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The Sandy River Spey Clave Gets National Attention !!!

Simon Gawesworth at the Sandy River Spey Clave.

The Autumn issue of Fish & Fly Magazine has a huge 18-page spread devoted to the Sandy River Spey Clave.  They call it, "A Clan Gathering".  We couldn't have described it better ourselves.  And what about our buddy Simon Gawesworth on the cover with the Christmasee red and green colors? 

This is an excerpt of what they say about the Clave.

"Deep in the Douglas fir forests of Oregon, an annual soiree takes place along the banks of the Sandy River. It's a place where 17-foot fly rods and 280-foot casts are less the inconceivable rants of drunken anglers and more the documented truths of stone-cold sober casters. It's the Sandy River Spey Clave, and it might just be the finest spey gathering held on the planet."
Written by-John Van Vleet, Autumn 2006 Issue of Fish and Fly Magazine.

On the Fish & Fly web site you can see a fairly incredible online-video about the
Sandy River Spey Clave. 
Click For: Spey Clave Video on Fish & Fly web site.

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Comparison of Airflo Skagit and Scandinavian Shooting Head
Line Design, Casting and Fishing Philosophies
Deschutes steelhead caught with Airflo Skagit line... The Science of Spey Casting/Fishing seems to have diversified along three main schools (or philosophies). Those are regularly called the Traditional, Skagit and Scandinavian methods.  Traditional Spey casting methods have evolved slowly over the past several hundred years. This evolution was fueled by incremental changes in rod/line technology which resulted in improvements in the use of
materials that were available.  Understanding of casting dynamics often arose from these changes in technology. More responsive tools lead to new casting techniques. Progress was slow because of the relative sameness of woods and animal fibers from which all fly rods and lines were constructed. When superior synthetic materials for rods/line construction became available, casting techniques also began to change.  During this same period, scientific method also became available for analyzing the dynamics of fly casting. This lead to a quantum leap in fly line speed that could be developed.  The Scandinavian and Skagit methods, have each evolved over the last twenty years. The Skagit method could be termed a Pacific Northwest winter steelhead method. Skagit and Scandi method each have applications appropriate for steelhead fishing. At first the differences between Scandinavian Style and Skagit Styles doesn't seem very apparent.  Both styles employ lightweight, medium-length two-hand rods and shooting head fly lines. Both methods insist that the cast is thrown with emphasis on the under-hand (if you are Scandinavian), or bottom-hand (if you are North American). Yet, within the subtle differences between rod/line designs and casting methods, there is an interesting divergence in actual fishing application.  Scandinavian rods are stiffer and faster action than Skagit rods, which are actually fairly "Traditional Action".  Scandinavian Action rods are very fast and Skagit rods are pretty slow.  The Scandi's store the most power in the tip of the rod, and the Skagit's concentrate power lower into the butt. The difference in casting strokes between the two methods might be characterized by the fact that the Skagit cast can use a hard, extended anchor on the water and a continuous acceleration to the stop.  The Scandinavian method uses a very light anchor on the water and a slight deceleration and then reacceleration in the formation of the D-loop.  The Scandinavian cast ordinarily uses a longer, narrower D-loop than the Skagit cast.  Part of the reason is, that Scandinavian flies are usually slightly smaller and lighter in weight than the flies that are used in the Pacific Northwest during the winter season.  Also, apparently Atlantic Salmon are more prone to come to the surface than are our winter steelhead.  The Scandinavian method fishes the fly downstream at a steep angle that brings the fly across slowly on a steady predictable course.  The Skagit method often presents the fly more across-stream or even slightly upstream, then the fly is allowed to drift and sink before coming under full tension.  When both methods are applied in their purest form, you can readily see how the tackle and casting methods evolved along divergent paths. The main differences between the fly lines is that the Skagit line concentrates more weight in a shorter mass, especially in the sinking tip portion, which helps turn over heavy, bulky flies. The Scandi Head uses a long Polyleader to extend it's length. Polyleaders are actually made from fly line type material and when added to a shooting head, become part of the total length and mass of the head. When their influence on the line is portrayed on paper, the overall design of the Scandi shooting head doesn't seem radical. Interestingly, the favored methods that evolving along the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers are kind of in-between or a cross-between the two methods, and both Scandi and Skagit methods are gaining popularity here..
Airflo Skagit: size/weight/length/total length Airflo Scandinavian: size/weight/length/total length
6/7     520-grains/30'/40'
7/8     560-grains/32'/42'

7/8/9        580-grains/38'/53'
8/9     630-grains/33.5'/43.5' 8/9/10      630-grains/40'/55'

9/10/11    680-grains/42'/57'

9/10     750-grains/35'/45'
10/11/12   730-grains/44'/59'

Skagit Head Spey Line
In the rivers of the pacific NW of the United States a style of fishing has developed using easy casting multi tip shooting heads.  Heads can be easier to cast than regular weight forward lines.  Heavy sink tips are used to get big flies to the bottom of the rivers and shorter, interchangeable shootings can do this.  Previously available only in custom made versions by fly nerds, the new NW 2 Hand Shooting Heads now allows people who fish sink tips to catch medium to large sized steelhead and salmon in rivers around the world.  Powerful front taper for turnover with wind resistant flies and heavy tips.  Floating-multi filament braided nylon

Skagit Head Spey Line

for low memory.  PolyFuse XT dual layer system- supple inner layer for low memory and a hard highly lubricated outer for slick casting performance. 
Tired of cutting up lines trying to make easy casting shooting heads for big heavy flies?  Airflo has created a series of Skagit heads that bring the performance of custom lines to everyone with a two-hand rod. Skagit lines do not require special rods but can be cast with rods that have moderate actions and power commonly used to cast shorter lines like Airflo Delta Spey lines. The goal was to create a line that easily casts the largest / heaviest flies using an interchangeable sink tip system. Running line needs vary with conditions therefore Airflo has chosen to listen to the hard core fishermen and created their NW 2-Hand Skagit lines in a shooting head configuration. Airflo has several running line options offer that can be used with the Skagit heads.
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Item Description Size Price To Top
  Airflo Skagit Spey Head 6/7

  Airflo Skagit Spey Head 7/8 $74.95

  Airflo Skagit Spey Head 8/9 $74.95

  Airflo Skagit Spey Head 9/10 $74.95

Technical Information About Airflo NW Skagit Spey Lines
Size Floating portion weight Front taper length of floating belly Belly length Rear taper length Length of Floating w/o tip Total line length including sink tip Total head weight gr. Average rod length Rod / head length ratio
6/7 440 14 13 3 30 38 520 12.5 3.0
7/8 470 15 14 3 32 41 560 13 3.2
 8/9 530 15.5 15 3 33.5 43.5 630 13.5 3.2
9/10 650 16 16 3 35 45 750 14 3.2

Scandinavian Shooting Head Spey Line
Designed specifically for the popular Scandinavian style of casting, the shorter "Scandi" head has a longer front taper to extend turnover and help achieve more distance.  These lines work well with shorter, faster action rods.  The new Flexi-loop at both ends means means the head can be used as it is or custom cut to a shorter length if you want to fine tune for length and weight.  Scandi heads require a longer leader to help them anchor.  We recommend either a 14' Airflo Polyleader or 15' mono leader for optimum performance. 

Scandinavian Shooting Head Spey Line

The special 14' Spey Polyleader is very similar to the sinking tips that come with the Delta Spey lines and sinking characteristics are very similar.  The Polyleader adds to the length and weight of the head.  Total lengths and weights are given in the chart below.
Item Description Size Price To Top
467333 Airflo Scandinavian Shooting Head 7/8/9

  Airflo Scandinavian Shooting Head 8/9/10 $54.95

  Airflo Scandinavian Shooting Head 9/10/11 $54.95

  Airflo Scandinavian Shooting Head 10/11/12 $54.95

Technical Information About Airflo Scandinavian Shooting Head Spey Lines
Size Floating portion weight Front taper length of floating belly Belly length Rear taper length Length of Floating w/o tip Total line length including Polyleader Total  weight with 14' Polyleader. Average rod length Rod / head length ratio
7/8/9 450 19 17 2 38 52 580 12.3 4.4
8/9/10 500 20 18 2 40 54 630 12.5 4.3
9/10/11 550 21 19 2 42 56 680 13 3.3
10/11/12 600 22 20 2 44 58 730 14 3.1

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