Spey Days.

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Big K1, Feb 14, 2004.

  1. Big K1 Large Member

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    Did anybody else make it? I really liked Ed Ward and the Skagit
    casting style. Simon Gawesworth was incredible. What did you
    guys think?

    P.S. I had a cold fishless morning and some poor casting
    before going up there. Do you ever notice that your casting great
    then you lose your timing or something and it all goes to hell?
    Well I have. :reallymad
  2. Jerry Daschofsky Moderator

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    I was there. Simon was great. George cook was funny as all get out. Learned more today about my casting (what I've been doing wrong/right), then I ever did from reading books and videos. George really helped alot. Especially how he spent quite a deal talking about what you do wrong and how to correct and not look like an idiot doing it. LOL.

    Oh yeah, not sure who you were. But you couldn't miss me. I was the ONLY SOB crazy enough to wear shorts. :D
  3. Matt Burke Active Member

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    Just before Ed started his thing, I got bored and tried swinging a fly at the head of the pool. I got a hit and before I could take in slack, he was gone. I must of stung him because he came out of the water. Dana said he looked to be about 14 lbs. I was just goofing and really didn't think anything would be there. All I know was that he was a nice fish that I wasn't even prepared to deal with. Didn't even have a damn vest on. Needless to say, I tried to fish the same spot in between guys casting. Never did make it over to watch any of the demos. I still can't believe it and wouldn't if it had been for a couple guys on the bank that said they saw the take too. My hands are still shaking.

    Matt Burke
  4. Jerry Daschofsky Moderator

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    Ahhhhh, YOU were the guy I heard about. Was up talking to a friend of mine when I heard some BOZO missed one. lol.

    Damned, didn't see you. But there were so many there though too. Plus, I looked a bit different since last time you saw me. Had a beard this time. And a few extra pounds. LOL.
  5. Big K1 Large Member

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    I saw that to. That would have been great if you would have
    hooked one. Way to go anyways.

  6. Big K1 Large Member

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    I missed George. Have you seen the video of the clave
    down on the Sandy River? It is very good. Most of the
    stuff you saw today is on that video.

  7. Jerry Daschofsky Moderator

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    No, missed the Sandy Clave. Same set of characters, i know. LOL.
  8. Big K1 Large Member

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    It is for sale. I am not sure who is putting it out.

  9. XstreamAngler ...has several mistresses.

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    I actually captured that hook up on film, not too bad of a fish, he came up and rolled hard and shot downstream on you. I will concur that it was a 12-15 pound fish, starting to get a bit of color, but otherwise a fine fish.

  10. TerryD New Member

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    I was there for about an hour and a half. Couldn't miss me, I was the one with my daughter in the back pack and she was the one saying "pup, pup" very loudly during one of the presentations. It is a dad/daughter weekend, she had a great time seeing pups, horses, lamas, cows, and trains. I love this age, she just turned two and coming up with new words every other minute.

    Never intended to stay long at the event, just wanted to go, see some friends and take it all in.

  11. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I drove in and drove out. I don't seem to get into this type of flinging flies as I did when I first started out this way.

  12. Bert Kinghorn Formerly "nextcast"

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    What a terrific session! I took a rod planning to check things out briefly at the conclave and then go have fun chasing fish. I learned so much from each session that I could not bring myself to leave. Simon was great. I was worn out and about to leave before George's pitch, thinking I would try to grab couple of hours fishing. Something caused me to stay. VERY glad I did. George's recovery cast demos were terrific. I also enjoyed his simplifications of what we were told earlier in the day and I was too dumb to sort out. It was well worth missing a few hours of fishing. Next time I out punishing myself with my spey rod, I'll know what I'm doing wrong even if I can't make my arms do it right.

    It was a pretty fish! Nice reminder too as to what all the casting stuff ultimately leads to.:)
  13. Brian Simonseth Banned or Parked

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    I was there to.
    Even pick up a new rod (CND Skagit S.)what a rod!
    Hey Mattzoid I might have a picture of you, just after the incounter. I was the big guy ( and still am the big guy) in the lawn chair. Watching Nobuo, Kush,Ed and Dana cast wa amazing!:eek :smokin :9 :p :)
  14. flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

    I made it up there on Saturday afternoon and checked out a few of the sessions. Nobuo and Simon I believe. They were both great and I also learned a bit just by watching some of the guys that were casting in the area.

    I hope to make the casting session on Friday through River Run this Friday and probably pick up my first spey rod. I'm leaning towards the lower end CND's or one of the Heritage rods.

  15. Big K1 Large Member

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    I think I was standing in front you during Simon or Nobuo.
    Big guy with camo jacket and brown hat.

  16. circlespey Member

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    I thought Ed Ward was the star; no one else was doing casting demos with a T14 sinktip and a leadeye fly (on a 13 foot rod too). Of course Simon's and Nobuo's and Dana Sturm's casting was stupendous; but Ed is all about fishing efficiency. Many of us spey casters could take a page from that book; we worry about making pretty casts and not always about the swing and depth that we set up. Most of the "famous" people there were representing a rod manufacturer or a line manufacturer; Ed was fishing with a home spliced line.

    Ed was repeatedly doing the Perry poke; an ugly cast but a critical cast for fishing. And he had a lot to say about the way he builds lines, tips, leaders, etc. He wasn't very comfortable in the public eye, and most people couldn't hear him, but I thought he had the most unique stuff to say.

  17. miyawaki Active Member

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    I was only able to attend the sunday session and was late at that. I couldn't bear to pass my favorite run and see that nobody was fishing it!

    Nobuo-san was able to see his CND "Skagit Cast Specialist" in the hands of the master, Ed Ward, on friday when they fished the Skagit together. Ed landed two nates.

    Did anybody get a chance to throw the new Winston 11' 7wt? A real sweetheart of a rod.