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Hi Guy's,
Here is some of the detail of the Clan Gathering i will be hosting in Chilliwack in October this year, hope to see some of you there.
www.fraservalleyspeyclave.com
Hope to add a couple more names in the next couple of weeks, no big sales stuff, just a bit of fun, and not everyday you get to watch and chat with the three times world champion and world record holder.:smokin:
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Clan Gathering in BC

Hello Willie Gunn,
If thats what it says on the site i will get it changed, yes Gordie is the world champion and i think will be for years to come, what it should say is Three times world champion and world record holder Scott Mackenzie.
Thanks for that Malcolm will get it changed , happy camping.:chuckle:
 

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Clan Gathering in BC

Hi Guys,
Just got a 15ft hand build rod from Harry at clan rods and its a beauty this will be incuded in with the other raffle prizes, this is a free event open to everyone, so take your rod, waders, ect , and come watch and chat with the guys, not everyday you get the three times world champion and world record holder giving you tips all weekend for free.:Eyecrazy:
Of all the demo's i have see , Scott's is easily the best, and if its Ness Style, there is no-one better.
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Recently had a cast of two of Harry's 18ftrs, the Macleod and the other one I dont remember the name of. Tons of power and very nice.

If everything is quiet at work I might see if I can sneak over, sounds like a great event.

Corin
 

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The good news Corin is the timing will drop you right in the middle of the best of the Vedders/Harrison's salmon runs. Not a bad thing .. all-be-it you're susposed to be casting with a bit of yarn.




But if no ones looking ..............................:devil:

The following weekend you also have the big 'Clave down in Washington. Drive time from one to the other would be about 4 hours max. as it's mostly 70 mph 'freeway.' (Interstate 5 from the US boarder to Seattle.)
 

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Clan Gathering (speyclave) in BC

Corin if your flying from Scotland you can get a flight direct from Glasgow to Vancouver, and if you have time you should have a look or fish around some of BC, one of the nicest places in the world i have ever been.
And like Fred says Aaron will be having one the following weekend in Washington that should be good fun, and only a couple of hours drive.
A couple of things to check out, if you are going to hire a car, do it over the internet or book it in this country, dont just get one at the airport its about double the cost, and check if you are allowed to take the car across the border, some dont let you.
Hope you can make it, might be able to sort some fishing out with Scott and myself and a couple of other guys, after the weekend we are off fishing for a few days .
Cheers Gordon.
 

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Cheers Fred/Gordon. I've been to Canada/BC a few times and its one of my most favourite places in the world.

I'm as keen as hell to get over, but typically when I checked my calendar I've found out that some friends from home are coming to visit me in Aus so I'm not going to be able to make it.

Its a total bugger as I'd all but booked the flights and I'm desperate to have a cast with some other Spey casters.

Anyway its not to be, so I'll just have to wait until next year.

Will be back in Scotland in Jan, so hopefully I'll be able to make it to a few more events next year.

I hope its a great event, you get into a few fish and enjoy a few cold Molson! Remember to post a few pics!

all the best

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Clan Gathering (speyclave) in BC

Hey Corin,
O well its a pity you cant make it but let me know when your back in Scotland, as i will be still working on the Spey, the river will be closed, but we can still go and try out some rods.
As you said BC is beautiful, and having done a fair bit of travelling its still one of the nicest places i have been.
Going fishing to Van Island before the Clan Gathering hope they get some water soon, but we go every year fishing and drinking the odd molson, i think we go some way to keeping that brewery going.
All is about ready for the Clan Gathering, should be a great weekend , then we are off fishing, got a jet boat booked, with beer.
Let me know when you are in Scotland.
Cheers Gordon.
 

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Hi Guy's,
Sent over some of the raffle prizes this week, there was no way i could carry them onto the plane so sent over,
A hand built rod from Harry at Clan rods, and its a beauty.
40 Salmon fly lines , 10 bottles of speyside single malt whisky that you can't get in Canada or the US, 10 really nice maps of the Spey, some old collectable reels and a load of other Speycasting Stuff (old collectable rods rods and reels), and thats not including the Speycasting stuff i send over earlier, so loads of prizes.:Eyecrazy:
The weekend is free, and Scott, Francois, Mariusz , myself and another couple of crazy Highlanders hope to see you there.
www.fraservalleyspeyclave.com
Cheers Gordon.:smokin:
 

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Clan Gathering

Hi Guys,
Just to let you know that things are all in place for the speyclave at peg leg, i will also have some rods desgined by Scott Mackenzie for everyone to try out, Scott spent the last 18 months developing these rods and it will be their first showing in the PNW and only available at this Speyclave.
So if you want to try out the latest rods from the UK, i hope to see you there.
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Spey Clave - Lessons

Spent today with Gordon and Scott getting some casting lessons. A half dozen of us were treated to some very good one to one instruction. Managed to iron out some kinks in my casting and picked up a new appreciation for this style of casting. Watching Scott cast such long lenghts of line with ease is a something everyone should get to see.

Also got to try out one of Scotts signature series rods from Diawa UK. There will be one of these in my collection for sure. Smooth and powerful. The 13'- 9wt I tried was the nicest rod I've been able to cast.

Hope this becomes a regular event.

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Great Experience

Just got back from B.C. and the Clave. Thanks Gordon for putting this on. Had a great time with the boys. It was a real treat to get some one on one time with Scott. It is not everyday that you can get a critique from a world champion. Pretty awsome to watch him bang out 170 ft. like it is nothing. Nice to get to try out the U.K. rods, especially impressed with Scott's 14 -9 Daiwa.Also nice to add some Scottish flavour to the Chilliwack night life:D .
It was great to spend a couple of days on the Thompson (pretty humbling experience). After fishing it it becomes obvious why this mighty river is held in such reverence. Hope you manage to do this again.

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Hi Guys,
I've just got back home from the Clan Gathering Spey clave in BC, and would just like to say a big thankyou to everyone who came along,special thanks to Gordon Macleod who put the hole thing together,it was a great clave with a really great bunch of people,with some awesome casting and the best raffle prize table i've ever seen at any show.I thought the Highlands of Scotland was beautiful until i saw the Rockies and BC,many thanks also to Rick from Freds tackle shop for a great days guideing on the Harrison River,i've never seen so many salmon in one stretch of river,like Muckle Salmon above,i also fished a day on the mighty Thompson(WHAT A RIVER) it must be some of the best fly water on the planet,all in all i had a great time and i can't wait to returning some day,thanks again to all,
Scott Mackenzie
 

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Clan Gathering

Well what a blast, had a great time with the guys it just could'nt have been better.
Got to say a big thanks to Harry at Clan rods for making the thing possible, and boy did everyone love the rods from Harry, www.clanrods.com.
Thanks to Mariel for organising the whole thing, she is a star and i really did nothing, also thanks to Francois, courtney and David for making it Special.
Was really good that after the demo's all the guys where there for everyone to get tips, help with casting, ect for the two days, even though after Scott's demo, all anyone could ask was do that again, and he did.
Thanks to Jack Cook of The Irish Angler, for sending up some Clan Rods with lines that where a perfect mach.
I will post all the details when i get home, but just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who came along, it was great to meet so many nice people, even being out at night with Ramsay and the guys with there Kilts on was just a blast.:Eyecrazy:
I will post more , but for the next week or so i'm going fishing the big river, see if i can catch another steelhead with some flies from home.:smokin:
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clan Gathering

Just dropped of a Scott Mackenzie Signature series rod to the lucky winner , Henri Jover. The winner of the Clan Rod was Verne who picked it up on the Sunday.
Once again i would like to thank Harry at www.clanrods.com for making the event possible, Jack Cook at the Irish Angler for sending me some Clan Rods and perfectly matched Nextcast lines.
Thanks to Scott, Courtney, David and Francois for the Demos and mini tuition for everyone that came out. We had a blast during the week Scott and David were over. And Ramsey you're some dancer! Got good reviews and the likelyhood of another one next year is good.

That's me I'm off to the Thompson fishing for a couple of days if we don't get flooded out and to see if I can beat Nobuo to a steelhead.... I better bring more whisky. :p

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Great Fraser River Spey Clave - Thanks!

Just a personal note re the recent October 21st to 23rd Fraser River Spey Clave in Chilliwack BC with Scott MacKenzie et. al --- it was amazing!! Scott Mackenzie (three times world distance champion and record holder) was very gracious, friendly and approachable and his casts were the stuff that dreams are made on -- graceful effortless flights, going out indefinitely, hanging lightly, to the last unfurling before floating lazily down to the water. I always thought a 160-170ish cast would look a bit brutal, even fearsome, a crackling thunderous bolt thrown by strong frenzied Goliaths with fire in their eyes. .... but not so, with Scott MacKenzie. His casts are things of beauty, laid into the air with care and understanding, ..... as to get fine and far off, everything must be right, especially to achieve that last 20' of smooth unfurling turnover.... The tuft of wool pulling taught at the end of the cast, begging to be released, to fly further.... That is Scott MacKenzie. There is no bravado to the Scotsman. He is modest, and speaks of his art almost with shy embarrassment that he has such riches. Apparently he started developing his cast (the one now used by most top tournament casters) when he was 10 years old, while trying to cast long to where the untouched salmon were, beyond the reach of older bigger and stronger fishers,.... and then, when he grew big and strong... No one else had a style that could produce such power and distance. He won distance tournaments by huge margins.

What I like about his cast is its slow unhurried grace. For the single spey, he emphasizes a slow methodical lift " wait until you feel the weight of the line", then a strong aerialized back cast with the anchor landing about a rods length away from the castor's right side, and finally, the long purposeful foreword casting stroke. Amazingly, Scott can be busy explaining complex concepts all the while firing off huge casts, as if a cast took no more thought than a breath of air.

I asked Scott to show me what my gear could do. With no more than a couple of warm up casts with my CND Thompson Specialist (16' 7" long), he was throwing the whole 145' CND 11/12 line, and about 6' of backing!... with his full turnover adding say 15' for the fly... Wow! ... when you do the math he was casting in the 160's, i.e. not your average day on the River! ...imagine Tiger Woods checking out your driver, showing it could do 340 yds and giving you tips on how to get there too. What a day!

He brought his own new line of rods for us to try -- the Daiwa, Scott MacKenzie series, Signature Salmon rods (not yet available in North America). To see what they would do, I put my 11/12 CND line on the 15' 10/11 wt. model, gave it to Scott and he was again throwing the whole line plus a touch of backing , indicating to me this could be a good 15' competition rod. The rod is designed to give more power the deeper you take the action into it, i.e. it wants to be fully exercised and excels with a heavy long belly line... and yet it has a subtle fishy liquidity for the pleasure of the cast, drift, and playing of fish.

His cast of the XLT 9/10 line with his new Daiwa Scott Mackenzie series 18' rod. was truly majestic. I tried the rod and could not get anything happening, before my back started to hurt and I had to quit... I wished there was more time to get instruction, as I am sure there are many tricks to using the long sword effectively....

I was there the full three days, the last day being a paid lesson. Getting Scott's full attention for the lessons was especially useful. I am casting much further now, and more importantly I know much more about the distance and consistency elements of the cast to work on.. Apparently, Scott is coming out with an instructional DVD in the Spring which I am looking forward to.

My focus above on Scott Mackenzie, should not be seen to diminish the excellence of the other presenter/instructors. I did not get to speak to them all but re. the ones I did:

Gordon Macleod, also from Scotland and the event organizer, is not only a great Spey caster and instructor, but is also a passionate historian of the Spey Casting Art . He discussed the rich traditions of the sport in the British Isles including the genius of Alexander Grant who had much to do with inventing modern spey rods and casting. Further, he let us try some very distinctive 'Clan' fly rods. Made by appointment to the Prince of Wales, they are beautiful to look at and cast, and have been doing very well in recent distance tournaments. His friendly personality and hosting skills made for a very memorable event, complete with good food and drink, lotteries for Clan and Daiwa Scott MacKenzie Series spey rods, lines, bottles of the best single malt etc....

Francois Blanchet from Whistler was excitingly good as well, with passion and firecracker enthusiasm.... A tournament caster, Loop representative and professional guide, the tips he gave me radically improved my single spey performance.... ....

Courtenay Ogilvy, a guide from Vancouver Island (and a good one too, speaking from personal experience!) shared some useful/practical smaller river spey casting tips, e.g. when to use a Circle 'C' rather than Snap 'T' to get your back cast happening despite overhanging trees, and other streamside challenges.

All in all, an astonishingly good event. thanks to Gordon MacLeod and others ... and I'm looking forward to the next... especially to See 'Tiger' Mackenzie again, with my own eyes, .... on the river, in his natural element....
 
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