Welcome to the information page for the Fifth West Yellowstone Trout Spey Days!
It’s been so wonderful too see new and familiar faces come out each year to share and learn our love for Spey casting and fishing for trout. 2022 marks our fifth time hosting this event, and we couldn’t be more excited.
Please SAVE THE DATE: September 9 & 10, 2022
We are thrilled to be partnering again with the Custer Gallatin National Forest and hosting our Trout Spey Days event right here in West Yellowstone. As always, there will be a lineup of great presenters, and a number of reps on hand from a variety of gear companies, showing off their goodies and letting attendees try out rods and lines for themselves, on the water. We are fortunate again to have Simon Gawesworth as a special guest and presenter this year.
As was the case last year, attendance will be limited to ensure the health and safety of all those involved, and to allow us to provide the best possible experience for everyone. To do this, we are requiring that people sign up for the event and we are charging attendees a fee of $25. This fee will hold your spot, grant you access to a full day of great instruction and Spey gear demos, and go towards a simple coffee and donuts breakfast as well as a fresh “Fisherman’s Boxed Lunch” at the Saturday event. All attendees will also have access to exclusive discounts at the shop during the weekend of the event. If you have kiddos under the age of 15, just let us know that you are bringing them along when you sign up. Their attendance is FREE.
To sign up for the event, call Big Sky Anglers and we will get you set up.
Are you already into Spey casting and fishing for trout? Maybe you have heard of it, but have never picked up a Spey rod, and are interested in getting involved in this super fun way to fish for trout? This event is open to everyone, regardless of skill/experience level, age, fly shop or industry affiliation, etc.
2022 Event Calendar
Check back in as we add more details on Presenters in the coming days.
Friday, September 9th
This year’s event will kick off on Friday Evening. Beginning at 5:30 PM, we will be hosting a fun, informal Trout Spey Question & Answer social gathering featuring the Spey nerds from Big Sky Anglers as well as visiting reps and instructors at the Fly Shop on the corner of Madison and Canyon. This is a great opportunity to ask those questions that have been lingering in your mind since last fall, and to learn from the answers to questions that others ask. Anything about Spey casting, gear, presentation, rigging, and more is fair game. Special prize for whoever asks the first question that results in a friendly argument among the panel! Note, the Friday Evening portion of the event is free and all are welcome.
Saturday, September 10th, All Day On the Water
The main event will be held Saturday out at the Hwy 191 bridge over the Madison River, where past events have been held. If you’ve been to our earlier Spey Days events, the format will be familiar.
The main parking lot will be set up with tents from the reps from a range of companies and serve as home base for lunch. Rods, reels, lines, and more will be available to check out, and cast on the water. As always, we encourage folks to bring their rods and play around with a variety of lines to really dial in your kit with the help of knowedgeable reps and BSA staff. The on-water presentations will be spaced out with lots of time for trying gear, casting instruction, and Q&A with presenters and reps.
We recommend that attendees bring a folding camp chair, water, snacks, and layers along with a positive attitude and any Spey rod that you are interested in getting dialed in.
The event officially starts at 9am and will attempt to follow this schedule:
9-10am – Gather, Hang out, Check out the goodies from the Reps, enjoy coffee and watch the resident ospreys soar overhead.
10-11:30 am – Simon Gawesworth – Spey Guru, Farbank Enterprises (Sage/RIO/Redington/Flywater Travel) Education & Engagement Manager – Spey Casting Fundamentals
11:45 – 12:30 – Eric Neufeld – Winston/Bauer – Simple Spey Fishing Tricks & Casting Fixes that will Change Your Life.
2pm – 3pm – Matt Klara – Big Sky Anglers – Fishing Streamers on the 2-Hander from Top To Bottom
3-4pm – Lee Davison – Ballistic Fly Lines – Swinging Soft Hackles and Wet Flies: A Modern Take on Traditional Methods.
4-5pm – Open casting, instruction with presenters, etc
6-9pm – After presentations conclude there will be a short break for cleanup and then we will head back over to the flyshop if anyone would like to keep chatting or if you would like to get set up with any gear.
The Saturday, on water portion of the event is being hosted on the public lands of Custer Gallatin National Forest. Thanks to them, of course, for supporting this event since year one!
We are excited to have a great group of industry reps and presenters on hand this year from these great vendors. There is no better place to try out Spey kits before you buy, or to dial in your existing Spey rod with a new line.
- RIO Products
- Nautilus Reels
- G Loomis
- Ballistic Fly Lines
- Bauer Reels
- Scientific Anglers
- Douglas Fly Rods
- Anderson Custom Rods
- Creekside Media
- More to Come!
- C.F. Burkheimer
- Abel Reels
- Cortland Fly Lines
- Rising Nets
- Thomas & Thomas
- Hatch Reels