Spey Education Program

GGACC's Spey Education Program is a unique program that teaches students to cast a two-handed rod, and the techniques of a swung fly presentation.  We train students to cast from both sides with either hand up.  Because of its FFI trained instructors, world class facilities, and available loaner equipment, it is the premier Spey training program in the country.  Open to members only, the program consists of three levels of classes:  Spey Angler (2 day), Spey Improver (1 day) and Long Belly (1 day).  Class dates are found on the GGACC Events calendar – typically in fall, winter and spring.  Registration is done online, and there is a waiting list available for all classes.  Each class is limited to 6 students. 


Spey Angler

Targeted at fly fishers who are new to Spey casting, students will learn basic Spey casts (for example: roll, double Spey, snap and overhead casts). Students will use GGACC rods, reels and lines.  Please note the following:  The most successful Spey Angler students arrive possessing certain casting ability.  They are able to false cast and roll cast a single-handed rod at 35’ with a straight top leg of the loop.  They are able to “turn over the line, leader and fly” in the air.

This is a two-day class.  The first day is at GGACC, while the second day is on the American River.  The club provides well matched loaner equipment (rods, reels and lines).  You must possess all other necessary gear.

There is a $150 fee paid online at registration.  The cornerstones of our instruction are the Bob Pauli Spey Casting Manual (registered members will receive a copy) and RIO’s Modern Spey Casting three DVD set featuring Simon Gawesworth (student purchase).


Spey Improver

Meant for students who have taken the Spey Angler class or have experience swinging a fly with a two-handed rod. Stu dents should be proficient performing waterborne anchor casts (snap and double spey casts).  Students will learn more advanced casts (for example: switch, snake roll and single Spey).  Students may use GGACC equipment or their own.  There is a $50 fee paid when registering online. 


Long Belly Class

Meant for those able to perform both waterborne anchor and splash-and-go casts.  Students will learn the fundamental differences between casting Skagit/Scandi and long belly lines.  Students provide rods and long belly lines (matched to their individual rod).  There is a $50 fee payable when registering online. 


Steve Morikawa
GGACC Spey Education Chair
stevenmorikawa@msn.com

 

Upcoming events

    • 30 Jan 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River or middle casting pond

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began Saturday, January 29, 2022, will be held starting at 8:00AM on Sunday, January 30, 2022, EITHER in the GGACC's Center Casting Pond -- OR, if the river conditions permit, at a place on the American River in the Sacramento area to be announced in the previous day's class.

    This 2nd session should wrap up around 1-2pm that Sunday afternoon.

    Bring camp chair (to river) and lunch in addition to the gear required for the previous day's class. 

    This program has limited registration.  See the previous day's event posting for more details and registering for any open spots or joining the waitlist.  


    • 20 Feb 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River or middle casting pond

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began Saturday, February 19, 2022, will be held starting at 8:00AM on Sunday, February 20, 2022, EITHER in the GGACC's Center Casting Pond -- OR, if the river conditions permit, at a place on the American River in the Sacramento area to be announced in the previous day's class.

    This 2nd session should wrap up around 1-2pm that Sunday afternoon.

    Bring camp chair (to river) and lunch in addition to the gear required for the previous day's class. 

    This program has limited registration.  See the previous day's event posting for more details and registering for any open spots or joining the waitlist.  


    • 26 Mar 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River (or Center Casting Pond)
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Spey Improver Program

    The GGACC's Spey Improver Program's next class, to be held on the club’s center casting pond, is scheduled for Saturday, March 26, 2022, 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.

    Bill Gallogly

    GGACC Spey Education Chairman, FFI certified THCI & CCI

    slazanger2@icloud.com



Questions? Please direct your inquiries to the appropriate mail box:

General Information:

club.ggacc@gmail.com

Rondy Program:

rondy.ggacc@gmail.com

Our Mailing Address:  Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club  ·  P.O. Box 591476  ·  San Francisco, CA 94159

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