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Hi Guys...
I am looking to learn Spey casting.. I am an accompolished one handed caster and fisherman for over 10 years, and am looking to hook up with some one or some people to learn this ART. I dont have a stick yet. But I just ordered two..
Anyone out there in the Chicago/Milwaukee area that can give me some lessons, or let me Tag when they go...
I appreciate any help or feedback or names of instructors that helped others......

thanks in advance

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Hi Guys...
I am looking to learn Spey casting.. I am an accompolished one handed caster and fisherman for over 10 years, and am looking to hook up with some one or some people to learn this ART. I dont have a stick yet. But I just ordered two..
Anyone out there in the Chicago/Milwaukee area that can give me some lessons, or let me Tag when they go...
I appreciate any help or feedback or names of instructors that helped others......

thanks in advance

T.
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There is a certified guy from Grand Rapids who has a cabin up on the Muskegan where he teaches.
Great guy,great instructor,here's his contact info,
Peter Humphreys,
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uppermidwestflyfishing.com...David has a real informative website with lots of postings on Great Lakes Spey stuff. There is an opportunity to learn spey casting from some in the know on the Fox River in Batavia Saturday May 10 and there is a MI spey clave planned for 5/17 in Berrien Springs...

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uppermidwestflyfishing.com...David has a real informative website with lots of postings on Great Lakes Spey stuff. There is an opportunity to learn spey casting from some in the know on the Fox River in Batavia Saturday May 10 and there is a MI spey clave planned for 5/17 in Berrien Springs...

Mark

Mark, Thanks for the kind words. We will be having a Spey Cast Around, still looking for a word other than speyclave, on May 10th. Our earlier date this year was scratched because the Fox was over it's banks. Our goal is to have these events once a month with the focus on spey casting and steelhead fishing. In 2008 we will have one or two presenters each month and rods and lines will be available to demo. We will have all of the major makers of rods available to demo from April to October. Everyone is welcome, we will have rods and lines for those who are just thinking about spey. The only requirements are: NO flies, just yarn and fluffies; and, glasses are mandatory. Private lessons will be availabe as well. We will have guest presenters through the course of the year plus, there is an instructor who is on FFF's Brd. of Governors, a Master Casting Instructor, and is a guide in Ireland who gives private lessons.

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Our future 2008 dates are:

June 7th
July 6th
August 2nd or 16th
September and October dates to be determined.

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There is a certified guy from Grand Rapids who has a cabin up on the Muskegan where he teaches.
Great guy,great instructor,here's his contact info,
Peter Humphreys,
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thaks Speyladdie!!!! I will definitely be giving him a call...

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Mark, Thanks for the kind words. We will be having a Spey Cast Around, still looking for a word other than speyclave, on May 10th. Our earlier date this year was scratched because the Fox was over it's banks. Our goal is to have these events once a month with the focus on spey casting and steelhead fishing. In 2008 we will have one or two presenters each month and rods and lines will be available to demo. We will have all of the major makers of rods available to demo from April to October. Everyone is welcome, we will have rods and lines for those who are just thinking about spey. The only requirements are: NO flies, just yarn and fluffies; and, glasses are mandatory. Private lessons will be availabe as well. We will have guest presenters through the course of the year plus, there is an instructor who is on FFF's Brd. of Governors, a Master Casting Instructor, and is a guide in Ireland who gives private lessons.

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David, I look forward to this. You said that there will be private lessons available... Ok, that I dont have a stick yet? And do know do I have to contact any of the instructors there in advance to book a private less. or just show up and see what happens?

thanks in advance..

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There will rods that are well-matched with lines for you to try from Guidelines and Winston. In May there will be a demonstration showing casting with various techniques: skagit, shooting heads, and traditional. In terms of instruction, you can do both - have beginning instruction and arrange for further one-on-one instruction later.

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troutsnot, here is some more info:

What: Spey Casting and Instruction, rods & lines to try, steelhead & Spey camaraderie. There will be a demonstration on the various types of Spey casts and techniques including: casting a Skagit line, underhand techniques, shooting heads, traditional Spey casting and distance casting. We will have well matched rod and reel combinations including Guideline, Winston and Burkheimer rods. The lines that will be matched to the rods will include Skagit, shooting heads and Delta. You do not need own a Spey rod to attend, but you are encouraged to bring your rod if you do. Basic spey casting instruction will be available without cost to all.
When: Saturday, May 10th, 8:30 am - lunchtime. Afterwards, we will be adjourning to a restaurant for lunch; everyone will be welcome.
Where: Clark Island Recreation Area, Batavia, IL. This park features several islands in the Fox River that are connected by bridges. This location will allow us to a good number of Spey casters in a central and to easily fish both river right and river left. There is plenty of parking and restrooms are available. I suggest that you park and access the river from Rte. 25. We will be setting up on the main island. We will have coffee in the morning and water and pop available throughout the day.Important Note: the Wilson Street bridge is under construction and is likely to be closed for the May gathering. Use Fabayan Street (which is north of Batavia) to cross the Fox River if you are coming from the west.
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What to bring: We will be casting rain or shine, unless there is thunder. Bring appropriate waders, hats, and wading jackets. Glasses will be required to cast. No flies please, just yarn or fluffies.

We plan on having these gatherings be monthly events, water levels permitting, with a different presentation and rods and lines, each month. Future tentative dates are:
June 7th
July 12th
August - October dates to be determined.

Please check UMFF for any last minute changes.

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