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.
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).
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.
GGACC Spey Education Chair