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Deerfield River Spey Day a Success
July 7, 2009


Deerfield River Spey Day Deerfield River Spey Day 2009:

Beautiful weather, generous product and service donations along with instructions and in depth seminars by Walt Geryk and Keith Collins proved to be the key for a successful 2 handed spey event on the Deerfield River in Massachusetts. The highly enthusiastic group of participants enjoyed the day of seminars and on the water demonstrations of 2 handed casting techniques, spey, and single hand spey casting.

After the morning sessions, we broke for charcoal grilled Hot Dogs, Hamburgs and soft drinks while raffled items were drawn. Walt spoke a bit about Casting for Recovery and that all profitable proceeds would be donated to their cause.

The Auctions went well, the CND Spey Rod with line, the Orvis Helios Switch Rod, the TFO Fly Reel, the Ballistic and Jim Teeny lines and the Grand Lake Stream Vacation for 2 all left with their happy winners. After finalizing the details, most went back on the water for more casting demonstrations and instructions.

All who participated in the on the water, hands on instructions,  left the day with a wealth of knowledge, learning more ways to expand and further enjoy their fly fishing.

Thanks to CND USA and Snake River Outfitters for supplying an ample selection of 2 handed  trout, salmon and salt water rods, reels and lines for all to use.

Thank you to all who participated and donated to the cause. We are looking forward to making The Deerfield River Spey & Fly Day an annual charitable event.

Below are those who helped make this day a success.

Weatherby’s, Grand Lake Stream, ME  
Malinda’s Fly and Spey Shop, Altmar NY
Orvis, Manchester VT
Sun Valley Sports, Bethel, Maine
Snake River Outfitters, Rigby ID
CND Custom Spey Rods USA, Rigby ID
Dave’s Pioneer Sports, Northampton MA
Valley Sports, Easthampton MA
B G Sports, Westfield MA 
Marla Blair, Ludlow MA
Tom’s Hot Dog Stand, Whately MA 
Pacific Printing, Northampton MA
Wirtzy Manufacturing, Hudson OH
Jim Teeney, Gresham, OR
Victorian Inn, Altmar NY
Deerfield River Boatworks, Charlemont MA
Keith Collins
Walt Geryk &

     A sizable donation was presented by Walt Geryk to Casting for Recovery in Manchester, VT
in behalf of these donors.

About the Day:

Just wanted to thank you for putting on a great Spey Day event.  I haven't had that much fun fishing (casting) in a long time.  I am sure the event will grow by leaps and bounds next year as the word gets out.
Fish on!,
Paul G. winner of the TFO Reel

Great instructors and a beautiful stretch of river. The finest equipment was furnished and all of us had a chance to practice casting without limit. Many thanks for the marvelous event! Do it again next year.
Patrick Garner

Hey Walt,
First in Spey 2 handed rod fishing and instruction in Western Massachusetts,
First in continuing float trips for the Deerfield River beginning in 2000,
First Deerfield River, Westfield River and Western Massachusetts Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide,
First on my list to call and thank for expanding fly fishing opportunities and experiences here in Western Massachusetts,
You might even be the First to be the Oldest Fly and Spey Fishing Guide in Western Massachusetts.
Bruce winner of the Orvis Helios 8wt 11' Switch Rod

Just want to say thank you very much for the informative day of Spey Fishing on the Deerfield River,
Looking forwartd to next years event.
Paul winner of the Weatherby's Vacation

Now Planning For Deerfield River Spey Day 2010

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