Ok, I called Great Lakes Flyfishing Co. and I will be meeting them at the expo this weekend ot discuss matters. They want me to drop off some fliers, and I am bringing many to pass out to other reps and outfitters that may be interested.
Also, I consulted Loop, and they might be intersted in helping sponser a clave. They told me to call back at the end of the month since I will be ordering the rods from them anyways for myself.
Also, I have to begin making some more of my custom lines to use at the clave. As of right now, I am going to make two lines for short range fishing, such as rivers here in our GL and I will make a few long bellied lines if I can get my hands on some demos to create the tapers. If anyone wants use one please let me know, I will probably have to put one of these on one of the reels we get to borrow for the clave.
I was at the Southfield Expo all day today and was fortunate enough to meet many of the sponsers and some who plan on attending the clave.
I talked to several people. The most intersting figure who stood out the most to me was Simon Gawesworth from Rio. I told him I would meet him up there and was I glad I did. He had a wealth of information realted to spey fishing and the lines he helped develop. I learned alot about the Grand Spey, Midspey and the Windcutter spey. I got to take a look at the specs and the grains, and see what they were developed for. I was really intersted in finding out what tips/heads or whatever was best for our region with our smaller streams. He gave me some T-14 line to use, which sinks at 14" per second. I told him I was fishing on Sunday morning and he told me to try it out and let him know if it works out ok. I also talked to Matt Supinski, Kevin Feenstra, the crew at Great Lakes Flyfishing Co. and Craig Harris. Everything looks good right now. I met Neil as well, we had a brief few moments and chatted some too.
I handed out flyers to several people, and I had to make more copies at the expo center since I ran out, they were going like crazy.
I did get to test the Sage 14'1" 9wt "Euro" and the 14' 9wt "Trad" as well as the 14'1" 7wt "Euro." The 9wt's were casted with a windcutter 9/10/11 and the 7wt a windcutter 7/8/9. The 14'1" 7wt is a meat stick, truly built more like an 8wt rod in my opinion. It casted the head easily, well into the running line. The 14'1" 9wt "Euro" was a faster rod, very easily casted the entire head, and picked it up with no problem. The 14' 9wt "Trad" was a sweet rod, and loaded into the butt. Had enough reserve power, but still couldn't perform as well as the Euro's in my opinion.
Simon was telling me that the compensater is one of the best things they ever introduced to the spey line series. I agree from what I hear so far.
The T-14 is unique since it can be cut into sections and then added as tips. Simon and I must have chatted for two hours total on this one day, and he is going to email me a sheet with the specs to know how far to cut back on the spey lines and how many grains for the depth. This way, you can't fish too deep or too shallow, it is all relative. The tips and sinking leaders don't get down fast enough for me on some rivers, even when mending and using sinking flies. I would resort to the T-14 on many rivers I have fished, but that is just me. For 500yds at $10, you can't beat it in my opinion.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but the retail price of a 500ft spool of T-14 is $180.00. I have the Rio price sheet right in front of me. What Simon might have told you is that that means you can put together a 30ft sinking head for about $10.00. To be honest, I've used it briefly, and I find that the Type 8 tip gets down almost as fast as a 15ft piece of T-14 and the Type 8 tip is tapered. It's another tool in the arsenal, but I doubt it's going to be the second coming. Being able to buy a 50ft piece for $18.00 and make up several lengths of tips does make it very attractive.
for those of you who are interested April 5-6 there is a fly fishing show here in Toronto.Its a good show similar to the Southfield show.Here is the link:- http://www.iwffc.ca/index.shtml#
Lodging may be big matter that needs to be discussed. I know that there are three hotels I can name in Newaygo that are availible with rooms as of right now.
- The Oakridge Inn
- Riverside Motel
- M-37 Motel
Also, Simon said he will be sending Rio lines with his friend Jerry and we got Scott rods now as well. I also mentioned to Simon about possibly getting some T-14 to use, and he said that shouldn't be a problem.
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