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Sandy River Spey Clave 2007 Report
Thanks to all who attended !!!!!
Henrik Mortenson from Denmark
We didn't get total numbers; but for certain, this Clave broke all records for attendence.

Breakfast was provided by North Santiam Spey Casting Club

Several on-the-water demonstrations drew over 250 viewers...and the sound system worked flawlessly under the constant supervision of John Jones.  This year the parking lots overflowed, were expanded and then expanded again.   Oxbow Park Group Area "A" is the premier location for this event. The Metro team at Oxbow Park adapted to every challenge, but of course they always have in past Claves. Breakfast, lunch & dinners were served to everyone.  That contributed greatly to the human energy in this event.  The tackle company rep

groups did an unprecedented amount of outreach.  The kudos are flying for this year's gathering of the spey casting brotherhood.  It was one heck of a party and everyone involved should be mighty proud of how it turned out. We want to thank the publications who helped get the word out: Fish & Fly, American Angler, New York Times & Spey Pages.  I especially want to thank the general public who attended.  Parties are always more fun when someone shows up.  Getting the gig going on Friday night has to be a new tradition.  The only down side was that steelhead and Chinook populations were very weak.  Next year's dates are May 17-18.  Maybe the fish will show up.

We got a lot of help setting up and tearing down.
Brian O'Keefe & Hawkeye Hawkins setting up.
Oxbow Park provides a beautiful setting for the Sandy River Spey Clave.
The trail down is easier than the trail up. 
We're talking hundreds of spey rods...
This year's event featured a huge, divers array of spey tackle which was available for trial.
Everyone got lots of help...
Anglers of all ages got help from experts, such as Leroy who is explaining rod models an eager angler.

You could try them all on the water...
The spey rod collection stored for the night.

Thanks ladies...
Stonefly Maiden Lunch Angels serving chili dogs.
What a differens good sound makes...
John Jones riding herd on the sound system.
A spey casting party...
Here are a group of Spey fishers in a huddle.
This year's displays were awesome...
Eric Nuefeld and the Simms yacht.
Wild fish are important...
Bill & Tom's Native Fish outreach...important stuff...
On-the-water demonstrations entertained and informed...
Josh Linn's first Spey Clave performance.
It's not only about technology...
Bob Clay from B.C. with his wooden spey rods.
Many women atteneded this year's Clave...
The Casting For Recovery Gals.
The people at Oxbow Park did a great job...
Huge lawns provided lots of casting room.

People attended from many countries...
Adre Scholz with a crowd of spectators.

There are no limits...
The brothers Rajeff, Tim & Steve, long bombs.

Reels for Spey Rod Fishing  (A comparison).
All of the reels listed below are steelhead proven!
You gotta have the right reel... Large diameter reels are an advantage when retrieving large quantities of backing.
This is especially true when a fish turns and runs at you. Reels should be selected, not only for price and backing capacity, but also for the right amount of weight to balance with the rod(s) you are going to use the reel with.  Large, heavy reels are often an advantage when balancing stout, long rods.  Lighter reels might feel better with shorter, lighter rods.  Your spey reels can often be used with your 9 to13 weight saltwater rods.

Maker

Model

Capacity Diameter Weight Price
Abel Super 10 6/7/8 + 150 yd. * 3.90" 8.7 oz. $655

Abel

Super 11

7/8/9 + 150 yd. * 4.125" 8.8 oz. $685

Abel

Super 12

9/10/11 + 200 yd. ** 4.45" 10.4 oz. $710
Abel #3 Ported 8/9/10 + 150 yd. * 3.90" 8.8 oz. $555
Abel #4N Ported 8/9/10 + 150 yd. ** 4.125" 10.5 oz. $620
Abel #4 Ported 11/12/13 + 200 yd. ** 3.90" 9.3 oz. $600
Abel #4.5N Ported 10/11/12 + 200 yd. ** 4.45" 11.7 oz. $645

Bauer

M5SL

7/8/9 + 150 yd. * 4.25" 8.4 oz. $345

Bauer

M6SL

8/9/10 + 150 yd. ** 4.5" 9.6 oz. $385

Bauer

M7SL

9/10/11 + 200 yd. ** 4.75" 10.4 oz. $445
Billy Pate Bonefish 6/7/8 + 150 yd. * 3 5/8" 8.5 oz. $475
Billy Pate Tarpon 8/9/10 + 150 yd. ** 4" 13 oz. $510
Hardy Angel #11/12 8/9/10 + 150 yd. ** 4 3/16" 11 7/16 oz. $655
Hardy Bougle  #4 8/9/10 + 150 yd. ** 4" 9 oz. $615
Hardy Cascapedia #8/9 7/8/9 + 150 yd. *** 3 3/4" 12 oz. $995
Hardy Cascapedia #10/11 9/10/11 + 200 yd. *** 3 15/16" 12 3/4 oz. $1150

Lamson

ULA 3.4 6/7/8 + 150 yd. * 4" 8 oz. $495
Lamson ULA 3.5 8/9/10 + 150 yd. * 4.25" 9 oz. $545
Lamson ULA 4 10/11/12 + 200 yd. ** 4.75" 10.5 oz. $595
Lamson LS-4 8/9/10 + 200 yd. ** 4.5" 9.75 oz. $375
Lamson VO-4 8/9/10 + 150 yd. ** 4" 7.75 oz. $275
Nautilus 12 7/8/9 +125 yd. ** 4" 9.9 oz. $500
Nautilus 12T 8/9/10 + 200 yd ** 4.25" 13.2 oz. $565
Nautilus 12S 10/11/12 + 200 yd ** 4.5" 14.8 oz. $585
Ross CLA 4 6/7/8 + 100 yd. * 3.75" 7.6 oz. $230
Ross CLA 5 8/9/10 + 150 yd. ** 4" 8.1 oz. $250
Ross CLA 6 9/10/11 + 150 yd. ** 4.25" 9.0 oz. $270
Ross CLA 7 9/10/11 + 200 yd. ** 4.5" 9.7 oz. $290
Ross Momentum 4 6/7/8 + 125 yd. * 3.75" 9.3 oz. $395
Ross Momentum 5 7/8/9 + 150 yd. ** 4" 9.8 oz. $445
Ross Momentum 6 8/9/10 + 150 yd. ** 4.25" 10.3 oz. $495
Ross Momentum 7 9/10/11 + 200 yd. ** 4.5" 11 oz. $545
Ross Momentum 8 10/11/12 + 350 yd. ** 4.75" 11.5 oz. $595
Sage 3500D 7/8/9 + 150 yd. ** 4 3/8" 9 oz. $585
Sage 3600D 9/10/11 + 200 yd. ** 4 5/8" 10.5 oz. $635

Tibor

Riptide

7/8/9 + 150 yd. ** 4" 9.5 oz $605

Tibor

Gulfstream

9/10/11 + 200 yd. ** 4 3/8" 11 oz. $665
Tibor-QC

Riptide

7/8/9 + 150 yd. ** 4" 10.5 oz. $700
Tibor-QC

Gulfstream

9/10/11 + 200 yd. ** 4 3/8" 12 oz. $760
TFO 425 8/9/10 + 150 yd. ** 4 1/4" 9.2 oz $260
Tioga #12 9/10/11 + 200 yd. ** 4.25" 8.9 oz $170
Capacities are listed with Rio WindCutter fly lines.
* = 20 pound test Micron    ** = 30 pound test Micron    *** = 50 pound test TUF Line XP
You can never have too many toys...

OFFICIAL! RIO Tippet material is Number 1!
IDAHO FALLS, May 1st 2007
– RIO Products has just received the award for gaining the most world records in the fly tippet category from the International Game Fish Association (IGFA).

Tuff stuff...

The annual award reinforces the reliability of RIO’s leader and tippet materials. RIO offers two different IGFA materials: RIOMax® and RIO’s Hard Saltwater nylon to overcome every likely fishing situation for the fly fisher.

RIOMax®
is a medium stiff nylon - ideal for bonefish, salmon, steelhead and bass and ranges from 1 kg to 50 kg.

RIO’s Hard Saltwater
Nylon is the most reliable saltwater tippet material and holds the majority of world records for RIO. This hard, abrasive resistant material is ideal for big flies and tough fish and is available between 1 kg and 20 kg breaking strain.

In the 12 months between 1st October 2005 and the 30th September 2006 RIO’s tippet material broke 37 World Records, putting RIO as number one. This award betters the runner up award received by RIO in the last three years in the same category.

The award was presented to RIO at the IGFA World Record Achievement Award Banquet held on the 28th April, 2007 at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. RIO’s south eastern representative, Mr. Raz Reid, accepted the award on behalf of RIO.


Big Tarpon On The Bite In Florida Keys
Big tarpon...

"I just wanted to shoot you guys a report, tarpon are biting. Here is a shot of Jason Schratwieser who is the conservation director for the IGFA. He fished with me today and yesterday. We landed this beast along with 2 smaller ones today and one almost as large yesterday. These fish were caught on your toad pattern in Chartreuse."
Capt. Chris Morrison
Home Phone: (305) 743-6948
Cell Phone: (305) 393 - 2353


Let'er Rain
Rain...no problem...

They say Oregonians don't tan, they rust.  That's alright by us.  That wet stuff that comes from the sky is the same thing that steelhead & salmon swim around in.  I spent last Wednesday on a local river with the brothers Hamm; Bruce & John, two prominent surgeons.  Boy, did it rain.  Some cells delivered real "frog stranglers", yet the three of us were warm & dry in our own waterproof breathable environments.  On days like this you remember why you paid for that Gortex Wading Jacket and now the price doesn't seem that expensive.


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