Sandy River Spey Clave, Casting Contest, Trout Leaders, Sage 4200 Reels, Mother's Day Caddis
Sandy River Spey Clave
Five-Weight Casting Contest
Sage 4200 Reels
Mother's Day Caddis
|May 13, 14, 15, 2011 At: Oxbow Park On: The Sandy River How to get there.|
Last Up-dated 05/09/11
2011 Agenda Women's Day Beginner's Casting Event The Deal On Rooms
Assume that the basic format will stay the same as 2010, with
2011 Clave will start Friday morning with a special ladies' program followed by:
"Pot Luck and PowerPoint"
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 & fishing information.
It's a 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!
Has been termed, "The Woodstock of Spey casting events"!
This year there will be a number of fly tackle rep groups
to put on a show specifically for the Spey casting fraternity.
Jon Covich (Winston, Outcast Boats)
Meet These Northwest Fly Fishing
Instructors & Guides:
Charles St. Pierre
May 13-14-15 there will be a number of "on-the-water" casting/fishing programs each day.
The plan is to provide a
weekend that will entertain and inform you.
If you are interested in meeting other steelhead Spey fishers and hope to learn a lot about Spey casting and more about steelhead fishing, the Sandy River Spey Clave is for you. The event will start at Oxbow Park on Friday morning the 13th of May and conclude on Sunday 15th. Exhibitors may set up on Thursday May 12.
This time of year there should be plenty of Summer Steelhead. Most years it is also the peak of the Spring Chinook run.
The days are long and the weather is warm.
This event was first proposed by The International Spey Page and Discussion Group.
If you are interested in Spey rod casting and fishing, we would strongly recommend that you join this warm friendly group. Spey Discussion Group
There is no charge except for the Oxbow Park entrance and camping
fees. Oxbow Park Entrance Fee is $5.00 per vehicle.
Overnight camping is
available at Oxbow on a first come, first served
basis for $20 (up to six people per site).
All lunches are hosted by El Burro Loco & The Fly Fishing Shop
Printable Map Of How To Get To Oxbow Park.
on rooms for Spey Clavers !!!
A. Spey Clave Attendees Special
This Hotel is 10-minutes from the Spey Clave!
Special Spey Clave Rates are available only by
Best Western Sandy Inn
37465 Hwy 26
Sandy, Oregon 97055 Web Site
|For Reservations Call: 1888-882-0624|
Five-Weight Casting Contest
RIO, together with The Fly Fishing Shop of Welches, OR, will be hosting another round of the 2011 RIO Gold Distance Challenge. This event is open to all comers and will take place as part of the 2011 Sandy Spey Clave
Casters will have 5 attempts to cast as far as possible, using RIO's WF5 Gold Tournament fly line and their choice of #5 rod. The longest cast of the day wins. Full rules and details can be found on RIO's web site.
Each person who enters will receive a 3 pack of 9 ft, 5X leaders, and the top three casters will win a fly line of choice; First place wins a fly line up to $75 in value, 2nd place any line from the new, award winning Avid Series, and the 3rd place will win a Mainstream fly line.
The results of each event will be posted on RIO's facebook page, with the winning casters names and the distance they cast.
Thoughts About Leaders & What Trout See
By: Travis Johnson
Sitting on the bank of a high-desert pay-to-play lake can provide quite an educational experience. Watching trout feed and swim in their natural environment is entertaining, also very informative. Trout rarely move as fast as you would think, nor do they seem to miss anything worth noticing. They seem to spy on everything with all seeing eyes. You can definitely tell when a fish is receptive to a food item, and also when it is not interested. You also find out that fish which live where there is a fair amount of angling pressure become preceptive in ways to avoid being hooked.
One windless day a client and I watched a number of trout cruising and feeding in cattail ringed bay. My fishing partner got very excited at the chance of catching a few of these lovely fish, but I elected to stay on my watching perch and observe the fishing, and how these fish would react to the fly. He walked part way around the lake and stealthily slipped through some cattails. He was cautious not to send any ripples across the glassy smooth surface of our arm of the lake. None of the fish that I could see seemed alarmed in anyway. I then started to quietly give casting directions because he could no longer see the fish, "Thirty-five feet, 11 o'clock.
He slings a smooth cast across the bay toward an unsuspecting trou. His cast lead the cruising fish fair distance, and the fly landed lightly on the water. As the big trout swam closer toward the fly, I watched with heavy anticipation. The fish's slow methodical style was interrupted a couple of times as it checked out suspected food items. When the fish finally came to my partner's fly, he slowed and then came to a complete stop. Slowly the fish lifted toward the fly. Then the it turned on his side and with one eye within inches if the fly, inspected it like a CSI crime scene investigator. Finally, not seeing what he wanted, swam off never even looking back. I thought we had had that fish in the bag. As the morning wore on, I communicated more instructions across the pond as new fish were encountered. Each presentation met with similar results. My client got one quiet refusal after another. Changing flies seemed to be a good option, but each fly was greeted with the same result.
Finally completely puzzled, and thinking I might fair better than my friend I entered the water with rod in my hand. My results were much the same. Flies were changed enough times to run out of 5x tippet. So I changed to the next size smaller, which was a spool of 6x Rio Fluoroflexģ Plus.
After tying my favorite stillwater midge pattern to the end of the new 3-foot long tippet, I searched for a target in my immediate area. A large fish came cruising slowly toward me, and the fly landed four feet in front of it. Without hesitation the fish charged and devoured the offering never slowing and seemingly without the earlier observed cautious eye. A quick tussle and back to fishing. The same result happened with the next fish, and another. My buddy still on the 5x monofilament program, comented that I was some sort of stillwater god. That being far from the truth, I had to attribute the success to the finer tippet. After making the proper changes to his leader, he became successful too.
Over the years I have seen other similar scenarios unfold in other kinds of fishing situations, not always trout if you catch my drift. The truth of the matter is fish don't usually resist what they don't see. Proper leader construction in technical fishing situations is often one of the keys to your success. I have also watched Deschutes River trout come up and follow a fly the reject it. Changing tippet size form 4x to 5x, and watch the same fish come up on the next cast and crush the same fly can convince an angler that leader diameter can make a difference. The lesson is to have all sizes of fresh tippet in your vest, and be ready to adapt toany situation, and you will find yourself holding more fish. Check out these resourcorses:
FlyFishUSA Leader Selection Understanding Leader Design
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By: Rick Hafele
are a serious fly fisher, Nature and modern culture have dealt you a most
difficult situation - go fishing during one of the best caddis hatches of
the year, or be with your mother or family on Motherís Day? Should be easy
to decide - right? Well if it is either your mother or wife also like to
fish and think spending a day casting to thrashing trout is a great way to
spend Motherís Day, or you are a fishing bum living alone in your van. The
big mistake was calling this caddis hatch, ďThe Motherís DayĒ caddis. Come
on! With a name like that how can you possibly claim you got excited about
the fishing and just forgot it was Motherís Day? This just isnít fair play.
Fortunately, contrary to Hallmark and other retailers, Motherís Day lasts just one day, while the Motherís Day caddis hatch usually lasts two weeks or more. So, once you get through with your Motherís Day festivities there should still be time to find some trout feeding on this little caddis.
|To start letís get the name for this caddis straightened out. Technically the Motherís Day caddis belongs to the family Brachycentridae and the genus Brachycentrus. Thirteen species of Brachycentrus are known in North America, with hatches of different species occurring from April through August. The one species that causes such family challenges on Motherís Day is Brachycentrus occidentalis, or B.o. for short (hey, why not?). This is almost a completely western species, with great hatches found throughout the Rocky Mountain states all the way to the Pacific Coast. Some also live in the Midwest, but their populations tend to be spotty and rarely produce important hatches. Another species, Brachycentrus americanus, is more widespread, with good populations from the east coast to the west coast. It also produces some excellent hatches, but they are less concentrated and occur early to mid summer, well after any conflicts with Motherís Day. Both of these hatches are sometimes referred to as the American Grannom.|
|Like many species that prefer Western streams, B.o. larvae find fast to moderately fast water with a cobble to boulder bottom to their liking. This is a bit unusual for case-making caddis, especially case makers that use lightweight plant material for their cases. B.o. construct neatly tapered four-sided cases, sometimes referred to as chimney shaped, out of narrow pieces of plant material cut and laid transversely. Their total length when mature is about a half-inch long. The shape and size of their cases make them rather easy to distinguish from other caddisflies when you pick up a rock from a riffle.|
|To feed B.o. larvae attach their cases to the top and sides of cobble stones with sticky silk thread. Once attached they lift their relatively long hind and middle legs up into the water and strain drifting food from the current. The key to safety is staying attached to the rocks, which isnít always possible. Sometimes larvae purposefully move downstream by rappelling from one rock to another on a length of silk thread. Gary LaFontaine describes imitating such behavior by using a white colored tippet, an interesting idea that I havenít personally tested. One thing I do know is that the larvae drift periodically in good numbers while still in their cases and trout have no problem eating them case and all at such times. This means fishing a case-like nymph pattern is well worth your time.|
Pupation occurs inside the larval case while it is still attached to
bottom rocks. Until the pupa completely mature there isnít any larval drift
or available pupae to eat. But once pupation is completed the pupae cut out
of their cases and begin the ascent to the surface. This is what anglerís
are willing to miss Motherís Day for. The numbers of B.o. in many Western
streams can be huge, so when they start emerging trout gorge on the rising
pupa. Plus, these hatches typically occur mid-day from say around noon to
three. So if you live close to a good trout stream you might be able to wish
your Mom happy Motherís Day in the morning and catch the fish action in the
B.o. pupae run a size 16 (occasionally an 18) with bright green bodies and dark almost black wingpads when mature. Like other caddis pupae they swim well, so a Leisenring lift or wet fly swing that imparts a rising or swimming action to your fly generally works best. Youíll will be fishing in riffles or the runs below them, and often getting strikes with your fly hanging downstream in the current, which can result in missed strikes or broken tippets. To avoid this donít strike when you feel a fish hit your fly. Instead point your rod at your fly and gently pull your rod tip to the side towards the bank. Their are many excellent pupa patterns for this hatch. LaFontaineís sparkle pupa, soft hackles, and flymphs are just a few I have had good success with.
Adult B.o. are also a size 16, but much darker than the pupa. Their
bodies are mostly black with just a small green band on each side of the
abdomen, and their wings are dark-gray to black. While most fish concentrate
on rising pupae during the hatch you can also get into some good surface
action with adult patterns. Fish dry flies dead drift or with a slight
After mating on shoreline vegetation females often return en masse to lay their eggs with heavy activity occurring most often in the late afternoon. While many caddis females dive underwater and swim to the bottom to lay their eggs, B.o. females most often lay their eggs on the waterís surface. A spent caddis pattern can be deadly during this activity. Because most females on the surface are dead, a dead-drift presentation will usually be most effective.
Now is the time to go forth and find out if B.o. is emerging on
a stream near you. Itís a great hatch, one you shouldnít miss, and one that
hopefully wonít destroy family relations on Motherís Day. Maybe calling it
the May Day caddis would help? Ya, probably not. Happy casts!
P.S. For more up-to-date fishing info checkout the new online e-zine by Dave Hughes, Skip Morris, and me, called HookedNow. You can see a free issue and subscribe at www.hookednow.com.
The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR
Fish long & prosper,
Mark & Patty