Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Great Lakes, USA
The Lake Superior Steelhead Association(LSSA) deserves a big thank you. They did a great job of hosting the 2nd annual Brule Spey Day October 8, 2016. I can't imagine what it takes to organize one of these events, but I'm sure it takes a lot of time and money. Rental of the McNeil property, the sound system, a pile of food which was served for free at lunch time. The demostrators and instructors got to room in the house for two days payed for by the LSSA. It's hard to believe they covered the bill for all this stuff. I'm sure there's more I don't know about. I sincerely hope people donate in some way to the LSSA to keep these events going and most of all to assist them in looking out for our precious resources.
We had a major cold front blow through, but everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves thoroughly. There was plenty of sun and temps got to somewhere near fifty. It was a little breezy, but not too bad. Definitely better than the day before. No one suffered too much since any steelheader learns quick how to dress for extreme conditions. Actually it was pretty nice compared to some of the conditions we have to face during the season.
Another big thanks for the guys doing the presentations. It was generous of them to donate their time, knowledge and the experiences that they accumulated over the years. Presenters were Bob Nasby, Dave Gellately, Andy Selvig and Paul Sandstrom. We were all sad that Dave Pinczkowski couldn't make it this year to share his wealth of knowledge. He's truly a nice guy to hang out with and learn from.
I've been teaching one on one casting for quite a few years so I said I would help teach during the event. No problem; that was my comfort zone. I was quite surprised to find out the night before that I was actually on the roster to do a presentation. Since I have never done a talk or demonstration of any kind in front of a large group of people in my entire life I would have never outright agreed to do it. I don't like to be the center of attention. They had to trick me into it. I didn't pass out or die.lol
Dave Gellately was there to represent Sage Rods. Bob Nasby and Bob McGraw are on the pro staff and represented St. Croix Rods. I feel real bad because I don't know all the details. Hopefully you guys or Paul will read this and fill in the blanks. I know it wasn't just Sage and St. Croix that were represented.
There were some prizes that were raffled off at no charge. All you had to do was show up and get your tickets. I don't know everything, but I seen about 8 fly lines and a custom made rod that came from Bob Nasby. A switch rod donated by St. Croix Rod Company. I seen a Lund's Fly Shop hat. Please, someone give credit where it is due since I don't know all the details.
The event was only scheduled from 11-3pm, but some of us can't ever get enough casting so we were at it until about 5pm where the last of the stragglers headed off to fish the magic hour before dark. We had a bunch of rain the 2 days before so the conditions were prime over the weekend. It was good to hear stories of broken leaders, straightened hooks, some that were landed and the overall pleasure of just being on the water in such an amazing place.
Wish I had some event photos for you, but I was too busy this time.
Last edited by Rob Kolakowski; 10-10-2016 at 12:14 AM.