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Spey Clave 2011 Report
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Spey Clave 2011 Report
Once again The Mother OF Spey Claves has come and gone with a resounding impact on the two-hand fly casting world. An enthusiastic crowd showed up in such record setting numbers for the free Simms sponsored "Beginners Spey Casting School". Twice, Josh Linn had to drive back to Group Area "A" for another car-load of Spey rods.  The nearly mile long "Never Ending" steelhead riffle was completely used up with volunteer instructors and students. At least 75 newbies were introduced to the sport of Spey rod fishing. At least a half million dollars worth of rods, reels and lines were made available for customers to try on the water for extended periods of time. The food provided by El Burro Loco Restaurant was off the charts. Entertainment provided by Catch Magazine was exciting. The 2011 Spey Clave Tee Shirt designed by Derek DeYoung has no equal. If you didn't get yours, don't cry. There are a few left.
The beach crowd on Saturday.
During both Friday and Saturday, the crowd reached record numbers, then Sunday it rained.
The graphite forest
Record numbers of Spey Rods were made available for trial by TFO, Hardy, G. Loomis, Sage, Echo, Winston, Vision, & Anderson.

G. Loomis rep, Mike Perusse stands in the middle of a stack of Spey Gear worth an estimated $200,000.

Derek Bachmann, Tony Barnes and Eric Gunter helped keep the show schedule on track,
and babied our temperamental sound system during adverse conditions.
More Than Just Pretty Faces
Mia Sheppard offered an idea in 2008 that there should be a Sandy River Spey Clave for women. We offered to add an extra day to our event so that their event could be covered by our permits and insurance. The offer was accepted. To create a little publicity shock and awe, Ladies Day 2009 was introduced as "Spey Babes on Parade", because we overheard some guys saying they thought it would be cool to see some "babes jack some long lines", a typical male angle on what they thought about a bunch of women entering the fly fishing sport's most macho arena. To be honest, putting together the that first year's agenda was like herding cats, with Mia taking most of the pressure. However, the program though a little unpolished, came off without a hitch. A few women showed up in the crowd of observers, and a few guys also came to the party, because certain parts of the female form are enhanced by waders and wading belts. As the program unfolded, it became apparent that these female anglers really could cast. The wide variety of styles and ages of these new performers provided fine entertainment, and some interesting ways to present solid material on both casting and fishing. The crowd of spectators became enthusiastic. Word began to spread amongst the more alert members of the fly fishing community that there was a new venue worth their consideration. In 2010, Mia Sheppard won the women's Spey casting event at Spey-O-Ramma at golden Gate Park in San Francisco, with casts that would have competed favorably in the men's competition. That added validity to Women's Day at The Clave. In 2010 the event gained a lot of momentum. A much larger and more diverse audience was truly astounded by a selection of programs that appealed to both genders, all age groups and experience levels of anglers. The momentum created in 2010 carried over to 2011. Last Friday saw a turnout that was nearly equal to Saturday with huge crowds on the beach. Once again this crowd included both genders and all age groups. Within the assemblage on the beach were also some of the sport's most learned male fly fishing instructors and some of them were taking notes.
Good job ladies. You all brought your "A" game.
Mia Sheppard
Mia Sheppard explained how to fish for summer steelhead using Scandi lines.
Her rod of choice, an Echo DH7130-4 designed by Dec Hogan.

Jennifer Mitchell, a newcomer to the Clave, stole the show with her presentation on hooking and landing fish. Her rod of choice: Sage 7126-4 Death Star rod.

April Vokey, a popular British Columbia fishing guide showed the crowd how to swing flies for steelhead, her rod of choice: Sage 7136-4.
These Guys Took Their Programs To A Higher Level
During the past ten years, The Sandy River Spey Clave has had the privilege of showcasing many of the world's most highly regarded Spey Casters. From our perspective, this year's presentations were smoother, more diverse and more interesting than ever before.

Marty Sheppard, one of Oregon's most popular fly fishing guides kicked off Saturday's program with a question & answer game to find where the crowd had the most interest: his demo rod an Echo DH7130-4.
George Cook
George Cook, Farbank's point man, compared British and American styles of casting with a Sage 7126-4 TCX Death Star.

Simon Gawesworth brought Spey Basics into perspective from the British point of veiw. His demo rod: a Sage 7126-4 TCX Death Star.

Scott Howell showed the audience how to cast half ounce flies smoothly and easily, with a purely Pacific Northwest approach.  His demonstration rods of choice a Sage 8134-4 Z-ZXIS and 7126-4 TCX Death Star.

Travis Johnson stole the men's show with his long belly line demonstration which featured smooth 100'+ casts: his demo rod: a Winston 7133-4 BIIX.

Favorite Spey Rods
The people who do demonstrations at the Sandy River Spey Clave take a great deal of pride in their work. After all they are standing in front of a huge crowd of spectators who are scrutinizing everything about them, especially their casting skills. Unless you have been there, it is hard to imagine the pressure that is encountered when both your words and athletic ability are simultaneously on display. Most of our presentations are conducted by people whose careers can be greatly influenced by their performance at the Clave. In many ways presenting at this Clave is kind of like delivering a running jump shot from the three-point line during the NBA Playoffs, while giving a running dissertation about exactly how it is being done. You better not throw in many oo's and ahs while the ball is in the air. Just like fishing, a smooth presentation results from a well executed cast. Preparation always leads to success. It's hard to deliver a smooth presentation unless you have the right tools.
At The Fly fishing Shop, we are continually asked about which rod is the best for fishing the waters in the Pacific Northwest. I asked around about which of the presentations at this clave were most appreciated by the crowd. The eight presentations listed above seemed to draw the highest praise. The four rods below had the most influence at this Clave.
7126-4 TCX

Length: 12' 6" Line: 7 Pieces: 4

9140-4 TCX

7136-4 Z-AXIS

Length: 13' 6" Line: 7 Pieces: 4

A perfect summer run rod that can see duty for big Alaskan rainbows and TDF Sea Run Browns as well. Designed specifically for rivers such as the Deschutes, Rogue, Umpqua, Grande Rhonde and John Day, for swinging flies or nymphing, this is the ideal Oregon rod. It has also been recognized as a premier winter rods for rivers such as the Sandy and Clackamas. This rod excels at casting Skagit heads and heavy sinking tips. It has an action that makes throwing larger flies to fishable distances easy.
Reel Match: Sage 6010, Tibor Riptide, Ross Momentum 6, Ross CLA 6, Nautilus 12.

Line Match: Steelhead Scandi 480 @ 34’, AFS 460, Skagit Flight 500, WindCutter 7/8/9
Sink Tip Use: 15’ 150 grain in type 3, 6 and 8. T-8/T-11/T-14 in 10’ and 12.5’ lengths.
M.O.W. Match:
Light/T-8, Medium/T-11, Heavy/T-14

Rod weight: 7 1/8 Ounces

Line Wt
Action Handle Price To Top
7136-4 Z-AXIS 7 Fast D $800 SALE ENDED


Length: 13' 3" Line: #7/8 Pieces: 4

Winston Spey

An extraordinary lightweight medium-fast action two-hand rod that will make effective fly presentations at all distances. Since its introduction in 2007, this has been one of the most popular Spey rods for both summer and winter steelhead. The B2X78133 has the ability to feel very comfortable with a wide range of line weight and fly sizes. It is also adaptable to wide range of fish sizes from 4 to over 20 pounds. Will feel comfortable with tiny skaters and 3" long stinger flies fished with T-11 or T-14.
Our favorite reel to balance this rod is the Nautilus 12.
Andre Scholz Scandinavian Shooting Head Recommendation: 447-478 grains.
Floating Line Recommendations: Airflo Scandi Compact 480, Rio AFS 460, Rio WindCutter 7/8
Use: 480-grain Skagit Compact for sinking tip work.
Rod weight: 6 3/4 Ounces.
Item Series Line Wt Action Handle Price To Top
78133 B2X 7/8 Medium Fast Spey $835 SALE ENDED


Length: 13' Line: 7 Pieces: 4

The Echo 13’0” #7 was designed as a heavy summer steelhead rod or a light winter rod. It handles larger flies and medium size tips with ease. It's great for steelhead, Atlantic Salmon, and Coho.
Free Airflo Skagit Compact Shooting Head 510-grain included with this rod.
Recommended Line Weights
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DH 7130 #7, 480-590 grains $349.95 SALE ENDED

Loreto, Mexico Bluewater Fly Fishing 2011 - Last Call!

June 30 - July 7, Timing is for prime Dorado fishing! Pargo Video for Windows Pargo Video for Mac Pargo Video
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Mark Bachmann with a dorado, caught July 4, 2008...
Dorado average 5-30 pounds, but 40 pound dorado are common most years.
Join Mark Bachmann and Patty Barnes for an adventure in bluewater fly fishing. Loreto, Mexico has long been regarded as one of the best Dorado ports in the world. Striped Marlin and Pacific Sailfish compliment your fly fishing menu along with Pacific Bonito and highly prized Rooster Fish. The scenery is spectacular, featuring a starkly rugged desert contrasting with dark blue water. The weather will be hot and and your clothing will be skimpy. Fishing periods start at daylight and end in the early afternoon, allowing for lots of leisure time around the pool or walks into town. There is also plenty of time for what may be the best of all Mexican traditions, the siesta. As with any trip of this nature, the "destination operation" has a great deal of influence on your enjoyment.

Patty Barnes with a Roosterfish, caught June 26, 2009...
Roosterfish average 5-30 pound, but 50 pound roosters are available at times.

We have chosen the most practical accommodations and the most experienced fly fishing guides in the area. You will be provided with a spacious air conditioned beach front "Villa Class" room at Hotel La Pinta. Guides, boats and fishing logistics are provided by Baja Big Fish Company. In this trip all of the bases have been covered and all of the tricky details are dealt with.
Mark & Patty with skipjack tuna, June 28, 2009
Skipjack tuna average 5-15 pounds, but pull very hard for their size.
Items such as Mexican Fishing License, bait for chum, lunches, water in the boat, are covered in the package price. You show up at the Loreto Airport with your fishing gear and luggage and a nice lady will be waiting with a couple of very large vans and and a crew to transport you to your hotel and your room. Mark and Patty will be there to help you get settled in and show you around. That evening there will be a group meeting to orient you for the fishing that will occur the next morning. Loreto Weather Report.

2009 group having dinner at La Pinta Desert Inn...
The 2009 group having a family style dinner out of doors at Hotel La Pinta Desert Inn.
As is our tradition, each member kept a fish for the chef to prepare.

To give you as much individual freedom as possible, ground based meals are not provided in the packages. Hotel La Pinta has an excellent restaurant and bar on the property. There is also a wide variety of other restaurants within easy walking distance. Cab service is secure and inexpensive. Shopping, sight seeing and diving is available for the non-fisher.

Bruce & Laura Hampton with their guide Fidell landing a dorado, June 30, 2009...
Big, roomy 26' Super Panga boats with Bimini tops are provided.

What can you realistically expect for fishing? Many of the fish in the Sea of Cortez are very large and can be challenging. If you bring only one outfit make it a #12 weight with 300 yards of backing. Take the time to learn how to cast it with flies that range from 3" to 9" long. If you haven't fished bluewater before, expect that there may be a learning curve. Also expect that your guide will be coaching you during your entire trip. Your guide shouldn't have to teach you how to cast. He should spend his time teaching you how to make practical presentations. The rewards can be incredibly large. This is a big boy/big girl arena. Hope you can join us. This group is limited to 12 anglers.

Trip report 2003.

Trip report 2004.

Trip report 2005

Trip Report 2006

Loreto Equipment List Up-to-date Fishing Report
La Pinta Desert Inn at Loreto, MX on the Sea Of Cortez...
Hotel La Pinta Desert Inn as seen from the Sea of Cortez offers large rooms and convenient access to the ocean. It is only a 50-yard walk to your boat each morning.
Dorado/Billfish/Rooster Fish Trip: June 30 - July 7, 2011
7-nights, 6-days fishing

Arrive: Thursday, June 30
Fish: July 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, = (6) days
Depart: Thursday, July 7, 2011
Stay At: Hotel La Pinta Deluxe Rooms, 6 days 7 nights
Includes: all ground transfers, bait for chum, licenses, lunches with beers and water in each boat.
Not included in the price are: on-shore meals, tips to guides, airfare, or items of a personal nature.
Fishing: days are 8-hours on the water. Usual 6:30am - 2:30pm
Boats are large, modern 26' Super Pangas rigged for fly fishing.

Check your connection time in LAX.
You will want a layover of at least 2-hours to clear customs and make connecting flights.

This trip is based on double occupancy in rooms and boats. It is designed to accommodate fishing couples or fishing pairs. This trip will only be booked for two people fishing together and rooming together. Single anglers may apply, but will only be booked if a suitable fishing/room partner can be found.

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Loreto, Mexico - Hosted Trip - June 30 - July 7, 2011 Trip: 7-nights, 6-days fishing deluxe package: Full price is $1850 per person, a deposit payment of $1,850 holds your dates. Deposit!

Salmonflies Hatching now on the Deschutes
NEW! HOT! Chubby Chernobyl Golden Stonefly
Other NEW Stoneflies Little Stones Clark Stones
Realistic Big Stones   Traditional Big Stones
Fresh hatched Salmon Fly. In our region, stone flies hatch from January through August. There are at least two dozen species which are important in the adult stage to the trout angler. These range between the tiny Winter Blacks (3/8") to the giant Salmon Fly (over 2"). The Salmon fly hatch on Oregon's Deschutes in May/June, is arguably the best dry fly fishing the Pacific Northwest has to offer. The hatch starts at the mouth of the river in the first week of May. By May 25th there are usually a few Salmon Flies at Warm Springs. The first week in June is peak for the best fifty miles, between Maupin and Warm Springs. The hatch trickles off through June and there are scattered salmon flies around Pelton Dam most
years until nearly the first of July. The so-called hatch occurs when the nymphs crawl out of the water. The nymphs will usually seek out tree trunks or other vegetation or any solid but porous structure where the claws of the nymphal feet will stay fastened securely so emergence of the adult insect can progress with out interruption. Since this hatch happens on land, it is of small importance to fishing in comparison to may fly or caddis hatches that happen at the surface of water. Most of the actual "hatching" happens at night or early in the morning.

Salmon Fly in the grass.

hatching Golden Stone…Deschutes
It can continue in daylight hours on cloud cover days or in deeply shaded areas. It is after the insects have hatched and have become active adults that they become important as trout food. During the night adult salmon flies become inactive. Their favorite places to rest or mate is in the streamside vegetation. Much of this vegetation over hangs the water. In the mid to late morning as the air temperatures rise, the adults become active and start crawling and flying around. They are clumsy and some will inevitably land in the water. It is at the river's edge that the best dry fly action usually occurs. Since the majority of the salmon flies are concentrated around the water, the
trout will take up stations under overhanging trees and grass. Casting your salmon fly imitation up stream under the over hanging trees has always been one of the secrets to successfully fishing the hatch. During the warm part of the day there will be a fairly constant rain of fluttering and flopping bugs onto the water. Pin-point casting accuracy is much more important than delicate casts. Real salmon flies are heavy and Salmon Fly with tattered wings at the end of the line.

hit the water hard. The perfect set-up is a medium fast action six weight rod, and a 6'-7' long leader tapered down to 3X. You need to be able to poke the fly under low hanging branches and through holes in the brush. In many ways fishing the salmon fly hatch has more in common with bass bugging that classic dry fly fishing.
Golden Stones, Olive Stones and Yellow Sally Stones are important before, during and after the Salmon Fly Hatch. Little Olive Stones tend to precede the Salmon Fly Hatch by a week or two. They remain available to fish throughout most of the

"big" hatch and disappear about the same time as the Salmon Flies. Golden Stones usually linger on for a while. They are replaced by Yellow Sallys which bright yellow and are size #14 to #16.

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Fish long & prosper,
Mark & Patty