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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-21-2001, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Happy holidays to everyone. I am completly new to spey fishing but would like to get started. I live on Santa Rosa, Ca. close to several rivers that have winter run of steelhead. In addition I visit Southern Washington every other month where I am close enough to get to the Sandy, Deschute, Kikitat, Kalama, Lewis etc. So where and/or what should I do? My spey fishing is literally in your collective hands.
Thank you one and all
Dean Garzot
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-22-2001, 03:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 12/21/2001 11:23 PM
Well, first the best news. There are two or three other spey board members who live in your general/immediate area so you shouldn't remain 'alone' too long. I lived in Healdsburg -Santa Rosa for about 12 years and did a lot of 'spey fishing' on the Russian. (The looks you'd get as the bait guys walked by you and your 14' rod in hand were great to behold.)
 
2nd bit of good news is the water below Dry Creek is good fly water as is the area in Geyserville. I'm sure more people now but when I fished the Gysvl area from 1984 to 1996 I was surprised to see anyone else on the river. For most folks it was Dry Creek or downstream, or nothing.
 
If you go through the Medford, Or. area on your back and forths give me a call and I'd be happy to be 'indian guide' on the upper Rogue.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-22-2001, 04:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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Dean,
I live in SR and have been spey casting for a couple of years.  E-mail me and maybe we can get together.  I am a pond casting instructor for the local fly club so maybe we can meet at the casting pond sometime or on a river.  Are you a member of the fly club?
 
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-22-2001, 08:12 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 12/22/2001 4:12 AM
Dean, be verrrry, veerrrrry carfull here. "Intro'ed" Rick to the Rogue a bit back and he "waxed my ass."  30 minutes and he has two on the beach and I blank for the day. Some 'plucks' but they don't count. Did provide a good lunch for a really wonderful guy. Damn he's good!!
 
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-26-2001, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for information and invite. I usually fly up to Washington so its kind of hard (and hurts) to just drop by. But if I do drive I will be sure to let you know. I would love to fish the Rogue. I have always wanted to take the 4-5 day drift down the river, but have just never gotten around to it. I agree with your assesment of the Geyserville area, with no one there. Did you have any success in that area and what were you using??? I have worked on the river from Cloverdale to Geyserville and there is a lot of area that is ideal for fly fishing and you can walk most of it if the river is down.
Keep in touch and Happy Holidays
Dean Garzot
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-26-2001, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Happy Holidays Rick,
No I am not a member of a fly club but I have been to the pond at Galvan Park on several occasions to practice and have run into some nice people. I fact I was there on a Sunday and the President of the Russian River Fly Club was there and he came over and helped me out with my "stroke". He mentioned something about the club but did not go into detail.
You can e-mail me at [email protected] or [email protected], I get most of my e-mail at ghilotti.com.
I am going to be in town the next couple of weekends and would love to meet you at the pond. Let me know what works for you and maybe we can hook up?
Thanks
Dea
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-27-2001, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 12/26/2001 8:21 PM
Dean, if by 'fly' you mean your own plane the airport is about 15 minutes from my front door. The river (some of the best steelhead/salmon water) is another 10-15 minutes the other way. Same run Rick took his two fish ....
 
So, I pick you up, you rig your rod in the parking lot and your boots are wet 20 minutes off the end of the Medford airport concorse. War is Hell!!
 
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-27-2001, 02:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Fred,
No I don't fly, wished I did tho but I am afraid that Alaskan would object to a quick change in flight plans, considering the current situation. But if I get the chance to drive up and the time of year is right I will certainly make a pit stop.
Why don't you e-mail me at "[email protected]". I would like to talk to you some more about your experiences on the Russian, especially above Cloverdale/Geyserville. You know the fun stuff, what flies worked, what method, line, leader, time of day, stuff.
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