Only 1 month until we celebrate the emerging 2-handed rod culture in the Great Lakes Fishery rain or shine. Saturday June 19, 2010, Spey Nation offers the unique opportunity for enthusiasts and manufacturers to gather in a streamside setting. The Location is the Pineville Boat Launch on the Salmon River in Pineville, NY. And yes, the rumors are true; we are sending one of you to British Columbia again in April of 2011 courtesy of The Spey Lodge! We all know what Rachel, has to say about that.
Spey Nation features a full BBQ sponsored by the Oak Orchard Flyshop, raffles, “On the water” demonstrations, and interaction with some of the biggest names in 2 handed casting from the East and West Coasts. Mixing styles, knowledge, and backgrounds, Great Lakes anglers finally have the opportunity to learn Traditional Spey, Scandinavian, and Skagit techniques from the experts, try specialized equipment on the water and talk with other fishermen in an atmosphere dedicated exclusively to 2-handed casting while enjoying a burger and a brew.
Confirmed companies include Scott, Echo, Airflo, Wild Water Fly Rods, Hardy/Greys, CND, CF Burkheimer, Guideline, Buelah, The Spey Company, Temple Forks
Outfitters, JP Ross, No Float Stix, Thomas and Thomas
, Ross Reels, Hatch Reels, Heritage Fly Rods, Patagonia and Orvis. Representatives from each of these companies will be on hand let you know the latest and greatest from the 2 handed world.
On the water demonstrations this year feature Lee Davison (CND/Spey Underground), Bruce Berry (Beulah), Nate Koenigsknecht (Burkheimer), Andrew Moy (East Coast Spey), Walt Geryck (Northeast Guide Service), Niel Houlding (Guideline), Steve Taggart (Echo) and Topher Browne (Patagonia).
Admission is free. The BBQ is free; Spey Nation is funded completely by generous donations to our raffles. All “Profit” is donated to grass routes Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead conservation projects in our watershed, specifically to the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club.
Raffle prizes have been donated by The Spey Lodge (trip to BC), Hardy/Greys (Demon Rod/Reel), Wild Water Fly Rods (Rod), Beulah (Rod), The West Branch Angler (2-night Stay), Guideline (Rod), The Red Shed Fly Shop (Echo/Lamson Outfit), Paul Conklin’s Guide Service (Drift Trip), The Angler’s Net (Wading Trip), Mad River Dubbing Co, No Float Stix, Heritage Fly Rods (Rod), Loren Williams (Wading Trip), Isle-Fish Guide Service (Float or Wade Trip), Loop USA (Spey Reel),and Frank Swarner III (Flybox/Flies). Visit www.speynation.com
and click on “raffles” for more information.
Attached is the t-shirt for this year. The back of the shirt is designed by artist and avid spey fisherman Richard Harrington. Check out his other works at www.rcharrington.com
. The cost per shirt is $20 and you can pick those up at the event June 19, 2010. Please have your forms and check in my hand by June 1, 2010.
For those who would like to take a class on Sunday June 20, please contact the following instructors by email:
Topher Browne (Patagonia): three-hour class with the emphasis on Scandi-style casting. Cost $75. Contact: [email protected]
Nate Koenigsknecht (Burkheimer): Two classes available: Sunday Morning --"Spey Basics Reinforced" will be the first one, catered to beginning casters. Sunday Afternoon -- "Spey Casting and Fishing Techniques: Taking your presentations to the next level" $120 per session Contact: [email protected]
Over the past 3 years, we have heard from many of you who want to help. We could use tables and the pop up awnings. If you have a folding table or awning, and you are going to be staying for the entire event, please put your name on it and bring it on by. Visit http://theanglersnet.com/Spey-Nation...asp?section=13
for more ways that you can help us make Spey Nation the best 2 handed fishing event in the East! Spey Nation started and will continue as a volunteer effort. It will be what we make it.
To learn more about Spey Nation, visit www.speynation.com
or to join our emailing list, send an email to [email protected]
. Hit us up on facebook, search Spey Nation and RSVP to the event.
“Treat a captured steelhead with respect for its beauty, battle and rareness”......Milt Keiser