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Good 2003 on all of you guys !

Just a thought here.

In a previous post from this section, Grampa Spey suggested an informal regional mini clave for Nor Cal ~ Southern Or. Spey guys.

~~ Here in the Rogue Valley we roughly define the areas North of the Sacramento drainage to South of the Umpqua Drainage....East to the Steens / Warners and West to the ocean: As the "State of Jefferson "~~

And a grand area it is indeed........!!!

I think that one or more informal gatherings on any of our watersheds (Ocean too) would be an excellent idea, especially during the late Summer / Fall seasons. Plenty of diversity in types of water, and gamefish to pursue at this time of year.

I, and many others, are also very much into the diversities of the various spey family presentations... The various rods used to perform them...And their applications.

For example : I was asked to fill an impromptu one hour clinic at a FFF gathering in Livingston, Mont a few years ago. The clinic was to be about delivering shooting head systems, utilizing two handed overhead technique. Great for effectively covering lots of big water, especially from the beach rocks and jetties on the salt and big stillwaters.

This class was to be very small, about 30 people or so, and was slated for 1/2 hour of theory....1/2 hour of hands on casting.

Well...........4 hours later, I was still out in the football field demoing this cast, and was joined by as many as 60 others......Many weilding single hand rods. This in due course, lead to "Turbo Spey" or single hand spey presentations. I ended the class with a borrowed single hand 7'9" 3 wt. Trout rod matched to a sweet weight forward line.... Perfect for performing single hand spey snake rolls.

And so it goes.....I had'nt so much fun in years, and these two unconventional techniques really opened up the eyes of many anglers unfamiliar with them.

I still get E-mails from folks telling me how much the single hand spey casting technique has opened up miles of Trout water. Waters that were not possible to reach for them using conventional single hand haul deliveries.

Two handed overhead deliveries too, are very much coming into their own....Especially on the beach, for both warm and cold salt water gamefish. Effortless, and lethal !!!

Although this cast is still a hard pill to swallow for some Traditional Spey Guys..... :>)

Sooooo...Grampa and any one who's willing ; Lets keep this one open for discussion, I think it would be a hoot to do a simple, informal gathering like this come Fall......

I will be at the San Raphael "Fly Fishing Show" towards the end of Feb. 2003......Any Jeffersonians out there....Stop and say hello, and let's kick it around a bit !

P.S. All you other guys from the other 50 states ?....Your welcome too.... :>)

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Bob Meiser, Fred re State of Jefferson Mini Claves

I think that one of these claves with you and your friends showing us how to cast and catch fish on the lower Rogue in late September/Early October would be great.

The half pounders should still be around, cohos will be in and of course some big rod thumpers, the Kings.

The water flows are great at that time of year.

The tourist season is over and we can get some good rates at most places. People could stay in Gold Beach or Brookings.

Our Women could shop or come watch us play with our sticks in the water.

Maybe you and Fred can get something going for that magical time to be on the Rogue.

Also, you can show us how to cast into the ocean and the estuaries.

With the current state financial messes in Oregon and Kalifornia, there are days I wish that we had a state of Jefferson based on what the guys who talked about it before WWII wanted. If we did, I would move into that state.

Let me know if you do come down for the San Rafael show. I will make an effort to get over to see you.

No fishing down here for about 3 weeks due to our monsoons. My wife knows that I need a fishing break as I am recycling all of my old fishing magazines. Hopefully next week the streams and rivers will be down to fishing levels.
 

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A touch of even better news! Bob has agreed to

join in with Nate Bailey, Dave Kelly, Steve Choate and Way Yin (and I) in putting on this years Spey Casting Charity Clinic. In the process of 'nailing' down the dates (first choice would have been a three day weekend, but zip on that on the calendar). Time frame will be mid-March or April.

Weathers good, fish out the gazonga for pre/after class fishing for winter runs, two of the three worlds top spey casters for instructors, etc. And to Steve and Way's credit they donate their time for the clinic. Personally, I'm really looking forward to trying some of Bob's rods. Have seen them but never had the opportunity to cast these beautifuly crafted rods.

Target price this year will be $300 for the weekend .. but that includes the clinic, your food (all meals ... including a great party on Saturday night ... and Joan and I even provide the wine!) And to hold your cost down even farther (hay, a lot of us arn't that flush) if they wish, folks are invited to stay with Joan and I at our home in Ashland.

All net proceeds go to 503c organizations that have ongoing youth oriented fishing programs.

More to come on this in a bit.
 

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Fred re March/April

Sounds good as long as it is not during Palm Sunday through Easter, April 13 to Apr 20.

Where will the actual casting clave be?

I still would like to see one held in Late September/first week of October on the lower Rogue and coastal areas.

Happy New Year to you and everyone.

Fred, did Santa bring you any new rods, reels, lines and other goodies.
 

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Fred, did Santa bring you any new rods, reels, lines and other goodies.

Santa Baby thought I'd been a verrrrrry good boy this past year (even if Joan did croak when she did the 'yearly total' on Quicken).
But couldn't object too much as she's getting her brand spanking new home in Ashland, OR in about a week. (I 'lust' over spey rods; Joan 'lusts' over the idea of living in Ashland)

Two new reels, Mark B's launcher lines for both, and other assorted winter weather clothing (for fishing of course) under the tree.

Agree with the Easter point; this was something we ran up against last year so I'm more than a bit sensitive we don't do a repeat performance.
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Dates to avoid

The following dates are not convenient for California guys:
• April 13-18: Simon G is teaching spey casting classes for Kiene's Fly Shop in Sacramento
• April 26 is the opening of the Sierra trout season.

April 5-6 is good.
 
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