Spey Improver Program
The GGACC's Spey Improver Program's next class, likely on the American River, is scheduled for Sunday, December 6, 2020, starting at 8:30 AM. Registration fee is $50.
This is a one-day class directed at those GGACC members who have previously taken the GGACC Spey Angler program, or who have experience swinging a fly with a two-handed rod. This is a more advanced class than Spey Angler (which is meant for beginners). It is important to understand that students are expected to be able to safely and productively perform (with a two-hand rod) dead-line roll casts, overhead casts, double Spey, and snap casts. Additionally, you should be able to shoot one rod length of line performing these casts. If you have any concerns about your readiness for the Spey Improver class, please contact one of the GGACC Spey Instructors. Their contact info is on the GGACC website. When you are enrolled in a class you will be sent Bob Pauli’s manual and a recommendation for Simon Gawesworth’s DVD set for your study. They are the cornerstones of our teaching.
Items covered will include Single Spey, Snake Roll, Perry Poke, and reset casts. We will use both Skagit and Scandi set-ups. Expect to focus on non-dominate hand casting.
Spey Improver classes will be held on the American River (conditions permitting). Students will be notified of the access point several days before the class. Students should have Skagit and Scandi heads, tips (floating, intermediate, and fast sinking) as well as a 15’ tapered steelhead/salmon leader (Scandi set up). Use yarn flies only. Students should bring waders, boots, wading staff and belt, eye protection, sunscreen, hat, raingear, lunch, and a folding chair. Be ready to start (rigged up, in the water) at 8:30AM. The class will end between 2 and 3 o’clock. Students are responsible for their own transportation (carpooling is encouraged).
Your FFI certified instructors are Bill Gallogly, Bob Pauli, Steve Morikawa and Willy George.
Registration is accomplished on the GGACC website Events calendar. Registration requires GGACC membership and paying a $50 fee, which must be paid online by credit card or PayPal within 15 minutes of starting the registration process. If the class is already full, you will have the option of joining the waitlist. We strongly advise signing up for the waitlist, if only to be potentially advised first of the next scheduled class. Any cancellations made inside a 30-day window may result in fee loss.
Two Spey Improver classes are planned each year (Spring and Fall). Depending on instructor availability, an additional class may be offered when a waitlist contains 6 or more members.
GGACC Spey Education Chairman, FFI certified THCI & CCI