Scott O'Donnell, Saturday, May 13, 11:00-11:30 a.m.
"Skagit Casting, and The Art of Fishing in Tight Quarters"
Scott has deep roots in the sport stemming back to the 1980’s and his time serving in the Navy in Washington State. There he met another like-minded soul, Dek Hogan, and together they learned to steelhead fish and Spey cast. Scott guided winter steelhead on the Sauk and Skagit for many years before relocating to the northern Oregon coast to do more of the same. In the meantime, he spent more than 25 seasons guiding in Alaska, designed the very first Rio Skagit lines, and enjoyed the pleasure and recognition of being a Sage-sponsored casting instructor.
It’s now been more than 20 years since Scott O’Donnell first laid eyes on the river that he would eventually call home. Over time, Scott expanded his operation and more importantly, he and his wife Stefanie fell more deeply in love with the Grande Ronde. In 2014, with the purchase of their own permanent Speywater Lodge facility, Scott and Stefanie are now proud to call the Grande Ronde home and share their love and knowledge of the river with their guests.
Scott was one of the original presenters at the first organized Sandy River Spey Clave, and one of the original developers of Skagit casting equipment and technique. By the time I met him in 2000, he was already a legend as a steelhead guide. Scott has also been instrumental in the development of Skagit lines and tips for RIO; The "O" in M.O.W. Tips stands for O'Donnell. Don't miss Scott's presentation at the Clave. It is bound to be both educational and entertaining. MB
George Cook, Saturday, May 13, 2:00-2:30 p.m.
"Northwest Original Spey Casts"
The Pacific Northwest is a hotbed of Spey casting innovation. George has been researching these developments and will help us put the "Northwest Style" into perspective.
George Cook is the guy in the Sage "Tight Loops" poster of the 1990's. He taught the Sage Fly Fishing Schools in the 1980's and has great casting and communication skills. He is a manufacturers' representative for Sage, Redington, RIO, Solitude and Tibor.
George reps Sage and RIO, which is a potent combination when it comes to understanding Spey fishing for steelhead, Atlantic salmon, Pacific salmon, and all the sea run fish of southern South America. Each year George travels the whole length of the Western Hemisphere (from northern Alaska to Tierra del Fuego) in search of giant anadromous fish.
George is always a big draw at the Sandy River Spey Clave. Get to the beach early to get a good seat for his presentation. He is pictured above with a fine fly-caught Alaskan king salmon.
George is a company representative for Farbank, owners of Sage, RIO and Redington. That puts Geo at the top of the food chain in the fly fishing industry in the Pacific Northwest, and gives him a network of connections throughout the fly fishing fraternity. His amazing "intel" keeps him abreast of all trends and developments. Geo has been my friend and confidant for over twenty years. Geo's presentation has had the same title for a number of years but is being updated all the time. I suggest you don't miss this presentation on the water. MB
Sandy River Spey Clave 2017 Program Schedule