Become a master steelhead angler.


Whether you are a beginner starting from scratch or want to reinforce your skills, these classes will help you get your Spey game on.
By popular demand, Entry Level Classes are extended through 2022!
Currently all Spey Schools are open to book.
Thank you for your interest.

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Summer Steelhead PhD Mega School, picture
Price: $3,500.00
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Deschutes Summer Steelhead PhD Mega School 7 Days, 1 Instructors, 5 Class Sessions, 12 Fishing Sessions. This is the most complete Deschutes Summer Steelhead Spey School offered for 2022. It features 7-days on the water during the peak of the steelhead season, with the most sophisticated camp and the most experienced instructor available. Mark Bachmann is your instructor, with Patty Barnes and, Tony Barnes are your hosts with a combined steelhead fly fishing experience foundation of over 100...

Picture, Deschutes Summer Steelhead 48-hour Spey School, August 2021
Price: $995.00
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Deschutes Summer Steelhead 48-hour Spey School Maximum of (4) students, single occupancy in tents Each part of this school features an attentive staff, a big, powerful, roomy jet boat, and the best camp on the river. Mid-August is prime time for Deschutes River steelhead fishing. You will graduate from this school with extensive proprietary knowledge of steelhead fly fishing and Spey rod casting. We will camp on prime water and will have boat access to many miles of steelhead runs that will...

Two Day Winter Steelhead Spey Schools Two Day Steelhead Spey School, learn to catch steelhead, learn Spey casting and fishing, float a wild and scenic river
Price: $500.00
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Acquiring skills helps achieve success. This is the most proven Steelhead/Chinook Spey Fishing "skill-set-builder" available. This school is for beginning, intermediate or advance student fly fishers who want to acquire new Skagit casting and fishing skills in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. We have the skills and experience to save you five-years of trying to learn on your own. JANUARY 1, 2023 PRICES WILL RAISE! HOW TO BOOK CUSTOM DATES FOR A SPEY SCOOL: Open Outfitter...

We offer the shortest path to success in catching steelhead while Spey fishing.

This beautiful bright winter steelhead was caught by Mark Bachmann while fishing the Sandy River in Oregon with a G. Loomis NRX Spey rod.

We know that steelhead are often uncooperative and unpredictable. That is why they are such great sport fish. It takes skills to get them, and acquiring those skills takes dedication and a good plan. Many anglers stop halfway to their goal because they're not able to lay out a comprehensive plan.

Now you don't have to, because your plan has been designed by a team of anglers who have landed hundreds of steelhead with flies in the most traditional manner. No, we're not talking about side-drifting with a slinky on the end of your fly line, nor are we talking about harassing spawners with glo bugs and split-shot. We are talking about swinging flies with a Spey rod for bright moving fish in the most respected fashion possible.

There is probably no more experienced steelhead fly angler than Mark Bachmann. He is joined by Hawkeye Hawkins, a highly skilled guide and affable teacher. Together, they are a formidable team to help you get to the finish line.

Our plan is as simple as it is effective. First you'll learn to cast precisely. You can only catch a fish when your fly is in the water and you can only catch fish that you can reach. Then we'll teach you how and where to find your prey. Next you'll learn to present the fly properly to the prey, covering vast amounts of water in the most efficient manner. The method is academic: show the fly to the largest number of fish in the shortest period of time in the most enticing manner. When you finish our curriculum, you won't have many doubts about how it works.

Winter steelhead are available in fishable numbers by mid-November, and they remain in good numbers most years through April. During April they are joined by summer steelhead, and by mid-May by spring Chinooks, which peak around the end of June. There are still plenty of fish around in July when the main Sandy river turns gray with glacial melt. By then, we are fishing either the Clackamas or Deschutes where fresh, aggressive remain in good numbers through November.  Yes, here in Oregon, in the lower Columbia River basin we are blessed with fishable numbers of steelhead year around.

General Class Policy and Refund Policy

Space is limited. First come, first served.

Deposits are payments in full and are non-refundable unless water/weather conditions prohibit class.

We take our schools seriously. They are the best of their kind that you can attend. In order to coordinate students, equipment, and instructors with a minimum of problems, we stick to an exacting schedule and curriculum. In order to maintain an atmosphere where teaching and learning can be done efficiently, disruption has to be kept to a minimum. In group classes, no alteration in starting time or place will be made for any individual. Show up on-time, organized, and ready to be part of a team effort. Scheduling a class involves scheduling instructors' time and in some cases, scheduling support people. Once your deposit is received, those people are reserved for you. When we accept your deposit we have formed a contract to serve you. You have signed a contract to attend.

If classes are not booked with the minimum number of students to hold a class (or float) seven days before the class starting date, students will be notified and the class may be subject to change - and may be rescheduled to the next session. If less than the minimum number of students needed to hold a group class are registered, the class can still be taught, but the cost will be according to the number of individual students per instructor.

Students who don't show up for a class will not be rescheduled without a new fee.

What you should bring for outdoor classes:

  • Raincoat (Earth-tones are best)
  • Boots
  • Hat
  • Polarized glasses
  • Leader Clipper
  • Hook Sharpener
  • Waders (We have some available to rent)
  • A properly balanced Spey outfit and flies will be provided, though you may bring your own if you like.