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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.
 

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Very cool Tyler :smokin:
But what about the 18ft`rs :saevilw:
 

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Kush,
That is great! Way to go..Any chance in the future of starting an East Coast/Mid West chapter? I would love to attend, but I live in New York. Maybe next year??? I know it's early but I had to ask! Good job on starting a fun casting event like that. Casting two handed rods is as much fun, if not more, than actually catching fish on them!

-Zack
 

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Cool........what about a cane division????

Come on Poppy , gotta back me on that one!!!

I think we would look pretty good out there standing in a kilt knee deep casting the wood.

See you there.
 

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Yes, I am really excited by the response from people in the various regions.... most had already been thinking about it and it just seemed to take the knowledge that others were keen to get the ball rolling!

Zack, the sky is the limit - if there is interest in another area for a competition all it will take is someone or a small group committed to it to make it happen. Spey Pages is just the umbrella sponsor for the CSCC, the events are run by their own committees - so talk to your buddies and get planning!

Bruce, individual committees may choose to have an under 18' division, that would be fun... but CND will need to sell a few more Beastests so there will be enough competitors :hihi:

The CSCC is definitely a work in progress, I am sure that we will experience some growing pains over the first few years, but I do believe there is enough interest out there to make it work.

While I do not forsee the serious nature of of British competitions I do believe that the spirit of friendly competition has much to offer the everyday caster. I can relate this from my own experience over the past four years that I have attended Spey-O-Rama. I will flatly state that I am five times the better caster for the experience. What I saw from the world's best and what we talked about and shared really opened my eyes about casting which has not only improved my results in the pond - but has made me a more effective fisherman.

I highly recommend attending and better yet competing in some of these events. The biggest thing I learned over these last few years is the importance of little things in successful casting. The successful stringing together of a number of small skills is the difference between a 110' cast and a 150' cast. And by and large all the competitive casters I have met are more than willing to share techniques. If you want to learn it is the place to be. All in all it has been a fantastic experience and one I think would really go over well with everyday casters.

Without a doubt the toughest thing about competing is doing it for the first time. Once you get out there and try it you are hooked - it is challenging and very rewarding. You will immediately begin analyzing your performance and begin identifying the things you need to work on. It is a blast.

For those who are just not that competitive the organizers have all talked about an "Everyone's Contest". Those who have attended Marlow Bumpus' Jimmy Green Games at Rockport on the Skagit will be familiar with the idea. Basically everyone makes their best cast(s) and the winner is the caster who was closest to the average distance - it is a lot of fun.

Anyway, stay tuned - the Santium Spey Casters will be announcing their specifics soon.
 

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I will be sure to run the idea by those who attend our Salmon River Clave in New York next weekend (June 21st) ...should be able to generate some interest-great timing! I will get on it! Thanks Kush.

-Zack
 

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Please note that this event is planned for Albany, Oregon, not Salem. Albany is the site for the Oregon Fly Tyers' Expo, with ponds that have been used for spey instruction at the last couple of Expos. It is a bit farther south than Salem. The venue is easy to get to and is close off the I-5 freeway.

I wish to reiterate Kush's comments about how worthwhile AND fun these events can be.

--Bill
 

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The PNW Open – TBA (May or June) 2009

Just a quick head's up. Early to mid-May is when the Sandy River Spey 'Clave comes off at Oxbow. Don't know if Mark has next years date on his web site, but something to watch.

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Greg,

This is not formalized yet, but the following was likely last I heard:

Something close to the SOR format for the likes of you and others of similar ilk/talent
Something similar but less competitive for those of less experience/skill/talent
A purely fun average caster event

Clothing is not optional. Well, maybe when we're all done some exceptional person may choose to swim the pond...but the NSSC is not sponsoring that!

--Bill
 
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