The clave was a great success. Even the weather cooperated. There were severe thunderstorms the night before and we were worried they would continue into the morning, but we got lucky.
I appreciate the kudos but there were a lot of people who helped to make it work.
All the presenters were great and flexible with plans. Andy Murray, Juro, Rick Kustich, Neil Houlding, Andrew Moy, Ted Lewis, and Rick Whorwood all gave up time and travelled distances to make this possible.
LOSA did a great job with lunch and took that burden off my shoulders to free me up for other parts of the plan.
Nick Pionessa and the Oak Orchard fly shop went above and beyond the call of duty for helping to put this together, and Nick had to endure some late night phone conversations with me the week before while we were trying to put finishing touches on the event. They definitely showed there commitment to promoting spey in the Great Lakes.
Charlie also did a great slide show that everyons seemed to enjoy.
Rick Whorwood deserves a special thanks as he also spent a lot of time on the phone with me sharing his experiences with me that came from planning a clave.
The biggest thanks goes out to the Douglaston Salmon Run and Connie who is the river keeper. She put up with my insanity. They let us use the facilities and provided lodging for the presenters. This is really a great place to swing flies and if you haven't been there you should go.
As much as it was a success, I'm glad it's done
.I don't want to even talk about next years for at least a few months.
As far as me, I'm looking forward to the Grand River Clave in October where I can be just a spectator. We should all get up there. It's going to be a good time and there should be fish in the river