(SFR) Michael & Young spey class, going? know them?

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by headstrong1, Mar 18, 2004.

  1. headstrong1 youngish old guy

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    They're on the Fraser, offering a class on the 27,28th. Just wondering if anyone can reccomend them or has any experience? Thanks, Nik
  2. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I don't know why anybody would pay for spey casting lessons when every saturday morning the Spey shop in Carnation gives free lessons on the river bank From 0900 to 1100 or 1200 if there are a few people there.

    Jim
  3. Steve Buckner Mother Nature's Son

    The folks at Michael and Young really know their stuff. They have a staff of serious, knowledgeable fly fisherman and I know a couple of them pretty well. I've yet to find a shop around here that equals them (I'm still looking though...).

    I haven't been to the shop in Carnation, but one advantage to taking a class is that you'll have all day, and you'll probably need it. Another point to consider is that there may be multiple people instructing and sometime one instructor may say something that clicks in your brain better than another.

    Another reason to take the class is that it is in Canada! I love the Fraser and it's tributaries...I wish I lived there!


    Steve Buckner
    www.northwestflyfisherman.com
  4. Brian Simonseth Banned or Parked

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    They run a sweet operation up there!
    Check it out!:thumb
  5. headstrong1 youngish old guy

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    Jim, they are doing this to sell rods? I knew about it but thought it was a sales thing. I don't want to be guilted into buying stuff, if instruction is free? I have taken a class from Charles St Pierre, which I thought was well worth the money, and like Skinny said, I want to get a variety of perspectives. Thanks for the reccomendation Steve, I value your opinion (and yours too Jim). Old man, by the way, remember our discussion about the NF Sky a month or so ago? When I went there the next day I saw a bobcat up close and personal! But no fish.
  6. sinktip Guest

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    Nothing bad about Aaron and Jack at all. You should check out there Saturday meetings at Carnation. From what i have heard, no sales going on, just guys playing with lines and rods and some helpful instruction.

    Brian is right too, M&Y are top notch and have some pretty good teachers. Plus there is the exchange rate to somewhat pad the pain of a purchase.
  7. Big K1 Large Member

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    Aaron does not give any sales pitch or pressure about anything other than fixing bad casting habits. He provides quite a service in my opinion.:thumb

    Kevin
  8. DLoop Creating memories one cast at a time

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    >I don't want to
    >be guilted into buying stuff, if instruction is free?

    I know nothing about M&Y, I'm sure they are great (It seems that anyone associated spey is "good people").

    I dislike feeling obligated to purchase items in return for free instruction too, but that just won't happen with Aaron or Jack at River Run Anglers. They are in it for the love of spey, I think the business stuff just gets in the way for them.

    HS, your profile says Wenatchee, if you are deadset on buying instruction, Dennis at Kaufmann's in Bellevue provides excellent spey instruction too.
  9. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    No Sales pitchs at all,it's all casting,casting,casting. I have learned quite a bit from them. And I now notice that instead of one in ten being good it's down to one in three and I'm getting more line out so his lessons are paying off. Now if my catching ratio would just go up.

    Jim
  10. headstrong1 youngish old guy

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    Actualy that sounds pretty cool. I thought it would be cool to check out the Fraser, and surrounding area, since I've never been. Maybe you can answer me a couple other q's. Do folks meet at the shop or the river? Is Carnation that little town between I90 and Monroe? I think I got lost there once. Do they want people to call ahead? I guess the info is probably on their website. But isn't the river closed?
  11. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    No and yes. They all meet at the river where the Tolt Runs into the Main Snoqualmie. It is every Saturday and it runs from 0900 to 1200. It's just come with yourself ready to fish and you don't need any rods and reels as it is all furnished. And yes the river is closed,but you can't catch anything with a piece of yarn. We don't use any hooks as this is just practice.And you could also go to their web site which is located on the top of this page or the home page.

    Aaron and Jack run a good school and every once in a while a well know Spey Rodder will show up. Like last week Ed Ward showed up and did some of his casts.

    And it just isn't for spey rod casting. They also teach how to cast the single hander.

    Jim
  12. windtickler Member

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    Please go to the Fraser and anywhere else that charges. There is at least one FF shop in Seattle that you can pay $75/hour for spey lessons. They are not selling anything but lessons.

    The free River Run anglers clinics with $15-20k of trial equipment is getting far too crowded and I'm not getting as much total one-on-one attention as I'm used to. ;)
  13. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Well after watching you cast I can understand.:rolleyes :rofl

    Jim
  14. Nailknot Active Member

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    M&Y is a great shop. Best around. Talk to Rick Stahl.
  15. Brian Simonseth Banned or Parked

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    I went to Speybum Saturday class yesterday.
    Rods, different lines
    Just like Heaven! (I think, I haven't been there yet)
  16. Big K1 Large Member

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    H2H, I was there yesterday also. I wish I would have known you were there.

    Kevin:dunno
  17. Brian Simonseth Banned or Parked

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    I'll be back, next week I have to talk to GC
  18. Big K1 Large Member

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    I'm pretty sure I will be there also.

    Kevin
  19. Brian Simonseth Banned or Parked

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    Big K1

    I'm a big guy and drive a small truck!
  20. Big K1 Large Member

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    H2H,
    Look for a "Fish on" hat and you found me.

    Kevin