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 double-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 fundamental Spey casts. We meet Saturday @ 9AM in Anglers Lodge in our waders - leave spiked boots outside. We then move into the ponds from 10AM - 3PM with appropriate breaks.

Sunday we head to the American River in the Sacramento area 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. 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 5. You must be a GGACC member, and there is a $100 fee for the class, to be paid on line.

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

Registration requires confirmation of one's fishing experience and single-handed casting skills via a questionnaire. To register, start by contacting Bill Gallogly (Slazanger2@icloud.com). Use the word "Spey" in the email subject line. Registration entails the following first 5 steps.

  1. Send a request; you will then receive a questionnaire.
  2. Return completed questionnaire to Bill Gallogly.
  3. Questionnaire approval and membership verification.
  4. GGACC website fee payment. (Payment link will be provided.)
  5. Email notification of acceptance in program.
  6. There will be a standby list to accommodate cancellations.

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.

Class Dates 2018:

  1. January 6-7
  2. January 27-28
  3. October 20-21
  4. December 15-16
 

Spey Improver Program

This is a one day long 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 5 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 and Steve Morikawa.

There is no fee for this program. There will be a waiting list to accommodate cancellations.

Interested members should contact Bill Gallogly at: Slazanger2@icloud.com. Please use the word "Spey" in the email subject line.

Class Dates 2018:

  1. March 17
  2. June 16
 

Upcoming events

    • 06 Jan 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

    • 07 Jan 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began on Saturday, January 6, 2018, will be held on the American River on Sunday, January 7, beginning at 8:30AM at a place to be announced in the previous day's class.  

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

    This program is by appointment only.  See the previous day's event posting for details.  

    • 27 Jan 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

    • 28 Jan 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began on Saturday, January 6, 2018, will be held on the American River on Sunday, January 7, beginning at 8:30AM at a place to be announced in the previous day's class.  

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

    This program is by appointment only.  See the previous day's event posting for details.  

    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River near Sacramento, CA

    GGACC Spey Improver Program's class #83, on the American River, is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, 2018, starting at 8:30 AM.  

    This free one-day session is directed at those GGACC members who have either taken past GGACC Spey Angler Programs, or who have already had some experience fishing with a two-handed fly rod.

    Items covered will include:  Single Spey and Snake Roll casts with Skagit, Scandi, and Long Belly floating lines. There will also be a focus on casting with the non-dominate hand.

    Interested students should schedule with Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com.  Be sure to ask Bill for directions to the specific American River access site for this class.

    If there is a large demand, multiple shifts may be accommodated.

    In addition to your Spey rod, reel, lines, leaders, waders, boots, eyewear, hat, and other sun protection, be sure to bring a lunch and a camp chair.  


    • 16 Jun 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River near Sacramento, CA

    GGACC Spey Improver Program's class #84, on the American River, is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2018, starting at 8:30 AM.  

    This free one-day session is directed at those GGACC members who have either taken past GGACC Spey Angler Programs, or who have already had some experience fishing with a two-handed fly rod.

    Items covered will include:  Single Spey and Snake Roll casts with Skagit, Scandi, and Long Belly floating lines. There will also be a focus on casting with the non-dominate hand.

    Interested students should schedule with Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com.  Be sure to ask Bill for directions to the specific American River access site for this class.

    If there is a large demand, multiple shifts may be accommodated.

    In addition to your Spey rod, reel, lines, leaders, waders, boots, eyewear, hat, and other sun protection, be sure to bring a lunch and a camp chair.  


    • 20 Oct 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

    • 21 Oct 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began on Saturday, October 20, 2018, will be held on the American River on Sunday, October 21, beginning at 8:30AM at a place to be announced in the previous day's class.  

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

    This program is by appointment only.  See the previous day's event posting for details.  

    • 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 - 3:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began Saturday, December 15, 2018, will be held on the American River on Sunday, December 16, beginning at 8:30AM at a place to be announced in the previous day's class.  

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

    This program is by appointment only.  See the previous day's event posting for details.  

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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