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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 05-08-2008, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Sandy River Spey Clave 2008

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The May 17-18, 2008 Sandy River Spey Clave promises to be the biggest and best ever. On-the-water programs will be performed by: Simon Gawesworth, Steve Choate, Mark Bachmann, Brian Silvey, Josh Linn, Marty Sheppard, George Cook, Scott O'Donnell, Mike McCune, Leroy Teeple, Ron Lauzon, Mike Kinney, Dec Hogan, Tom Larimer, Ian Gordon, Andre Scholz and Henrik Mortensen. These programs feature a wide variety of Spey casting and fishing subjects that will appeal to both beginners and experienced anglers. Because of the size of the expected crowd and the addition of new manufacturer displays, a huge circus tent will be added along with the traditional covered area provided by Oxbow Park. Displays with mountains of spey fishing tackle will be provided by: Jon Covich (Winston, Scientific Anglers, Patagonia), George Cook (Sage, Rio, Simms, Ross, Tibor), Greg Snider (Cortland, Hardy), Dick Sagara (Temple Fork Outfitters, Wheatley, Jim Teeny, Scierra), Mike Perusse (G. Loomis), Kerry Burkheimer (C.F. Burkheimer Rods), Kevin Thompson (Nautilus), Bruce Berry (Beulah Rods, Hatch Reels), Dan Marshall (Scott Rods), Tyler Kushner & Lee Davison (CND), Bob Clay (Riverwatch Bamboo Rods), Bob Meiser (R.B. Meiser Rods), Kate Davidson (Siskiyou Aviary). Of course ther will be free food nearly all the time. Don't forget the chance to win a Winston B2X spey rod for logging in with the first spring Chinook caught on a fly during this Clave. The Sandy River will be in excellent conditiont for fishing. Camping spaces are available. Come early! Check for additional information at Sandy River Spey Clave. Or call: 1-800-266-3971
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Looks like an outstanding line-up, as always. But it is disappointing that there are no female demonstrators. There are women that would welcome the encouragement of other females.
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Bleery eyed but will be there

I have to go to a dinner in Cle Elum friday night but will make it down to the Motel 6 in sandy where a bunch of us are staying (Al Lind says it is cigar and single malt scotch friendly on the outside patio area) andwill be there 1st thing in the AM for the festivities.

I'm psyched ... Steve
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Bring 'em on!

We're female friendly. We've been searching for the "Spey Babe", but so far they have been no-show! You got ideas, let's hear 'em. Any of you ladies want to step up, we'll give you a chance! Bring your best game.
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Be there

Although my back scene will not allow me to fish or try new rods this year, I am still planning on camping as usual at Oxbow the week prior to the event. Hope to see a bunch of you there. MK, if you arrive around Oxbow for camping at your usual time I'll be sure to have some meat and the good tators for an evening meal!!!

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sand river spey clave

My Buddy has to work, anybody from BC going down for the weekend, i would split the cost of gas and buy the beer,i can get to anywhere in BC .
Please send me a PM if anyone can help me out.
Thanks Gordon.
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Back from Sandy Spey Clave

Wow the weather was smoking hot for a change at the 2008 clave.

The river was wiped out, really high, fast and darker than Choc Milk.

They had to move the "on water" stuff to the boat ramp (too many non-spey folks around)

Turnout was a lot lighter this year than last on Saturday.

Was a good show and every body had lots of fun!

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Thanks Mark & Patti & The Flyfishing Shop! Thanks to everyone!I enjoyed seeing lots of friends and missed seeing a few that didn't make it this year! I felt like I gained a little knowledge/or reminder from every presentation I attended and I got 4 very specific little fresh technigue ideas that were new to me which I intend to use.I think that's pretty darn good! Every presenter had done some good preparation to make that possible! Thank's to all of them! Here are shots of Steve Choate,Scott Howell,and Ian Gordon in the muddy floodwater.The image size restrictions make it hard to see the lines.Look way over to left edge on Steve's picture to pick up the pointy wedge head against the upper part of the green trees about to exit the border of the picture! I put this in my gallery and it shows better there!

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Another great event for Mark, Patty and their crew. The amount of products to see and test is amazing. What a change from the first clave.

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Yes, it was another great Sandy River Spey Clave.

Myself, Mrs RedShed, and Josh would like to say thank you to Mark, Patty, the fly shop crew, the food providers, the demo casters, the tackle companies, and the Oxbow staff for an outstanding job and a wonderful time.

It was really great to see everyone!

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I got Lined!

The Sandy Clave was great with a ton of information shared and looking forward to next year.

When I was leaving Saturday ... walking along the path ... a grass caster either pulled his anchor or was doing an overhead cast and nailed me ... wish I had my Spey Pages Hoodie on but it was too danged hot. Glad I had my sunglasses on though. I didn't think much of it but as time went on the nose and neck tattoo became much more visable. Woke up with blood on my pillow this morning. It will heal ... could have been worse.
When you are practicing ... please be mindful of your back cast!
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"pulled his anchor".What anchor.I tried to get the feel on the grass without a grass leader.I thought that to be a waste of time. Get better fast Steve! Sorry I didn't meet you...Been wanting to since some of our email communications! Now I know the face to look for!! Sort of!!!

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Reason for caution

By chance was this your first Sandy, Steve? I've seen far too many injuries like yours at the most recent event, as well as earlier claves.

Many who attend that event are picking up a two-handed rod for the first time. They have no clue of the danger they present to others around them, they just flail. Yours is a good example of why we must all be mindful of the actions of other casters as well as our own backcast.

Hope it clears up soon, Steve!

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Getting lined,

Steve,
I know just how you feel. I had the same thing happen to me 2 years ago at the JG Rendezvous. Was sitting with Mike Kinney and a couple other folks when a grass caster walked out in front of us and proceeded to cast. His line left burn like yours on my face as well. Sure glad I had my sunglasses on as it hit right across the lens.

I'm sure a lost eye could get quite expensive if some safe guards aren't put into effect in the future. Those of us sitting in the gallery had no clue this fella was going to step out in front of us and start flailing away.

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