14 posts categorized "Spey"

December 01, 2008

Advanced Speycasting with Eoin Fairgrieve

Multi-spiral casting goodness.

November 29, 2008

Fly-casting not in the Olympics, but enjoyed in 29 nations

“The American Casting Association, starting 40 or 50 years ago, has put forth the effort to join the Olympic Committee, demonstrated the sport of casting as a new event, etc, etc, etc.,” he said. “The bottom line as I understand the Olympic effort for a new sport to be recognized and become an official event is the number of countries in the world that actually do participate in the event. The magic number of countries is unknown to me, but my guess is 50 to 75 countries are needed.”

If that’s the case, we’re short of the mark. The International Casting Sport Federation lists 29 countries as members. Twenty-two are in Europe; the others are the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand and Singapore. Still, the list shows the global appeal of fly-casting; every continent is represented except South America and Antarctica. (South America’s an odd omission, since there’s plenty of fly-fishing there.)  LINK


Photo:  Yngve Ask, Scanout.com

Casting guru:  Eoin Fairgrieve

Photo mutilation:  El Paskador

November 14, 2008

Spey Daze

After 6 years on the Sky, the 7th annual Spey Days NW will be moving to Howard Miller Steelhead Park on the Skagit. Some of the best Spey casters on the planet will be on hand for casting instruction. The lineup includes, Mike McCune, Scott O'Donnell, Ed Ward, George Cook, Al Buhr, Dana Sturn, Tim Rajeff, Way Yin, Trey Combs, Kerry Burkheimer and Dec Hogan.


October 24, 2008

Study in Spey


October 17, 2008

Cool Shot

AP Photo/George Nikitin

Mariusz Wroblewski of Oregon practices the Spey cast shortly before the final round of casting competition at The Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club facilities in Golden Gate Park, Sunday, April 20, 2008 in San Francisco.

June 03, 2008

Dispatch from the Sandy Spey Clave


Patagonia rep Jon Covich sent us this dispatch and photos from the recent Sandy Spey Clave.

I wanted to share some images of the   recent Sandy River Spey Clave. The event was great as usual.....even given the   fact that the river went from 300 cfs to 10,000 cfs overnight! Given this, the   usual casting area on the river was 3' under muddy water, and most people were   forced to cast on the grass. That being said, The Fly Fishing Shop figures   around 800 people showed up. It is great for the general public.....they get   to see and cast the best equipment from all the manufacturers of spey equipment, listen to instruction from some of the world's best, and get free breakfast, lunch and dinner.






Winston Pro Andre Scholz who made the trip over from Germany shows off some steel and some new Patagonia duds.


May 19, 2008

For the Spey Geek in all of us


A nice little heads up from Chum foo Kevin S. - The Spey Company is program we can get with.

February 29, 2008

His own private Idaho

I suppose there are a few routes to take from Boise to Seattle, but when double-handed geekdom calls, there's only one answer.  55 to 95 to 13 to 12 was my route.  And six hours, a few Nez Perce-induced history lessons (they were and probably still are some badazdsonzabeeches), and several bladder recyclings later, I made it to Peck, Idaho's very own - the Red Shed.


It didn't take long to realize my new buddy Poppy has forgotten more about Spey than I'll ever know.

Leanin' on the counter and talking about two-handed fly rods and steelhead is a pretty cool way to spend your life.

September 26, 2007

Confused Spey Cast



Chum junkie Kevin Brintnall pays the piper on a trip earlier this summer on the Sky.

August 16, 2007

Gaston my good man! I simply must have one of these for my blue blazer!


March 08, 2007

The John Denver of Scotland

March 07, 2007

R.B. Meiser - Spey Fly Rod Builders


"Building a series of fly rods so diverse their applications are only limited to the creativity of the angler." LINK

January 23, 2007

Spey: Take Two



Our spey lesson on Sunday was led by Michael Bennett and pooch, Rogue at Pacific Fly Fishers.  Bennett, as usual, was full of insight and a great teacher.  Thanks MB for fueling our sickness and being another checking account depletion catalyst!

November 21, 2006

To Spey or not to Spey...



...that was the question.  Not anymore.

Sunday morning we braved the Mother Nature induced bitch slap and headed to the river.  It was here that we met up with Clark Jennings (co-owner, Puget Sound Fly Company) and Eric Neufeld (highly respected Northwest manufacturers Rep and killer Spey instructor) for an intro to Spey casting class.  After years of flogging single handed rods, we feared the day of spey...knowing damn well another addiction would spawn from it.  We were right.  It's intoxicating.

If you find yourself like us (not yet taking the next step to Spey), do yourself a favor.  Take a big stick for a test drive.  It's a silly good time.


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