Found this on one of 'my' UK fly boards!!
INTERNATIONAL OPEN SPEY CASTING CHAMPIONSHIP
For the third year, Ireland’s premier country sports event, the National Country Fair – will be hosting the International Open Spey Casting Championship at Emo Court, Portlaoise, County Laois on June 4th & 5th. Offering a total prize fund of €3,000 this prestigious game fishing event is the richest Spey casting tournament in the world, with a top prize of €1,500, second prize of €1,000 and third prize of €500.
The final of the event on Sunday afternoon provides the climax to the National Country Fair and attracts an enthusiastic crowd. Once again, former world champion, Hywel Morgan will be commentating on the finals of the world’s top event in the Spey casting discipline. The main criteria are a maximum rod length of 18ft and a floating line with a maximum diameter 2.5mm (head length optional). Spey casting technique is also carefully scrutinised.
2005 Champion, Scott Mackenzie, amazed competitors and spectators alike last year with his qualifying cast of 55.3m (current world record set at Emo Court ’05) as indeed did his winning cast of 49.83 metres. The young Scot, Andrew Armstrong, is expected to take up the mantle against leading exponents of the art from the USA, Australia, Britain and all parts of Ireland.
Entry forms and copies of the full rules are now available from the National Country Fair office (Leap Cottage, Kildalton, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny) or [email protected]
. Alternatively, entry forms can be completed at the lakeside entry tent.
The qualifying heats for the final of the International Open Spey Casting Championship will be held on Saturday and Sunday morning over the weekend of June 4th and 5th.
In addition, a host of daily competitions, championships, tuition and rod testing are all laid out for visitors to take part in plus demonstrations by internationally renowned casting masters, Andy Murray, Hywel Morgan and Jan Porter - see www.countryfair.ie
For further information,
Tel: +353 51 644687
Mobile: +353 87 2507 827
Fax: +353 51 644685
Enjoy it, it might not last!
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Joined: 09 Apr 2006
Location: Ashland, Oregon USA
Posted: Today - 08:13 am Post subject:
PLEASE KEEP US 'posted' on this event. Hundreds here (particularly in the western States) avidly follow this event annually.
Two of our 'main guys' are Dr Way Yin and Steve Choate. Interested to see if they attend this year as well as others from the US and Canada.