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On August 22nd The Westmorland Fly Casting Club is hosting the 1st Rose City Invitational Spey Casting Competition! Portland's magnificent Westmorland casting pond is what the Golden Gate Ponds in San Francisco were modeled after. This competition will be set up in the Spey-O-Rama manner so those who are curious as to how they would stack up at SOR can give it a go.

There will be a number of SOR competitors in attendance, but one of the goals of the competition is to introduce new casters to the fun and immense benefits of competition casting. The Rose Comp will be a low-key affair compared to SOR and new competitors will be encouraged. You will find that the regular comp guys are super willing to help out - so bring your waders and 15' rods. There will be a few comp rods and lines around for people to try and probably some fishing rods as well.

We want to make this a regular event - so if you are within striking distance come on out and help us make this a success and set us up for the next one! There is also a Cigar Social :smokin:planned for the night of the 21st. So stay tuned for more info or if you have questions fire away.

If you think you will come let me know so as to help us plan.

Cast far my friends...
 

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Sound like fun

I think we ought to make the pros use greenheart rods and DT silk lines while we mere mortals use the plastic stuff. Then (and only then) I might be able to cast as far as Travis Johnson.
 

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Jeon I will have my BV Comp rod and Nobuo hopes to have my demo rods ready by then so I will have the GT Comp as well as the GT fishing rods!

I wanted to email you re this event earlier but did not have your address. Could you message it or PM it to me.
 

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The latest news is that Joe Saracione is not only going to enter his first competition but he has donated one of his 4" Mark V reels as a prize!

Right now I am working on the possibility of having "B Final" for first time contestants. I hope we can make this work so as to encourage new guys to participate.
 

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There has been a pretty solid response to the Rose Comp. So far we have 16 confirmed competitors with an excellent mix of new and experienced casters. Things are shaping up really well! Looking forward to this!
 

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Seen several references to 'comp rods .....'

"There will be a few comp rods and lines around for people to try and probably some fishing rods as well." What's the difference between these and a regular 2hander used for fishing?

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"There will be a few comp rods and lines around for people to try and probably some fishing rods as well." What's the difference between these and a regular 2hander used for fishing?

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I'm certainly no competition caster but I've fooled around with a "comp rod" a time or two. Seems the biggest difference is they are meant to handle long lines in the +1000gr range. You could fish one if you wanted but it would be brutal for most (or at least for me).
 

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Chevy vs Formula 1 - both are cars...

Comp rods are not simply bulked up fishing rods. A few of our renowned boutique rod builders have tried their hand at building comp rods and the results were ... let's say underwhelming. Comp rods are big powerful rods - indeed, but designed for a purpose. I am certainly no rod designer, but a couple of the characteristics that stand out for me are the tip and butt section designs. In general the tips are fairly stiff and/or heavy to keep the rod from collapsing under the heavy loads of comp lines. Conversely, the butt sections are designed to take a deep bend. This bottom end flex point brings the full power of the meat of the rod into play. As well, this low flex point "shortens the lever" which helps create the tremendous rod/line speed when the high tech graphite straightens out. Others more fluent in rod design might have more to add than this.

Like with automobiles the cutting edge designs of comp rods are finding their way to fishing rods. Stiff heavy butt sections and weak tips are giving way to the heavier tip - flexing butt actions. We used to call these "British style" rods.

Can these rods be fished? Definitely. Do I? Yes. The CND 16' Ultimate that I fished for years was in fact a competition rod. For sure some of the heavier traditional comp rods would not be the easiest to fish for 4 or 5 days in a row! But the latest rods with high end graphites and resins are shockingly light (pick up one of my Bias Versa GT Comps) and would not be a tremendous burden to wave around. Now granted I will probably never fish it - hate to break it before a comp - plus I have a lot of rods that are awesome fishing rods!
 

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Well the event is getting close! The Comp will begin Saturday August 22 at 8:30 AM and will continue until we are done! For those interested in dropping by Westmorland Park is at McLoughlin Blvd and Bybee Blvd and directions are easily Googled. There will likely be a number of casters around on the Friday as well.

Unfortunately my CND GT demo rods will not show up in time... They will be here at the end of the month and I will be holding a Day on the River in early September - likely on the Skykomish River. Sorry to those who were looking forward to trying them at the Comp - I know I was!
 

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Just spent a fun day watching some great casting. Thanks to all who worked to put it on and all the casters. I think you're on to a winner there. It will definitely grow. See you next year I hope.
 

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I wish I could have made it down there, next time!!! So who won?
 

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Great Fun & Great Competition

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Want 2 give a big shout out & Thank U 2 everyone who made this possible! Greg, Erik, Tyler, & Simon 2 name a few & all who sponsored & volunteered 2 make this roll out smooth & professional. Loc Vetter was the master of ceremonies & will soon B auditioning 2 host the next hit TV show "Casting with the Stars". :hihi: Last but not least, congratulations 2 Travis, Simon, & Greg who finished in that order w/amazing displays of technique & silky power...
Everyone who couldn't make it, plan 2 B here next year. This is as close 2 SOR as U will find & the facility here is amazing!!!
Thanx Again & Spey Away,
Rod
 
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