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WOW*, you missed it!!

more on that later . . .
but the Grand River Spey Clave was marvelous!

Neil and Rick put together a first class event that should have been more heavily attended. I was especially sorry that I had to leave Saturday night to come home (one daughter who I rarely see arrived Thursday night and left this morning . . . it's tough juggling priorities). But the day on Saturday was absoultelyfirst class.

Andy Murray continues to provide new insights, Rick's presentation was terrific for first-timers. Francois (can't remember his last name) a BC and Gaspé guide, gave a great presentation of double-handed underhand and single hand speys. Brit Gary Champion demonstrated sunk line techniques. I was especially pleased with Neil's clear demos of Skagit casting (and I was grateful that he matched lines to my personal rods). I was also pleased to be able to meet and share ideas with the designers of a couple of my favorite lines . . . James Chalmers (Spey lines) and Andrew Toft (trout lines) from Carron. Andrew let me cast their wonderful 16 footer with the 85' Jetstream and they helped me match the 85 footer with my ARC 1509 (yes, I bought one . . . I also have their 9/10 and 10/11 for a couple of my other rods). Andrew's Spey casting demo was marvelous. A big thank you to the Jacks for sending them across the pond.

*The one thing you all missed was Gordon MacLeod's wonderful presentation on that illusive icon, Alexander Grant. And to top it all off, the best part of all was his "first time ever displayed in public" demonstration of Grant's poorly understood planet cast. I can't wait to spend time with it. What a new "twist" it gives to Spey casting. I'd tell you all about it, but I'd have to kill you first. You should have been there.

So thank you, thank you Neil and Rick . . . and all the guys who came over from Scotland and England. It was a wonderful event.

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I strongly echo Bill's comments. I'm just a newbie to spey fishing but it was great to see all the various demos and people passionate about spey fishing. I had a hard time absorbing all the information but I've learned so much in such a short amount of time.

To add to what Bill left out on, Sunday entailed more demos, on water product testing, and a casting competition. The longest caster I believe was around 265 feet which was their best right and left side casts combined. Amazing to see the guys bomb out those casts!

Oh forgot to mention there was also a raffle on Saturday night with ridiculously good odds on winning some fabulous prices (e.g. Sage two-hander, Islander and Hardy reels....etc).

Hats off again to Rick, Neil, all the volunteers and sponsors who made it possible. I look forward to the next one.

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Hi Bill,

Sounds like a GREAT time. Rick and Neil know that I would have loved to attend as I have in previous years, but I was chasing acres of false albacore stationed on a coastal island camp on (Marthas) Vineyard Sound.

Next year I'll try to schedule to attend BOTH

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Sounds like this event was a blast! Like Juro I had some other engagements to attend so I could not make it. Knowing Rick and Neil the event had to be top of the line.

Did anyone take pictures?

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Those that were not there really missed out!

Those of us that were there had a really great time!

What a treat to see, talk to and stand in the river with some of the best Spey casters in the world.

Met and talked to a lot of great people from all over the world with a common intrest ... Spey casting.

My thanks to Neil and Rick for a great weekend!

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WOW!! is right

Where do I start--I guess with the overseas contingent--5 of the finest to ever grace the banks of the Grand or any other river!! Andrew, Andy, Gary, Gordon and James were DYNO-MITE!! Four Scots and a Brit!! Then, of course, Francois, Neil, and Rick from Canada--if I forgot anyone, I apologize as I am just too tired from all the good times including demos, company displays, food and drinks, raffles with great prizes, 2 trips to Niagara Falls and one to the Ganaraska River for great fishing!! Camping overnight was really good because we all got to sit around the fire and bond!! There were also at least 3 successful FFF certifications completed.

The other posters talked about the casting and it was truly great--results of the casting competition, with a moderate upstream wind, blowing the fluffy back at the casters are: Total of 2 casts (left and right)

Andrew Toft-Carron - 244 feet winner of the Loomis GLX

James Chalmers-Carron- 241 feet

Andy Murray, perennial favorite-Hardy - 230 feet who would have been first in the Masters Division if there had been one !!

I guess that you could say that the air was blue with Carron lines!! The two most interesting casts (for me) were Gordon McLeod's Planet Cast and Gary Champion's aerialized 180 degree change of direction cast with no anchor!! There is just so much going on in our little world of spey!!

So, Neil and Rick, thank you again for a GREAT weekend!! See you on the river!!

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I will be looking for you around Chatham next week as I have greetings from Andrew Toft and James Chalmers to deliver.

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Julian,

I sure hope we can hook up while you're here. When I read that Andrew and James were attending it certainly made this date conflict very difficult to take. I look forward to catching up with these two fine gentlemen and casters, Gordon and Mr. James Jack himself on the next opportunity.

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"Wow", you missed it!!

Hi Gents
When you put an event such as this together you sometimes forget or don't get a chance to thank each person individually "Thanks to all"
We had a great two days, the demonstrations and competition were the best, the boys outdid themselves.
A personal thanks to Neil for working so hard to get the event up and running, to his wife Pat and my wife Pat for all your help. Thanks to Marty & Julian for all your help. To the guest casters, you guy's made the event!!, a special thanks to the manufactures and rep's, Fly Fusion Mag. T.U., Friends of the Grand for your generous donations. Neil who did I forget?

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just a few sample pictures from this past weekend. a great event. start planning for next years Clave now!

Andrew Toft of Carron-JetsStream loading up the best cast of 135'




James Chalmers of Carron-JetStream loading his 133' er



Francois Blanchet of Loop unloads a 90' er


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Great photo's . I wish I could have made it over, however work had to take first priority. What a drag !! Sounds like it was a great weekend for all. Maybe next year.

A big congrats to Andrew and James on getting a 1-2 for the Carron boys in the comp. Looked like a close affair between them once again.

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i have about 40 some odd photos in total...woulda had more but...spent my time casting alot both days

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great event, site and talent all around. the folks from across the pond made it something extrordinary to witness and photograph. thanks to Neil and Rick for their monstrous efforts and thanks to the talent for considering this part of the world worthy of their time. here are a few pics to rub it in on the folks who missed it

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