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Enriching!

What an event! I made the correct choice not entering the competition -- as I got to take in so much without the distraction of competing -- (but hoping for next year.)

Three points are worth adding:
1) The atmosphere is simultaneously welcoming, intense and relaxing. A function of the club's heritage, the organizers and the type of people that competitive casting attracts.
2) If self improvement is an interest - not only watching and talking to the competitors - but the three clinics I attended -- James Chalmers, Jeff Putnam, and Bill Lowe, were all pearl rich, and I understand from comparing notes with others that I missed out on many other high quality approaches to our sport. Oh, and casting about 12 different rigs, from Glen's 13' cane 1960's Sharps vintage 8 wt, to Jim's 5 wt TCX Sage switch - with two different lines no less. what a treat!
3) The GGACC with it's facilities and heritage is a treasure for the world of casting. All that identify with fly casting as a tradition of value should join the club. One need not be "local" to identify with and want to belong. It is like being a member of the Smithsonian Institution, while living on the left coast - worth it to be part of it. $40 very well spent. GGACC.org and click JOIN

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Well said, Loc....

It was great meeting you. Thanks for sharing the info in your earlier thread as well as the set-up tips shared in-person. Very helpful.

As for the Event, I just can't say enough about the effort put forth by the committee. I consider myself most fortunate to be a GGACC member. The Clinic's, and help offered by the Competitor's throughout the Event, was gracious to say the least. Two hours in the pond, with James Chalmers...really?! Congrat's to the Champ's, Competitior's, and Participant's. It was great for this Hack to be part of an unforgetable weekend. Gotta go. Practice for next year starts today. Cheers!
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What Robbie Burns...

...the great Scot poet, might have said at such a festive get-together of two-handers):

Spey and San Francisco

Around the hearths and village fires
A wild story’s told
Of men who face the raging bay
But never feel the cold

These Lads, and lassies too, contend
And rivalries are built
And at each other go full bore
But not a drop is spilt

Against the freezing spray and wind
That other souls would wilt
Amazing what a man can do
When wearing just a kilt!

And so this song I sing to them
An anthem and a chant
To all who share the standards set
By Alexander Grant

The triumph of the Carron Team
I hereby celebrate
Hell, they cast and snagged a Prius
Right off the Golden Gate!

That certainly was special
But not prodigious as
Bob Pauli hooked a tourist
Off the boat to Alcatraz!!

More fame may come to those who play
with basketball or bat
But Jordan, Ruth, or Jeter
Couldn’t do anything like that!

It’s here at Spey-O-Rama
Where such legends all are born
With thanks to all you rivals
And to old John Barleycorn

So raise a glass of courage
For it is my fondest wish
To offer praise to champions
And finally
…to the fish!

...Man, what a great time. Enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new.
Thanks, Bob, Donna and all.

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Lightbulb Jansite!

WOOZER! Way to cool, waaaaay to cool!

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Jansite - sweeeeeet!

While my casting aspirations did not pan out as well as I hoped, this year's SOR was the best yet. The new electronic scoring system was tremendous and the Club members under Donna's leadership did the event proud. Donna it was a great swan song for your years of running the event - your successor has some small shoes that will take some giant feet to fill.

As Loc says the atmosphere at SOR is special and really needs to be experienced to be understood and I highly recommend that anyone interested in spey casting should try to take it in. There were a few enthusiasts who made the trek (one from as far as Philadelphia) and they were not disappointed. Anyway, it is time to go - I need to start practicing for next year.... got to stick those anchors

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It looks like Burkheimer team did great, 3rd and 10th in Men's Division and Whitney has crushed the competitors in Women's Division.
All have used Kerry's 15' Terminator competition rod:

http://cfbflyrods.com/2011/04/brian-...he-full-story/
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Red face Electronic scoring and web cast

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but I'd love to have had (next year????) a live feed of the casting. If 'they' can do it with some river cams, maybe here too?

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Fred, Great idea about the web cams! Will try for next year.

This year, the Sunday GotoMeeting was, admittedly, an afterthought (apologies for not having thought of it sooner!). Just programming the electronic-scoring system and getting the flat-screen display mounted and working (with contingencies for rain) had been our primary focus since January. The first real test of the system was Saturday men's qualifying, and (to our great sigh of relief!) everything worked and people watched with interest. I confess that I was as nervous as a competitor on Saturday morning ... running a new and uproven system in front of our friends and spey community.

It wasn't until Saturday night that we first realized that we could use the club's wi-fi to display Spey-O-Rama electronic scoring in real time to the internet via GotoMeeting -- and that anyone who logged in would be able to see the same real-time display that spectators and participants were seeing. Bob Pauli (thanks to Bob as always!) posted the GotoMeeting log-in information to Spey Pages early Sunday morning based on my request.

Given this very-late notification, I had thought (naively underestimating the enthusiasm of our spey community!) that 1-2 people might log in to watch the real-time scoring. But shortly after 8:30 am there were a dozen people logged in from Norway, Canada, Japan ... and we quickly exceeded the GotoMeeting limit of 16 participants (I didn't previously know of the 16-person limit -- shame on me!). Based on messages received during Sunday's competition, there were another couple of dozen people who wanted to join but who were turned away because of this limit of 16.

So what what about 2012? It does seem that we should try for a live Spey-O-Rama web cast for those who can't be here in person (though we do want everyone to come!). It does seem that we'd like to have a web facility that can accommodate more than 16 people. And also there are multiple requests for a web cam that shows the casting (GotoMeeting cannot accommodate web cams). So we will consider other options for 2012. Any further feedback or ideas to consider?

Thanks so much to everyone for supporting this year's event. I personally would like to thank Bob (who envisioned electronic scoring and asked us to work on it), head judges Tom and Glenn -- for their excellence in communication that ensured fairness and accuracy, and Donna for organizing and coordinating multiple volunteers. I share the enthusiam reflected by other posts concerning the quality of this event, and look forward to helping to make it better.

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Congratulations to all participants. All finalists monsters. excellent athletes. results are excellent.
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Fred, Great idea about the web cams! Will try for next year.

This year, the Sunday GotoMeeting was, admittedly, an afterthought (apologies for not having thought of it sooner!). Just programming the electronic-scoring system and getting the flat-screen display mounted and working (with contingencies for rain) had been our primary focus since January. The first real test of the system was Saturday men's qualifying, and (to our great sigh of relief!) everything worked and people watched with interest. I confess that I was as nervous as a competitor on Saturday morning ... running a new and uproven system in front of our friends and spey community.

It wasn't until Saturday night that we first realized that we could use the club's wi-fi to display Spey-O-Rama electronic scoring in real time to the internet via GotoMeeting -- and that anyone who logged in would be able to see the same real-time display that spectators and participants were seeing. Bob Pauli (thanks to Bob as always!) posted the GotoMeeting log-in information to Spey Pages early Sunday morning based on my request.

Given this very-late notification, I had thought (naively underestimating the enthusiasm of our spey community!) that 1-2 people might log in to watch the real-time scoring. But shortly after 8:30 am there were a dozen people logged in from Norway, Canada, Japan ... and we quickly exceeded the GotoMeeting limit of 16 participants (I didn't previously know of the 16-person limit -- shame on me!). Based on messages received during Sunday's competition, there were another couple of dozen people who wanted to join but who were turned away because of this limit of 16.

So what what about 2012? It does seem that we should try for a live Spey-O-Rama web cast for those who can't be here in person (though we do want everyone to come!). It does seem that we'd like to have a web facility that can accommodate more than 16 people. And also there are multiple requests for a web cam that shows the casting (GotoMeeting cannot accommodate web cams). So we will consider other options for 2012. Any further feedback or ideas to consider?

Thanks so much to everyone for supporting this year's event. I personally would like to thank Bob (who envisioned electronic scoring and asked us to work on it), head judges Tom and Glenn -- for their excellence in communication that ensured fairness and accuracy, and Donna for organizing and coordinating multiple volunteers. I share the enthusiam reflected by other posts concerning the quality of this event, and look forward to helping to make it better.

Tom
Hi Tom

I was the norwegian that watched and I think it was great and you did a very good job.
There are some Norwegians interested in this and some of them were on a Norwegian flyfishing page on internet. So I told them after the results came in and they were so pleased that they got it directly. A webcam would do it fantastic. It’s a long way from Norway – I would really liked to be there, but to be able to watch it directly on a web cam would be perfect.

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Thought I would post a few photos from Saturday qualifying - will also try to post a few video clips in a second post - hope you enjoy!













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here are some video clips - just click on the photo and it will bring up the clip - few more to follow











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SOR 2011 Pix of Awards

Some photos from the awards ceremony

1. Men's Champs (L-R): Tommy Aarkvisla, Norway, 2nd place; Gerard Downey, Ireland, 1st place (and winner of a superb SARACIONE salmon reel); Brian Styskal, Oregon, USA, 3rd place.

2. Women's Champs (L-R): Donna O'Sullivan, San Francisco, 2nd place; Whitney Gould, Oregon, USA, 1st place; Mia Sheppard, Oregon, USA, 3rd place

3. Men's Longest Cast of 167 feet: Tommy Aarkvisla, Norway (winner of a lovely MEGOFF salmon reel, made in the Ukraine). Next to Tommy is Hiroshi Yazaki, Yamanashi, Japan. Hiroshi is President of the Japan Casting Association (JCA), which graciously provides prestigious awards to all winners at SOR. JCA has been a key participant in the success of SOR, and GGACC expresses its sincere thanks to all JCA members.

4. Whitney Gould accepts a gorgeous salmon reel from Joe SARACIONE, a reward for her first place finish. Whitney also received a beautiful MEGOFF salmon reel, manufactured in the Ukraine, for her longest cast, a booming 140 feet. I covet both of those reels.
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Carron Team

There are 5 serious boomers here.

Top row: James Chalmers, Ruairi Costello

Bottom row: Travis Johnson, Gerard Downey, Bruce Kruk

Thank to James, Ruairi, Travis and Gerard for training GGACC fledgling Spey anglers on "Members Day."

Congratulations to Champion Gerard Downey, fifth place Travis Johnson and sixth place Ruairi Costello.
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