The 7th (My First) Sandy River Spey Clave
As a new participant to spey claves and a larval-stage two-handed rod user, I was impressed by the depth of talent and passion at the clave. Probably why the first one always seems to be the best.
I only attended the first day, knowing that if I stayed the second, I would have bought something fun and expensive. Next year...
I realized (now it's obvious) that effective two-handed casting, like a golf swing, can be taught and learned in numerous ways. I practiced as many as I could with a dozen different rods.
However, the most effective demonstrations for me were by Henrik, Al, and Dec:
Henrik - The cast gets the fly to the fish. That's all.
Al - Get the fly coming into the fish to ensure a solid take.
Dec - Get it out there and then start fishing.
I appreciated the casting demos. But I mostly need to learn to fish. Where...when...what...
As a newcomer, I would like to see the whole range of our addiction presented. There were only 15 or so given the microphone to speak, but there were 100+ experts on-shore that could share 20 minutes of their time to knots, flies, reading water, anadromous life-cycles, switch vs. two-handed, and one-handed spey. I'll even volunteer to talk about fluvial geomorphology, stream temperature, and groundwater seepage, and how they affect holding waters.
I went away with D-loops and tight loops whizzing in my mind. I'll return next year, with more passion and knowledge, and a checkbook. To those of you organizing the clave...thank you! Keep it up! Let us know how we can help you make each year as good as, or better, than the last.