Multi-spiral casting goodness.
Multi-spiral casting goodness.
“The American Casting Association, starting 40 or 50 years ago, has put forth the effort to join the Olympic Committee, demonstrated the sport of casting as a new event, etc, etc, etc.,” he said. “The bottom line as I understand the Olympic effort for a new sport to be recognized and become an official event is the number of countries in the world that actually do participate in the event. The magic number of countries is unknown to me, but my guess is 50 to 75 countries are needed.”
If that’s the case, we’re short of the mark. The International Casting Sport Federation lists 29 countries as members. Twenty-two are in Europe; the others are the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand and Singapore. Still, the list shows the global appeal of fly-casting; every continent is represented except South America and Antarctica. (South America’s an odd omission, since there’s plenty of fly-fishing there.) LINK
Photo: Yngve Ask, Scanout.com
Casting guru: Eoin Fairgrieve
Photo mutilation: El Paskador
After 6 years on the Sky, the 7th annual Spey Days NW will be moving to Howard Miller Steelhead Park on the Skagit. Some of the best Spey casters on the planet will be on hand for casting instruction. The lineup includes, Mike McCune, Scott O'Donnell, Ed Ward, George Cook, Al Buhr, Dana Sturn, Tim Rajeff, Way Yin, Trey Combs, Kerry Burkheimer and Dec Hogan.
Patagonia rep Jon Covich sent us this dispatch and photos from the recent Sandy Spey Clave.
I wanted to share some images of the recent Sandy River Spey Clave. The event was great as usual.....even given the fact that the river went from 300 cfs to 10,000 cfs overnight! Given this, the usual casting area on the river was 3' under muddy water, and most people were forced to cast on the grass. That being said, The Fly Fishing Shop figures around 800 people showed up. It is great for the general public.....they get to see and cast the best equipment from all the manufacturers of spey equipment, listen to instruction from some of the world's best, and get free breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Winston Pro Andre Scholz who made the trip over from Germany shows off some steel and some new Patagonia duds.
A nice little heads up from Chum foo Kevin S. - The Spey Company is program we can get with.
I suppose there are a few routes to take from Boise to Seattle, but when double-handed geekdom calls, there's only one answer. 55 to 95 to 13 to 12 was my route. And six hours, a few Nez Perce-induced history lessons (they were and probably still are some badazdsonzabeeches), and several bladder recyclings later, I made it to Peck, Idaho's very own - the Red Shed.
It didn't take long to realize my new buddy Poppy has forgotten more about Spey than I'll ever know.
Leanin' on the counter and talking about two-handed fly rods and steelhead is a pretty cool way to spend your life.
"Building a series of fly rods so diverse their applications are only limited to the creativity of the angler." LINK
Our spey lesson on Sunday was led by Michael Bennett and pooch, Rogue at Pacific Fly Fishers. Bennett, as usual, was full of insight and a great teacher. Thanks MB for fueling our sickness and being another checking account depletion catalyst!
...that was the question. Not anymore.
Sunday morning we braved the Mother Nature induced bitch slap and headed to the river. It was here that we met up with Clark Jennings (co-owner, Puget Sound Fly Company) and Eric Neufeld (highly respected Northwest manufacturers Rep and killer Spey instructor) for an intro to Spey casting class. After years of flogging single handed rods, we feared the day of spey...knowing damn well another addiction would spawn from it. We were right. It's intoxicating.
If you find yourself like us (not yet taking the next step to Spey), do yourself a favor. Take a big stick for a test drive. It's a silly good time.