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I just purchased an almost new Loomis Skagit 8/9 spey rod 13' 9" along with a new Rio Skagit versatip line kit loaded onto a new Ross reel. I attended a spey casting class over a year ago in New Jersey, and have not used the knowledge gained since then. I have been strictly overhead fly caster until now. With some steelhead trips to the Great lakes in my future, I finally decided on the purchase of a Skagit rod only because it seemed like a uniquely American style of spey casting, and I liked the rod. I will probably buy Ed Ward's "Skagit Master" video to learn as much as possible, but I really need some personal instruction from an instructor close to my home in Connecticut.
Where is this style of spey casting taught in the North East or New England?
 

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Fly Fishing Only, a shop in Fairfield, Maine sponsors a two day school, but I think it has already taken place this year. LL Bean in Freeport, ME also offers them in the spring/summer. You might try Stone River Outfitters In NH, or check with your local TU or FFF chapter. The easiest thing to do might be to watch a video such as Introduction to Spey casting with John and Amy Hazel, or Spey to Z, among many others. Each of these videos details several types of Sakgit casts such as the Double Spey, Circle Spey, Snap T, and Snake Roll. (Spey to Z will also show you the Perry Poke). If you are reasonably adept with the one hander, you should be able to figure things out well enough from a video to get yourself on the water. At the very least, half the fun is in learning and practicing a new skill.
 

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You can call Spey Pages Sponsor - Tight Lines Fly Fishing in Pine Brook, NJ. Andrew the owner and owner of East Coast Spey does private and group instruction as well as running trips to various locations. Check their home page for events. He is also a complete source for all styles of spey equipment and flies/tying.
 
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