Introduction to Spey with Simon Gawesworth & Brian Niska

August 7-12, 2022

Skeena Spey Riverside Wilderness & Lodge,
British Columbia

Join Far Bank's Education and Engagement Manager Simon Gawesworth and renowned Spey casting instructor Brian Niska for an in-depth introductory Spey School at Skeena Spey Riverside Wilderness and Lodge along the banks of BC’s famous Skeena River.

If you have always wanted to Spey fish but been intimidated by the thought of handling the big sticks, learning new casts and getting familiar with the jargon of Spey, this is the perfect opportunity to see what it is all about.

This Introduction to Spey is a highly educational, fun, and comprehensive five-night four-day package designed for anglers totally new to this style of fly fishing. The object of this school is to teach participants the fundamentals of Spey casting and give them a good foundation in all the essential Spey casts. Students will learn all the right knots, get a solid grounding in Spey gear and equipment, learn how to read a river, fish through a pool, and master the most productive swing-fishing techniques used to target steelhead and other anadromous species.

The program will take place on the Skeena River, just east of Terrace, British Columbia. The Skeena is arguably the most famous anadromous watershed in North America and during our select dates, anglers will have the opportunity to encounter trophy wild steelhead bright from the seas as well several species of Pacific salmon.

Far Bank Fly Fishing Schools are designed so that students leave the course with all the knowledge and skills needed for a lifetime of enjoyment in fly fishing. We do this by keeping the instructor-to-student ratio to an absolute minimum. On lesson days and our on-water fishing days, there will be a maximum of three students per instructor/guide. With the help of Fly Water Travel, students will also be free to extend their stay and add on additional guide days.

In addition, Simon will be traveling with the latest Sage and Redington fly rods and RIO fly lines perfectly matched for the Skeena. Likewise, the lodge has a robust selection of standard size waders and boots, enabling guests to travel light if so desired.

Group Size: 6 students


  • August 7: Arrive Terrace, BC. Welcome dinner.
  • August 8: Classroom and casting sessions with Simon and Brian.
  • August 9: Morning classroom session, followed by a full day of fishing.
  • August 10: Full day of guided Spey fishing and instruction.
  • August 11: Full day of guided Spey fishing or a full day casting clinic with Simon and the Skeena Spey guides.
  • August 12: Depart lodge.

Rate: $4,325 US per person


  • Use of Sage, Redington, and RIO demo gear
  • Accommodations
  • All meals at the lodge
  • Fishing instruction
  • Guided fishing
  • Casting and knot instruction
  • Tax

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to/from the lodge
  • Alcohol
  • Fishing license
  • Gratuities

Meet Brian Niska

Brian Niska is a speycasting instructor and guide. He runs Skeena Spey Riverside Wilderness & Lodge in Northern British Columbia. Brian is a board member of the BC Fishing Tourism Association and is a certified Two Hand Master Casting Instructor (THMCI) and a Master Casting Instructor (MCI).

Meet Simon Gawesworth

In addition to finding the right water, having the right gear can help make any day that much better. For over 20 years Fly Water Travel has been fly fishing's most trusted and respected source for finding the right water. Now, along with Sage, RIO Products, and Redington, Fly Water Travel is a proud member of the Far Bank Family. As part of this larger team, we are able to access decades worth of manufacturing passion and knowledge enabling us to expand our role to include in-depth advice on the world's best rods, reels, lines, and flies.

We know the Spey world is full of mysterious tackle items like MOW tips, Skagit heads, and shooting lines, and that many guests won’t have the right gear to use, or even know what gear to buy in advance. Rather than buy the wrong gear, you are welcome to use the equipment provided by the lodge and school, which will all be perfectly matched and balanced for each class and situation. A big part of the course is designed to give you the knowledge needed to go out and purchase the right equipment for you and your future Spey journey.