We need to bat around some ideas concerning:
Time: THeres a few claves in the fall so sponsors might nto want to go you yet another new one. SPring might be better
As a first time we can't have it too long, but we want it long enough so its worth people's while.
Location: Good centralized location with
Area for company reps to set up and show their wares
adjacent to LARGE grassy casting area
very close to a river bank
With camping close by or good parking
A state park would be ideal
THis should be a big club, fly shop, or ???? who will secure the space and invite guests.
We need someone(s) with contacts or sway with rod companies. Line companies etc.
We need someone to convince reps that the NE will be the next big market for Spey casting, especially since a lot of these companies are based in the West and it will cost them something to ship out their stuff just for us to look at.
Ideally we should find out if these companies have reps in the NE and contact those reps and get them excited about such an event.
We should also point out to these companies that if they don't make the effort; Orvis, T&T, COrtland/Hardy, and Albright will take over the market in the NE. SOme might say why do we need these western companies? Maybe we don't. But I think that Western companies better cover the gammet of what's out there because they've been serving the spey markeet for a longer period of time. For example: Who sells switch rods? Meiser, Beulah, and Sage... all NW companies. Who sells skagit rods? etc. It would be good for people to see everything that's out there. Just an opinion. Please don't flame me.
C.F. Burkheimer *
Hook and Hackle*
We are going to need some demos or talks.
Ideally, these should be bigger names in the spey world.
To make it worth their while we can either find a sponsor to pay for their ticket out and rental care or we can help them to arrange for lessons while they are you so they at least break even.
If they give a talk for an hour, they can then give paid lessons during the rest of the clave if they choose or they can come a few days early or leave a few days late to give lessons. Heck, if there's enough interest they could come for a week to give lessons/classes
Some casters could also be reps, in that case it might not be as big a concern.
Either way, we need to work with these people to make it worth their while.
or any FFF certified two handed instructor
Need people interested in going more than anything. We need to have people go to every FF club and shop in a 150 mile radius and convince them that spey is a great tool and not a fad. And most of all that this is gonna be a fun time.
Been to a few such Claves and recently relocated to the NE, so Im happy to advise anyone interested in sponsoring such an event.