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Well this is my goal for a new Northwest spey casting comp. it will happen the first weekend of April, so the 5-6. The comp will be in Tygh Valley, Or. It will have ladies, seniors, and open 15 foot divisions. An 18 foot off the platform division. A 15 foot over head division, and a fishing rod division featuring rods no longer than 13.5 feet and heads no longer than 55. If anyone has more input or questions feel free to email me at [email protected]

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Only thought is that's kind of close to SOR (I think it's the next weekend), but maybe that's the point so international travelers only have to make one trip?
 

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That is exactly the idea!! You want to get better at competing the we need to compete more often. It will be on Pine Hollow reservoir. More to come for info stayed tuned and don't be afraid to ask me questions.

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Why the fishing rod division not allowing belly's over 55' and rods only up to 13.5'? There are a lot of us who fish mid-belly lines on 13' and 13.5' rods, and mid-belly and long-belly lines on 14' and 15' lighter line (i.e. 6wt to 8 wt) rods when fishing in summer/fall. We also use 15'-18' rods for 10wt-12wt lines in winter/early spring and 15' and 16' 6-9' wt rods for early summer/late fall fishing. And these are our standard fishing rods.

Why not allow the use of lines with any belly length, but limit the rods to not longer than 13.5' for the fishing category? And possibly add in a light line (i.e. 6-8 wt line) category for 14'-16' rods?

Using 13.5' and lines with bellies of 55' or under is a very arbitrary definition of "fishing class" rods.
 

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I am trying to get more people into the comp casting. I was not trying to offend by that definition. Working in a fly shop gives me good in sight to what people in the Spey fishing community are using and rods 13.5 and shorter are the most common not to say they are the only sold or use. Same goes for the lines. I use longer lines and rods commonly but I would like to see more people compete, and with this they masses would not have to by a bunch of new gear.

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Now worries here.

I am trying to get more people into the comp casting. I was not trying to offend by that definition. Working in a fly shop gives me good in sight to what people in the Spey fishing community are using and rods 13.5 and shorter are the most common not to say they are the only sold or use. Same goes for the lines. I use longer lines and rods commonly but I would like to see more people compete, and with this they masses would not have to by a bunch of new gear.

Travis
Comp casting can go out to 18 foot rods ... but when it comes to real fishing what do 90% of us really use? That to me is a 'casting comp;' real gear in real conditions.

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If you get a lot of interest i would say limit competitors to one rod class. otherwise the competition will take too long.

one competition i think might be interesting is one where you take a rod reel and line off the shelf and everyone competes with the same set up.
 

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+1

Agree with Rob's comment. Went to one 'open' many years back and it was a disaster. Enjoyed the trip in the motor home and my house guests .... even if one dinner was for 22 people.

Amazing what you can do in a small kitchen, the 'why' was my MH guests were the Carron Casting Crew from the UK/Ireland. 32 footer was packed with people sipping Single Malts and hungry as hell.

'Ms. Gweneth' asked 'What do you have to feed these people?' The two of us got damned inventive, but feed we did. 'Jimmie-Jack' just sat there in amazement as the two of us went at it.
 

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Thanks for all the advice. As for the good and feeding people, there is a commercial kitchen and indoor and outdoor eating areas. There will be as many as 3 casting areas and again the two days are invade of mass participation. I want a lot of people to show. I am ordering food for at least 200.

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Here's hoping I can attend. Soooo much on the plate right now. Just one more trip to run past the wife I suppose.
 

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Thanks for all the advice. As for the good and feeding people, there is a commercial kitchen and indoor and outdoor eating areas. There will be as many as 3 casting areas and again the two days are invade of mass participation. I want a lot of people to show. I am ordering food for at least 200.

Travis
Don't over kill this. For lunch 'Brats,' buns on a bbq(s) with a side of potato salad. Trimmings for such. CC cookies for afters.
 

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Sounds like a great event. I especially like the addition of the 13' rod competition. It takes a huge effort to put an event of this magnitude together so a huge kudos goes out to you Travis for having the drive and energy to make this happen.
 

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+1 to Brian's comment.

Amazing what it takes to put on this type of event. Did several 'Charity Spey 'Claves back in the day and the coordination/planning/food prep took a heck of a lot of fore-thought. The first one you learn all the things that had 'never crossed your mind.':eek:

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I 'm in, please
 
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