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What: Monthly Spey Casting and Instruction, rods & lines to try, steelhead & Spey camaraderie. Every month we will have a presentation on casting. We will have well matched rod and reel combinations including Echo's Dec Hogan series, Winston and Burkheimer rods. The lines that will be matched to the rods will include Skagit, shooting heads and Delta. You do not need own a Spey rod to attend, but you are encouraged to bring your rod if you do. Basic Spey casting instruction will be available without cost to all.

These clinics are free to all and everyone is welcome. For the fly tyers out there we are accepting donations of flies for Reeling and Healing Midwest.* Flies can be for trout, warm water, or steelhead. All flies are welcome.

When: Saturday, October 11th, 8:30 am - noon. This will be our final clinic of 2008.

Where: Clark Island Recreation Area, Batavia, IL. This park features several islands in the Fox River that are connected by bridges. This location will allow us to a good number of Spey casters in a central and to easily fish both river right and river left. There is plenty of parking and restrooms are available. I suggest that you park and access the river from Rte. 25. We will be setting up on the main island. We will have coffee in the morning and water and pop available throughout the day. There are restrooms available and a pavilion for inclement weather. Please bring portable outdoor chairs if you have them.
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What to bring: We will be casting rain or shine, unless there is thunder. Bring appropriate waders, hats, and wading jackets. Glasses will be required to cast. No flies please, just yarn or fluffies.

We plan on having these events, water levels permitting, with a different presentation and rods and lines, each month.

Please PM either myself or Woodlander if you are planning on attending, this will help us plan. This is particularly important if you do not have a spey rod, we want to make sure that we bring enough extra rods & reels!

Important Note: In September we had to cancel our scheduled clinic because of the extensive flooding in the Chicago-area, specifically including the Fox River. If the weather is inclement please check this thread the morning of the clinic. In the unlikely event that another weather event forces us to cancel, I will post that announcement in this thread by 6:30 am that day.

- David

* - Reeling and Healing Midwest is a non-profit group that brings the therapeutic powers of fly-fishing to women who are recovering from cancer. Reeling and Healing provides fly-fishing retreats for women who are diagnosised with cancer or are surviving cancer. It is a licensed charitable, non-profit organization that is donor supported and comprised entirely of volunteers. http://www.reelingandhealingmidwest.org
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