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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-15-2006, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Best Ever Sandy Clave


Thanks Mark and Patty for the best ever Sandy Clave!

Camped for a week prior to the Clave and had the whole campground to myself for three days and then the rangers had to open a loop they don't normally open up as the campground filled up mainly with folks attending the Clave.

It would take forever to say enough about this event. Simply, it was the best ever anywhere! Folks, food, demos, etc were fantastic. Can't wait till next year.

Also, thanks to my camp partner who showed up Tuesday before the event, Mike Kinny for some great pointers.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-15-2006, 12:36 PM
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Indeed the Best Sandy Clave

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Mark, Patty and the entire crew that worked so hard to make this an exciting event. The number of new rods and lines available boggled the mind. I missed most of the presentations trying to cast as many rod/line combinations as I could. The advancement in rod and line design allows rods to cast a much wider grain window. A number of rods can cast three different line weights in the same line class with equal ease.

I was great to watch presentations of how to fish the line once you have cast it out on the water.

I heard a number of people comment on the increased number of excellent casters. Looks like the years of presentations and help by the more advanced casters is paying off.

I am impressed by the continued quality of the Spey community. Even with the greatly increased numbers attending, the quality of the attendees remains extremely high. It would be interesting to research what it is about a two handed rod that attracts such a fine group of people. All willing to share their knowledge and skill at the drop of a hat.

Looking forward to next year.

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I must agree Mark and Patty awesome function you put together! Cheers to the both of you and everyone who you have help this can't be easy to pull together.

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As usual the Sandy Spey Clave was a stellar event. Many new things to see and try. Several "jedi's" to watch. Old friends to see and new ones to makes. GREAT food! The Fly Fishing Shop crew are very dialed in and things seem to run very smoothly. Mrs. Redshed and I had a great time and we are looking forward to next year.

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At the end of the event Mark asked me what I had learnt - so much I hardly know where to start. Some of the highlights for me were:

- Dec Hogan and power application and angle changes on the single spey
- Simon Gawesworths demonstration on the Sunday and the advanced Double Spey (Simon was on top form - Liverpool won the English FA Cup Final)
- One to one casting tips with Steve Choate (who spent some considerable time aiding many assisted by a bottle of beer)
- Way Yin on Ness
- Scottish hints and tips and so much more
- Innumerable hints and tips and the loans of so many great rods and lines on the water
- Great catering from Patty and team
- Most of all the cameraderie

Wonderful event

Thanks all

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Best ever Sandy Clave? I dunno.

The food was fantastic, and the gear was great. However, I'm doing something different every year, so I can't tell. Unfortunately, I didn't see a single presentation this year. I welcomed people and cast lots of rods, with Nextcast lines, CND lines, and my own line to take the line changes out of the equation when comparing rods. LOTS of rods I really liked, headed by the Meisers, Andersons, and Burkies. For my purpose, to upgrade my most-used rod without changing lines (yet), the top choice was the Burkheimer 7141. There were other rods I liked even more, but none that fit my current want quite so well.

The best part, of course, was seeing lots of friends.

The bad part? I still haven't met many of the posters on this site that attended.

The worst part? I missed seeing Aaron, Brian S., and others. No Dana, either.

But Mark, Patty, Bob, Tilda, and all the others certainly made it another great weekend. The NSSC breakfasts were great, and got people there early on Saturday because of the breakfast. The lunches and dinner were great, great.

Oh, yeah...the worst, worst part was that Sunday was Mothers Day. The Sunday crowd reflected that mistake.

Fortunately I had a pass to attend both days!

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I had plans to attend from Boston, but the Mother's Day commitments nixed it for me with my mother having traveled from overseas to be in town with the family and the two other most-important moms (wife and her mom) on the full agenda of flowers, spa certificates and brunches, etc.

However my mind was drifting off to Oxbow all weekend and although I've attended them all up to now it sounds like I missed a doozie, especially with the return of Dec Hogan to the Sandy Clave. Simon is always in top form in my book and I hear Steve Choate has a new 'secret weapon' system I would have liked to see. Some fellow east coaster friends of mine were involved with Dr.Way Yin's new video and I would have liked to take in his presentation on long belly style (my fav), guess I will have to wait for the DVD.

I have to say the year isn't complete without a Sandy Clave... I'll have to make up for it next year!

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What a great event. Saturday was so busy that I only had time for about three nips of single malt...... What is it with that??

The catering and hospitality were great and well planned, the weather was simply wonderful and the demos were smashing. I really enjoyed Andre Scholz's demo and humor. First time I have had the pleasure of meeting him and I was most impressed with the man and the demo.

A great big thank you to Mark, Patty, Tilda, the hawkeye team, Bob Larsell and the rest of the crew.

As to next year's event....... Bring it on!!!

Always dreaming of that perfect cast.....
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