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: Friday SpeyClave - Fall City!

01-30-2003, 06:25 PM
spey casting clave!
Fall City, WA

Due to a number of factors, the Spey Clave location will be at Fall City on the Snoqualmie River just off Route 90, which is arguably the closest peice of Spey casting water to Meydenbauer.


From Meydenbauer take Route 495 South to I-90 East, a mile or two (it comes up quickly!)

Stay on I-90 east past Issaquah (large group of many, many stores)

Go up a steep hill and take the Fall City exit at the top of the hill

Turn left back over the highway, then right at the corner (gas station, general store side of the road)

Stay on Preston-Fall City Road down the windy hill a few miles and you will come to Fall City.

Just before the bridge, turn left and you'll see the claver's parked along the river.

If you do go onto the bridge you won't be able to miss us casting on both sides!

01-30-2003, 06:37 PM
It has been awhile since I have been up there but can you park behind the dinner any more? i think they turned it to a u-store place and there is a fence. I think you have to park alog the main road and use the boat ramp for access.


01-30-2003, 06:51 PM
Wow, times they are a' changin! We can also take the campground road and park in the large lot above the Raging but if the water's high we'll have a heck of a time crossing to get downriver :hehe:

Of course if it's low, we just expanded the area dramatically and got some quality parking space added too.

I wonder if we could park along David Powell? That would be ideal.

01-30-2003, 09:27 PM

I will be there and I will bring Highlander for fun.
What esle do need.



01-30-2003, 10:19 PM
The master himself Nobuo Nodera will be in attendance at the Clave and the Seattle Show and I'm thinking he might bring along a rod or two for us to cast.

I'll bring a few Loops and some of the shooting head systems!

01-31-2003, 12:29 AM

This is a great location. I had forgotten how much water and parking was available in Fall City until you reminded me in your post on a different thread on where to locate the Friday Clave.

02-02-2003, 11:43 AM
I'll be kicking things off at the start of the clave with a presentation "Improving your Spey Casts" which will discuss rod loading and casting efficiency, two keys to improved casting for anyone whether you're using shooting heads or extended belly lines.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

02-03-2003, 04:36 AM
I'll be kicking things off at the start of the clave with a presentation "Improving your Spey Casts" which will discuss rod loading and casting efficiency, two keys to improved casting for anyone whether you're using shooting heads or extended belly lines.
I was amazed at watching the efficiency of which you cast at the last Clave
Having watched a lot of people over the years we become accustom norm, which may not always be correct.
I for one will be looking forward to learning more on the use of the Speyrod.
I would like to try the underhand cast also for I think you should experience every aspect of the Craft.
I am looking forward to having fun.
We will not have very far to walk to the pub if the we get dry.

02-03-2003, 09:17 AM
Location of Fall City:


Location, information for Meydenbauer Center:

Just me
02-03-2003, 02:20 PM
Didn't youse guys just have one of these things last weekend,well about a week to ten days away or is this the one that you are holding when the fly fishing show is in Bellevue. And that ain't until the 22 and 23 of the month. Just asking, As they seen to keep getting farther and farther away from where the first one was.

show coordinator
02-03-2003, 02:52 PM
Hi Jim,

I guess it depends on your perspective. Not sure which get together you regard as "the first one" since the tradition of getting together to cast spey rods in the greater Puget Sound area goes back at least 10-12 years, but assuming you're talking about recent activity at Carnation this new locale is a lot easier for someone coming into town for the flyfishing show. Also, both the ballpark bar and the Raging side should be usable for casting.

Picnic benches lining the road, plenty of free parking by the river, amenities, etc. Now all we need is decent weather and river levels!

I'm sure after the show rolls out of town our friend Aaron will hold regular casting gatherings at Carnation, I certainly hope so anyway. But the flyshow clave will be much better off in Fall City.

See you there!

Just me
02-03-2003, 04:49 PM
Not that one but the one before that. It had started out from a different web site and it was held at the Ben Howard boat launch on the Skykomish. It seems that someone else took the ball and went their way with it. No I don't think that you will see me there as it just seems to go farther south each time its held. To get there from my house is almost 60 miles. I can get all the instruction I want from my buddies that Spey fish.

02-03-2003, 10:34 PM
Next to hooking a steelhead and casting a new rod for the first time, Spey Claves are pretty much the most fun you can have with your waders on! :)

Just me
02-04-2003, 11:53 AM
I'm thinking that if I put one of those rods in my hands and I enjoy it. I'll want to buy one. I have a few rods that fit my needs now and I don't think the little woman would let me get another one. Besides most of the rivers that I fish only require a single hander. The only big river that I fish is the Sky and I can almost reach the other side of the Stilly except in the wider spots. I just can't lay out the bucks now.


02-04-2003, 05:35 PM
This sounds like a great opportunity to meet a lot of new people and try out different gear. I was considering going up to the show on Saturday- perhaps I could get away a day early.

Anyway, two questions...

Anyone headed up north from the Vancouver,WA area for this?

Any suggestions for a cost effective place to stay on Friday night?



02-04-2003, 09:02 PM
There are definitely cost-effective places to stay in the area. If no one from the area chimes in, I will definitely be able to direct you.

For instance try this one on Mercer Island... $48 and very close within 10 miles.

02-04-2003, 11:37 PM
I'll be swingin' elsewhere that day, beside you wouldn't want a single hander there anyway, but let me know where your meeting for a libation afterwards.

02-05-2003, 12:27 AM
The Kaufmann Spey Days, March 1st and 2nd at Big Eddy/High Bridge Park on the Skykomish.

Goran Anderson, Andy Murray, George Cook, Dana and more...all the big manufactures etc. etc. etc.

Dont miss this big event either!!!!

Details will be released soon!

02-05-2003, 06:30 AM
Ryan, as soon as you have details (shape-of-the-day stuff etc) please let us know so we can feature them. I'm looking forward to these events!

02-05-2003, 10:55 AM
Spey Master and CND rod designer Nobuo Nodera will be joining us to demonstrate his casting techniques and latest rod designs at the Friday Spey Clave.

Schedule to follow!

02-07-2003, 11:41 PM
Several of us will be on the water in Fall City by late morning testing some new toys before hitting a local eatery for a pre-clave lunch. We'll get things rolling formally at 1 pm with my presentation, followed by some time to test gear and socialize before Nobuo takes to the water @ 2:30 to demonstrate his casting methods. Afterwards I'll break out my Loop Adapted Line Systems for those of you who want to try the underhand cast, and we'll have more time for casting and splashing about before the Forum crew has to pack up and head to the convention center to set up for Saturday.

We have notified show exhibitors of the event and expect that some of them will be joining us for the afternoon. I'll be available to provide free casting instruction--please feel free to approach me with your questions! Tackle systems from many of our sponsors will be available for test casting, including RIO lines, Loop rods/reels/lines, Thomas & Thomas rods, and CND Spey rods, plus a few surprises. We have confirmation that some of the Northwest's Spey/steelhead luminaries will be joining us...but you'll have to be there to find out who!

We'll also be "passing the hat" at the clave and hope that those of you who appreciate all we do here will throw in a few bucks to help the cause.

2 weeks!

02-08-2003, 01:34 AM
they have beer in Fall City, right?

02-08-2003, 01:41 AM
Hello Dana,

Had a chance today to talk with Ron Lauzon at the Portland Sportsman Show where he showed me some of the Loop Adapted Line system. I am looking forward to seeing this setup in action on the 21st. How do you think it would work on a 7141?

Looking forward to meeting you,


02-08-2003, 01:47 AM
Hi Dal!

Haven't tried this combination yet. Bring along your Sage and we'll try one out!

Bruce Wright
02-08-2003, 09:05 PM
Dana is there going to be time for a Newbie to give a rod a try ? That would be Newbie as in never picked up a spey rod .... It sounds as there is going to be quite a bit going on that someone with experince would do some good with . If there is time I'am takeing friday of (work provideing)and comeing down for the weekend . Thanks Bruce Wright

Ol Rich
02-08-2003, 10:34 PM

If this gathering is anything like the previous claves, there will be a number of excellent instructers willing to work with you. A number of first time spey casters have attended earlier claves and received much valuable information. Come on down.


02-08-2003, 10:41 PM
you're top of the list, Bruce!

Introduce yourself just before or after my presentation and we'll throw some lines together!

Looking forward to it!

02-09-2003, 02:18 AM
I get behind when I am working and do not keep up with the posts.
Schedule looks good to me.
The boss says I can close the shop and play.
I will be bringing the Tryrack with the Bruce & Walkers, T&Tís, Fly Logic, Loop rods along with the XLTíS and Grandspeys spooled on reels ready for any one who want to cast to have at it.
Just let use know who you are and I am sure that you will get all the help you will need.
Will be making that stop again this trip I like 4.5 by 40ís if you know what I mean.
Has been under the weather I hope he will be attending.

02-09-2003, 12:51 PM
What time will Dana kick off the clave with his mini-clinic?


02-09-2003, 01:54 PM

02-17-2003, 01:21 AM
spey basics clinic 11:30 am - @1 pm (Dana). please note that the formal part of this clinic will run during this time frame, but I will get things started informally with participants at 11 am. The 11:30 am start gives anyone who has to come a little late time to set up and participate. Limited to 6 casters.

casting efficiency presentation 1 pm (Dana)

the underhand cast 2 pm (Dana)

Nobuo Nodera: classic casting & CND rods demo 3 pm

time to test tackle between presentations and from @3:30pm onwards. The Forum crew will have to be on our way @ 4:30 pm to set up for the show.

02-24-2003, 02:45 AM
Where do I begin?
I would like to thank Juro Mukai for Ram Roding the First Annual Fall City ""
It was kind of nice just take a busmanís holiday to work with a few casters and cast the wide variety of rods.
Dana Sturn of International Spey Pages pages fit in a beginnerís class and speycasting efficiency in which even I learned a few things. You are never too old to learn.
Nobuo Nodera of Customs designed CND rods stepped into the river at 3pm and showed how the ghillies in Scotland fish the River Spey. It was truly something to see him pick up and cast 100 feet of full sink line!
It was really good to watch as, Ed Ward, Mike Kinney, and , Tim Rajeff cast ;each one a northwest legend.
In between demos, Kush, Doublespey, Mike Kinney, John Reid, Speyman, Ed Ward, Tim Rajeff, Highlander, Rimmys, Nobuo and many others worked the river helping people with their casts.
There were over 75 people testing new rods like the Sage 5wt two-hander, the CND Customs designed by Nobuo Nodera, Loops, and Meisers as well all sorts of lines
As the evening crept on to use it was a great site to watch as Dana and Nobuo traded cast for cast with on of the CND Specialist rods.

You could not ask for a better day,


Robert Meiser
02-26-2003, 03:19 PM
On behalf of Paul Miller and myself, we also want to say thanks to all of the guys that put this gathering together....

And to all of those that we met on the river and at the show : Good on Ya !

It was indeed a mellow event, and we felt right at home. We do look forward to next years gathering.

I would especially like to thank Mike Kinney for all the time you spent with my rods. It was an honor....Thanks Guy !

We will be in route to the San Rafael show in an hour..........Hope to see some of you NorKali's there.

Bob Meiser