Jefferson Spey Sessions

Come join Whitney Gould, Jason Hartwick and Rich Zellman on the mighty Klamath River, and be engaged in all things spey/all things steelhead for three days of on the water guided instruction.

We designed the Jefferson Spey Sessions to target sink-tip and floating line spey cast fundamentals, both for those who are developing new skills and those who want to continue to evolve and refine what they already know. No spey casting experience required.

Gain confidence in the swung fly for summer/fall steelhead, wherever they may take you. Spend three days floating the lower Klamath in one of the wildest corners in California. Big, broad, classic, bouldery riffles and never ending tail-outs invite the spey rod and swung fly. With the Klamath’s famed half-pounders eager to pounce and the bigger late run fall adults beginning to show, opportunities to put new skills to the test abound. Whitney, Jason and Rich share a passion that is unmatched for teaching, spey, steelhead and watching their students grow. Experience a day with each of them and you’ll emerge from the Jefferson Spey Sessions a spey caster and more seasoned angler.

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Enjoy three nights of lodging at the historic Klamath River Lodge, which sits atop two prime steelhead runs. Built in the 30’s, by a steelhead fly-fisherman so that he could revel in the spoils of the lower Klamath. Sold in 1964 to the present owner, the lodge now is a staple among fall steelheaders and rarely has a vacancy from September on. Guests return year after year. Rustic cabins nestled amongst the trees offer, clean, comfortable rooms and all the necessary amenities, at double occupancy. Jason, Rich and Whitney are excited to share this place with you!

All meals will be hearty and delicious, provided and prepared by Whitney, Jason and Rich.

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Each of the Jefferson Spey Sessions are limited to six angler students to ensure quality one-on-one instruction.

Two sessions are available for this coming fall season:

  • November 3-6 
  • November 10-13

 Location: Klamath River Lodge, Orleans, CA

Cost: $1795 includes three nights of lodging, food, and three full days of guiding/instruction

Jefferson Spey Sessions will cover the following and more:

  • How to execute all key spey casts, both river right and river left
  • What equipment works best for you and the rivers you fish
  • How to swing flies through different water types
  • How to read steelhead holding water
  • Fly selection for summer/fall steelhead

What to Bring:

  • 2016 California fishing license and steelhead report card
  • Waders, boots, warm layering and rain jacket
  • Personal fishing gear(no rods or reels yet, no problem. They can be provided.)
  • BYOB

For booking and more info, contact:

Jason Hartwick speybum@gmail.com

Rich Zellman steelheadwater@gmail.com

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Hope to see you there!

Glimpses

Knowingly driving away from a river for the season, sometimes saying goodbye for months on end, is a tough one. Every river has its own soul and the fish that return to them very much do as well. The question "what's your favorite river?" comes up nearly everyday. There's no right or wrong answer to this, but I don't think I'll ever be able to choose just one. The fall season's still hanging on but those drives away are coming, if they haven't already happened.

Last of October
Last of October
November skies
November skies
Native blush
Native blush
Smokeless
Smokeless
Bob Schaefer with a dandy.
Bob Schaefer with a dandy.
Chris B
Chris B
Redtail
Redtail
October evening
October evening
First on the top, not a jerk in sight even as this hen came out of the water downstream after it. Great job Genevieve
First on the top, not a jerk in sight even as this hen came out of the water downstream after it. Great job Genevieve
Rick Davis hiding his smile after this hen cart-wheeled 9 times
Rick Davis hiding his smile after this hen cart-wheeled 9 times
Friends once again
Friends once again
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Dinner
Dinner
Gasshopper
Gasshopper
The great blue getting personal
The great blue getting personal
Nothing beats your first, but how many can say their first came on a dry?
Nothing beats your first, but how many can say their first came on a dry?
Big Dave getting after them again.
Big Dave getting after them again.
Peter Heitman
Peter Heitman
Morning bronze
Morning bronze
Craw-baby
Craw-baby
Sundowner
Sundowner
River camo
River camo
Exit-entry
Exit-entry
Chuck Volkhausen, so shiny, so chrome.
Chuck Volkhausen, so shiny, so chrome.
Cutty
Cutty
The circle of life
The circle of life
Big skies in the valley
Big skies in the valley
"Fish is coming" Mr. Matsuda with a beauty
"Fish is coming" Mr. Matsuda with a beauty
Jim Brown could do no wrong in this spot. Promptly named "Jim's"
Jim Brown could do no wrong in this spot. Promptly named "Jim's"
On the drive away...
On the drive away...
Every once in awhile...thanks Jason Hartwick for a beautiful shot
Every once in awhile...thanks Jason Hartwick for a beautiful shot

Many, many thanks to everyone who spent time with me on the water. It was a great season.

Best,

Rich