I think that you deserve a rest now,or if you are a brave man start to prepare for Speyfair 2007,what a success!!
It was great to finally meet up with yourself and your family,and get to visit the River Run
Anglers shop in the "Nation".
It was great to meet up with friends old and new,I have never met a more enthusiastic and friendly bunch of guys,many of them being students of yours from your Saturday clinics at the River.I was amazed at the distances that some people were prepared to travel to attend your Clave,the SanFransisco hit squad drove 14 hours to attend!!and many others travelled a long way.I think that you can take a lot of credit for that as you seem to be so enthusiastic about all things Spey related.
I spent most of the weekend trying to keep track of all our gear,amongst your former and present students,but I need not have worried as at the end of each day I just looked out on the river,and gathered my stuff up as they would still be casting and testing out kit till dark.
I managed to take in a few of the Demos on Saturday,and was truly amazed at the talent and experience that was on show,the likes of Al Buhr,Mike Kinney,Leroy Teeple,Gordon Armstrong and that fantastic dou of Brian Styskal and Tom Larimer who gave a brilliant demo on all aspects of presentation of the fly at various speeds in different currents,it was thoroughly professional and very well presented.There were other demos that I did not get time to take in due to Aarons students looking to try out equipment,all in all an excellent line up.
I met a lot of people over the weekend,some names I can remember and some I cant,I must say a special thank you to Fred Evans for his kind hospitality and excellent cuisine.
I especially enjoyed his fine selection of Tea,as coffee seems to be King in that part of the world.I even managed to see Bruce and Michael Parsons convert as the weekend wore on.
There was a very big turnout at this Clave,especially on the Saturday before the weather broke,well done to all that attended and supported the event.It was good to put the names to Speypages faces as well,I was dissapointed when I saw Big K1 as I thought he really was Elvis.
Dan Mcrimmon,your evening entertainment round the fire was excellent,Kazu might need to watch himself as you may take away his crown as the "Whisky Monster".Mike Kinney definately has a wicked sense of humour,along with Ian aka Taysider.Frankie Chen you are some barman.
Congratulations to all the guys who took part in the casting competitions,especially to Kazu,Frankie,Brian Styskal,Doug Duncan,Michael Stanley,Simon Hsieh,Ruairi Costello,and all the guys from the "Nation"casting school.Gene Oswald its a pity your time was limited at the show,but I hope you enjoy your new toy.
A great weekend was had by all and I would like to say a big thank you to Jimmy and Gwyneth Jack of Carron for making it possible for us to attend.
Here are some shots of the weekend
Saturday mornings demo started off with the Maestro himself,Al Buhr,a more helpful guy you you will struggle to meet,as you can see from the picture below the morning was cold then the sun shone through
Mike Kinney trying out some toys
Lee, Al and Mike telling super energy stories round the fire
Kazu The Whisky Monster
Some of the gang
Signing all these books makes your eyes go!
Left hand up
Highlight of the trip for Ruairi Costello,learning and perfecting a new cast,thanks to Gordon Armstrong.
Thanks again from the Carron gang