This year marks the 17th Sandy River Clave. To our knowledge, the Sandy River Spey Clave is the largest gathering of Spey casters in the Western Hemisphere. All of the best Spey tackle manufacturers are there. The top Spey casters in the Pacific Northwest will give on-the-water presentations and will act as your personal instructors during Friday's FREE Beginners' Class. The Sandy River Spey Clave is totally integrated. Male and female instructors/presenters will be mixed into all three days of the scheduled on-the-water programs. Free catered food has been added for lunch all three days. We are all members of the “Spey Community.” The essence of the Sandy River Spey Clave is as much social as it is educational. See you there, friends.
Friday, May 12, 2017 is Beginners' Day with the morning before lunch being devoted to six presentations to teach fundamentals in Spey casting skills. Everyone needs solid fundamentals in any sport. Normally, when experienced Spey anglers struggle with casting, it is because they lack solid fundamental skills.
After lunch there will be a four hour casting school featuring 20 instructors.
This year there will be a $10 fee for this class. Sign-up will begin: March 1.
Sandy River Spey Clave 2017, the Opening Three Programs
Program by: Mark Bachmann - Friday, May 12, 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Lesson #1: The most basic information - How does a single-hand or two-hand fly rod work for you? The best athletes in any sport have the best fundamentals. This program is about essential casting fundamentals.
Mark Bachmann, Oregon Fly Fishing Outfitter/Guide and Fly Fishing Instructor since 1981, Owner, operator and CEO of The Fly Fishing Shop, who is the main sponsor of the Sandy River Spey Clave since 2000.
"Wild steelhead and wild steelhead rivers are my obsession. I have been catching steelhead with flies since 1963. There is no substitute for the experience. Nothing teaches more about fishing than catching fish. My goal as a fly fishing guide and instructor is to impart my experience to you, so that you too can be successful as an angler. Hopefully we will become good buddies while we are together."
Program by: Hawkeye Hawkins - Friday, May 12, 9:30-10:00 a.m.
Lesson #2: Examining the "Big Five" Skagit casts, how and why they are used while fishing. This class will utilize drills so that these casts are ingrained to the point that they become natural while fishing.
About Hawkeye Hawkins:
"My name is Phil Hawkins, though almost everyone knows me as Hawkeye.
I love to fish. But I really love to guide, especially for steelhead.
Taking people down the river and helping them with their casting and
fishing skills – or just watching them have a good time – is what it's
I'm a low-key guy. The only thing I get excited about is watching
someone get a grab—or better yet, hearing the cry "Fish On!" As we come
into the take-out, I want you to feel like you've had a great day, and
have gotten your value. I work hard to make that happen.
I'm a native Oregonian, born in Klamath Falls, raised in Eugene, and
based on Mt. Hood for many years. I've done a lot of different things in
my life, but fishing has always been at the center of my being. It
started when I was a kid, fishing in some ponds in back of my dad's gas
station and it just kept on going from there. Rivers, lakes, ponds,
sloughs, creeks, you name it, I would fish it. With spinners, spoons,
worms, snakes, grasshoppers, mice, eggs or flies, it didn't matter. I
loved it all. After a stint in the Army, I rode rodeo (until I came to
my senses after a few surgeries and multiple casts), and then played the
tournament bass fishing game (too expensive). I returned to Mt. Hood in
1991 and decided to try to catch steelhead with a fly rod instead of
drift gear or spinners. I got an 8-weight rod and some purple wooly
buggers and went at them with reckless abandon. And I haven't looked
Program by: Al Buhr - Friday, May 12, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Lesson #3: How fly rod actions and fly line tapers affect your casting.
Al Buhr has been an
avid steelhead fisherman since his youth and was introduced to Spey casting
by the late Jim Green in 1982. Al has since been on the leading edge
of rod and line development for many years with Sage in developing
two-handed rods and with Scientific Angler in designing several Spey fly
lines. In 2004, Al chaired a committee of line and rod manufacturers
that established a manufacturing line-weight designation standard ratified
by the Association of Fishing Tackle Manufacturers of America.
also a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers' Casting Board of Governors and is chairman of the Two-Handed Casting Instructor program. He is a
FFF-certified Master Casting Instructor and Two-Handed Casting Instructor.
Al has given workshops on fly casting and steelhead fly fishing throughout
the United States and at many Federation of Fly Fishers' Conclaves.
Al has authored two very significant books about fly fishing: How to Design Fly Lines, and Two-Handed Fly Casting. The latter is now out of print and even used ones sell for over $300 each.
More information about the Sandy River Spey Clave 2017
You might see this if you come to the Clave:
George Cook and Mike Perusse set up the the demo Spey Reel Display with (hundreds) of reels and lines to try.