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The CLA Game Fair / The CLA International Open Spey Casting Championship 28-30th July

Anyone on the board who are going either as a visitor or a competitor this year?

Would be great to see some speypages members around!

Here are the link for the competitions: http://www.gamefair.co.uk/2006/mainPages.php?id=15
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will be going for the whole weekend with Grant Mackenzie, Andrew Toft, James Chalmers, Cameron Smith, Calum Manson and Blair Banks.

I think there will be a few from Ireland as well as the boys from the Scottish Casting Assossiation (SCA). It should be another great year.

There is also a new saltwater casting competition this year which looks good.

Are there many boy from Norway comming over?

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will be going for the whole weekend with Grant Mackenzie, Andrew Toft, James Chalmers, Cameron Smith, Calum Manson and Blair Banks.

I think there will be a few from Ireland as well as the boys from the Scottish Casting Assossiation (SCA). It should be another great year.

There is also a new saltwater casting competition this year which looks good.

Are there many boy from Norway comming over?

Gordon
Hello Gordon.

Good to hear you have a big team comming, will be nice to see you all again.

We will be 2 or 3 from Norway. Knut is struggling with a bad shoulder, but I hope he will be fit again soon so he could come over. Othervice it's me and Mikael Blomberg who will participate. Maybe there are some others, but I haven't got that confirmed.

Do you know what kind of equipment that will be used in the saltwater competition? I see by the rules that almost any single handed rod could be used so I guess someones even will use the heavy T-42 rods used in Casting Sport.
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CLA Speycasting competition

Just spoke to Willie Gunn on the phone. In difficult conditions casting into a swirling headwind, the Carron team took five of the top six places.

1st Gordon Armstrong
2nd Andrew Toft
3rd Ruairi Costello
4th Blair Banks
5th Knut Syrstad
6th James Chalmers

Well done Gordon.
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Congratulations again to the Carron boys.
Well done lads.
James will probably be posting some pics soon,lets hope so any way.
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Congratualations Gordon.

I watched the final from the far bank. I have to say, that wind was a nightmare. There were some really decent casts by all competetors that were caught by the cross wind pushing the cast to the other side of markers for no-casts. The guys were having to cast far out to the right of the target to keep it the correct side of the markers.

Impressive stuff given the conditions. I think the winning cast was 47m.

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I heard James Chalmers was using a Clan MacLeod 18'. DO we know what other folks were casting and what the distances were?

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Here are some pictures from the gamefair:


Way Yin is casting in the qualification heats.




Two nice trouts where spectators to the qualifying.




Mikael Blomberg is casting in the qualification heats infront of the Broadland House.




Celebrating with champagne.


I have a lot more pictures, but Orkla is full of salmon so it's time to go fishing
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I heard James Chalmers was using a Clan MacLeod 18'. DO we know what other folks were casting and what the distances were?
James was using his trusty Carron rod and line, as were the rest of the Carron boys. Knut was using his Loop LTS and XLT line

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Just back to normality after a fantastic weekend at the Broadlands CLA Gamefair.
What a difference a year can make,the Credibility of the CLA has been firmly restored.The mysterious goings on of 2005 have been eradicated by the organisers,No overnight leaderboard changes,No assisted passages to finals,No reduction in the numbers allowed to participate in the biggest final in the world,and most importantly complete integrity by the judges,and finally no sign of the people who made all of the above happen last year.Well done to all involved as this has put the CLA firmly back on the map as the undisputed No.1 show in the world,it was clear to see all weekend that there was a fantastic enthusiasm and Cameraderie between competitors from all over the world,this is what these shows are all about.
How was this acheived? It was very simple, "Good Communications",from day one of the show, there was a meeting took place with the competition organisers, officials, CLA officials and all the competitors involved before a single competitive cast took place, who all knew what went on last year.They were in no doubt that it had to be put right,and I am glad to say it was.They also had a meeting for drinks at the end of each day for everyone participating and kept everyone up to speed,so I would like to congratulate the S&TA officials for a good job well done.The people who were directly affected by some of these decisions last year,were rewarded this year as their true potential shone through,well done to Blair Banks and your family who have given you terrific support,Chauffering you all over the country,and to Andrew Toft who could easily have thrown in the towel if they had not been given a fair crack at it.
Thats History its now time to move on.


Jack.the Clan Macleod is a very good rod, I used it at Emo in Ireland in June when I had a following breeze and it worked really well,Harry kindly leant me it and asked me to try it for him,Gordon Macleod AKA Speyghillie designed the rod and it is named after him,well done to you Gordon it was great to see you at the weekend and have a few beers.I still cant see past my 17ft 11 in Carron as the best all rounder which Andrew Toft and myself usually battle over,in fact we shared it in yesterdays final as well.
Jack the tackle used over the weekend for the 6 finalists was

6 BEST QUALIFIERS FOR THE SPEYCASTING FINAL

Gordon Armstrong Carron 17ft 11in 105ft Carron line 57.5M 62.88 yards
Knut Syrstad LTS 18FT XLT line 53.75M 58.78 yards
James Chalmers Carron 17ft 11in 100ft Carron line 53.00M 57.97 yards
Andrew Toft Carron 17ft 11in 105ft Carron line 52.75M 56.86 yards
Blair Banks B&W Norway 18ft 105ft Carron line 52.00M 56.86 yards
Ruiairi Costello Carron 17ft 11in 105ft Carron line 50.75M 55.50 yards

ALL THE CASTS THIS YEAR WERE MEASURED IN METRES

The Speycasting standard is getting better every year,55.5 yards to qualify is absolutely amazing,its not that long ago that it was won with 43yards,its thanks to the likes of Ian Gordon,Bill Drury,Scott Mackenzie,Way Yin and Steve Choate the pioneers of competition Speycasting that the interest is growing year on year.
Michael Evans and Scott Mackenzie,the World Record holder at 68 yards, gave a good presentation before Sundays Final in Front of a packed Grandstand,on Competition Casting,and all the benefits of todays modern fishing tackle, which evolve from the competition equipment,it was very informative and well presented.Well done.

BTW A hearty congratulations to Way Yin who I noticed managed a competition personal best of 54.68 yards and just missed out on getting to the final.It was great to see you over the weekend Way,try and not work too hard and keep it up with the Nees-Style.

The Final on Sunday proved to be very testing indeed as the wind was horrendous,but as they say the cream always rises to the top.

1st Gordon Armstrong
2nd Andrew Toft
3rd Ruiairi Costello
4th Blair Banks (Fantastic acheivement for a 15 year old)
5th Knut Syrstad
6th James Chalmers

Congratulations to Gordon Armstrong who is now the undisputed Speycasting World Champion ,well done Loon.and a hearty congratulations to Andrew Toft you are now back where you rightfully belong,and Ruiairi Costello,an up and coming talent from Ireland.


Gordon receiving his prize and Gwyneth Jack receiving the manufactures trophy from the CLA Chairman


Gordon Armstrong,Gwyneth Jack and Michael Evans
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A nice view of 15 year old Blair Banks taking part in Sundays Final
Blair also won the Junior Salmon distance in his last year as a junior great acheivement



Ruiairi Costello took 1st place in the UK mens trout distance




Mikael Bloomberg of Norway wins the mens Salmon distance



Mikael Bloomberg 1st Cameron Smith 2nd Ruiairi Costello 3rd UK mens Salmon distance



Ruiairi Costello and Mikael Bloomberg celebrate their victory



Knut Syrstad and myself getting our own back for finishing bottom of the pile





The only prize I won all weekend was the 100 metre sprint as Andrew Toft tried the stick a bottle of Champagne where the sun dont shine




The only world record that we managed this weekend was to get 8 guys and all their gear into Willie Gunns Green Banger,and drive 2 miles from the showground to the campsite without spilling a drop of alcohol.



Finally a special mention to Grant Mackenzie who finished the weekend off with a win in the mens Salmon distance and Trout distance on Sunday

Looking forward to next year

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Many thanks!! What a wonderful report and pics! As I told you, one of these years I'll be over to fish with you (not a chance in the competition). My best to Andrew, as well.
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A heartfelt congratulations to all the competitors at this years Game Fair events, and especially to the winners in the Spey casting competition - well done, and great reporting James!

It was great to see you all again. What great crack it was indeed. Special congrats to Gordon for winning, Andrew for great casting under pressure, and Ruiairi for a great third place finish! Hats off to Blair, Knut, and James for qualifying for the finals! The wind couldn't have been worse and let me tell you, it's a lot easier watching from the sidelines!

Great pictures James - wonderful posts. I look forward to seeing you guys again soon!

[Anybody who hasn't gone to a Game Fair is missing out on a really unique event. I was determined to wander the whole show this year - but never made it out of the fishing village for all three days. On the other hand, I did score some primo jungle cock...]
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Thanks to all for your kind words folks.

I just got back to normality over the last few days; it was a very long and tiring weekend, but what a weekend it was, from beginning to end it was first class.

There was so much that went on over the weekend that it would be hard to fit it all in, but a big thanks must go out to Gwyneth and Jimmy Jack for taking us to competitions all over the world during the last two years and providing the best lines money can buy, not to mention providing some memorable laughs along the way.

Also James Chalmers the “champion” line designer and tester, without him the evolution of competition casting would not be as it is.

The CLA organisers and judges who made the whole weekend a glowing success, regardless of the force 8 headwinds, top job lads!!!

Also a big hand must also go out to the boys who made it over from Norway and the US, without you boys the competition scene just wouldn’t be the same.

One unofficial competition winner not mentioned was Howel Morgan who won both the tip section distance completion and the no rod distance competition on the Saturday night. How he manages it I don’t know but it was a great fun to watch. The man is a wizard.

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One unofficial competition winner not mentioned was Howel Morgan who won both the tip section distance completion and the no rod distance competition on the Saturday night. How he manages it I donít know but it was a great fun to watch. The man is a wizard.
The secret tecnique could be studied from these pictures. Notice the 180 degree body rotation on the forward stroke.









That man is surely a good entertainer as vell as en extremely fine caster.
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Hi Oddbjorn

It was great to see yourself and Knut at the weekend and the 4 other Norwegians from the Norway stand.
It was great fun down at the platform area on Saturday night,watching all of you guys having a few beers and casting in the unnoficial competitions,i.e. the rod tip and the no rod contests.I noticed as time went on and all the guys had 1 attempt at it you were at the top of the leaderboard,that was until the Welsh Wizard took to the stand, Mr Howel Morgan,he blew everyone awayThese were probably the best moments of the weekend as 10-15 guys all waited patiently for their turn .to impress the heck out of us all.It was also good to see the casting instructors and officials all taking part.I noticed that all of the guys there,even the APGAI all looked on in amazement at his skill,but the thing I noticed most of all about him was how he took time to help everyone or advise them how to improve their technique.A lot of the guys have benefitted from his help,especially in the overhead casting.

Here are some shots of the guys trying hard to win

Andrew Toft tops up the tank before he goes,I think Knut maybe had one too many at this point,thats one of the many unnoficial competitions Andrew won over the weekend






Sheer concentration as he sets up for a Jolly good cast good cast





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