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Back from the Seattle Spey Clave and Fly Fishing Show. Lots to report, but I’ll have to do it in a few pieces as my cold/flu (or whatever it is!) has come back and I’m not exactly firing on all cylinders right now!

The short report is that everything was more than we ever could have expected. The Spey Clave went off without a hitch and at one point we did a head count at 86 people, with more arriving, so we estimate that over the course of the day over 100 people attended the event (and I thought we’d be doing pretty good if we saw 40 people, especially on a Friday afternoon!). Rods, reels and lines were of course a big focus of the event, but the best part was the fellowship and camaraderie evident among the participants. Spey Claves are great opportunities for Spey casters and steelheaders to get together and be what we are—metalhead junkies and long rod enthusiasts with a deep respect for wild rivers and wild fish. Beneath all the talk of rod actions, line tapers, presentation strategies and home waters, what binds us together is the fact that moving waters are part of our life-blood and speak to our souls. Our hearts leap when we feel the take and surge of a wild steelhead or salmon, and when we release one there is a deep satisfaction and abiding calm.

The show booth had us going non-stop. Saturday was extremely busy but thanks to the great support and help of people like sinktip, flytyer, Leland, Deerhawk, Ed, Dave, Mike, kush, Sandi, Nobuo, JJ and the dedicated people at the Wild Steelhead Coalition (and yes, I know in my foggy brain that I have missed some names and for that I sincerely apologize—it will be corrected!), Juro, Sean and I were able to run around and take care of a zillion behind-the-scenes details and still have time to meet our members. The shadow boxes were a great draw and the look on the winners’ faces (pictures when Juro returns next week!) made it all worthwhile.

More details and pics to come!
 

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Spey Clave photos

As Juro is still out and about searching for the elusive steelie here in the northwest I will post some shots from the Friday Clave. I know Juro has a bunch that he will post later.

Dana starts the ball rolling,
 

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The Clavers were really serious about what was being presented - some even took notes!
 

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Some of the boys take it all in.
 

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Nobuo Nodera got their attention while demonstrating with a full sinking line!
 

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Some more interested observers .. Sinktip, Flytyer, JJ and Jr Flytyer.
 

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Then the fun started!

Nobuo lets it fly
 

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Whew! That's enough for now!

It was a great turnout and a great day for the Forum! Thanks to all who dropped by and to all who helped make it happen. Next year will be even bigger! :smokin:
 

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Thanks Kush

Hey now I can sleep....I think you have fed my addiction for a while now..

Thanks Kush I needed the fix

Best regards......jake
 

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Great stuff Tyler!

I was wondering how it how everything went last week-end and it looks like all hard efforts and planning paid off big time.

Congratulations to everyone! Maybe I'll make it out here next year :D
 
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