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Old 04-24-2019, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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spey-o-rama 2019

anyone heading to spey-o-rama this saturday?, cameron
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Old 04-25-2019, 11:47 AM
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I should be there with my new GSP pup. If you see us, come say hi - we are trying to socialize him to everything.
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I should be there with my new GSP pup. If you see us, come say hi - we are trying to socialize him to everything.
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Old 04-29-2019, 01:18 PM
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Those of you that attended the event, how was it? I imagine it would be a lot of fun to see the best competion casters hucking massive casts. Are there reps and booths set up as well? What impressed you the most? Please share a comment or two, if you feel inclined to do so. Thanks.

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First of all, the Golden Gate Park casting ponds are a magical place. In the heart of a great, vibrant city, its quiet and wonderfully sylvan, surrounded by giant eucalyptus and mature fir trees planted by the parks architect John McKlaren in the 1870s.

The clubhouse sits on arise overlooking the ponds and on Sunday, the day of the finals, the grass slope between the clubhouse and the ponds was thick with spectators. Flags of the nations represented fluttered in the changeable breezes. The vibe was great, spectators enjoying the spectacle and competitors working on their nerves and game faces.

I particularly enjoyed watching the women compete. Ive been going for a number of years and its been fun to watch several of them improve dramatically during that time. A few of the elite stalwarts compete these days more against themselves than each other. When Whitney or Mia or Cara or some others hit the water, the crowd knows that the next cast could be a world record. We all saw Whitney unleash a cast that looked so perfect in the air that we knew it could be the one. But then an errant current of air stopped the fly cold.

The competitor I felt worst for was Catherine LeFlamme (forgive me if I spelled it wrong). She unleashed a couple of 120ish casts during her warmup period, but then got iced for nearly 10 minutes as the judges stopped to confer about something. The time-out cant have been good for her concentration. I believe she came in fourth or fifth, but from her practice casts, she looks like a top contender for the future.

I think the longest cast this year was 191, and I think it was Gerald Downey, but Im not positive. He and the other top men (Travis wasnt there this year) also compete more against themselves than each other. Its easy to see as a spectator that a great cast requires perfect anchor placement, perfect stick, and a perfect D loop. Anything less and the cast fails to flourish.

Despite the fact that everyone I saw competing can cast way better than me, I found comfort in one thing: even the best blow casts now and then.

If you eve get a chance, attend.
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Thanks for the comprehensive review! It made me feel like I was there. Sounds like an epic event.

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i woke up really late and by the time i got my [email protected]#t together it was way to late to drive couple hours into the city, so missed it this year, but thankfully to many people on IG got to watch a lot of live feeds which was cool, but not the same, cameron
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Surfdog did an amazing job of capturing the feel of the event and the venue. The only thing I would add is the club house, Angler's Lodge. It has very impressive architecture with heavy timber framing and massive stone fireplaces. Inside there are fly boxes and bamboo rods made and used by historic notables.

I live nearby and went for a few hours all 3 days. This was my 3rd time there and as always, I was struck by the randomness of the wind gusts as Surfdog mentioned.

Vendors and exhibitors: Anderson Custom Rods, Ballistic, Rio, LTS, TFO, Adams Angling, Confluence Outfitters, Aqua Fly, St Andrews Society and a bamboo custom rod maker from Northern CA whose name escapes me. I'm sorry for anyone overlooked!
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Very cool to see Milt Kraft using a double haul. Interesting to know that it's not a new technique.

Thanks for posting.

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The competitor I felt worst for was Catherine LeFlamme (forgive me if I spelled it wrong). She unleashed a couple of 120ish casts during her warmup period, but then got iced for nearly 10 minutes as the judges stopped to confer about something. The time-out cant have been good for her concentration. I believe she came in fourth or fifth, but from her practice casts, she looks like a top contender for the future.
Catherine averaged 125' over her four casts, which was seven points, or, less than two feet per cast, out of second place. If I recall she did have one warm-up that cleared 130'.

One thing that may not be obvious is how the mean skill level at this event keeps going up and up. Not that long ago, in the men's open, a 150ft average would qualify for finals. This year, that score was barely good enough to break the top 20, and making finals took a 160' average.
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