THE CASCADIA SPEY CASTING CIRCUIT
Spey Pages is pleased to announce the creation of the Cascadia Spey Casting Circuit. This will be a series of competitions that will occur at various venues around the BC, Idaho, Oregon and Washington region. The vision of this organization is to promote spey casting through the crucible and excitement of friendly competition. While the express purpose of this circuit is to provide opportunity for the region’s elite casters to compete and improve so as to excel at international tournaments, we also wish to provide opportunities for new and young casters to get their feet wet in competition. The opportunity for aspiring and elite spey casters to get together and share ideas, techniques and equipment will be valuable for all interested in double-handed rods and spey casting. In addition, this circuit will provide low-key “fun” events that will encourage all casters regardless of skill to participate and help further promote interest in spey casting.
The CSCC will be sponsored by Spey Pages, but each individual event will be run by a committee of Spey Pages members from that region and interested individuals can get involved in the event in their region.
While each event will run by its committee, differences due to venue may occur, here are some of the commonalities:
There will be 3 types of events, two competitive and one where everyone will be encouraged to participate and the “winner” is the “average caster”. The competitive events will be broken into two levels, one for elite (or those who wish to be) and the other for those just interested in trying their hand at the challenge of competition. There will also be a Women’s division and it is hoped that we can run some Youth competitions as well. Each committee will decide on what events will run.
The competitive events will be using (where possible) the Spey-O-Rama model, that is 15’1” maximum rod length and in-the-water casts. There may be some variation of the format due to venue configurations, but the rod requirements will be consistent. Individual committees may elect to add other rod categories, for example a 13' event has been mentioned.
While one or more of these events may be tied to Claves it is not our intent to make the CSCC clave oriented. However, we fully expect that wherever spey folk gather that shops and manufactures will follow, so I am certain that there will be lines and rods for all to try and the opportunity to share techniques and ideas. As well, individual committees may choose to have a presenter or two to add a little to the event. Should shops and other industry types choose to get involved I am sure that event organizers would appreciate the help.
The Spey Pages Competition Association is very pleased to announce that the North Santiam Speycasters have committed to spearhead the Cascadia Spey Casting Circuit by running its first event. The Club is planning our inaugural competition for July 19 & 20 in Albany Oregon – stay tuned for the specifics in next little while. It is indeed fitting that the very first Spey casting Club in North America is holding the first contest of the CSCC - very cool!
As well, we are pleased to announce that the CSCC's second event is being planned as you read this. This will occur in September on the Clearwater River!
Here is the full event roster: (subject to name and date changes)
The North Santiam Open – July 19 & 20, 2008
The Clearwater Open – September 2008
The BC Open – March 2009
The PNW Open – TBA (May or June) 2009
We hope to make these annual events. Of course each competition will provide us with lessons and we hope that over time we will be able to develop a series of world class events. Anyone who is interested in either competing or helping out with organizing or running any of these events should contact committee organizers or us and we can hook you up with the appropriate people.