In answering your request to "persuade me," here are a few of the things that come to mind.
SRSC is a must if you love Spey or think you might because:
- You will join with a mass of like minded men and women and learn, learn, learn, as well as exchange information until your brain, and heart, are filled.
- You will see the latest in equipment. Note the improvement in Spey lines has been the catalyst behind better performance in competition, which translates quickly into fishing. Do not overlook the Spey line folks.
- You will see the latest in technique. I believe this will be the first SRSC presentation by James Chalmers, Captain of Scotland's Carron Spey Casting Team, and perpetual finalist at Spey O Rama. James is absolutely one of the very very best Spey casters in the world. I do warn you to bring a Scottish to English translator. Note that the Carron Team won places 1-4 last month at Spey O Rama 2012. (James 2nd, Travis Johnson 4th)
- You will see Tim Rajeff, who alone is worth the drive. Whenever Tim is on stage, be sure to be there. You'll see Travis Johnson who style epitomizes line speed, mental concentration and controlled power. Steve Rajeff is a gracious man with extraordinary physical skills, but his simplified analyses of casts is what makes him "the best" in my opinion.
- You get the chance to see extraordinary skill in Mia Sheppard, Spey O Rama Champion, and Marcy Stone, Spey O Rama top three finisher. Women Spey cast with pure technique as they don't have the musculature to power their way out of mistakes. Many coaches, in all sports, study women's athletic performances for purity of technique and efficiency of motion. For me, one of the highlights of Spey O Rama is Mia Shepppard, the smartest Spey competitor I know.
- You can meet Mark Bachmann, who organizes this wonderful event, and you will understand why The Fly Fishing Shop
, OR, is a terrific place to do business. You will eat very well, as Mark makes certain all troops are well fed. The volunteers from the Santiam Flycasters are outstanding and are a vital cog in making the SRSC what it is.
- I don't see Greg Bencivenga's name on the program, but he is one of the best, and the smoothest Spey caster since Simon Gawesworth. I'll bet he'll be there. Seek him out and pick his brain.