The Fly Shop® is excited to offer a 3 Day Spey School on the Klamath River at Gold River Lodge.  Chris King, FFI Master and Two Handed Certified Instructor, will lead the instruction that will take you through basic Spey Casting principles to fishing with the two handed rod.  Instruction will include Double and Single Spey Casts, Snap T, Snake Roll, and helpful techniques such as the Perry Poke. Also included will be workshops and discussion on Spey Equipment and Applications, Reading Water and Fishing applications.

Each instruction packed lesson builds on the previous session, preparing both beginning and intermediate anglers for just about any Spey fishing situation, from Alaska to Argentina and everything in between.

Expert instructors are on hand to guide students through the course, and our high teacher-student ratio ensures a comfortable and personal atmosphere, with plenty of individual time and attention. An abundance of material is presented during the school and the practice sessions and lessons are presented in a fun and relaxed fashion – on the water.

The school is held at Gold River Lodge, on the estuary of the Klamath River, and is located in the center of coastal steelhead country.  August and September are historically one of the best times to get out on the Klamath River with good returns of feisty half-pounders providing lots of action on the swung fly.  Every steelhead returning to The Scott, New, Shasta, Salmon and Trinity Rivers passes directly in front of Gold River Lodge’s doorstep giving you the chance to be the first to put a fly in front of these anadromous fish.  The broad, long riffles and gravel bars of the Lower Klamath are easy to wade making this the finest Spey classroom available anywhere.

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Reservations & Rates

The cost of the 3-Day Spey School package is:
• $2,300 - per person (single occupancy)

Included in your stay are lodging and meals at The Gold River Lodge on the Klamath River; All fishing gear is provided, including rods, reels, lines & flies; Transportation on Lower Klamath River to casting and fishing beats provided via jet boat.
Not included in your stay are waders and boots, 2 pairs of sunglasses (polarized is best), rainjacket/windbreaker (morning travel is cool, brief storms are possible), sweatshirt (it is cool in the mornings and evenings), clothes (Plenty of shorts, jeans, T-shirts, socks, underwear, sweatshirt, sweat pants, and PJs), Teva or any kind of sandal or shoe/wading boot that can get wet (strictly wading boots for fishing), sunscreen, bug repellent, toiletry items, and camera. The water may be warm enough to wet wade, however we recommend you bring waders in case it is not.
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Dates for 3-Day Spey School

3-Day Spey School Dates:
• August 8 - 11, 2024

• Contact Chris King at for more information on this and other Spey opportunities in Northern California.

• Dates are available for additional instruction or guided fishing at the conclusion of the course
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Lodging for 3-Day Spey Schools

Guests are accommodated on a single occupancy basis in well-appointed rooms with full baths. All meals are provided beginning the evening of arrival when instructors and students get to know each other and continue through lunch on departure.

All equipment required for classes will be provided. You will also receive a comprehensive notebook that will be a permanent record of all the subjects that were covered in the classes and a handy reference for future use.
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Getting to Gold River Lodge

The terms "remote", "wild" and "solitude" are not usually the first to come to mind when someone talks of outdoor recreation in California. The reality is that, tucked away in the north western most part of the state, few places in the lower 48 are as remote, wild and solitary is what you will find at the Gold River Lodge on the Lower Klamath River.

Due to the remoteness of the lodge, getting there is another enjoyable aspect of your trip. The drive up 101 along the rugged lost coast is an

attraction all its own, with beautiful views and unique coastal communities dotting the map along the way. The closest municipal airports are located in Brookings, OR (45 min north) or Mckinleyville, CA (45 minutes south). These are not major airports, so finding flights may be tricky. Flying into Redding, Sacramento or Medford, renting a car and enjoying the drive is preferred by most.

From Medford (2.5 hours): • Follow I-5 N, US-199 S/Redwood Hwy and US-101 S
• Turn left on to Requa Rd
• In 0.5 miles destination is on your right

From Redding (4 hours):
• Travel West on HWY 299 for 137 miles
• Merge onto HWY 101 North
• Continue north on HWY 101 for 55.9 miles
• Turn left on to Requa Rd
• In 0.5 miles destination is on your right

From San Francisco (6 hours):
• Travel North on HWY 101 for 337 Miles
• Turn left on to Requa Rd
• In 0.5 miles destination is on your right
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Itinerary for 3-Day Spey Schools

Day 1:
• 3-5 pm - Arrive at the lodge
• 5 pm - Welcome & Cocktails
• 6 pm - Dinner
• 7 pm - Introduction to Spey Casting

Day 2:
• 8 am - Breakfast
• 9 am - Introduction to Spey Equipment and Terminology
• 10 am - River Left (Switch Cast, Single Spey & Circle Cast)
• 12:30 pm - Stream Side Lunch
• 1:30 pm - River Right (Double Spey & Off Shoulder Circle Cast)
• 4:00 pm - Shooting Line and Mending
• 6:00 pm - Dinner
• 7:00 pm - Reading the Water

Day 3:
• 8:00 am - Breakfast
• 9:00 am - River Left (Review of Single Spey & Circle Cast)
• 10:00 am - Fishing
• 1:00 pm - Stream Side Lunch
• 2:00 pm - River Right (Review of Double Spey & off shoulder Circle Cast)
• 3:00 pm - Fishing
• 6:00 pm - Cocktails
• 7:00 pm - Dinner
• 8:00 pm - Power Point Spey destinations

Day 4:
• 8:00 am Breakfast
• 9:00 am - River Right (Snake roll)
• 10:00 am - Fishing
• 1:00 pm - Lunch at Lodge
• 2:00 pm - Graduation

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Making Reservations to the 3-Day Spey School

To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours any day of the week, or email us at or anytime. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.