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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, September13th, 8:30 am - noon. Our final clinic of the year will be Saturday, October 11th.

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!

- 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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Jeff Hire is coming to the casting clinic on Saturday from MI and he will be doing our opening presentation on spey casting. Whether you never held a spey rod in your hand before or an intermediate caster, Jeff's presentation is well worth watching.

Be sure to bring rain gear as there is a chance of rain. There is a shelter on the island that we can use as well.

See everyone Saturday,
David
 

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Saturday Update: I canceled the clinic at 5:30 am after checking the weather, seeing the lightning strikes on weather map, etc., and spoke with Doug by phone. Jeff was set to meet Doug and they were going to drive up together. Luckily a father & son from Madison, WI emailed me, along with 5 other people, when I was still on-line. I went out to the river from 8:00 - 8:35 to turn people home and the river was roaring. I saw at least a handful of lightning as well. We were out that morning and saw lots of flooded roads and bad accidents. People driving too fast I am guessing. I checked the gauge at Montgomery about 1:00 pm at it was running about 13,100 cfs. The high for all of 2007 was 1,410! At least yesterday, when I checked the NOAA site it showed that North, North West, far West (Kane) rivers got hit far harder than the West and South. The Fox and Des Plaines rivers were out of their banks, when I checked on the KKK it was high but not in flood stage. All of the flooding in the far west and north west suburbs is flowing into the Fox. I understand that at least a couple people showed up after I left the park. For October I will post my cell phone number.

Our next clinic will be in October.
- David
 
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