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Gordon MacLeod - Traditional Spey Casting

The Irish Angler is happy to sponsor Gordon MacLeod for a full day class in traitional Spey casting. Gordon is one of the premier casters on the river Spey and has more knowledge of the Grant Switch than perhaps any other caster. Gordon will be teaching a day of technique for 8 fortunate students. Casters of all levels will benefit from Gordon's knowledge and experience. Don't let this rare opportunity slip away.

Location - Ben Howard run on the Skykomish.
Date - June 24, 9-4pm
Cost - $125 per student
Lunch included.

For more info or to register call (425) 922-5413 or email ([email protected]) Jack Cook at The Irish Angler.

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Having spent some one on one time with Gordon casting I would say that this is one not to miss!!!

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Speaking of which

I still have to wait a couple of weeks for my Clan MacLeod. Did you get yours yet? What kind of lines are you going to use on it? What sort of weight? I did not get to meet up with Gordon on his last visit so all I get to do is dream and drool.

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Hi Jack,
The tickets are booked and i'm ready..... should be good fun , will send you a pm with exact details, will be bringing some new stuff from the Spey for everybody to try out.
Really looking forward to it, and thanks to fisshman for the kind words, and i hope we will meet up sometime soon.
Cheers Gordon.
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Hi Jack,
Got some great footage of a guy doing Highland switch casting, a style of casting from Alexander Grant (the greatest speycaster there ever was), the guy i was fishing with was 83yrs young and a retired doctor from Inverness, he used a style of casting that make speycasting so easy. i think this is the only film of a brilliant casting style, there is not many 83yr olds still casting silk line and a greenheart in this old style, very impressive stuff.
I will also do some modern stuff on the same theme, with the rods and lines we use today, and how easy these casts work with what we use today .
See you soon.
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Hi Guys,
This is one class thats really worth going to,Gordon is not only a good caster but he has managed to reserect some of the oldest casts ever made ,likes of the Highland Switch,and the Planet Casts,Gordon did a talk for me last week on Alexander Grant and the history of spey casting at my casting school and it was very good,he is not only very knowledgeable on the subject but when he talks you can tell he has a real passion about it all,
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Wow!

The class with Gordon was nothing short of amazing. Just when you think you can make an effortless cast somebody comes along and redefines the entire process and you realize you have a very long way to go. All were filled with great historical info on Grant and the casting styles used in competitions like 'Ness' vs. the day to do fishing casts of Scotty, Gordie and Gordon.

For me one of the highlights was casting the Grant 'Playfair' Greenheart rod with a silk line and feeling in great detail exactly how and why Grant's style works as well as it does. It was also great watching the class attendees all banging out 60+ foot casts with the Greenheart.

The great news is that these techniques benefit all styles of casting. The principles that make a good and effortless cast are good for Scandinavian, Traditional, Long Line, and Skagit Style. I even showed Gordon how we could Skagit Cast his silk line on a 17' Traditional rod.


Here is the master letting one fly. Notice the high stop position and especially the light grip.


Here is Joe Brown laying out a lovely silk line with the Greenheart. If you look carefully to his left you can see the tiny brown silk line straightening high over the water.

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It was a great day on the river. Thank you for sponsoring it, thanks to my fellow casters, and thanks to Gordon for all his work in resurrecting the cast(s). What's old is new again.

I was out this evening giving it another go. Clearly it's going to take some work but a modernized "Grant Switch" will do wonders on the clear rivers of Gaspe where we sometimes need to sneak up on the Salmon in tight canyon water. No overhead casts or rip roarin' Skagit casts there.

The downstream switch (or whatever sexy name we want to apply) is going to be a winner if I can nail that one down.

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Hi Guy's,
I would like to thank Jack Cook and all the guy's for a great day out on the river it was really good fun , i hope in some way it all makes for a different look at what we call speycasting today, and like Jack said it can be used for loads of styles.
I hope to have the chance to come down and do it again sometime, or hopefully we will meet up in Oct.
Thanks Jack.
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