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Febuary 01 , 2010
“I used to like to see as much as possible
Now I take time to appreciate and understand more of what I see."

Walt Geryk

Fly & Spey Fishing Seminars, Clinics and more

I enjoyed seeing you at the Marlborough, Mass Fly Fishing Show
I will be participating in the below listed events
check mark Orvis Avon, CT: February 27,2010: Deerfield River, Salmon River Fly & Spey Seminars

check mark Central Mass TU March 11, 2010: Westfield, Deerfield & Salmon River Fly & Spey Techniques

check mark Orvis Dedham, MA: March 13, 2010: Westfield, Deerfield & Salmon River Fly & Spey Techniques

check mark Orvis Avon, CT: May 8,2010: Farmington River Spey, 2 handed casting Seminar

check mark Deerfield River Spey Day : June 5, 2010 Spey Fishing Event for Reel Recovery Charity

check mark Spey Nation: June 19, 2010 Salmon River NY Spey Gathering

More to follow I will keep you posted


New York Spring Steelhead Trips in the Salmon River Region
Massachusetts Deerfield River & Westfield Rivers Trout Outings

Yes, it's that time of year again with shows, seminars, clinics, and more being offered nation wide.
Here in the Northeast, we're fortunate to have numerous shows located within a reasonable driving distance. These shows offer great venues which includes most everything that may interest every spey and fly fishermen and others!

Be Prepared to Visit the Shows

If your on a specific mission, it may be a good idea to make a list of your priorities and list out the reasons for attending.

Pick up a show Directory

Search out the venues of interest and try not to be distracted by the overwhelming displays you pass to get these points of interest. Once you've visited your priorities and your comfortable with the information, then it's time to walk around and enjoy and see what's new and exciting. While doing so, many of you will be contemplating why you came and will find yourself making decisions on the venues that interested you the most and will be lured back to those who you earlier spoke with.
Be polite and friendly, mostly all of us there are professionals with a great deal of knowledge to share.

deerfield river fly This year I am adding many Orvis Helios and Hydros single handed fly rods, for my guests, for the Salmon, Trout and Steelhead Seasons in New York and Massachusetts.

deerfield river fly I have recently changed web site servers which has caused a shutdown to my photo post slide show presentations and News Letter Service. Sorry for the inconvenience and I now have photos and slide shows up and running for your enjoyment.

deerfield river fly Keep June 5th available for the 2nd annual Deerfield River Spey Day. This year’s recipient will be Reel Recovery which is a national non-profit organization that conducts free fly fishing retreats for men recovering from cancer of all forms. Please help support to help this cause.
For any of you who would like to or know of anyone who would donate to this worthy cause, have them contact Walt Geryk.

The 2009 Salmon, Trout and Steelhead Seasons
have treated us all to a very enjoyable year on the Waters of New York and Massachusetts. Now, we’re looking forward to a favorable New York Spring Steelhead season and another outstanding trout season on the Deerfield and Westfield Rivers of Massachusetts.


Massachusetts Wrap Up

Westfield River: Right from the get go we had plenty of water in Western Mass due to the extended amounts of rain fall. The Westfield River fished exceptionally well mostly all season and into November with enough flows to allow for fish comfort. The typical spring of wet fly and nymphing was as good as it gets here with the summer dry fly and terrestrial fishing continuing to be very good into late September.  Up until a couple weeks ago, there were still some nice trout being taken on the swing, but with the water temps now falling into the mid 30s, this will slow down considerably.  Access to this area will also become extremely difficult, if not impossible, with the ice and snow beginning to cover the rugged unimproved roadways along the rivers.
With the introduction to two handed spey fishing here on the Deerfield and Westfield Rivers, I have been able to show how more trout waters can be reachable to those who wanted to learn these casting styles. Two handed spey casting here in Western Massachusetts is putting the future into the present, where you too can find yourself effectively fly fishing high water conditions that were otherwise unobtainable to the single hand overhead or shorter roll casting techniques.
For information about two handed spey casting instruction, fishing and guided trips, click on this link.

Deerfield River, which almost always fishes well and this year was no exception. Those who did venture out with me had a very good season both wading and floating for some of the finest big water trout fishing in Western Massachusetts. Many days of unpredictable flows made for difficult wade fishing for those who didn't have the luxury of fly fishing with me from my customized fishing raft. When these unpredictable and sustained releases occur, it’s nice to have a backup plan of float fishing some of the more productive fishing areas on this Majestic Deerfield River. Two handed Spey casting and fishing was another option and for those willing to try they found themselves casting to and hooking up trout that were unreachable to the wading single handed fly rodder.
Know more about Reel Recovery for Men and how The Deerfield River Fly & Spey Day is helping their cause while promoting and instructing Spey, two handed and fly single hand casting and fishing.

New York

Salmon River, what else can be said for this gem of trophy salmon, trout and steelhead of the Northeast. Slightly higher than normal waters for September and early October provided some great early season fly and spey fishing from the DSR all the way into the Upper Fly Zone. Swinging the larger size 1 to 3 spey flies and natural and colorful wooly buggers in sizes 4 and 6 proved to be very effective for Kings, Cohos, Browns, Steelhead and even a few Atlantics mixed in. The Kings ran larger this year with more of an average of 22 to 25 pounds with many touching the 30 pound class and a few more in the mid thirties. Combining these powerful Salmon with the faster flows was a mixture for plenty of tackle testing runs and battles along with the ultimate test of the angler’s patience. A great year for many and  big brown trout, these beautiful fall spawners saved many days while we were in waiting for the chrome steelhead to arrive in better numbers. Many browns in the 4 to 7 pound class found their jaws holding tight to our large streamers, buggers and spey flies while their thumping heads worked to break away. We did manage to coax a few ten plus pound browns to our cameras for some beautiful photos. Steelhead are now in the river and with the recent rains we are enjoying fresh pushes of chrome into the lower end and we’re finding them steadily migrating towards their winter holding spots. The cold and winter weather, that avoided us until this week, has seemed to finally set and should make for even better steelheading. The area and especially the Salmon River are still in need of much needed rain fall to increase flows throughout the full river system. Fishing pressure has been very heavy and ugly at times but hopefully this will diminish as water flows and weather conditions change. We are currently enjoying a fair to good early winter season and looking forward to a good 2010 spring steelhead season.
Practice and Promote Catch & Release Angling

Enjoy time in the outdoors while learning from Orvis Endorsed Fly & Spey Fishing Guide Walt Geryk. Get tips on becoming a better caster, or just learn how to cast a fly. Try a switch or spey rod, learn to read water for safety and fishing, present a fly, experience the fight of a fresh water trophy and much more, without using the chuck and duck method or excessive weights.

Fly and Spey Fishing News and Updated Reports for New York and Massachusetts. Guided Fishing Trips on the Deerfield River Massachusetts and the Salmon River New York.
Always use your best judgment and approach with caution before, while and after entering the water.
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