Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Rogue River State of Jefferson
There were three or four fly shops from the Portland/Vancouver area represented (out of the back of a van or pickup) at that first Sandy Clave. Mark & Patty were the only ones who thought it worth the effort the next year. And from then on, they owned the Sandy Clave!
No doubt someone will complain the Fly Shop drove off the competition. But the long & short of it is, it became known world over as the best source of first hand information in the whole spey community. G Loomis provided the food, the Fly Shop & crew organized & took care of the grunt work, along with a lot of volunteer help from various clubs & organizations. Not to mention the vendors, who made product available, even though not allowed to actually sell anything at the Clave.
Twenty years is a long run for any gig of that magnitude. Mere words fail, incapable of expressing such gratitude felt by those of us fortunate enough to attend,,,,even once.
Just one, of the many, things spawned by the Sandy Clave was the Rogue River Charity Spey Clinic, featuring world class instructors Steve Choate & Way Yin.
I fish because the voices inside my head tell me to.