Spey School with Sage Ambassador Scott O'Donnell
By Jake Crawford
April 19, 2021
Join renowned Spey casting instructor and Sage Ambassador Scott O’Donnell and his crew of die-hard steelhead guides at Speywater Lodge for four days of Spey instruction and steelhead fishing. Scott and his crew are master instructors and the Grande Ronde is the best place we know of to learn the art of Spey casting and improve your swing fishing skills.  Scott’s Spey School is an incredible opportunity to learn or improve your Spey casting and steelhead fishing with some of the best instructors around, while fine-tuning a personal setup. All of this along the banks of the beautiful Grande Ronde River.
Over the course of four days you will learn: 
  • Choosing a rod for the fisheries and species you’re targeting
  • Pairing lines and rods 
  • Line design and uses – Skagit, Scandi, mid-head, long head
  • Reading steelhead water
  • Fly tying steelhead patterns 
  • Basic to advanced Spey casting techniques
  • Basic to advanced swing fishing techniques

Dates: 
  • October 12 - October 17: 3 spots
Rate: $2950 per person for a 5 night/4 day package 

Included: Accommodations and meals at lodge, guided fishing, flies and leaders

Not Included: Airfare, rental car, gratuities, fishing licenses, and alcohol.

ITINERARY:

October 12:
3:00PM: Arrive at Speywater Lodge
Cocktail Hour: Introduction to tackle and rigging

October 13:
8:00AM – Noon: Casting Demonstration and instruction concentrating on Double Spey and Snap T with floating lines and tips.
Noon – 1:00PM: Lunch at the lodge
1:00PM – 5:00PM: On water instruction with professional instructor
Cocktail Hour: Line design and uses – skagit, scandi, mid-belly, long line

October 14:
8:00 – 10:00AM: Demonstration on casting skagit, scandi, mid-belly, long line. Introduction to single Spey
10:00AM – 5:00PM: On water instruction with professional instructor
Cocktail Hour: Choosing a rod for the fisheries and species you’re targeting – pairing lines and rods

Topics covered during guided fishing:

  • Reading steelhead water
  • Casting for the type of water
  • Line / tip choice for the type of water
  • Fly choice
  • Fly presentation

October 15:
8:00AM – 5:00PM: Guided fishing with professional instructor.
Post Dinner: Fly tying demonstration

October 16:
8:00AM – 5:00PM: Guided fishing with professional instructor.

October 17:
Depart lodge for home or points beyond.

Speywater, Oregon

Learn to spey cast with some of the Pacific Northwest's finest spey casting instructors.

Destination Manager

Jake Crawford

Patagonia, Pacific Northwest

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