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Sandy River Spey Clave 2014 Report

This report is by no means complete, and if you were there and don't see your picture on this page, your participation was still very important to us.

After the morning "on-the-water" presentations and lunch, the Beginner's Day Casting Schools began with everyone gathering to join their instructors. Five students were assigned to each instructor.

(Derek & Angie Bachmann's son Seth (White T Shirt) gets the luck of the draw with Travis Johnson!)
There were about 30 instructors. All were assigned a number, including the ones who signed up online, then all they had to do was locate the instructor who had the same number. Naturally Travis Johnson (current world champion Spey distance was assigned number one).

By the end of the day, 150 had acquired new Spey Casting skills.

As usual, there were literally hundreds of different models of rods to try on the grass or on the water.

If we gave an award for the most unusual display it would have gone to Costa, who turn a 1965 Ford Econoline van into a portable entertainment system.

If there was an award for the dominant vendor display it would have gone to Eric Nuefeld, who reps Simms, Winston, Echo, Airflo & Umpqua.

The theater was popular. Here Jerry French explains the finer point of tying steelhead flies.

Scott Howell's demonstration on how to tie Squidros filled the tent.

Metro trimmed the lawn so that it was easy to try different rod/line combinations.

Adrienne Comeau demonstrated techniques that are very reliable for Canadian steelhead.

George Cook , dean of anadromous pursuits in the Pacific Rim, entertained the crowd mirrored in the lens of his Smith Optics glasses.

Klaus Frimor explained the benefits of Scandinavian style casting.

Simon Gawesworth, aka The Wizard of Gauwes, is possibly the most sought after Spey instructor in the Western Hemisphere.

Scott Howell showed how to launch incredibly heavy flies with ease.

Dwight Klemin demonstrated the most basic principals of fly casting.

Tom Larimer showed how Spey rods and Spey casting is gaining popularity for trout fishing.

Before Eric Neufeld became a manufactures rep, he was a fly fishing guide in Alaska.

Marty Sheppard demonstrated techniques that have proven to be reliable on local steelhead and salmon.

Brian Silvey explained how to conserve energy while covering the water efficiently.

Brian Styskal & Tyler Kushnir brought the group up to speed on how to use modern long belly fly lines.

Josh Linn explained how to make presentations that cover water quickly and catch fish.

Travis Johnson showed how understanding and practicing perfect fundamentals might enable you to become a World Champion.

Every once in a while you might see something unique, like a girl in a kimono rowing a naked dude across the parking lot in a drift boat.

Thanks for the donations on behalf of raising funds for our friend Rob Houston.

Derek Bachmann worked the microphone to keep everyone informed and entertained.

Special thanks, "While I get patted on the back continually for orchestrating the largest Spey Event in North America it is largely the dedication, discipline of my loyal, hard working crew that makes everything run at The Sandy River Spey Clave. First off, Patty and Tony Barnes are the team who make sure all the logistics are delt with, from getting rental gear, and special insurance ordered and permits filled out, to humping gear and setting it up, to baking thousands of cookies. At times Patty's two kitchens are operating on a nearly industrial scale. Last year in early November, Travis Johnson started organizing Sandy River Spey Clave so it could happen during this May. Travis did hundreds of emails, texts and phone calls. My son, Derek Bachmann, put the word out there on Facebook, the Spey Pages, Big Stick Fly Fishing Forum, Twitter and many, many, "Insider Newsletters" He and his Big Stick Fly Fishing Forum members also orchestrated the Raffle for Rob Houston and had all the reps get involved to donate the prizes. Special thanks to Eric Nuefeld & Simms for being special sponsors and helping to organize the Spey Clave beginner classes. Thanks to all the Vendor sponsors for providing the capitol to pay for the whole event, and for helping keep the crowd interested by bringing all of their gear for people to try. Thank to the food crew & El Burro Loco staff for getting everyone fed. Thanks to the announcement crew who manned microphones to keep everyone informed. Thanks to the folks at Metro & Oxbow Park for providing such a great facility for us to use. Thanks to everyone who came to Sandy River Spey Clave 2014, because throwing a party is more fun when a crowd shows up. Especially thanks to my crew members who stayed in The Fly Fishing Shop, and made the wheels of commerce turn while I was away at the Clave."
Mark Bachmann.

Spey Lines

Airflo Royal Wulff Fly Line Dressing Shooting Lines
Rio Scientific Anglers Shooting Head Wallets Replacement Tips
NEW! Josh's AntiRevolution Spey Swivel                Carron Jetstream Spey Lines

Travis Johnson at The Quarry in Scotland 2011.

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Josh's AntiRevolution Spey Swivels Made By: RIO
"Offering a new level of inner peace for all Spey fishers." Some days of casting with a Spey outfit are easier than others. Days when you get a lot of tangles in your shooting line are never easy. Casts which produce balls of knitting jammed up against your first stripping guide impair your concentration and pretty quick other faucets of your casts suffer as well.
Most Spey casts involve circular motions with the rod, which have a habit of twisting the line. Some types casts may put a full revolution of twist in your line each cast. As you work down stream through a piece of water, possibly fifty or more revolutions in your line may result. Pretty quick your shooting line is so twisted that executing a cast without tangles becomes nearly impossible.
There are several methods used for un-twisting a Spey line. Undoubtedly you have your method. Some while back, Josh Linn decided to eliminate the problem altogether. After a lot of trial and adaptation, Josh perfected a way of installing a small barrel swivel between the shooting head and the shooting line. This eliminates line twist and make tangles in a shooting line virtually a thing of the past.
My prediction is that the AntiRevolution Spey Swivel will be the most copied Spey innovation of the next 10-years, because if you don't have one in each Spey line, you will have tangles. No one wants more tangles. The AntiRevolution Spey Swivel is the best answer for reducing tangles caused by line twist.
RIO now makes all of our Spey Swivels, and they do a very good job.
Stock Number Description Price
26009 RIO Spey Swivels, Fluorescent Orange 3 for $29.75 Sale Ended

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