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The Great Lakes Spey Clave will be held on April 16 from 9:00 AM until dark, and April 17 from 9:30 AM until ? at Henning Park in Newaygo, Michigan.

Seminars Available:

Andy Murray (House of Hardy) Spey Casting with Floating and Sinking lines

Neil Houlding (Loomis Pro Staff) Skagit Casting, Spey Casting from a Boat

Toni Karuvara (Guideline Europe) Underhand Casting, Tube Fly Tying

Fred Vargas, Spey Fly Tying

Manufacturers' Equipment on Display:

Hardy, Cortland, Loomis, Thomas and Thomas, Sage, Winston, Scott,
CND, St.Croix, Loop, Rio, SA, Meiser Custom Rods; Solitude Reels

Please Note

Dress for the weather: waders, raingear and eye protection. Bring your
favorite line on a reel for the weight of rod you prefer to cast. Bring your
preferred cookout food and drink.

The park will not be open for camping.

For the early birds, there will be a mini-clave on Friday afternoon.

For further information, contact Woodlander through this forum
 

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Any hype?

I've been reading about lots of new graphite.

What's the line-up?

Rumor has it that there is going to be some new Meiz graphite.

This is good news.

Gary
 

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"i've got a good idea what most of you are using and what would work for you, but sometimes you guys [great lakes] surprise me." Robert Meiser

speaking with mr. meiser earlier this year he said to be sure and put in a request for anything that we wanted to see and try at the great lakes clave and he would try and have it available. hard to top that offer. SG
 

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camping

Maybe next year we should go back to having it when the park is open for camping. I am sitting on enough Stout to stock a small pub, and enough firewood to last the weekend. The Stout won't go to waste, but I don't know what I'm going to do with a pick up bed load of firewood.
 

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MI speyclave camping?

Are there any places reasonably close to Henning Park for camping? I would be interested in camping along with anyone else who doesn't want to stay at a hotel. Are there National Forest Service campsites around or some other option? I live in WI so I'm not familiar with the area. Post a reply or PM me if anybody wants to try and camp. Thanks!

TM
 

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I just called "Mystery Creek Campground", its about 10min from Henning Park down M-82 and $9.00 a night/person for tent camping, and they are open starting the 15th.

Mystery Creek
(231)-652-6915




http://www.newaygo-online.com/campgrounds.shtml
 

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Great Lakes Guys,

If all goes well I'll have the following rods at this event:

11'7" 4 pc 5/6/7 Trouter/Steelheader
12'6" 5 pc 4/5/6 Trouter
12'6" 5 pc 5/6/7 Trouter/Steelheader
13'0" 4 pc 6/7 Highlander
13'0" 4 pc 6/7 MKS
13'0" 4 pc 7/8 MKS
13'0" 4 pc 8/9 MKS
13'6" 4 pc 7/8 MKS
13'6" 4 pc 8/9 MKS
14'0" 5 pc 9/10 MKS
15'0" 5 pc 9/10/11 MKS

In late Febuary I had 16 rods shipped to Denver to begin a 6 show circuit, and they were all destroyed by the private carrier in transit to the first show.

All of these rods were to go to your gathering as well.

In the same month, the same carrier lost 60 of my blanks in transit from roll-up.

This really set me back quite a bit as I have a very small shop, and to re-build this loss in time for your event will be a monumental task.

I will ALWAYS now use good ole USPS as my carrier....!!!

The mentioned rods are what I should have available, and will do eveything possible to get these rods to you guys in time.

Hopefully it will be a good cross section of rods suitable for your watersheds.

Bob Meiser
 

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Bob

Sorry to hear about the lost blanks and damaged rods. What a bummer!!!
 

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contact?

Bob-
I'm wondering if we'll have a knowledgeable person here in Michigan that will be able to steer us through your rods? If so, do you know who that's going to be?
 

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Hi Bob,

I THANK YOU in advance for your extra effort for our clave.

Those rods cover about 95% of our fishery.

I look forward to trying the 4/5/6 Trouter. This sounds like a dandy smallie rod.

My personal opinion is that the 6/7 - 7/8 is usually enough rod except for the heavy flow conditions.

How does the MKS series deliver mid bellies? The mid spey is my favorite line.

Gary
 

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Is there any body who is attending the clave have one of those hunting camp style tents,or do you know any body who has one.
It would be great if some one could organize some kind of shelter just in case the rain show up like last year.
Speyladdie. :smokin:
 

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Third Annual Great Lakes Spey Clave.

I am going to Henning Park on Saturday to measure the distance between the Pine trees on the riverbank and then i wiil obtain the Tarp to suit, I already have adjustable tent poles and guide ropes, If anybody has a gas grill they could bring to the Clave i would appreciate it. Woodlander.
 

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Now that Mr. Meiser has rods covered, what about lines? I will would like to try out a RIO 5/6 line and a Hardy Mach I 8/9 line. If anyone who will attending has those lines, I would appreciate if you would bring them. I will be bringing a WC 6/7/8 F, WC 7/8/9 Tips, a TT Steelhead taper 8/9. and Cortland 444SL WF 8/9 tiips.
 

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Wc 5/6

I have a 5/6 that I have cut for tips that I will drag along. Theres a good chance it could be yours CHEAP, if you like it. Good idea, I was thinking about what kinds of lines will be there just this morning.
 

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To all intersted clavers.
I hope to have a good selection of Loomis rods for you to check out.
I will also be bringing my line bag!! which probably has approx. 100 lines in it.
See you there.
Lets hope the rain holds off this year.
Speyladdie :smokin:
 

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Hey Guys,

Just went through the posts here and it sound's like this will be a super gathering for you all.

Lot's of good sticks from several Reps...Just as a Clave should be.

As far as the lines go; the bottom line is: If you got em, bring em.

Same goes for your sticks....Don't leave them at home.

The beauty and intent of these gatherings is to pass rods and lines around to casters of all experience levels....The seasoned caster sharing knowledge, and expertise with the novice.

I'll be sending a cross section of the MKS rods and a few light weight two handers.

As far as the MKS rod's go, I think you'll find them to be all purpose rods.

They really are not "niche" rods designed for a specific line system, or a strictly defined delivery style.

If your a short belly "Northwest" style shooting head guy, wishing to utilize either the sustained anchor, or touch and go minimal anchor to launch shorter, heavy grained tips....The MKS rods will deliver.

The new Rio "Skagits" are perfect examples of this line type, and they really rip.

This is the style of shooting head, and angling technique that Mike Kinney has had great influence in conceiving, and indeed helped pioneer.

The MKS rods are equally effective with the longer bellied Scando style shooting heads, and extended length compensators. These designed to really launch the long, heavy grained tips of T-14 or T-20 to 24' plus if necessary.

These are the type of shooting head lines that many prefer for the off color/high water situations on the bigger river systems. They have saved the day for me more then once, as they can really dredge, and acheive easy distance.

....Again, the Rio Scandinavian 40' something shooting heads, with intragal compensators and interchangeable tips are perfect examples of this type of line system, and I will not put myself on bigger water without them.

Any of the short, mid, to long bellied floating lines, or floating lines with tips can be used on any of the MKS rods as well.

The base line for all of the MKS rods, and the line that benchmarked their taper development were the old SA XLTs....So they will aerialize any of the classic Spey tapered belly grainage if asked: Short, mid or long: With or without tips.

Meiz
 
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