Spey Angler/Improver Programs

Spey Angler Program

GGACC's Spey Angler program is unique, in that its goal is to actually teach anglers how to fish with a two-handed rod. This class is more than a casting lesson. On Saturday we cover the fundamentals of Spey in a classroom setting, then quickly move to the ponds to learn the basic Spey casts. We meet Saturday @ 8:30AM in Anglers Lodge in our waders - leave spiked boots outside. We then move into the ponds from 9:30AM - 3PM with appropriate breaks.

Sunday we head to the American River in the Sacramento area and learn to fish the casts practiced on Saturday. Midday we add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy and fighting and landing steelhead and other species. Sunday we start at 8:30AM ready to cast (waders, etc.) at one of several locations to be provided on Saturday. We finish between 1-2PM. Maximum class size is 6. You must be a GGACC member, and there is a $150 fee for the class, to be paid online.

Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly, Bob Pauli, Steve Morikawa and Willy George.

Please note the following! In order to derive the most benefit from this class it is best to have certain casting abilities. We strongly advise you are able to cast (with a single hand rod) a straight top leg of a loop (at a distance of approximately 35’) as well as being able to roll cast, having the fly line, leader and fly “turn over” whilst airborne. If you have any concern as to your readiness for the class, one of the four Spey instructors will be available in the afternoon of GGACC’s “Free Casting Instruction” Saturdays every month. Contact a Spey instructor and arrange for them to help you determine if this class is appropriate for you. Attending the free Saturday classes combined with some practice should adequately prepare you for the Spey Angler class.

The club has loaner rods, reels and lines available. Bring waders, boots, wading staff, eye protection, hat, lunches for both days, and a folding chair for Sunday at the American River. Again, students are welcome to use the club's high end, superbly matched Spey rods and lines each day.

Effective November 15, 2018 registration for 2019 classes will be accomplished online using the GGACC Event calendar. First select the Saturday class date on the calendar you want. Registration requires GGACC membership and paying the $150 fee on line via credit card or Paypal. When the class is full (maximum 6 students) you will have the option of joining a waitlist for that class (there are often cancellations which will be filled from the waitlist).

Cancellation: If you have to cancel prior to 30 days from the class, your fee will be refunded. Cancellation inside the 30 day window which causes the class size to drop below 4 students (minimum class size) will result in fee forfeiture. Notify Bill Gallogly (Slazanger2@icloud.com) as soon as you know you need to cancel.

Please check the GGACC events calendar for Spey Angler classes. There will be two Spey Angler classes in the spring and two in the fall.

Spey Improver Program

This is a one-day class directed at those GGACC members who have taken the GGACC Spey Angler program, or who have experience fishing with a two-handed rod. Class size limited to 6 members.

Items covered will include Single Spey and Snake Roll casts, with Skagit, Scandi and Long Belly lines. We will also focus on non-dominate hand casting.

Spey Improver Program 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 12' tapered steelhead/salmon leader. Please, 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 (in the water) at 8:30AM.

Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly, Bob Pauli, Steve Morikawa and Willy George.

Effective November 15, 2018 registration for 2019 classes will be accomplished on the GGACC website Events calendar. Registration requires GGACC membership and paying a $50 fee either by credit card or Paypal online. If the class is full you will have the option of joining the wait list.

Please check the GGACC events calendar for scheduled classes. There will be 2 Spey Improver classes in 2019 (Spring and Fall).

 

Upcoming events

    • 15 Dec 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) & center pond

    GGACC's Spey Angler Program is unique, in that its goal is to actually teach anglers how to fish with a double-handed rod. This one weekend-long class is more than a casting lesson.

    On Saturday we will cover the fundamentals of Spey in a classroom setting, then quickly move to the ponds to learn the fundamental Spey casts.

    Sunday we head to Sacramento's American River and learn to fish the casts learned on Saturday. We then add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy, and fighting and landing steelhead and salmon.

    We meet Saturday at 9AM in the Anglers Lodge meeting room, dressed in waders (leave spiked boots outside), and after some classroom instruction, we'll get into the water from 10AM to 4PM with appropriate breaks. On Sunday we meet on the American River at 8:30 AM at a location in the Sacramento area to be provided to the group on Saturday (bring a camp chair for this). 

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly and other volunteers (possibly Bob Pauli and Steve Morikawa).

    Enrollment is by approved appointment only in response to your request to be admitted into a specific class as emailed to Bill Gallogly at slazanger2@icloud.com and the subsequent submission and potential approval of the provided questionnaire regarding your fishing experience and single-handed casting skill.  Please list the word "Spey" in the subject line of your emails.

    Each class will be limited to 5 students due to space issues in the ponds and on the river.

    There is a $100 fee for this program. If notified of your approval for registering for this class, you will be given a club website link to make an online payment of this fee via credit card or PayPal. (Personal checks are no longer accepted.) 

    Bring your own waders, eyewear, hat, and lunches each day, but students may use the club's Spey rods each class day, both in the ponds and on the river. 

    A full description of this Spey Angler Program (and the follow-up Spey Improver Program) is posted on the club's website under the Events tab. 

    For any further questions about this class, email Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 16 Dec 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began Saturday, January 19, 2019, will be held starting at 8:30AM on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at a place on the American River in the Sacramento area to be announced in the previous day's class. This session should wrap up around 1-2pm that afternoon.

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

    This program has limited registration.  See previous day's event posting for more details.  

    • 19 Jan 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) 1st hour & center pond after
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    GGACC's Spey Angler Program is unique, in that its goal is to actually teach anglers how to fish with a two-handed rod. This one weekend class is more than a casting lesson.  

    On Saturday we cover the fundamentals of Spey in a classroom setting, then quickly move to the ponds to learn the basic Spey casts. We meet Saturday @ 8:30AM in Anglers Lodge in our waders - leave spiked boots outside. We then move into the ponds from 9:30AM - 3PM with appropriate breaks.

    Sunday we head to the American River in the Sacramento area and learn to fish the casts practiced on Saturday.  Midday we'll add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy, and fighting and landing steelhead and other species. Sunday we start at 8:30AM ready to cast (in your waders, etc.) at one of several river locations to be provided on Saturday. We finish between 1-2PM. 

    Maximum class size is 6. You must be a GGACC member, and there is a $150 fee for the class to be paid online.

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly, Bob Pauli, Steve Morikawa and Willy George.

    Please note the following!  In order to derive the most benefit from this class, it is best to already have developed certain single-handed casting abilities.  We strongly advise that you are able to cast (with a single hand rod) a straight top leg on your forward loop (at a distance of approximately 35’), as well as being able to roll cast so that the fly line, leader, and fly all “turn over” while airborne.  If you have any concern as to your readiness for this Spey Angler class, one of the four Spey instructors will be available in the afternoon of GGACC’s “Free Casting Instruction” Saturdays every month.  Contact a Spey instructor and arrange for them to help you determine if this class is appropriate for you.  Attending the free Saturday classes combined with some practice should adequately prepare you for the Spey Angler class.

    The club has loaner rods, reels and lines available. Bring waders, boots, wading staff, eye protection, hat, lunches for both days, and a folding chair for Sunday at the American River. Again, students are welcome to use the club's high-end, superbly matched Spey rods and lines each day.

    Registration:  Effective November 15, 2018, all registration for the 2019 classes will be accomplished ONLINE Only using the GGACC Event calendar.  To register, first select the Saturday class date that you want on the calendar.  Registration (and participation) requires current GGACC membership and paying the $150 fee online via credit card or Paypal. The class will be open for registration when a large "Register" button appears on the opened calendar event. When the class is full (a maximum of 6 students), you will have the option of joining a waitlist for that class (there are often cancellations which will be filled from the waitlist).

    Cancellation: If you have to cancel prior to 30 days from the class, your fee will be refunded.  Cancellation inside the 30 day window which causes the class size to drop below 4 students (minimum class size) will result in fee forfeiture.  Notify Bill Gallogly  (Slazanger2@icloud.com) as soon as you know you need to cancel.

    Please check the GGACC events calendar for Spey Angler class dates.  There will be at least two Spey Angler classes in the spring and two in the fall in 2019.

    For any further questions about this class, email Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 20 Jan 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began Saturday, January 19, 2019, will be held starting at 8:30AM on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at a place on the American River in the Sacramento area to be announced in the previous day's class. This session should wrap up around 1-2pm that afternoon.

    Bring camp chair 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.  

    • 16 Feb 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River near Sacramento, CA
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    GGACC's Spey Improver Program's next class, on the American River, is scheduled for Saturday, February 16, 2019, starting at 8:30 AM.  Registration fee is $50. 

    The Spey Improver Program is a one-day class directed at those GGACC members who have taken the GGACC Spey Angler Program's class in the past, or who have experience fishing with a two-handed rod.  Class size is limited to 6 current club members.

    Items covered will include Single Spey and Snake Roll casts with Skagit, Scandi, and Long Belly lines. We will also focus on non-dominate hand casting.

    Spey Improver Program 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 12' tapered steelhead/salmon leader.  Please, 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 (in the water) at 8:30AM.

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly, Bob Pauli, Steve Morikawa and Willy George.

    Registration:  Effective November 15, 2018, all registration for the 2019 Spey Improver classes will be accomplished ONLINE Only on the GGACC website's Events Calendar.  Registration (and participation) requires current GGACC membership and online payment of $50 fee either by credit card or Paypal.  You may sign-up when a large "Register" button shows next to this calendar event description. If the class is already full, you will have the option of joining the wait list.  Any cancellations will be filled from the waitlist. 

    Cancellation: If you have to cancel prior to 30 days from the class, your fee will be refunded.  Cancellation inside the 30 day window which causes the class size to drop below 4 students (minimum class size) will result in fee forfeiture.  Notify Bill Gallogly  (Slazanger2@icloud.com) as soon as you know you need to cancel.

    Please check the GGACC Events Calendar for the scheduled class dates.  There will be at least 2 Spey Improver classes in 2019 (Spring and Fall).

    For more information about this program, contact Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) 1st hour & center pond after
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    GGACC's Spey Angler Program is unique, in that its goal is to actually teach anglers how to fish with a two-handed rod. This one weekend class is more than a casting lesson.  

    On Saturday we cover the fundamentals of Spey in a classroom setting, then quickly move to the ponds to learn the basic Spey casts. We meet Saturday @ 8:30AM in Anglers Lodge in our waders - leave spiked boots outside. We then move into the ponds from 9:30AM - 3PM with appropriate breaks.

    Sunday we head to the American River in the Sacramento area and learn to fish the casts practiced on Saturday.  Midday we'll add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy, and fighting and landing steelhead and other species. Sunday we start at 8:30AM ready to cast (in your waders, etc.) at one of several river locations to be provided on Saturday. We finish between 1-2PM. 

    Maximum class size is 6. You must be a GGACC member, and there is a $150 fee for the class to be paid online.

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly, Bob Pauli, Steve Morikawa and Willy George.

    Please note the following!  In order to derive the most benefit from this class, it is best to already have developed certain single-handed casting abilities.  We strongly advise that you are able to cast (with a single hand rod) a straight top leg on your forward loop (at a distance of approximately 35’), as well as being able to roll cast so that the fly line, leader, and fly all “turn over” while airborne.  If you have any concern as to your readiness for this Spey Angler class, one of the four Spey instructors will be available in the afternoon of GGACC’s “Free Casting Instruction” Saturdays every month.  Contact a Spey instructor and arrange for them to help you determine if this class is appropriate for you.  Attending the free Saturday classes combined with some practice should adequately prepare you for the Spey Angler class.

    The club has loaner rods, reels and lines available. Bring waders, boots, wading staff, eye protection, hat, lunches for both days, and a folding chair for Sunday at the American River. Again, students are welcome to use the club's high-end, superbly matched Spey rods and lines each day.

    Registration:  Effective November 15, 2018, all registration for the 2019 classes will be accomplished ONLINE Only using the GGACC Event calendar.  To register, first select the Saturday class date that you want on the calendar.  Registration (and participation) requires current GGACC membership and paying the $150 fee online via credit card or Paypal. The class will be open for registration when a large "Register" button appears on the opened calendar event. When the class is full (a maximum of 6 students), you will have the option of joining a waitlist for that class (there are often cancellations which will be filled from the waitlist).    

    Cancellation: If you have to cancel prior to 30 days from the class, your fee will be refunded.  Cancellation inside the 30 day window which causes the class size to drop below 4 students (minimum class size) will result in fee forfeiture.  Notify Bill Gallogly  (Slazanger2@icloud.com) as soon as you know you need to cancel.

    Please check the GGACC events calendar for Spey Angler class dates.  There will be at least two Spey Angler classes in the spring and two in the fall in 2019.

    For any further questions about this class, email Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began Saturday, March 16, 2019, will be held starting at 8:30AM on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at a place on the American River in the Sacramento area to be announced in the previous day's class. This session should wrap up around 1-2pm that afternoon.

    Bring camp chair 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.  

    • 05 Oct 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) 1st hour & center pond after
    • 6
    Register

    GGACC's Spey Angler Program is unique, in that its goal is to actually teach anglers how to fish with a two-handed rod. This one weekend class is more than a casting lesson.  

    On Saturday we cover the fundamentals of Spey in a classroom setting, then quickly move to the ponds to learn the basic Spey casts. We meet Saturday @ 8:30AM in Anglers Lodge in our waders - leave spiked boots outside. We then move into the ponds from 9:30AM - 3PM with appropriate breaks.

    Sunday we head to the American River in the Sacramento area and learn to fish the casts practiced on Saturday.  Midday we'll add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy, and fighting and landing steelhead and other species. Sunday we start at 8:30AM ready to cast (in your waders, etc.) at one of several river locations to be provided on Saturday. We finish between 1-2PM. 

    Maximum class size is 6. You must be a GGACC member, and there is a $150 fee for the class to be paid online.

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly, Bob Pauli, Steve Morikawa and Willy George.

    Please note the following!  In order to derive the most benefit from this class, it is best to already have developed certain single-handed casting abilities.  We strongly advise that you are able to cast (with a single hand rod) a straight top leg on your forward loop (at a distance of approximately 35’), as well as being able to roll cast so that the fly line, leader, and fly all “turn over” while airborne.  If you have any concern as to your readiness for this Spey Angler class, one of the four Spey instructors will be available in the afternoon of GGACC’s “Free Casting Instruction” Saturdays every month.  Contact a Spey instructor and arrange for them to help you determine if this class is appropriate for you.  Attending the free Saturday classes combined with some practice should adequately prepare you for the Spey Angler class.

    The club has loaner rods, reels and lines available. Bring waders, boots, wading staff, eye protection, hat, lunches for both days, and a folding chair for Sunday at the American River. Again, students are welcome to use the club's high-end, superbly matched Spey rods and lines each day.

    Registration:  Effective November 15, 2018, all registration for the 2019 classes will be accomplished ONLINE Only using the GGACC Event calendar.  To register, first select the Saturday class date that you want on the calendar.  Registration (and participation) requires current GGACC membership and paying the $150 fee online via credit card or Paypal. The class will be open for registration when a large "Register" button appears on the opened calendar event. When the class is full (a maximum of 6 students), you will have the option of joining a waitlist for that class (there are often cancellations which will be filled from the waitlist). 

    Cancellation: If you have to cancel prior to 30 days from the class, your fee will be refunded.  Cancellation inside the 30 day window which causes the class size to drop below 4 students (minimum class size) will result in fee forfeiture.  Notify Bill Gallogly  (Slazanger2@icloud.com) as soon as you know you need to cancel.

    Please check the GGACC events calendar for Spey Angler class dates.  There will be at least two Spey Angler classes in the spring and two in the fall in 2019.

    For any further questions about this class, email Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 06 Oct 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began Saturday, October 5, 2019, will be held starting at 8:30AM on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at a place on the American River in the Sacramento area to be announced in the previous day's class. This session should wrap up around 1-2pm that afternoon.

    Bring camp chair 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.  

    • 02 Nov 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River near Sacramento, CA
    • 6
    Register

    GGACC's Spey Improver Program's next class, on the American River, is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 2019, starting at 8:30 AM.  Registration fee is $50. 

    The Spey Improver Program is a one-day class directed at those GGACC members who have taken the GGACC Spey Angler Program's class in the past, or who have experience fishing with a two-handed rod.  Class size is limited to 6 current club members.

    Items covered will include Single Spey and Snake Roll casts with Skagit, Scandi, and Long Belly lines. We will also focus on non-dominate hand casting.

    Spey Improver Program 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 12' tapered steelhead/salmon leader.  Please, 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 (in the water) at 8:30AM.

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly, Bob Pauli, Steve Morikawa and Willy George.

    Registration:  Effective November 15, 2018, all registration for the 2019 Spey Improver classes will be accomplished ONLINE Only on the GGACC website's Events Calendar.  Registration (and participation) requires current GGACC membership and online payment of a $50 fee either by credit card or Paypal.  You may sign-up when a large "Register" button shows next to this calendar event description. If the class is already full, you will have the option of joining the wait list.  Any cancellations will be filled from the waitlist. 

    Cancellation: If you have to cancel prior to 30 days from the class, your fee will be refunded.  Cancellation inside the 30 day window which causes the class size to drop below 4 students (minimum class size) will result in fee forfeiture.  Notify Bill Gallogly  (Slazanger2@icloud.com) as soon as you know you need to cancel.

    Please check the GGACC Events Calendar for the scheduled class dates.  There will be at least 2 Spey Improver classes in 2019 (Spring and Fall).

    For more information about this program, contact Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 07 Dec 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) 1st hour & center pond after
    • 6
    Register

    GGACC's Spey Angler Program is unique, in that its goal is to actually teach anglers how to fish with a two-handed rod. This one weekend class is more than a casting lesson.  

    On Saturday we cover the fundamentals of Spey in a classroom setting, then quickly move to the ponds to learn the basic Spey casts. We meet Saturday @ 8:30AM in Anglers Lodge in our waders - leave spiked boots outside. We then move into the ponds from 9:30AM - 3PM with appropriate breaks.

    Sunday we head to the American River in the Sacramento area and learn to fish the casts practiced on Saturday.  Midday we'll add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy, and fighting and landing steelhead and other species. Sunday we start at 8:30AM ready to cast (in your waders, etc.) at one of several river locations to be provided on Saturday. We finish between 1-2PM. 

    Maximum class size is 6. You must be a GGACC member, and there is a $150 fee for the class to be paid online.

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly, Bob Pauli, Steve Morikawa and Willy George.

    Please note the following!  In order to derive the most benefit from this class, it is best to already have developed certain single-handed casting abilities.  We strongly advise that you are able to cast (with a single hand rod) a straight top leg on your forward loop (at a distance of approximately 35’), as well as being able to roll cast so that the fly line, leader, and fly all “turn over” while airborne.  If you have any concern as to your readiness for this Spey Angler class, one of the four Spey instructors will be available in the afternoon of GGACC’s “Free Casting Instruction” Saturdays every month.  Contact a Spey instructor and arrange for them to help you determine if this class is appropriate for you.  Attending the free Saturday classes combined with some practice should adequately prepare you for the Spey Angler class.

    The club has loaner rods, reels and lines available. Bring waders, boots, wading staff, eye protection, hat, lunches for both days, and a folding chair for Sunday at the American River. Again, students are welcome to use the club's high-end, superbly matched Spey rods and lines each day.

    Registration:  Effective November 15, 2018, all registration for the 2019 classes will be accomplished ONLINE Only using the GGACC Event calendar.  To register, first select the Saturday class date that you want on the calendar.  Registration (and participation) requires current GGACC membership and paying the $150 fee online via credit card or Paypal. The class will be open for registration when a large "Register" button appears on the opened calendar event. When the class is full (a maximum of 6 students), you will have the option of joining a waitlist for that class (there are often cancellations which will be filled from the waitlist).  

    Cancellation: If you have to cancel prior to 30 days from the class, your fee will be refunded.  Cancellation inside the 30 day window which causes the class size to drop below 4 students (minimum class size) will result in fee forfeiture.  Notify Bill Gallogly  (Slazanger2@icloud.com) as soon as you know you need to cancel.

    Please check the GGACC events calendar for Spey Angler class dates.  There will be at least two Spey Angler classes in the spring and two in the fall in 2019.

    For any further questions about this class, email Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 08 Dec 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began Saturday, December 7, 2019, will be held starting at 8:30AM on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at a place on the American River in the Sacramento area to be announced in the previous day's class. This session should wrap up around 1-2pm that afternoon.

    Bring camp chair 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.  

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

General Information:

club.ggacc@gmail.com

Rondy Program:

rondy.ggacc@gmail.com

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