Master Class Spey Camp

Fishing a Mid Belly line on a fine summer day on the Deschutes.

Well I have finally put together a steelhead fishing and deep instructional Spey Camp. I call it a camp only because your not at home but will be based in more a lodge style setting. Day floats on the lower Deschutes river will be a solid mix of steelhead Angling and intermediate/advances instruction. The dates are July 26-28.

A group of anglers getting one on one instruction to become better anglers and casters

The day will begin with a quick but large breakfast spread that should even provide something for the most difficult breakfast goers. The hop in the truck for a short drive to the ramp and off chasing steelhead. Fishing will be the focus until the lunch break.

Fresh July fish are awesome!!!!

After lunch we will focus on building new casting techniques to match each caster in the group. Where it is gaining anchor control of distance, tighter loops, or fishing more types of water. It will be covered in the 3 days on the water.

My box is full and ready.

After the fishing and instruction we will head back to the lodge for some appetizers and drinks with a guest speaker/tier then dinner and rest. So we can be up and ready again to get after it again in the morning.

Kicking ass in 2018!!!

5 spots is all I am going to allow in the class. So that everyone can get what they want out of the class for Angling and Casting. If anyone has interest shoot me an email about signing up for this class. Thanks and let’s get you on the water!!

Up Coming Events and Programs

Kicking ass in 2018!!!

Hope everyone is getting out fishing and at least improving their Spey casting. I want to hint at some upcoming things for 2018.

Spey days 2018!!! Can’t wait to see you all.

The Dates of April 6-8 I will be in the Vancouver BC area giving Spey casting classes and a presentation at the Annual Spey Days event hosted by Michael & Young’s fly shop. I always look forward to this event and the people I get to see again and the new ones I meet.

The Intermediate/advanced Spey camps, are going to be some of the best on information and progression of modern Spey casting technique.

I am personally very excited to offer this next event. I have put together an intermediate/advance Spey camp this July. Only 5 students will be during the camp and first come first serve is how the signup will work. The accommodations will be lodge catered dinners and daily steelhead fishing and on river instruction. More details and price to come. The dates will be July 26-28. Don’t be afraid to shoot us an email here to get more info or sign up.

Winter Steelheading is never easy, but sometimes it all comes together. Other time a good guide will help to not only make you better but show you what else is available in the world of Spey casting!!

Keep checking in because more good blogs to come as well and casting tips articles in Swing The Fly magazine. As well as cool stuff coming to the All Waters Angling YouTube channel. Let’s get you on the water!!

The importance of the first time

A wonderful time for a first time steelhead angler on his first steelhead trip

Well the title says it all. The first time at anything can and is often times the most valued experience that can make or break a view or passion from an activity.

Looking back at a handful of my own firsts in life, I can say some have been amazing, Others very trying, Some regrettable, while a very few have been absolutely amazing.

My brother with a Redfish on his first saltwater trip!!

I think fly fishing in general and even more so Spey casting for steelhead. The act of steelhead fishing alone is never a 100% thing. Coupled with most first timers fear of a new rod with a casting motions that seem to have more moves than a hip hop dancer. Positive affirmations is this game are so hard to come by. Needless to say Spey casting can look and seem overwhelming.

A group of angler taking their first steps into Spey casting

This is why I give so much attention to the beginnings of a new Spey caster. They need the positives reinforcement that they are making steps in the right direction. Even if they are small and seem unimportant. Affirmation is the key to building good techniques and toughening the skin of steelhead for the work to come. The road in out beloved sport is met with as many hardships and loses as it is meant with victories. The casting is one of the only parts about this wonderful event known as angling.

Now as we all take our second and third attempts and new things we learn more about how these things can fit in our lives and how we can grow into them. But getting through that first go, is a crucial part of any new activity.

Even the first steelhead of the year is an amazing event and I have caught a fair amount of steelhead!!!

I have recently been told, “Learning is SOOO hard!”. Never have these words been more true than on the brow of a great teacher. Find the instructor that compliments you and than stay open minded, you never know what you can learn or even teach in the end.

This season has been the best down year I can remember. I won’t soon forget some of the small and large victories as well and the wonderful people I have guided along the way. It is not quite done but I can say I am already looking forward to the next step in my journey as a guide and outfitter. Hope everyone is getting out fishing and kicking lots of fish ass!!