Have you been wondering what Spey casting is all about, or are you interested in learning how to use a two handed rod? While Spey casting can sound somewhat complicated with all the different rods, lines and tips, once you master the basics it truly is quite simple. In addition, Spey casting is a lot of fun and adds to your enjoyment of our favorite sport.
Learn from the best!
Mia Sheppard started Spey casting in 2001 and began her guiding career shortly thereafter when she and her husband, Marty, purchased Little Creek Outfitters, a professional guide service on some of Oregon’s best Steelhead rivers. Steelhead and double-hand rods became an obsession and she started guiding Steelhead trips in 2008. Mia has made Spey casting her niche and has won the World Championships at Spey O Rama not once, but twice! In addition to being a business owner and multi-tasking mother, Mia is the Oregon Field Representative for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
This introduction Spey class will start with a review of equipment, terminology and casting mechanics. Mia will teach the basic principles of Spey casting and swinging flies with a double-handed rod. You will learn how to properly hold the rod and perform several basic casts in addition to understanding the differences between Skagit and Scandi casting and when you would use them.
During this 5 hour class, Mia will discuss water loaded casts and touch and go casts. You will learn to properly execute a roll cast starting from the lift through the forward cast. In addition, Mia will help you master the Snap T and double spey. The goal of this class is to help you establish a good foundation through demonstrations and hands-on practice.
When: Meet at Royal Treatment at 8:30 on March 3rd. We’ve set aside March 17th as a “rain out day” if conditions are poor. Class will finish up around 2:00.
Where: Clackamas River
Please dress for the weather and have a rain jacket just in case. This is Oregon, you never know. In addition to the following basic list, please bring a camp chair. We’ll have sessions were we gather together and go over details. Having a nice place to sit comes in handy.
Gear List: Waders and boots, wading staff (optional), eye protection (glasses or sunglasses), hat, sunscreen, water bottle, Spey rod and reel if you have one with lines (Skagit and Scandi), sink tips, leaders and tippet. Please confirm your rod and line selection before the class, we may wish to try other lines on your outfit. Royal Treatment Fly Fishing has a selection of loaner lines to help dial in your rod.
Spey gear will be available for those requiring equipment, please let us know at registration.
Details: Limit to 6 Students
Cost: 175.00 - Includes lunch
Should you have questions regarding these classes drop us a note or simply call the shop.