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Spey casting is just one of the techniques we use to chase steelhead, but is the most desired. The cast is relatively simple to learn and makes for a very rewarding fishing experience. We typically swing very large flies that trigger the aggressive predator instinct of steelhead. When a fresh steelhead eats a swung fly it feels like lightning striking. We use switch and traditional spey rods depending on the situation. We are typically even using these rods when nymphing for steelhead.
The length of the rod and Skagit head make for easy casting and superb line management when presenting nymphs or eggs under indicators. There really is no better way to catch steelhead than on a swung fly. If you haven’t tried it yet, don’t be intimidated to try it. The technique really isn’t difficult to learn and most people are casting well enough in twenty minutes to catch fish. We periodically have spey schools that will teach you everything you need to know from the ground up, but our guide trips are always education focused.
One or Two Students-Spey fishing isn't just a fad. Fads come in and out of style in fishing often. The reason they go out though is that fad techniques typically aren't effective. Spey fishing, for steelhead in particular, is not only effective, but the most effective technique to use during some parts of the year. Many anglers want to learn the technique, but are intimidated. Spey fishing can be confusing until you get a handle on the technique. We are going to clear things up for you during our spey schools.
During our full-day school we will cover many aspects of the sport. The day will start with a classroom session where we will discuss gear selection, rigging, reading water, terminal tackle, fly selection, casting, and fly presentation. After a lunch break, we will head out to the river for the on the water portion of the class. Once on the river we will go over the three most useful casts and fly presentations. All the gear is included other than waders. You will finish the day with a much greater knowledge and prepared to tackle the fall steelhead run with your new found knowledge. The cost of the school is $425 and is limited to two students to guarantee personal attention.