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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-05-2009, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hazels, John & Amy not at the Spey Clave?

I'm very excited that we are having a day for women at the Spey Clave this year.

However, I am extremely disappointed Amy Hazel is not on the list of Demonstators. Last year I took a Spey Casting Lesson from Amy and John. I learned more from them in one day, than I have in my last 3 1/2 years of Spey Casting.

This will be my 3rd year attending the Spey Clave, I can not understand why John and Amy Hazel are not demo casters. They have 3 of the most informative Spey Casting DVD's on the market including a pivotal role in the new movie Drift.

I am still extremly excited that the Spey Casting community devoted a day to us girls! -That said, I think Amy has set the standard for women to learn from and look up to. She is a GREAT LADY!
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You would have to ask, but it is probably that the Welches Fly Fishing Shop, who put on the Sandy River Spey Clave and the Hazel's who own the Deschutes Angler are business competors. Both have great shops, personel and guides. I believe the Hazel's stay out of it to avoid hard feelings.

I agree that Amy and John are both excellent instructors and in their own way have made a significant contribution to the two handed rod revolution in the northwest. They sure helped me.

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Just to say 'they're competitors' ....

should be classified as the "understatement of the year."



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I saw Amy and John at The Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton, CA, last weekend. They are icons in the steelhead and Deschutes world, for sure.

Very interesting is their planned facility in the Maupin area, with a breathtaking view from a bluff overlooking the river.

As an aside Amy was the first woman competitor at Spey O Rama to make a 100-foot cast in competition. She did that at, I believe, SOR 2007.
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i came accross a copy of this and was very pleasantly surprised of the content of casting shooting heads and skagit bodies. they both added a few experienced nuances/tips into casting effectively and efficiently that were very useful to me. i learned just a bit more from that DVD to make my cast even better. definitely worth a look.

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If you're thankful for the "women's day" at the Sandy Clave, be sure and thank Whitney Gould. I, as well as others, commented to Mark regarding the lack of women in last year's program, and he promised more women this year, and he followed through.

Whitney made it easy for Mark by taking charge of the womens day, planning it, finding speakers, coordinating with Mark, getting pictures and bios, and just being the quiet go-getter she always is.

While Amy will be missed, there will be no shortage of good casters and good instructors, led by Whitney, who I believe to be one of, if not the best, female casters around. I commend her efforts for putting together the womens program this year.
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Thanks for the kind words, Mia Sheppard equally deserves credit for the ladies day, she approached me with the idea and we worked together with Mark Bachman to make this a day to celebrate our love for the river and casting.

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Whit and Mia shatter the the perception of old white hair men fishing . These gals are great individuals, wonderful promoters of spey casting and dedicated casters. I have watched their pursuit in becoming knowledgeable, skilled casters; and I must say--watch out guys, these gals mean business.

This venue will be a great with Whit and Mia in charge

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The participation of women (and men) was enhanced when the organizers figured out that maybe holding the event every year on Mother's Day weekend wasn't the best way to gain attendance...

"You can trust me with the women...I've been speyed."
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The participation of women (and men) was enhanced when the organizers figured out that maybe holding the event every year on Mother's Day weekend wasn't the best way to gain attendance...
Where better to take your wife/kiddo's than mixing with several hundred dedicated fly fishermen/women? Trust me, the whole weekend is fun and games for folks of all ages. Are they 'safe?' Well 'Church' might be a bit higher on the list .. .but only by one 'click.'

Kids want to learn how to cast a rod ... just ask. Many of the best in the world will say 'grab a rod, and come with me.' Can't get much better than that.

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Remind me to consult with you should I want to find a reason for my wife to divorce me...

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Fred,
Remind me to consult with you should I want to find a reason for my wife to divorce me...
Spey 'Clave** (that's the correct way to 'spell it') runs from Friday night to Sunday PM; how about just one day? Trust me, Wife/kids will enjoy themselves. So what does it cost? Gas to get there/back and $3.00 for the Park fee. What would it cost you to take them to a movie one of those afternoons?

Everything else is 'gratis.'

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** 'Clave is a contraction of the word "Conclave."



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