That was a great gathering! Both Jim and I thoroughly enjoyed our weekend and cannot thank everyone enough.
I don't know what the official numbers are yet, but we were really happy with the turnout and it seemed that there was an endless number of people on the RIO
booth asking questions and giving us great feedback. It was also nice to see how many complete beginners were at this clave and how many first time attendees there were - it just shows that word is out.
Our thanks also go to Mark and Patty for organising it, Tilda, Bob and Laura for keeping us so well entertained and fed, CD Clarke, Ray Phelps and Steve Choate for the other essential part of the clave - the single malts. Thanks to Way for the supply of beer, as always.
Finally, thanks to everyone who made the effort to come. Without your support there wouldn't be a clave or even an industry.
Congratulations to Jeff Putnam and Kirk Eberhard for passing the FFF spey certification - two more great casters and instructors to take note of.
I loved all the demos - what a range of talent, skills and styles. I wish I could have watched them all, but had other commitments. It was also nice to see John and Amy Hazel and always a huge pleasure to catch up with my old mate Andy Murray (despite the savage attack on us "southerners").
The only sad part is that I lost my favourite reel - an Old Florida Nautilus 12. I have only just got the reel and had rigged it up with a MidSpey 8/9 for people to try at the clave. I guess someone borrowed it who forgot to bring it back. If anyone knows where it is please send it back to me at RIO
or to Mark at his store in Welches
. I don't want this incident to sour the otherwise excellent event.
Simon and Jim