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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 03-14-2008, 11:43 PM
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St. Joseph River Spey Clave, May 17th

The second annual spey clave on the St. Joseph River will be held Saturday, May 17th. This is shaping up to be an outstanding event that is sure to be a great time for all who attend. It will be held in the small town of Berrien Springs, Michigan below Berrien Springs dam. The same location as last year directly below the dam on the west side of the river. There will be food being grilled all day long available for all that attend.

There will be rods available for casting from: Thomas and Thomas, SAGE, Scott, R.L. Winston, Guideline, Echo…

The following companies will have reels available for anyone who is interested to check out. These reels will have lines on them and will be used on the rods mentioned above: Nautilus, Galvan, Lamson/Waterworks, & Guideline…

We will have a ton of lines on hand so you can try out the type of line you are interested in, on the rod you plan to be using: Rio, Guideline, CND, Scientific Anglers, Cortland, Hardy, and Airflo will have many lines available…

Throughout the day we will have a few demonstrations being done to help beginners learn the ropes of spey casting and more advanced casters brush up on their casting skills.

Jeff Hire will be doing a basics of spey casting demonstration earlier in the morning.

Peter Humphrey's will be following up that demonstration with an intermediate/advanced spey casting demonstration, along with an underhand/scandanavian casting demonstration.

Will Turek will be giving a demonstration on skagit casting and single hand spey casting techniques.

There will be door prizes provided by Poppy at Thanks Poppy!

I will have a surplus of Sunline fluorocarbon to throw in for door prizes as well.

As an added bonus the St. Joseph River will still have winter steelhead lurking along with some fresh and very aggressive summer steelhead. Hopefully many of you will be able to enjoy what the Joe has to offer throughout the weekend and get out and do some fishing as well.

This event is completely free!

If anyone has any questions about lodging, directions, or needs any other information feel free to contact me at [email protected]


Kory Boozer

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 03-14-2008, 11:45 PM
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Here is a list of places that you guys may be interested in staying at if you are travelling a large distance to take part in the spey clave here on the Joe.

1) Shamrock Park Camp Grounds "right on the St. Joseph River"
I will have all three cabins rented for that Saturday night. All space in the cabins has been spoken for, but anyone is welcome to come and hang out with us Saturday night after the clave. We will be grilling food and sitting around sharing stories. Please bring something to contribute if you attend. Doesn't have to be much, but something... If you are just coming to hang out at the cabins with us after the clave there is a $5 parking fee that you have to pay when entering the grounds.

There is lots of camping sites that are available for the evening if you wanted to sleep in a tent or if you have an RV...

Contact Information for Shamrock Park Campgrounds is 269.473.5691 They also have a website which is: shamrockpark DOT net

There is also a very nice Bed & Breakfast in Berrien Springs:

Red Brick InnRed Brick Inn
114 N Mechanic St
Berrien Springs, MI 49103

(269) 471-2200

2) About a 15 minute drive away from the clave is Niles, Michigan which has a lot of lodging options available. The first one being:

Barrett Place Bed & Breakfast

Barrett Place Bed & Breakfast
308 S. Barrett
Niles, MI 49120

Phone: (269)683-2518

The second being:

Golden Eagle Motel

Golden Eagle Motel
1243 South 11th
Niles, MI 49120

Phone: (269) 684-1000


Holiday Inn Express - Niles

Holiday Inn Express - Niles
1265 South 11th Street (M-51)
Niles, MI 49120

Toll Free: (888)465-4329

And the fourth:

Niles Inn and Conference Center

Niles Inn and Conference Center
930 South 11th Street
Niles, MI 49120

Phone: (269) 684-3000

3) About a 30 minute drive from Berrien Springs is the beautiful town of St. Joseph, Michigan. It is right on Lake Michigan and has many attractions & little shops that would be perfect to keep the wife busy while you attended the clave if you wanted to make a little vacation out of your trip to the area for the clave. That may make it easier to talk your special someone into the fact that this clave is worth spending the money on gas to attend... Unless you are lucky enough to have a wife who would want to come to the clave then by all means bring her along!

The first:

The Boulevard Inn
521 Lake Boulevard
Saint Joseph, Michigan 49085
Phone: 800.875-6600
All suite hotel reminiscent of a bygone era of lush hospitality and quiet charm.


Silver Beach Hotel
100 Main Street
St. Joseph, Michigan 49085
Phone: 269.983-7341
Located in the heart of downtown St. Joseph.


The Econo Lodge
2723 Niles Ave
St. Joseph, Michigan 49085 View Map
Phone: 269.983.6321

I hope this helps everyone with lodging information. If you need any more information feel free to PM me and I will get back to you as soon as possible. There is several more places in St. Joseph to stay at. Everything from just your average motel to as plush a hotel as you have ever experienced, and there is also some very nice Bed & Breakfast places.
post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-29-2008, 11:48 PM
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Clave Presentation Schedule-Berrien Springs, MI May 17 th

Hi Everyone,

Here is the Presentation schedule for the clave:

Show up anytime earlier in the morning if you want, may have some time to fish before people show up. We should have everything set up by 9am (rods, etc....)

Basic Casting: 9:30 Jeff Hire

Scandinavian Casting: 10:30 Peter Humphreys THCI/CI Guideline USA

Single Handed Spey and Skagit Casting: 11:30 Will Turek CI Scott Flyrods/SA/Nautilus

We will be providing burgers, buns, and condiments. It will be BYOB and any food contributions such as chips and similar items will be needed as well. We are also looking for someone to help with plates, cups, and utensils. Please PM me with what you can contribute so we can make sure there will not be too much overlap. Any contributions are greatly appreciated!

We will have egg foam there for "flies" and please wear glasses for your protection.

Looking forward to a great clave and hope to see a great turnout!

PM or reply to this thread with any questions and keep an eye out for any additions or changes on this thread.


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Jeff and Kory, PM's sent.

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A PM from the Red Shed:

Howdy guys,

Here's what I am sending to you guys for the clave. A complete set of Dechos with reels. For lines I am sending Airflo Compact Skagit heads for the 4 bigger sticks and Airflo 40+ lines for the two smaller sticks.

Also a gift certificate for a Decho of the winner's choice, a Wheatley box with foam insertd, a set of magnetic rod racks, a couple Airflo Compact Skagit lines, a Dec Hogan spey fly tying dvd, and a Hazel' Advanced Spey Casting dvd.

Take care, Poppy
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Thanks to Poppy for the great prizes and sending out gear to try!

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Thank you very much Poppy! Some great prizes there for some lucky people to win.

We hope to see everyone who can attend at the event. As you can see it is really shaping up to be a great event, thanks to and all of the great companies who are sending out gear for everyone to play with.

We also have some outstanding presenters which everyone regardless of skill level will learn something from I am sure.

Now, as Jeff said we will be supplying Burgers for everyone, but something that would really help me out in knowing how much hamburger to get would be if you could just shoot me a PM saying I'm coming or something like that. so I can get a rough idea of how many people will be attending.

See you all on Saturday, May 17th!
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Anyone who needs driving directions this should be of great help. The clave is being held just a VERY short walk downstream of the fish ladder and Berrien Springs dam. You will be parking in the same parking lot as one would to come look at the fish ladder so these directions will take you right there.
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Please see above for revised presentation schedule....

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Everything is still a go and hope to see everyone there this weekend...

Safe travels!

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Hey guys weather is looking great for Saturday and so is the water. Seen some fish today while playing with the ECHO rods that Poppy at sent. Was VERY impressed to say the least. Hooked up with a chromer momentarily on the Dec Hogan 13'3" 8 weight.

Anyway I will be in the same location that the clave is going to be on Saturday all day/evening tomorrow "Friday" with some of the stuff. So anyone who is coming into town early and would like to come down and check out some of the gear, chat with Doug Taylor and I, or do some fishing we will be there.

I will have the ECHO rods with Airflo Compact Skagits & Lamson reels that Poppy sent in the morning and once the Thomas and Thomas & CND gear arrives at my house tomorrow I will run home and get it too...

If there is interest I would also be willing to bring these brands down on Sunday as well. All of the other gear that will be there on Saturday is either being provided by the companies via a sales rep, pro staffer, or by Jeff Hire so I can't make any guarantees on having those other brands available on Sunday.

If anyone needs directions or has any questions feel free to call me on my cell phone: 269.357.4388

Thank you and I hope to see you there!
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I just wanted to thank everyone who took the time to come out and check out the gathering on the Joe. I had a great time seeing some old friends and meeting some new ones. I sincerely hope you guys had a good time. It meant a lot that you spent the $4 a gallon to make the trip here to check out the event.

I want to thank Peter Humphrey's for coming down and showing off the Guideline Rods/Reels/Lines and for giving an excellent demonstration on the scandinavian style of casting.

A big thanks to Will Turek of Scientific Anglers/Nautilus Reels/Scott Fly Rods for an excellent demonstration and bring out the sweet new two handers from Scott fly rods!

Thank you Jeff Hire for an outstanding demonstration on basic spey casting and for helping to make this event happen. Could not have done it without you man.

Thank you Doug Taylor for bringing the grill, table, and everything else you did. Your advice really helped make this event run as smoothly as it did.

Thank You Bob Braendle for bringing out the Winston two handers and for donating the tube fly box to the raffle. That is without a doubt the best tube fly box I have ever seen. Hopefully Sushiyummy will post some photographs of it on here so others can see it.

Thank you Jack Cook for donating the Guideline gear for the raffle. It was much appreciated.

I want to thank Red Shed Fly Shop, Thomas and Thomas, R.L. Winston, Guideline, Scott, Nautilus, Scientific Anglers & SAGE for sending out gear for us to use. I sincerely hope that we were able to help anyone who was considering your products make up their mind on what was right for them or maybe find something new they just had to have.

A special thanks goes to Poppy at Poppy sent out the entire line up of ECHO Dec Hogan series rods with reels and Airflo Compact Skagits for each rod. He also sent out a whole bunch of door prizes including a certificate for a free Dec Hogan ECHO spey rod of your choice. The lucky winner of that was this young man right here pictured with his father and I sincerely apologize, but I can not remember the young mans name. As you can see he was VERY happy!

Those Dec Hogan rods sure are sweet. I had the liberty to play with them for a couple days before the clave and even landed a fresh summer steelhead while playing around with the 12'2" 5 weight. Very nice rods, thanks again Poppy!

Rods that kind of stuck out that I got to cast in the clave other than the Dec Hogan series of rods were the 10' 6 weight Thomas and Thomas two hander was a great little stick along with their 1510 and 1511 that we were casting some Bill Drury lines and Carron lines on. The SAGE Z-Axis 9143 was an outstanding rod. The Guideline UK Spey is one great rod along with the 11' Guideline LPXE. Dave P. had a C.F. Burkheimer 7133-3 with an Airflo compact skagit on it that still has me smiling. The new Scott T2H 13'6" 7 weight was a VERY nice rod. The Winston 13' BIIX 8/9 is a rod that one day I will own after casting it at the clave.

I think that pretty much wraps it up. If I missed anyone I sincerely apologize. It has been a long past few days. I hope everyone had fun and look forward to seeing you next year!

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Thanks for the Clave

Thanks for all involved for setting this up, the food, the hospitality, the meeting of new people and reacquainting with those from last year.

There is a lot of hard work involved here, so thanks to Jeff and Kory for the leg work and logistics, Doug for the food setup, Will/Jeff/ Peter H for the demonstrations, and the sponsors for donating to the raffle and shipping demo rods.

I too like the Decho 5 wgt. It loads with a 350 gr and 450 gr skagit head.

What a nice Saturday, almost cloudless, 60's-70's.

My son thought it was good seeing comaraderie in the crowd, everyone willing to share their knowledge and to try out new equipment.

PS: What is that long belly Carron line on the CND everyone had a chance to cast? It was a nice match.

PPS: Who made the tube fly box? Is this available commercially? This is a cool box. Thanks to this gent's generosity and Peter H's tube flies for this raffle win.

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What a great day! Congrats to Kory, Jeff and Doug for setting this event up. I really enjoyed it! Good fun and hopefully the guys all learned something and improved as a result.

The tube fly boxes are hand built by Bob Braendle. They are extremely well made and in my opinion the best tube box I have ever seen! I know he has a patent pending on the box. Perhaps Sushiyummy can post a pic of his box.

Contact Bob or to order a box contact The Great Lakes Fly Fishing co. 616-866-6060.

Thanks again to everyone who came to the event. Nice to meet some new guys and see the old faces.

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I want to add my thanks to the organizers, presenters, and other contributors to the Clave, with special thanks to Poppy whose generosity in providing door prizes is unequaled. It was one of the best claves I have been to and I really appreciated the individual attention that was available for casting instruction -- especially from Pete H. He not only was able to put me onto the first steelhead I landed a couple of weeks ago on the Muskegon, his casting instructions and advice at the clave were invaluable.

The ECHO rods looked very, very nice, as did the new Scott.

One of the nicest things about this clave was that there were plenty of lines available to try on one's own rods. I was very happy to be able to confirm that the Guideline 10/11 Sink4 head (with 5 feet cut off the back) was a fine match for my BIIx 14-foot, 8/9.

I look forward to the next St. Joe clave. Great job!
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it was a great time thank you all for puting this on...

the cnd was a 14' black spey, the carron line was either a 65' or 75' 10/11 i believe
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