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Spey Casting Lessons in the LA California Area

Does anyone know who a friend of mine could hire around the LA area for skagit Spey casting lessons? Thanks.
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Problem here may be his 'location' vs 'results.'

You can 'spey cast' on still waters, even grass, but the 'feel' will not be the same as if you're on moving water. (Just trust me on that one.)

If fellow wants to take a short airplane ride (to Medford, Or. ... I think there are direct flights) Jimmie and I will pick him up at the airport and 10 minutes later he has his waders on.

And a large selection of 2handers to play with; "One size does not fit all." Bunk with Jim or I and back on the river the next day. Late flight home and back to work on Monday morning. Well, both of us are long 'retired' so your free to extend your stay.

Sorry Jimmie, I just Vollied the two of us.

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LA Skagit

There are a ton of skagit casting experts in Cali, There's gotta be at least one in LA?

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216,
You might want to post this on the Kiene board. It's based in Sacramento,
but, my guess would be that someone at the Kiene (now FishWest) shop
would know.
Also, look at http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/s...ad.php?t=30233
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Where in L.A?

You might check out the Long Beach Casting Club. Several of their members are knowledgeable Spey casters. Also inquire at Marriott's Fly Fishing in Fullerton.

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You might check out the Long Beach Casting Club. Several of their members are knowledgeable Spey casters. Also inquire at Marriott's Fly Fishing in Fullerton.
Good call Jim. My call was under pinned with 'Ok, you can cast, now you can actually fish for dinner.




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+1 - Check in with the Long Beach Casting Club. They have several THCI's & MCI's to teach two handed casting. The pond is right there and they can work on the basic's or more advanced casting with you.

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Having lived there for 40 years, I realize how big LA is. Which is why I asked where in LA. That being said, there is a good reason LBCC keeps coming up. They are the So.Ca. equivalent of the Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club. http://www.longbeachcastingclub.org/

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Thci in long beach casting club.

Go during lunchtime, Monday - Friday. There is a bunch of two handed casters and a few instructors too. Look for a "White Haired Gentlman" named Al Ward in the westend of the pond. He taught me to cast with one of his Carron 16' rods. He started me on this journey back in 2007 and taught me how to tie flies too. A real class act. He is not a member of LBCC but a great teacher.

I moved to Sequim, WA. in November this year and miss Al and all the Noon Time Casters very much. All a great bunch of guys. They put on a good lunch one Wednesday a month too.

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Hi Rod, how's Sequim? We miss you, you old reprobate!

As Rodney states there are a lot of individuals down at the Long Beach Casting Club casting two-handed at all levels--this is Spey Central for Southern California. Yeah, it is slack water but if you can cast there it's sooooo much easier on the river...

There are also any number of people who hang out there that are two-handed instructors; both non-certified and FFF THCI certified. I am of the latter category (also a FFF Master single hand) and teach folks Skagit, Scandi and Long-Line all the time there. I also help prep those individuals that want to become a certified instructor. There is usually someone in the casting pond with a two-hander any day of the week from about mid to late morning until 2'ish.

If anyone has any specific questions send me a PM and I will do my best to answer or help in any way I can.

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Bob Middo and John Vanderhoof

Both superb!
Casters and, more importantly, instructors.

I think it would violoate some rule if I posted their contact info, but they can both be found on the FFF website in the Find an Instructor section. LB casting Club is a beautiful facility.

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I'll second the recommendation for Bob Middo and John Vanderhoof. I've been lucky to spend time with both, and each has helped me be a better caster.
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