Group Classes - Spey Casting


Group Classes - Spey Casting

Spey casting has a following that is growing quickly as more single handed casters experience the advantages of a two handed rod. While the number of anglers using these rods increases dramatically, the equipment is evolving just as fast. Like the many different rod actions available, there are different styles to use while casting. The western style, gaining popularity, is more of a modern method generally using a faster rod and casting the rod off to the side, at slight angle. Traditional casters tend to use softer, slower rods that are kept at a steeper angle or more "overhead". Jeff teaches "Traditional","Modern", Underhand" and his own style which, is a variation of traditional and modern combined with an emphasis on the bottom hand. If you are interested in fixing bad habits Jeff will diagnose your cast and provide a solution visually and verbally and recommend practice exercises to maintain the correct technique. Most students frequently return after have spending some practice time on the previous lesson.  Jeff has spent over 13 years with a spey rod while spending hundreds of hours teaching, casting and fishing. He has caught steelhead over 20lbs on a spey rod and was the 6th person to become a F.F.F Certified Spey Casting Instructor. To sign up for a private lesson or just ask a question email jeff at or call (916)366-7554.

In this 4 hr class you will be introduced to the basic principles of spey casting. Covered in this class will be discussions on spey rods, lines, reels and leaders. The class begins in a group discussion while the instructor provieds a demonstration on spey casting principles. Next the students seperate and practice. The instructor works at the pace of the students while cycling through the group for the remainder of the lesson.

During the casting instruction, the instructor will teach the most common spey casts for beginners including the Switch Cast, Single Spey, Snap-T, Snake Roll and Double Spey. Intermediate spey casters often attend this class to learn how to cast sinktips, fine-tune their skills, try different casting styles, and try various spey rod actions.

Learn the most efficient method of fly casting... Spey Casting!

In May 2004, Jeff Putnam became the 6th F.F.I. Certified Spey Casting Instructor.

  • A spey outfit can be provided for this class.
  • Class is from 9:00 am to 1:00pm.
  • Try out spey rods before you buy!
  • Class size is limted to 4 students
  • Cost is $100 per person.

Class Schedule

Class Duration: Class is from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on the scheduled dates listed below.
Meeting Place: American River, Gristmill River Access, south side of river. There is a $5.00 parking access fee. (Map)
Equipment needed: Spey Outfit: Rod, Reel, Line, and Waders. A spey rod outfit can be provide for the lesson. Please notify instructor when signing up.
Class Fees: $100.00 per person
Scheduled Dates: 2018 - Sundays


  • January 28th
  • February18th
  • March 18th
  • April 15th
  • May 20th
  • June 17th
  • July 15th
  • August 19th
  • September 30th
  • October 21st
  • November 18th

Private lessons are also available, call for rates and appointment.

Payment/Cancellation Policy: Class must be paid for in full 14 days before the class date. Arrangements can be made for signups within the 14 day period. Cancellations made 14 days or more prior to the class date will receive a full refund if paying check or cash. A 5% credit card processing fee will be charged on all credit card refunds. Cancellations made within 14 days of the class date will forfeit their full payment unless that space is filled.

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Various manufactures rods (actions) and lines are available to use during a lesson if requested.


For more information on spey including equipment recommendations, spey fishing techniques and more, check out THE SPEY ZONE.



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