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Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club Meeting is Thursday Jan. 28 @ 7:00 at the Camden Rod & Gun Club.

Jan 13, 2016   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club Meeting is Thursday Jan. 28 @ 7:00 at the Camden Rod & Gun Club.
fishcreeklogoThe next meeting of the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club is Thursday Jan. 28 @ 7:00 at the Camden Rod & Gun Club.
We will have two guest speakers – ESF Grad students Justin DiRado and Chris Powers – who will give a presentation of their two year NY Sea Grant project to study Atlantic Salmon Restoration in Great Lakes Tributaries.  The objectives of the study included: Evaluate strain growth, survival and movement in Lake Ontario and Oneida Lake tributaries, determine if adults are returning to Fish Creek, and analyze otolith microchemistry.
Their presentation will include an overview of the project, fieldwork and lab experiments conducted, a review of their findings, and preliminary recommendations for rearing Atlantic salmon.
Club members helped with the stocking and electrofishing, had a great time, and learned a lot in the process.  This will be very informative and should help us do a better job raising and stocking our fish.

Thomas & Thomas Announces the DNA TroutSpeySeries

Jan 6, 2016   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Thomas & Thomas Announces the DNA TroutSpeySeries

Thomas & Thomas Announces the DNA TroutSpeySeries

Dateline:  Greenfield, MA – November 15, 2015.

1-6-2016 4-24-33 PMUSA fly rod maker Thomas & Thomas is pleased to announce the launch of its DNA TroutSpey series for the 2016 season. The new DNA TroutSpey series enables trout anglers to cover the water like never before. These rods are defined by the ability to make long casts with ease and mend line far beyond the capabilities of single-handed rods. Traditional wet flies, large streamers and mouse patterns are all on the menu for the angler that prefers to cast with two hands. With a traditional progressive taper that loads easily yet has the power to reach distant lies, the DNA TroutSpey brings a new dimension to swinging or skating flies for big trout on big water.

Key Features: – Thomas & Thomas two-handed action in a new trout-sized series. – Four piece, multi-modulus graphite blank incorporating our latest proprietary composites and curing process. – Unique ferrule reinforcement technology visible on every section. – Low Friction Finish (LFF) on the Sapphire Blue blank extends casting range. – Fuji Alconite strippers and Universal Snake Brand guides. – Powder coated aluminum rod tube with precision milled cap and collar. – Made one at a time in Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA by craftsmen. The series is comprised of three models, an 11-1/2 foot 3 weight, 11-1/2 foot 4 weight and 11 foot 9 inch 5 weight. All models feature a western Spey grip of select Flor- grade cork, gunmetal gray milled aluminum up-locking reel seat with burled black ash spacer, and green wraps with red trim. The TroutSpey series can be viewed online at and is available in fly shops now.

Commenting on the DNA TroutSpey series, Thomas and Thomas CEO Neville Orsmond said, “Incorporating the power of the traditional T&T two-handed action into rods this light was a real challenge, and Tom Dorsey spent a lot of time getting it just right. The results speak for themselves — when people see how effortless it is to make long, accurate casts with these rods, we think they’ll agree.” About Thomas & Thomas: Born in 1969 of an obsession to create the world’s finest fly rods, Thomas & Thomas sets the standard for craftsmanship, performance and aesthetics in rodmaking. From a small shop in rural New England, Thomas & Thomasbuilds timeless classics from bamboo and fiberglass and modern masterpieces incorporating the latest graphite technologies.

SEALICED from Salmon Junkies on Vimeo.

Jan 6, 2016   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on SEALICED from Salmon Junkies on Vimeo.

SEALICED from Salmon Junkies on Vimeo.

Yet Another Spey Fishing Video From Iceland — Silver in Nordurá – Iceland

Aug 7, 2015   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Yet Another Spey Fishing Video From Iceland — Silver in Nordurá – Iceland

These guys in this spey fishing video and atlantic salmon video from Iceland look like they are having just too much fun. Iceland: It’s on my bucket list and it should be on yours.

Silver in Nordurá – Iceland from Simon Nilsson on Vimeo.

This one has elements of spey fishing and swinging flies with single hander rods for atlantic salmon. Hey, we won’t tease them too much for that. Maybe we can get some submissions to the 2016 Spey Nation Film Forum like this one here. Simon Nilsson brings you Silver in Nordurá – Iceland  It surely looks like he was on a Atlantic Salmon Odyssey!   We’ll be watching for more from this one on his Vimeo channel.


Week in Review….More Like Day In Review

Mar 8, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Mojo, Uncategorized, Week In Review  //  Comments Off on Week in Review….More Like Day In Review

So I went fishing yesterday,  Delivered some Fly Fishing Film Tour Posters.  You will be able to start picking up your tickets shortly.  You can pick them up at The Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, NY, Malindas Fly Shop in Altmar, NY, All Season’s Sports in Pulaski, Oak Orchard Fly Shop in Williamsville, NY (Buffalo Area) and Tight Lines Fly Shop, Parsipanny NJ.  They should all have tickets available by early next week.

Then I hit the river.  One thing I always forget is, how warm the March sun can be.  -1 degree at start, 10am and I actually was sweating alittle in my gear.  I am sure it doesn’t hurt that I was a small fortune worth of foul weather gear to begin with but I was definately overdressed.  Since it was so cold, the river had a tremendous amount of slush making swinging flies impossible below

the tressle area.  So that meant heading up to Altmar to find fishable water…it also meant fishing with everybody else.  I don’t consider it really steelheading, fishing for steelhead maybe, but steelheading?  No.  If you know what I mean, then you do.  If you don’t get what I just meant then that’s fine to.  I spend so much time on the Salmon over the year staying away from people, that I often forget just how many steelhead pack up into the upper river in the winter.  I must have seen 3 fish being fought in my brief walk downriver to find a spot.  Of coarse by 10 am, there had been at least 10 boats, 5 bottom bouncers, 2 pinners fishing through the run so I was really just casting for fun waiting for the lower river to clear of the slush.  It was fine though, I was casually casting into the riffle, minding my own business watching a switch rod fisherman bounce nymphs through the head of the run and watching the boat float bobbers in the bucket when the bottom bouncer leap frogged the boat into the tailout.  This allowed me to swing through the top of the run.

I was using an olive and copper Dee I have aptly name Sudden Impact.  And that’s what happened.  It was a solid bump from the fish.  A bit more spiritted than your typical winter take and the fish had a nice little fight in him.  In the low water, I had him in relatively quickly.  Here was a fish that had seen egg sacks, nymphs and who knows what else floated by him day after day, minute after minute and he chose to wack a swung fly.

I was later hanging out in the local fly shop.  I walked right into a conversation about what’s the best way to hook steelhead, nymphing or swinging.  To me it’s a non-issue but I really felt bad for the guy who nymphed.  He was being publically bullied into swinging flies.  Then they turned to me.  This is my response.  “I’ve been fishing up here for 20 years.  I’ve hooked steelhead every way imagionable.   There was a time when you could point out the fish and I’d hook it…not so much legally, but in the mouth, everytime.  And it’s all fun.  Nobody likes to hook fish more than me…but in that 20 years, I’ve hooked a ton of steelhead and salmon, more than anybody probably should be allowed to hook…There is one thing I’ve learned.  Steelhead are easy to hook.  Anybody using anything can probably catch steelhead.  When you think about it, their just big rainbows, and rainbows are pretty easy to catch as a rule, probably second to the brook trout.  But steelhead have one characteristic that make them steelhead.  It’s probably why their steelhead…curiosity.  They are curious by nature…sure you can hook them on something that they are eating, but steelhead will chase something totally foreign to them.  They are like a cat chasing a ribbon.  Who doesn’t like to dangle ribbons for cats.  It’s wildly entertaining.  Steelhead are like cats, and when they’re curious, and chasing ribbons, their fun, and wildly entertaining.  The rest is exactly the same as any other way you hook them,  They fight the same if you hook them on the bottom, with a bobber, or on the swing.  Then only thing that’s ever different is the grab.  And every grab is different.  Jiggles, slow pulls, yanks, the one I call “The 3 Bounces” and best of all the drag singer…They’re all different.  There are curious grabs, angry grabs, nips, territorial death grabs.  What’s not to love!”  That’s why I only swing flies.  I’ve seen steelhead, lots of steelhead.  It’s the grab that intriques me.  I’ve read about the guy on the North Umpqua that fishes without a hook.  I’m not there yet but I know where he’s coming from.


New Raffle Prize

May 20, 2011   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Raffle Prizes, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on New Raffle Prize

Cascapedia MkIII 8/9 wt Reel

At Hardy, we like to think of our new Cascapedia as simple perfection. We’ve gone back to the original design using a traditional solid front plate adorned with 3 highly polished metal badges.

The new reel resembles the original 1930s model but has all the top features of a modern game reel. We defy you not to fall in love with the new Cascapedia Mk III. In weights of 2/3/4, 5/6/7, 8/9 and 10/1.

  • Machined from high grade aluminium.
  • Anodised finish for durability.
  • Solid front plate.
  • Trout models with adjustable click check system.
  • Salmon models with smooth disc drag system.
  • Reel back secured by a dovetail and two stainless steel screws.

a traditional solid front plate adorned with 3 highly polished metal badges.

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The New Site

May 12, 2011   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on The New Site

The New Spey Nation Site is almost finished.  Feel free to check it out, make suggestions, and stay informed about June 25!

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