Many years ago, while hosting a trip to Alaska, a good friend and fellow guide taught me how to spey cast. To say that learning this skill was a game changer would be an understatement of cataclysmic proportions. I came home, ordered a custom spey rod and proceeded to completely re-work my entire guide service to incorporate the use of two handed rods. Now, several years later, my business is built around using spey and switch rods to pursue trophy migrating salmonids everywhere I fish and guide. In Alaska, I use spey rods to swing flies for Steelhead, Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden and all five species of Pacific Salmon. In Western North Carolina, I use the same spey and switch rods to swing flies for Rainbow Trout migrating from Fontana Lake traveling up the tributaries. In addition, I use both spey and switch rods on the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta, GA for giant brown trout on the swing in the upper river and striped bass in the lower river.
Commonly, I am simply asked “why” in regards to using two hand rods in the southern tailwaters and freestone rivers. The missed conception is that a very large river is needed for the use of two hand rods. In some cases, this is true. However, I find fishing with a spey or switch rod to be very useful for wade fishing tailwaters here in the south during periods of water being released from the dams. Learning to spey cast is cheaper than buying a drift boat, doesn’t require a shuttle at the end of the day and will provide you with an alternative to sitting on the couch when your favorite river is running a little high or off color. The best time to go fishing is when you can, two hand rods will help you do that.
In an effort to provide more education, I have started a Two Day Spey Casting School. This is a comprehensive classroom/river based instructional course that will de-mystify every aspect of two hand rods and spey casting using the latest cutting edge equipment.
Rate is $650 per person for the two day course limited to 4 students
Dates- Dec 17/18, 2016 – Jan 14/15, 2017 – Feb 18/19, 2017 – Mar 18/19, 2017 – April 15/16, 2017 – May 20/21, 2017
A $100 deposit is required to secure course dates, refundable if cancellation is received no less than thirty (30) days prior to reservation date. Class will proceed regardless of weather conditions. I will reserve to right to cancel in the event of unsafe conditions or other circumstances beyond my control. If I cancel the class, your deposit will be refunded or applied to a future date that is mutually acceptable.
What you need to bring-
Daily Spey Casting Instruction Rates- if you don’t want to attend the school
8 hour on the water course is $450 for up to 2 anglers