Jefferson Spey Sessions

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Come join Whitney Gould, Jason Hartwick and Rich Zellman on the mighty Klamath River, and be engaged in all things spey/all things steelhead for three days of on the water guided instruction.

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The Jefferson Spey Sessions were designed to target sink-tip and floating line spey cast fundamentals, both for those who are developing new skills and those who want to evolve what they already know. No spey casting experience required. Gain confidence in the swung fly for summer/fall steelhead, wherever they may take you. Spend three days floating the lower Klamath in one of the wildest corners in California. Big, broad, classic, bouldery riffles and never ending tail-outs invite the spey rod and swung fly. With the Klamath’s famed half-pounders eager to pounce and the bigger late run fall adults beginning to show, opportunities to put new skills to the test abound. Whitney, Jason and Rich share a passion that is unmatched for teaching, spey, steelhead and watching their students grow. Experience a day with each of them and you’ll emerge from the Jefferson Spey Sessions a spey caster and more seasoned angler.

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Enjoy three nights of lodging at the historic Klamath River Lodge, which sits atop two prime steelhead runs. Built in the 30’s, by a steelhead fly-fisherman so that he could revel in the spoils of the lower Klamath. Sold in 1964 to the present owner, the lodge now is a staple among fall steelheaders and rarely has a vacancy from September on. Guests return year after year. Rustic cabins nestled amongst the trees offer, clean, comfortable rooms and all the necessary amenities, at double occupancy. Jason, Rich and Whitney are excited to share this place with you!

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All meals will be hearty and delicious, provided and prepared by Whitney, Jason and Rich.

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The Jefferson Spey Sessions are limited to six angler students to ensure quality one on one instruction.

Two sessions are available for this coming fall season:

November 13-15
November 20-22

Location:
Klamath River Lodge, Orleans, CA

Cost:
$1495 includes three nights of lodging, food, and guiding/instruction

Jefferson Spey Sessions will cover the following and more:

All necessary spey casts, both river right and river left
Equipment
Swinging flies
Reading water
Steelhead fishing
Fly selection

What to Bring:

2015 California fishing license and steelhead report card
waders, boots, warm layering and rain jacket
personal fishing gear(no rods or reels yet, no problem. They can be provided.)
BYOB

For booking and more info, contact:
Jason Hartwick speybum@gmail.com
Rich Zellman steelheadwater@gmail.com.

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Dean River Chinook June 26 – July 3, 2015

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Join me at Kimsquit Bay Lodge on the lower Dean River, BC June 26th – July 3rd for a week of chasing Chinook salmon and some early steelhead on the Dean River. Dean River Chinook (King) salmon are some of the freshest, hardest-fighting fish in the world. These fish can be just minutes or hours out of the ocean dawning sea lice and are notorious for taking anglers deep into the backing.

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The Dean river is known by many to be the Shangri-La for salmon and steelhead fly anglers. The river is set up perfectly for the swung fly and hosts many big, broad runs perfectly suited for the spey rod and swung fly. Not to mention it happens to sit in one of the most beautiful settings around.

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The details: $6100 to and from Smithers, BC, Canada. For more info, check out the website linked above or feel free to contact with any questions. Kimsquit Bay Lodge also has a few openings the prior week, June 19th-26th as well.

JH

 

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Wild fish, Habitat, it all makes a difference…

Check out Shane Anderson’s short piece on the Montana story and why they now have some of the best wild trout fishing in the world!

 

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Huge Storm to hit CA North Coast

Huge storm hitting the North Coast right now. Rain predictions have been as high as 9-10″. Eel to 220,000 cfs? It could be a sight to see. Rivers are gonna be out for some time, time to get caught up with fly tying!

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Brief Winter Report….

Blown out with more rain on the way. This has been a common sight so far for the month of December. We need the rain, but also need a break if you are going to fish anytime soon. Winter fish should be rolling in. Pics from the big storm last week when the eel system was over 105,000 CFS.

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Updated Contact Information

My iPhone decided it wanted to go swimming with the fish today, so we have a new phone and new number here at Steelhead on the Spey Guide Service…

Jason Hartwick

phone: (707) 382-1655

email: speybum@gmail.com

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Prep the ark

Suppose to be a good one moving in. Heard rumors of 6-8″ of rain over the next few days with gusts over 50mph.

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267,000 CFS…..would be a fun raft ride if you could dodge the 300′ redwoods racing by! Suppose to be one hell of a storm.

 

JH

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