orvis, Hardy, Temple Forks Outfitters,

Echo, Beulah, Sage, Thomas And Thomas, Ross Reels, Hatch Reels,

Mad River Dubbing Company, The Red Shed Fly Shop, Malindas Fly Shop,

Tight Lines Fly Shop, The Oak Orchard Fly Shop, Redington, Fishpond,

Row Jimmy Guide Service,  G Loomis, Mystic Fly Fishing, Rio Products,

The Angler’s Lodge–Patrick Ross, Tailwater Lodge,

All Season’s Sport Shop, The Spey Doctor, Meiser Fly Rods,

Adelcio Chavez, Team Force Flies,  The Victorian House,

The Steelhead Lodge, The Douglaston Salmon Run,

As well as all the companies who have shown product, supported us through the years and helped make us what we are today!

The Spey Lodge, Frank Swarner III, Paul’s Guide Service,

The West Branch Angler, Scott, Guideline, CND,

CF Burkheimer, Airflo, Wild Water Fly Rods, Orvis,

The Spey Company, Hardy, Temple Forks Outfitters,

Echo, JP Ross, Beulah, Sage, Thomas And Thomas,

Ross Reels, No Float Stix, Castle Arms/Heritage Fly Rods,

Hatch Reels, Loop Fly Fishing, DTX Mackenzie,

Mad River Dubbing Company, The Red Shed Fly Shop,

Malindas Fly Shop, Isle-Fish Guide Service,

Snake River Oufitters, Tight Lines Fly Shop,

The Oak Orchard Fly Shop, River Time Guide Service,

Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters,

Neversink River Fly Fishing Guide Service,

Redington, Umpqua, Fishpond, Tibor, Buff,

Skagit Master, Rio, Row Jimmy Guide Service,

Ross, Pro-Tube,  Maui Jim, G Loomis,

Opportunity Fly Fishing Vision In Fly Fishing,

Albright Fly Fishing, G Loomis,

Buff Fishing Clothing, Skagit Master, Maui Jim,

Mystic Fly Fishing, Galvan Reels, Opportunity Fly Fishing,

Rio Products, Row Jimmy Guide Service,

The Angler’s Lodge–Patrick Ross, Watermaster Boats,

Departure Publishing , Tailwater Lodge, All Season’s Sport Shop, .

The Spey Doctor, Meiser Fly Rods,

Adelcio Chavez, Team Force Flies,  The Victorian House,

The Steelhead Lodge, The Douglaston Salmon Run, Fish-On Sports

 

 

 

T-Shirts available for a short time only

Jun 26, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on T-Shirts available for a short time only

T-Shirts are being printed next week.  If you want one, please email speynation@gmail.com  $25 shipped.

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