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).


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