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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-29-2007, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Speyfair 2007

I have some more info for you about the Speyfair 2007.

Here is the basic information link:

http://www.speyshop.com/channels/spe...649/index.shtm

Here is the lodging information --
Campground
http://www.speyshop.com/channels/spe...348/index.shtm
Redmond Lodging
http://www.speyshop.com/channels/spe...818/index.shtm
Issaquah Lodging
http://www.speyshop.com/channels/spe...692/index.shtm

Please remember that everyone is invited. If you have a product that you would like to showcase. Leave me a message here, and I will get back to you quickly.

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 02:29 PM
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When do you anticapate publishing the presenters list.

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Less than a month before the event and still not word at all on what is going on. Is this gathering still going to happen??

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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-09-2007, 02:36 AM
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Computerless In Seattle

For the Past Three Weeks I have been Computerless In Seattle.
Boy that it is a bummer,
Have just got up and running and will try to catch up this week.
Had the final meeting of the Casting Committee this last weekend and finalized the casting rules, which will post shortly.
Presenter list will be finalized this week end and will be posted.
It looks like a good venue.

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"For the Past Three Weeks I have been Computerless In Seattle.

So did Meg Ryan show up??

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"For the Past Three Weeks I have been Computerless In Seattle.

So did Meg Ryan show up??

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He should get so lucky!!!!!!



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He should get so lucky!!!!!!
Doesn't sound like it would be lucky to me ... "computerless" means no "hard drive".

No offense intended ... just following the set with a spike.

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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-09-2007, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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We are most definitely going to have the best Speyfair yet!!! Here are the casting competition guidelines:

Spey Fair

2007

Casting Competition

Required casts

Casters can used whatever cast they choose in four situations.

Line from the right - over right shoulder and over left shoulder

Line from the left - over right shoulder and over left shoulder



Casting Rules

Change of direction will be set by markers at about 40 degrees

Casting will be in the water - about 3 feet deep

There will be a barrier 33 feet behind the caster. No penalty for hitting it, but it will affect the cast.

Fly must anchor in front of th:e caster.

If Perry Poke, used, only one "dump" allowed per cast and fly may not leave water on "dump."

Once a cast is begun, it counts as a scoring cast.

An inadvertent "extra" cast in a requred category will nhot be counted agains the caster's allowed casts in any other category, but will used the cater's time.

The Competition

Qualifying will be help on Friday and Saturday morning -- with the top 10 casters casting Sunday morning.

Qauilifying

3 casts each for the 4 required casts. Total score is total of best distance for each of the 4 required casts.
Time limit is 6 minutes with 2 minute warmup
Finals

3 casts each for the 4 required casts. Total score is total of best distances for each of the 4 required casts.
Time limit is 6 minutes with 2 minute warmup.
Casting order by random draw.
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Any limits on rod length???




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Speyfair in underway!

Speyfair Update
Got the distance casting course set up thanks to Brian Styskal.
Gary Thayer helped setting up the Baroque Grill.
The rest of us cast and cast and cast.
When I left at 6:00 Dan McCrimmon and Mike Kinney were busy seeing who could cast the tightest loop with a 13ft 6 inch MKS and Airflo Compact Skagit.
More as the saga unfolds.
Shook the dust off a Lamiglas 12ft9in 6 piece 8/9 weight to try the AFS head and I was blown away. What is with this line? It likes any rod I put it on.

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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-27-2007, 05:22 PM
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I wish I could have made it over again this year, but work has put a stop to it. Had a great time last year, meeting some of the greats of the US spey community. Good luck this year and I hope to get over some time soon.

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It is because we dare not venture they are difficult. :wink:
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Day 1 at the SpeyFest

I have to say...WOW!!!! What a great time.

I actually arrived at about 9am and there was no-one around. It wasn't until about 9:30, when I ran into another guy who was attending did I realize that the park was where the parking was, but the actual fest was on the water about a 300 yard walk away. The gentleman (I did'nt get his name) was kind enough to tell me that there was access a short drive away. So, if you are going Sunday (Which I am), take the river access road just past the bridge once you get into town. It will be a left turn and follow it down to the end.

It was wicked cold and foggy!!! Dress warm. Once the fog burned off, it wasnt that bad.

There were rods oh plenty there to cast and admire. Mostly from Meiser and the TFO Deer Creek series. I believe Aaron brought these down from his shop all lined up and ready to try. There was also the new "Z" Spey rod...Crazy looking thing!!! I took a picture of it. I didn't cast it but talked to some peole that did. They said it was wierd....Ummmm..Yea I bet. I might be daring enough to try it out tommorow....I don't know it kinda scares me....LOL

Charles St. Pierre was there with all of his Sage rods and the new Rio AFS line series. Guys this is a sweet Scando line !!!!! I tried one out on a Sage 7136 and all I have to say is WOW!!!!!

Of course, Mike Kinney was there. This was my first time meeting him, although I've seen his face before. I was out on the water casting a 14" 9/10 Deer Creek when I heard a voice come from behind me and spashing of water as he waded out to me. Mike is an incredible person with an unbelievable wealth of knowledge. A class "A" guy.

After some Demos, we broke for lunch...cooked up by Mike's family I believe. Yummy burgers and dogs with chips and soda.

After lunch it was Mike Kinney's time!!! I was bummed that the battery on my digital camera was low. It has the ability to take movies and I was able to get a short one, about 15-20 seconds. I did take allot of pics.

Mike was definately the highlight for me. He went through 4 different rods and casted them like a true professional. Like I said...Incredible guy.

If you guys are interested, here is the link to my photobucket with the pictures:

http://s235.photobucket.com/albums/e...ttledeschutes/

Like I said, I will be there tommorow and will take more pics and hopefully fill up my 2 gig SD drives with some movies.....

See you there....

Joe Fitzpatrick...AKA "Littledeschutes"
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I learned that I thought I was allot better then I am...boy those boys and gals can blow it OVER some water...I tried to find some places on the ends to hide my sorry self...
Thanks Chris..

I should add, I learned a helluva lot today, too much to digest right off the bat...an example of how good these guys/gals were.. I was trying a 55ft 15ft leader line out on my burkie...I was kind of getting the "pull down flick" method and was laying the line out fishable by my standards...I did a couple in a row and turned to look up at the pro's...Highlanders wife/girlfriend? was working with the zpey guy and tossed a line, ten feet above the water and a nice tight loop about 20ft beyond mine..(Ok, repeatily)...I was just awed...then I watched highlander throw almost across the river, super tight loops..christ it must have been 120+ feet of line....It was all so smooth and easy..drove my 2+ hours home trying to practice between the crazy bugger drivers down by everett...Never met nicer guys ready to help out or offer a tip!!! Back to feeling like a 36 handicapper but that is fine...IF I can ever develop into somthing like those guys/gals...What an awesome art form, let alone method to fish...Right now I got crayons!!!

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Chris,

First off it was good meeting you. Second of all....NO KIDDING!!!!! I thought I was an "OK" caster.....yea right!!! There were people there that were getting the line out there just as far as the "Experts"......A humbling experience...

Aren't you glad you skipped the "T"....LOL

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Chris,

First off it was good meeting you. Second of all....NO KIDDING!!!!! I thought I was an "OK" caster.....yea right!!! There were people there that were getting the line out there just as far as the "Experts"......A humbling experience...

Aren't you glad you skipped the "T"....LOL

Joe

Especially when I heard they didn't do too well...BUT even if they did, What I learned today was for me so much more worthwhile..Nice to meet you too Joe.. i'm Paul by the way, I meant thanks Chris for putting it on.. (god I hope it's Chris)
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