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Muskegon Spey Clave?

I attended a really sweet spey clave up on the Muskegon River last year in Michigan. Anyone heard of plans for another clave on the river this fall? I'd like to start planning a extended vacation around the dates if there is. Any word would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Big things are happening for September 27 and 28. Should be one of the best yet. Bob Braendle, from Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company, in Rockford, MI, along with many others have been hard at work on the event. I know that he is working on a website to promote the clave and the website should be up and running sooner than later.
Again, Sept. 27 and 28, 2008 on the Muskegon. See you then!

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This is looking to be a "Don't Miss Event"!
It's going to be two days of Spey Casting and Fly tying with all the Major Rod and some Boutique Manufacturers represented. So there will be lots of toys to play with. Andre Scholtz from The Winston Rod Company is going to be the lead demonstrator backed up by Peter Humphreys, Jeff Hire, and I believe Wil Turek.
Saturday evening after the Speyfest there will be a friendly casting competition judged by Peter Humphreys. The event has taken over the west end of Henning Park so we will be able to have a camp fire afterwards and sit around swapping stories, (Telling Lies). The organizers are just about ready to start promoting this event, so I don't want to say too much more. Just mark your calendars and be prepared to have a good time.
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This is looking to be a "Don't Miss Event"! Just mark your calendars and be prepared to have a good time.
Hey, I don't want to miss this....OK it's on the calendar.
Andre' gave a very nice Scandi line presentation at the Sandy in May. He has a very compact casting stroke.
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I have received some PMs about the Casting contest and as yet there is nothing written in stone , If you tell me what you want or don't want we will try to get it done, Should it be any gear any how?, A Switch Rod category?,Max rod length? Floating Line only?, Should Danimal be allowed to cast in public or is it just too dangerous. How about a Youth or Ladies event?, Can we all cast with the same setup?, Remember this is supposed to be a friendly competition, Although I have been told that prizes and of course bragging rights will go to the winners.
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I am on the phone with Doug and he was asking about the Switch rod categories and here is my suggestion: there should be two categories - 10' to 11'5 and 11'6" - 12'5". That keeps out the short spey rods, those at 12'6, while allowing in the new Dec Hogan 12'2" rods. Breaking it down further by line weight may split the pie up too much and make the the process too complicated. I would think that it would also be fun to have floating rings in the river and have accuracy be part of the competition.

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somebody want to lend me a cnd ultimate 15 and a carron competition line...no? how bout a 14' length limit, i dont know how many people will go for that but i figured id throw it out there since i dont own a 15'
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somebody want to lend me a cnd ultimate 15 and a carron competition line...no? how bout a 14' length limit, i dont know how many people will go for that but i figured id throw it out there since i dont own a 15'
Well, since this year's Muskegon event is a sponsored event, by Great Lake's Fly Shop, I would assume that they would have demo rods from Winston and Guide Line, which are rods that they carry, that you could use for the competition. The Winston 14' is an absolute cannon. I will let the Guide Lines folk pitch in with their weapons of choice.

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Why not....

Why not have everyone cast the same rod/line setup.

Then the competition is about casting rather than equipment.

This event is certainly one not to miss. One of the big guns from Scandinavia will be there. Just do not know who yet.

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Here is the roster as it stands now. The campground at Henning Park will be open for those interested in camping. Cronk's in Newaygo is the motel to choose from. Look for updates as we get confirmation on a few more presenters.

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My guess is the smoothest least complicated way to run the casting competition would be to have three well balanced rods ready to go. A switch rod, a 13'-14' rod, and a 15'+ rod. That way you have three different classes, but everyone casts the same rod/line in each class. It makes it equal for everyone and takes all the complication out of it. Leaving more room for fun...
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My guess is the smoothest least complicated way to run the casting competition would be to have three well balanced rods ready to go. A switch rod, a 13'-14' rod, and a 15'+ rod. That way you have three different classes, but everyone casts the same rod/line in each class. It makes it equal for everyone and takes all the complication out of it. Leaving more room for fun...
Good idea. But what style/line choice?

Doug said that he entered me in two competitions - the longest cast and the most awkward cast. Cool, at least I will win one of the competitions!

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I say leave it fairly open, just focus accuracy and distance. Theres bound to be some demo rod around that can fill any gap that need be filled.

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Camping will be available for this event.

Contact info and rates. There is already a few of us getting plans together.


http://www.countyofnewaygo.com/Parks/RatesFees.htm

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Good idea. But what style/line choice?

Doug said that he entered me in two competitions - the longest cast and the most awkward cast. Cool, at least I will win one of the competitions!

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Well for the switch rod have a short head

The 13'-14' class have a mid-belly line

The 15'+ class a long belly line

The bottom line is if you start allowing people to use whatever they want this and that it will cause the competition to last like 8 hours. If you just have the same thing for everyone, they step up, cast it, and are off, next guy comes up and takes the rod it will go a lot faster. Plus nobody will be able to say well he had a better combination, this and that...

It's all about fun is what the idea of it was supposed to be. At least that is what I was told when the idea was first brought to light so this way it just makes it all about having fun and not worrying about what rod/line you are going to use...

Another thing about rods/lines for the competition is that I feel we should only use equipment from companies that are going to be at the event...

Just some ideas I had for rods was:

Switch Rod: Thomas & Thomas 1107/3

13'-14' Rod: Winston BIIX 13'3" 7/8

14'8"+ Rod: Guideline LeCie 14'8" UK Spey 10/11

Those are 3 sweet rods from companies that will be there in full force...
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