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Spey-O-Rama, May 5 - 7, 2006, San Francisco

Exciting times are close at hand!

Things at San Francisco's Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club [GGACC] are 'warming up' for this year's Spey-O-Rama, May 5th through 7th, 2006. Last Saturday, we had two new entrants for the event, Doug Duncan and Simon Hsieh.

Both these gentlemen are fine long distance casters, and use the American River in Sacramento for their playground. We welcome them warmly.

We have an all-star cast from around the world, plus the GGACC’s own terrific casters. All Spey aficionados should schedule this event, or be sorry you missed it!

I’ll add a personal note that should stir the pot a bit. I predict the winner of the event will use a Skagit based line system. In fact, rumor has it that last year’s … well, just arrive and be amazed.

Many of you know others and I have been experimenting with Skagit heads combined with floating tips to determine if these short heads are suitable for long-range work. In fact I am more than a year behind the leaders. Do you wonder how far a stock Rio Skagit 650 + 150 grain 10’ cheater + 17’ tip can cast a fly with a Thomas & Thomas 1409-5? A certain individual cast 145-feet of line and leader to the reel last Saturday at the GGACC, using this outfit. I’ll withhold his name to keep pressure off, unless he wants to throw it up there as a challenge.

The Scots will be tough to beat, but the world will have fun trying, and who knows?

The members of the GGACC welcome all to join us May 5th through 7th, 2006. This is the cutting edge of fishing-realistic Spey distance casting, from three-foot deep water with factory [available to the public] rods no longer than 15-feet one-inch. Don’t be left out!

See http://ggacc.org/ for the club bulletin.

See http://ggacc.org/p/p.aspx?mlid=11 for directions.

I look forward to seeing you!

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Bob isn't there restriction on line belly size? I know it is so for the major world competitions and skagit lines would never cut it but not sure about the spey o rama?

I have been hearing from some guys about long 'skagit' type heads and throwing them quite far. I think it could be done but the trick is going to be managing all that line and being able to get it stripped in and set up properly for the 4 required casts within the time limit. You said 1 cast of 145 but did he get all 4 to 145?

My money is still on Gordon Armstong as I bet he will be throwing in excess of 150' this year but it will be interesting to see if a skagit guy can challenge him.

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Question Accomodations

Any reccomendations or deals on hotels. Or, where is everyone staying?

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JD,
Lodging is always a challenge in San Francisco. The good news is that the SF Bay Area is a small geographical location with good highways, so even lodging 20 miles away is a half hour drive. I suggest Orbitz, Travelocity and the like for the best deals.

If folks on this site volunteer their reserved lodging name and location, it will be appreciated.

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I may have made some pointedly anti-skagit comments here (they're strictly preference oriented), but I have seen some folks throw these things a country mile, and those who know how to handle the running lines (scando and shooting head casters, as well as skagit casters) don't seem to have too terrible a problem with them. I threw a 9/10 skagit head much farther than I ever thought I could with a Burkie 9145 without working too hard at it, so if they're allowed in the competition they'll likely place high in practiced hands.

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Big fat shooting heads do indeed go far and like Moose we will see...Scando casters have never faired well with standard shorter heads. Even guys like Knut have gone to longer heads to get distance. Maybe the big fat banana line is the ticket

Still it takes more skill to throw a long belly line

All kidding aside the spey-o-rama is a primo event. Great club, great location, and great people. I hope I can make it this year and every spey aficianado should get there at least once.

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hmmmm

The way the rules stand right now a 6th grader with an 8' spinning rod and half a Skagit line could win the whole thing.

Snoopy bobber might be optional though.

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Bring on the 6th grader! Him I could take The other guys, like Doug and Simon and the Scotts and... well, I'll just watch But that 6th grader, I'll take his lunch money and his snoopy bobber.

Unless his mom shows up too....

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O.K. it's a go. GF is hot to attend this event. I put her in charge of finding a place to crash & she, being Japanese, is looking into Japan Town. Makes her happy as it's been a while since either of us have visited S.F. So that leaves the question of eats during the day. Is GGCC putting on a feed like we used to do down in Long Beach, or what? Also asumming that parking may be a challenge? Looking forward to meeting everyone, old freinds as well as new.

I see my friend Doug Duncan has entered the competition. Way to go Doug. We'll be rootin' for ya.

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Glad to hear you'll be there. Parking is not a problem. The club has a large parking lot and the city stables are next door with overflow paved areas for parking.

The club officers are meeting this Saturday to decide details such a food, timing of events, etc. I'll post the information on Sunday April 9, 2006.

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We worker-bees at GGACC will appreciate a show of hands.

Will the folks that are planning to come please post this thread, inclucing competitors may already have emailed John Till, Club President. That will give the folks at this Saturday's Spey-O-Rama planning meeting a feel for attendance and the elements needed to support everyone.

Please state if you plant to attend, compete or both. Also note if you want display space.

Your help is appreciated.

Many thanks,
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Well at least Scott Mackenzie is giving you guy's a chance, is he does,nt make it over, thats the trouble its a heck of a way to travel to cast in a still water pond.
Still i would make it if i could.
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Bob,

Sandi and I will be there, as will Nobuo and our new Distributors Lee and Nancy.

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Bob, are you wanting a show of hands here or emailed to GGACC. If so can you post an email adress?

My significant other and I will be there both days.

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Moose,
Posting here on speypages is good. We welcome you both.

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We are happy you are bringing Kush.

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