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I recieved a phone call from this year's Spey-O-Rama organizer to finally clear up this year's date. Unfortunately there has been a great deal of shifting of the dates but Kazu assures me that the dates are now solid.

Contrary to the e-mail that was circulated last week the dates for Spey-O-Rama 2007 will be April 13-15.

So it is now safe to keep an eye peeled for the best flight prices and to book hotels etc! It seems that this years event will be interesting, there is a significant contingent of Japanese casters coming to test their mettle as well as some good female casters - it will be cool.

I may even practice this year :D - at least my accuracy :eek:
 

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Do anyone know if the rules are the same as last year. I heared that there might be some more time on each cast?

Are there any limits on the line weight?
 

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I believe that we will get official notice of the rules soon, but I am pretty sure that there will be a bit more time for each competitor to complete their casts - I think an extension from 4 to 6 minutes. As this is to accommodate the Skagit cable... er I mean line casters it follows that there will be no change or limits to line weight/diameters.
 

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Congratulation to Kazu and the Directors of the GGACC

Heartiest congratulations to Kazu Koshimizu, Chairman of Spey-O-Rama 2007, and the Directors of the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club for making the decision to hold S-O-R in mid-April 2007, rather than the earlier planned end of April date.

The new date announced by Kush, above, will enable more, especially international, Spey casters to come to San Francisco for the event, guaranteeing a truly world class exhibition and tournament. And it lets California trout fishers attend as well, those who would have to miss S-O-R for the opening of California's Sierra trout season at the end of April.

Thanks Mr. Chairman and Directors.
 

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I went to see this last year and I am glad I went -- it is a fantastic contest and opportunity to see some great casters.
However, last year I had to work a timeshare trade to get to go, and boy am I glad I didn't start looking for a trade and make reservations for this year and then have the dates change from the end of April to mid April.
When they publish dates, it should be cast in concrete so plans can be made.
 

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2007 Rules

Spey-O-Rama
Jimmy Green
Casting Competition


Equipment
Rod: Must be model that is or has been available for sale to the general public
15’1” maximum length
Line: Floating synthetic line, either full line or shooting head. No restrictions on running line.
Leader: 9 foot minimum, 15 foot maximum.
Fly: Will be supplied

Required casts
Casters can use whatever cast they choose in four situations:

Line from the right – over right shoulder and over left shoulder
Line from the left – over right shoulder and over left shoulder

Casting rules
Change of direction will be set by markers at about 40 degrees (same as 2006)
Caster will be in water – about 3 feet deep
There will be a barrier 33 feet behind the caster. No penalty for hitting it, but it will
affect the cast
Fly must anchor in front of caster
If Perry Poke used, only one “dump” allowed per cast and fly may not leave water on “dump”.
Once a cast is begun, it counts as a scoring cast.
An inadvertent “extra” cast in a required category will not be counted against the caster’s
allowed casts in any other category, but will use the caster’s time.

The Competition
Qualifying will be held on Saturday morning with top 10 casters going to finals on
Sunday morning

Qualifying •3 casts each for the 4 required casts. Total score is total of best distances
for each of the 4 required casts.
•Time limit is 6 min. with 2 min. warmup
Finals •3 casts each for the 4 required casts. Total score is total of best distances
for each of the 4 required casts.
•Time limit is 6 min. with 2 min. warmup
•Casting order by random draw

Friday practice time (20 min) at official casting station can be reserved by signup.


Tie-breakers

In the event of a tie for any place, the tie will broken by totaling each competitor’s second best casts in each of the four categories.



Notes to 2007 Spey O Rama Rules

There are only three fairly small changes to the rules from 2006 to 2007.

1. Qualifying

Competitors will have three casts in each or the four categories, rather than the two they were allowed in 2006

2. Back barrier

The back barrier will be approximately 33 feet behind the caster. The most significant change is that the barrier will be continuous, more substantial and denser, so likely to kill any cast that hits it. This will make a Perry Poke with a long headed line impractical or at least risky.

3. Tie breakers

In case of a tie for first place (or any other place) it will be broken by taking each competitor’s total of his/her second best casts in each of the four categories.
 

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Uncertain as of now, but I'm hoping to bring at least Olga down; maybe Roman too.

Hey Kush, you might be interested that Olga had 9 points tonight....


in the first 4 minutes! Against the #1 team in the league. They switched to a box-and-1 and she finished with 12, and her team lost.
 

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Cool I would really like to see Olga compete in San Francisco. As for the hoops, I am glad to hear she is doing well - not really a surprise though. But man you gotta hate those "junk" defenses.
 

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Gents,
Is the Spey-O-Rama similar (or larger) in format to the Portland Speyclave?

Location? Doors open? Admission?

Thanks, ED
 

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Spey-O-rama vs. Sandy Clave

Gents,
Is the Spey-O-Rama similar (or larger) in format to the Portland Speyclave?

Location? Doors open? Admission?

Thanks, ED
Spey-O-Rama is sponsored By the Golden Gate Casting Club. Held at their club house/casting ponds at Golded Gate Park San Francisco, Ca. It is mainly a casting competition. This event draws some of the best casters not only in the USA but from across the pond as well. Admission is free.

The Sandy Clave is sponsored by the Fly Fishing Shop in Welches Or. Held at Oxbow Park just outside of Troutdale. This is the largest gathering of Spey junkies I know of. Logon to www.flyfishusa.com to find info on the Sandy Clave. Admission is free for the Clave but you have to pay a small fee to get into the park. Something like $8.00 per car per day. Camping is an option at the park.

At each of these events, food is usually provided courtesy of the vendors. There will be demonstrations by well known spey gurus. Rods and lines etc. to play with. They are both excellent events.
 

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JD,
I've been to the Sandy Speyclave several times. GREAT bunch of guys and extremely informative. This year, I'll be down in the SFO neighborhood and plan to make time to visit the Spey-O-Rama.
 

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Camping/motels for family?

It looks like we are probably a "go" for Spey-O-Rama. Friday of SOR is a non-school day for my kids, so that really helps. More importantly, Olga is excited to go, and to practice beforehand to be competitive, so that could make it even more worthwhile.

Now, I need to start making plans. First, to keep costs down, are there any safe campgrounds reasonably close? Perhaps across the bridge in Marin County? If not, what are the best economy (yeah, right, in SF!) hotel choices that are in nice areas. There could be 2, 3, or 4 of us coming down. If 4 of us come down, I'm sure the 4th (Carol, my wife) would want to spend a day site-seeing, so we could end up taking one extra day, in which case the costs become even more important.

I still need to make sure my work schedule is clear, but with the Friday off, the kids could just miss one day of school for us to drive down, so this looks real hopeful. So any info you guys/gals could provide would be great.

--Bill
 

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Great American Inn

A lot of folks stay at the Great American Inn which is about five minutes from the casting ponds. I stayed there two years ago. It is an OK motel, not fancy, but serviceable. If you tell them you are going to the event, they usually give you a small discount, but will still run you in the $90-$100 range.

Don't have their phone number anymore, but someone else might or look on your search engine as they have a website.

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Spey-O-Rama Lodgings

Sorry we are very slow updating 'www.speyorama.com'.
But here are some motels/rv-park close by the club.

Hotels

Great Highway Inn
(415) 731-6644
About 1 mile from GGACC
$98 single (spey-o-rama special)
$115 double (spey-o-rama special)
http://greathwy.com

Seal Rock Inn
(415) 752-8000
About 1.5 miles from GGACC
$124 flat rate fro a double at ground level
$10 per additional person
$10 addition per floor moving upwards
http://www.sealrockinn.com

Oasis Inn
(415) 885-6865
About 5 miles from GGACC
oasisinn.com

RV Park

San Francisco RV Resort
(650) 355-7093
About 10miles from GGACC
$40.00 - $60.00 per night
http://www.sanfranciscorvresort.com
 

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bummer???

looks like I won't make it (again!) this year as that is the same weekend as my Steelhead/Spey School on the Skeena!
If you had to choose between Spey-o-rama and a few days fishing for steelhead in Paradise, I wonder which one would you go for?:lildevl:
 

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I recieved a phone call from this year's Spey-O-Rama organizer to finally clear up this year's date. Unfortunately there has been a great deal of shifting of the dates but Kazu assures me that the dates are now solid.

Contrary to the e-mail that was circulated last week the dates for Spey-O-Rama 2007 will be April 13-15.

So it is now safe to keep an eye peeled for the best flight prices and to book hotels etc! It seems that this years event will be interesting, there is a significant contingent of Japanese casters coming to test their mettle as well as some good female casters - it will be cool.

I may even practice this year :D - at least my accuracy :eek:

13-15 of april! :eek: :Eyecrazy: It's a good thing that I checked in. Can't miss it. I Need to get home and throw some long lines. I have been using singal handers to much. :tsk_tsk:
 

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Great Hwy Inn

Sorry for the mistake in my post, it is the Great Hwy Inn, not Great American Inn. Very close to the event.

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Kush and I stayed at the Seal Rock Inn last year. Nothing fancy but close by (5-10 min). The rooms are large and would accomodate a family group. PM me for more details.

Looking forward to seeing you and yours there Bill.
 

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Spey O Rama

JD,

I don't know whether you attended the Spey O Rama, but if you did I'm surprised you would say it's "mainly a casting competition". With all the demonstrations by competitors and noncompetitors alike and the variety of gear, from bamboo to the latest graphites, speycasting instructor certifications, and other activities, the whole three days was only partly devoted to competition. The competitors, though among the world's best, have always been a small minority of the participants. I hope nobody is under the illusion that they would come just to watch other people cast rather than take a rod in hand and participate like everyone else.
 
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