The 17th Annual Sandy River Spey Clave is taking shape!
This information will be updated periodically
What is the Sandy River Spey Clave?
It's a gathering of anglers interested in two-hand fly rod fishing.
It provides a format for the exchange of Spey casting and fishing information.
It's a mostly free Spey casting college open to everyone.
It's a show for your entertainment.
It's a place to rub elbows with the best Spey casters and steelhead anglers in the World!
It has been termed, "The Woodstock of Spey Casting Events!"
Friday, May 12, 2017
Friday is "Beginner's Day," which focuses on introducing new anglers into the sport of Spey fishing. Male and female instructors and presenters will be mixed into both days of the scheduled on-the-water programs. Friday morning will feature 6 on-the-water presentations that will be structured to provide beginners with the most complete understanding of how to cast with a two-hand fly rod, from the most basic moves to an in-depth understanding of more complex casts. Don't be late, presentations start at 9:00 a.m. sharp.
9:00-9:30 a.m. Program by Mark Bachmann
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.
9:30-10:00 a.m. Program by Hawkeye Hawkins
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
10:00-10:30 a.m. Program by Al Buhr
Lesson #3: How fly rod actions and fly line tapers affect your casting.
10:30-11:00 a.m. Program by Charles St. Pierre
Lesson #4: Economy of Motion: A compact stance and proper body
mechanics save energy. Economy of motion results in repeatable casting
moves that increase efficiency and cut casting fatigue.
11:00-11:30 a.m. Program by Jeff Hickman
Lesson #5: Preserving Casting Accuracy: Accuracy is as important
as distance. Only one end of a fish eats. It is better to place your
fly in front of that end. Jeff will explain and demonstrate moves that
enable you to cast with great precision.
11:30-Noon Program by: Brian Styskal
Lesson #6: Adding Distance: You can only catch fish you can
reach. This is one of the few provable statements about fly fishing.
Brian will share his knowledge acquired as a tournament distance caster
so that you too will be able to cast long lines.
1:30 p.m. Casting class
To help defray expenses, this year there will be a $10 fee for this instruction, which will last for 4-hours, on the water. Rod/reel combos will be provided. Some waders will also be provided, but we strongly recommend that you bring your own. This class will be limited to the first 100 students that sign up. CLASS IS NOW FULL.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Saturday will feature twelve presentations by some of the biggest names in the Spey game.
9:00-9:30 a.m. Program
by Donna O’Sullivan
Lesson #1: Spey Casting Made Easy
9:30-10:00 a.m. Program
by Marty Sheppard
Lesson #2: Using
your Body to Spey Cast
10:00-10:30 a.m. Program
by Jon Hazlett
10:30-11:00 a.m. Program
by Jacob Zirkle
11:00-11:30 a.m. Program by Scott O'Donnell
Lesson #5: Skagit Casting and the Art of Fishing In Tight Quarters
11:30 a.m.-Noon Program by Steve Rajeff
Lesson #6: Little Rods = Big Fun: Casting techniques using short Spey rods for maximum results. Get your place at the beach early for this presentation by noted rod designer and casting champion Steve Rajeff.
Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:00 p.m. Program by Klaus Frimor
Lesson #7: Scandi (Underhand) Casting: Defined and simplified. Klauss will demonstrate the gear needed and the basics of underhand casting, as well as some tips and tricks.
2:00-2:30 p.m. Program by George Cook
Lesson #8: Northwest Original Spey Casts: How two-hand casting is still evolving in the Pacific Northwest.
2:30-3:00 p.m. Program by Brian Silvey
Lesson #9: Winter vs. Summer Steelhead: Tactics and what lines to use.
3:00-3:30 p.m. Program by Leslie Ajari
3:30-4:00 p.m. Program by Dax Messet
Lesson #11: Applying single hand concepts to two handed casting.
4:00-4:15 p.m. Mark Bachmann
Try the Latest Tackle on the Water
The Sandy River Spey Clave brings the largest collection of Spey tackle to be found anywhere in the world at any time. Companies such as Sage, RIO, Redington, Tibor, R.L. Winston, Echo, Simms, Airflo, Nautilus, Umpqua, Hardy, Scientific Anglers, Royal Wulff, Lamson, Temple Fork Outfitters, Thomas and Thomas, Bruce & Walker, Farlex Reels, Saracione Reels, Anderson Custom Rods, Beulah Rods, Hatch Reels, Pro Tube, Loop Tackle USA, R.B. Robert Meiser Fly Rods, and many more will be there. The best part is that you can try out all of this great gear on the water free of charge.
Watch our Insider Newsletter and Insider Blog for updates and introductions to our all-star cast of instructors and presenters.