Sages In The Everglades, Sandy River Spey Clave, Chris O'Donnell, Article Contest: The Restoration

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Sages In The Everglades

The first thing I did after reaching Frank's house in Chokoloskee, Florida was unpack the Sage rods we'd brought to test, and fish with.
There were six, an 890-4 SALT, a 990-4 SALT, 890-4 METHOD, a 990-4 METHOD, an 890-4 MOTIVE, and a 990-4 MOTIVE. To make the situation even more interesting, neither Patty or I had cast any of the rods before we got in the boat.The SALTs, and METHODs got to go the first day, as they filled the four available rod holders in Frank's 17' 8" Hells Bay Skiff.
For the next five days we rotated rods throught the boat and fished all six rods for redfish, snook and small tarpon. The weather was really difficult most of the time with heavy cloud cover, wind, lightening and rain. We fought poor visibility resulting from dim light, cloud reflections and dirty water, while casting to fish that needed the fly to land softly within a foot of their face to make them eat. Because of the glare, the only fish that were visible were under the mangroves. To make matters even worse, they were all extremely spooky, so the first shot at extreme ranges were the only ones that had a chance. We didn't rack up a very impressive score.
It was however, a perfect situation for testing rods under harsh conditions where quick, accurate, long casts were needed. After the first day we pretty much side-lined all the eight weights because they didn't have enough punch to deliver the large flies through the small holes under the mangroves at the ranges needed.
I started off with the 990-4 METHOD, a new bright red 4280 Sage reel, which was loaded with a Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper Line. The Bermuda Triangle Taper has a pretty compact light blue head and cream colored shooting line. The finish is slick and hard. Through the day several other lines were used with this racey looking bright red METHOD rod, but I always went back

to the Wulff because this combination delivered most dependable accuracy of all the different rod/line/reel combinations I used. The METHOD is very fast action, meaning that only the tip-section is designed to deflect while you are casting. Because of this, METHOD rods enable a caster to deliver extremely narrow loops. The casting stroke must be short, very smooth, and the stop at the end of the stroke needs to be razor sharp, all while using a very light touch. METHOD rods don't always fit slam-bang casters, but I am one and still like it a lot.

It took me a while to adapt to our extreame weather conditions, but when the cast was performed right, this rod delivered the fly into places that couldn't be reached with more moderate action rods. It became both mine and Frank's favorite delivery system for 3-inch streamers that imitated the predominant baitfish around and under the mangroves. Patty used the METHOD for a couple of hours, but found it to be more demanding than was comfortable for her. She started using the 990-4 SALT rod, which was equipped with my trusty old Hatch Finatic 7+ reel and a WF9F RIO Redfish line. Her casting and her confidence improved almost immediately. Our last day, the sun came out on a low tide and the snook were easy picking for her, including one moster, which broke her bite tippet across a gill raker.

SALTS have fast actions, but not quite as radical as the METHOD rods. They cast a wider range of fly sizes too. SALTs cast easily at all ranges. They give you the impression that they have moderate actions until you move the sweet spot toward the tip, then they produce effortless line speed and accuracy that is really impressive. Our nine-weight SALT rod/reel and line combo was perfectly balanced for fishing comfort.

We also used the Sage 990-4 MOTIVE rod extensively. MOTIVE is Sage's mid-price saltwater rod series at $425. The MOTIVE is a more moderate action than either the SALT or METHOD rods, at least it felt that way. Even though the pictures in the rod-bend chart above shows that the MOTIVE has a similar action to the SALT and METHOD rods they are built using Konnetic Technology®, and MOTIVEs are made from Graphite IIIe, an incredibly durable, but slower acting material. We used the 990-4 MOTIVE most while searching for Baby Tarpon. It proved to be very adequate to the task, but once you've fished with a SALT, you are spoiled and want to go back to it.
So in conclusion, what was the best of the Sage Rods we used in Everglades National for targeting Redfish, Snook, Black Drum, and small Tarpon? Nine-weights out-shined eight-weights. Patty liked the 990-4 SALT. I liked both the 990-4 SALT and the 990-4 METHOD equally well. Out in the open the SALT combined with the RIO Redfish line had more range than the METHOD with the Bermuda Triangle Taper. For targeting fish holding under mangroves, the METHOD was the superior instrument. Frank voted for the METHOD, and proved to be an awe inspiring marksman with it. Me, I'm having one of each.

 
Sage Rod Model 890-4 SALT
Length: 9'
Line Weight: #8
Number of Pieces: 4
Line Recommendations: RIO Redfish WF8F
Use: Your all around bone fish cannon. This rod will drive casts into the wind and deliver the fly with pinpoint accuracy. This is also a great rod for small permit, snook, redfish and baby tarpon in the mangroves.
Rod weight: 4 Ounces
Item Description Price To Top
SALT 890-4 Sage SALT, saltwater fly rod, LENGTH 9-feet, for LINE Size 8, Compete with case $850 Sale Ended
Sage Rod Model 990-4 SALT
Length: 9'
Line Weight: #9
Number of Pieces: 4
Line Recommendations: RIO Redfish WF9F
Use: Perfect for small to medium size tarpon, average size flats permit, smaller dorado, and average size bonito, stripers and bluefish are all fodder for this beast. This is arguably the best back-country saltwater rod.
Rod weight: 4 1/8 Ounces
Item Description Price To Top
SALT 990-4 Sage SALT, saltwater fly rod, LENGTH 9-feet, for LINE Size 9, Compete with case $850 Sale Ended
Sage Rod Model 890-4 METHOD
Length: 9'
Line Weight: #8
Number of Pieces: 4
Line Recommendations: Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper WF8F
Use: Possibly the ultimate bonefish rod. We tried it with one of RIO's Redfish line and Royal Wulff's Bermuda Triangle Taper. Both were very good like the Bermuda Triangle Taper best.
Rod weight: 3 3/4 ounces
Item Description Price To Top
METHOD 890-4 Sage METHOD, saltwater fly rod, LENGTH 9-feet, for LINE Size 8, Compete with case $810 Sale Ended
Sage Rod Model 990-4 METHOD
Length: 9'
Line Weight: #9
Number of Pieces: 4
Line Recommendations: Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper WF8F
Use: This may be the ultimate flats rod where both large bonefish and permit are to be encountered. This rod will also be a great companion while battling strong winds in search of monster sea run browns in TDF. An incredibly useful rod for fishing mangrove edges for Reds and Snook. Plenty of rod for Tarpon in the 40-pound range.
Rod weight: 3 15/16 ounces
Item Description Price To Top
METHOD 990-4 Sage METHOD, saltwater fly rod, LENGTH 9-feet, for LINE Size 9, Compete with case $810 Sale Ended
 
Sage Rod Model 890-4 MOTIVE
Length: 9'
Line Weight: #8
Number of Pieces: 4
Line Recommendations: RIO Redfish WF8F
Use: A good all around flats cannon. This rod will drive casts into the wind and deliver the fly with very good accuracy. This is also a great rod for small permit, and baby tarpon in the mangroves.
Rod weight: 4 Ounces
Item Description Price To Top
MOTIVE 890-4 Sage MOTIVE, saltwater fly rod, LENGTH 9-feet, for LINE Size 8, Compete with case $425 Sale Ended
Sage Rod Model 990-4 MOTIVE
Length: 9'
Line Weight: #8
Number of Pieces: 4
Line Recommendations: RIO Redfish WF9F
Use: Baby tarpon, average size flats permit, smaller dorado, and average size bonito, stripers and bluefish are all fodder for this rod. Is easy to cast at fishable ranges.
Rod weight: 4 7/16 Ounces
Item Description Price To Top
MOTIVE 990-4 Sage MOTIVE, saltwater fly rod, LENGTH 9-feet, for LINE Size 9, Compete with case $425 Sale Ended

Sandy River Spey Clave 2015 Agenda for on the Water Presentations

This File Is Under Construction And Will Change - Check Back Often - Last Up-Dated: 03/24/15
If you have never been to the Sandy River Spey Clave then you have no idea how amazing it is! It is three days of learning from the top Spey casting instructors on this planet. It is trying every kind of Spey outfit you can imagine. It is seeing friends from around the world that you only get to see maybe once a year. It is making friends with new people that belong to the same Spey casting community, no matter how far away their water is from yours. It is the biggest and most organized Spey conclave that we know of. It is a "Bucket List" event on almost any Spey caster's agenda.
Sandy River Spey Clave Program Agenda 2015 Sandy River Spey Clave Theater Agenda 2015

Mark Bachmann

Al Buhr
George Cook  is a factory representative for Sage, Simms, RIO, Tibor, Action Optics, Solitude
George Cook

Trevor Covich

Klaus Frimor

Simon Gawesworth

Whitney Gould

Hawkeye Hawkins
Jon Hazlett
Jon Hazlett

Jeff Hickman

Scott Howell

Travis Johnson

Tom Larimer

Chris O'Donnell

Mike McCune


Steve Rajeff

Nick Rowell
Nick Rowell
Marty Sheppard
Marty Sheppard
Mia Sheppard
Mia Sheppard

Jerry Siem


Zack Williams

Mariusz Wroblewski

Rich Zellman
 
Friday, May 15 Saturday, May 16 Sunday, May 17
9:00-9:30 am
Mia Sheppard
"Transition from single hand to double hand casting"
9:00-9:30 am
Steve Rajeff
"3 Dominant Spey Casts"
9:00-9:30 am
John Hazlett
"The Triangle Offense Of Spey"
9:30-10:00 am
Al Buhr
"Teach yourself to fix common casting faults"
9:30-10:00 am
George Cook
"North West Favorite "

9:30-10:00 am
Chris O'Donnell

10:00-10:30 am
Mariusz Wroblewski

"Echo Glass Rods"

10:00-10:30 am
Jerry Siem
Everything you want to know about your rod.
10:00-10:30 am
Brian Styskal
10:30-11:00 am
Zack Williams-"Fishing Clean"
10:30-11:00 am
Travis Johnson
"The Reality Of The Situation"
10:30-11:00 am
Simon Gawesworth
11:00-11:30 am
HawkEye-
"Drills to improve your casting skills"

11:00-11:30 am
Jeff Hickman
11:00-11:30 am
Rich Zellman
"Simple Solutions To Common Problems"

11:30-12:00 am
Mark Bachmann

Fly Speed & Presentation

11:30-12:00 am
Scott Howell
11:30-12:00 am
Tom Larimer
12:00-1:00
FREE Lunch
Prepared & served by:
 El Burro Loco
12:00-1:00
FREE Lunch
Prepared & served by:
 El Burro Loco
12:00-1:00
FREE Lunch
Prepared & served by:
 El Burro Loco
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Free Casting Day This is the largest FREE Spey Casting School offered anywhere...period!!!We're talking about 24 instructors, and 120 students, in 2-miles of river
3-HOURS STRAIGHT !!!
FOR FREE !!!
Please Sign Up Here:
speyclave2015@ragingriversales.com

The first 100-students are guaranteed hands-on instruction by a professional instructor.
All 23 instructors
are named on this Agenda Page.
1:00-1:30 pm
Whitney Gould"
"Proper Fly Speed For Steelhead On The Swing"
1:00-1:30 pm

1:30-2:00 pm
Mike McCune
Trout Spey
1:30-2:00 pm

2:00-2:30 pm
Nick Rowell
2:00-4:00 pm
Try out tackle.
2:30-3:00 pm
Marty Sheppard
"Parameters Of Grain Windows"
3:00-3:30 pm
Klaus Frimor-
"Scandi Casting And The Art Of Anchor Placement"
3:30-4:00 pm
Jerry French & Trevor Covich
"OPST Pure Skagit Lines"
 

Sandy River Spey Clave Theater Agenda 2014

May 16 May 17 May 18

9:00am- 10:00am
 Tying Flies with Charles St.Pierre

9:00am- 10:00am
Local Patterns with Brian Silvey
9:00am- 10:00am
Local Patterns with Brian Silvey
10:00am- 11:00am
"Tying Tube Flies" Bruce Berry

10:00am- 11:00am
“Tying Chinook Flies” with Trevor Covich

10:00am- 11:00am
“Flies For The O.P.” Jerry French

11:00am- 12:00am
"Modern Flies for the Northwest" Tevor Covich

11:00am- 12:00am
”Understanding and getting the most of your MOW’S”
With George Cook 

11:00am- 12:00am
"Tying Tube Flies" Bruce Berry
 Lunch NOON-1:00
Lunch NOON-1:00
Lunch NOON-1:00

1:00pm- 2:00pm
"Free Casting School - No Program"

1:00pm- 2:00pm "Flies For the O.P." Jerry French

1:00pm- 2:00pm
 Tying Flies with Charles St.Pierre

2:00pm- 3:00pm "Free Casting School - No Program" 2:00pm- 3:00pm "Tying Tube Flies" Bruce Berry

2:00pm- 3:00pm
“Modern Flies for the Northwest”
Trevor Covich

3:00pm- 4:00pm  "Free Casting School - No Program"

3:00pm- 4:00pm
 Tying Flies with Charles St.Pierre

3:00pm- 4:00pm Anounce Raffle Winners
Dinner and Movie Dinner and Movie Clave Over See You Next Year.
Chris O'Donnell To Present at The Sandy River Spey Clave, May 17, 9:30-10:00 AM

Chris O’Donnell is a fly fishing guide on Oregon’s Lower Deschutes River.  Chris’ year round fishing program takes anglers hunting trout and steelhead on the Lower Deschutes, May through November, and winter steelhead in the greater Tillamook Bay region, January through April. Chris has had the pleasure of guiding many returning clients, some who travel to Oregon each year to Spey cast for wild steelhead. Chris lives most of the year in Maupin, Oregon with his wife Cairn. 2015 is Chris’ thirteenth year as a full time fly fishing guide.

“During my years guiding I have learned there are always things that can be improved and done better.  I am passionate about providing an outstanding fly fishing experience.”

Entry #2 - Fishing is not only about catching fish, but it sure is nice when you do?
The Restoration
By David Vigue

"They say you forget your troubles on a trout stream, but that's not quite it. 
What happens is that you begin to see where your troubles fit into the grand scheme of things, and suddenly they're just not such a big deal anymore."

John Gierach


I woke up in the morning feeling that life was wailing away on my head with a 2x4. My company went from almost no work over the summer, to mandatory 60 hour weeks seemingly overnight. Great for the bottom line, as the management team stressed over how to keep everyone we had on the payroll. It also created high stress levels amongst all my employees. Add to that a bad legal situation with a family member. Then my best friend announced that his wife just found out she had breast cancer. I needed to find a release.
My wife was away for the weekend. I hadn’t wet a line in a month, and knew I had to get into a river. But, my goal this day was not to catch fish, and I knew exactly where to go to make it happen. The Davidson River beckoned me. I knew that my “A” game wasn’t going to happen, and I would need it there to catch fish. I wanted to go to have the water wash my cares away, and not really for fishing. This was a trip for healing.
The water was low. I wanted to tie on a #4 Matuka and scare the fish away. I didn’t want to catch any that would interfere with the river washing away my troubles. But I didn’t feel like picking it out of the rocks all day either. Besides, a #4 Matuka isn’t the best choice for a 3 wt. So I tied on a double nymph rig and figured, well, since I’m here I might as well make an effort to practice some high sticking.
I splashed through the river, again catching fish was not my purpose this trip. The action of moving through the water was working. I felt the caress of the water on my calves. I watched the leaves spinning in the water column. I saw my nymphs drifting through the seam, and damn, a fish! ”Why did you take the nymph?” I said out loud. This was not part of the plan. I released the little brookie, none the worse from our chance meeting. And something inside my head clicked.

I couldn’t control the fish hitting my fly. All I could control was selecting a fly and presenting it as best I could. The choice was theirs, and theirs alone. And things just fell into perspective.
I suddenly realized that I couldn’t demand that work flow into the company on a set schedule for my convenience. All I could do was to have my department be prepared to turn out the work in a timely manner. That the legal system is set up as a safeguard for society and that actions have consequences and there is a price to pay for those actions. And though I can’t cure my best friend’s wife cancer, I can be the kind of friend to them that they would be to me.
The river had done its magic. My perspective for work, family, and friends was realigned. My life was back in order. Life would continue with a renewed vigor. And all of that sudden recognition to the ways of the world came from a little trout that I never wanted to catch in the first place.
 

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