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juro 02-16-2006 12:24 AM

Boy what a fantastic job Scott and the Bears Den staff does at this show which just gets bigger every year! I had a fantastic time and the skating rink was a huge location for this neat show (and they still packed the place!!)

I enjoyed talking about two-handed flyfishing, hanging out with da' gang (many forum gang in attendance) and seeing all the pros like Lou (every time I see him I think of 40# bass) Tabory, Mr. Clouser himself, Trevor Bross from T&T, Jake and John from TFO, the Bill and Sheila Hassan, Sean Ransom of Speypages / CND Pro staff, Capt. Jeff Smith, Capt. Steve Moore (briefly), Masahito Sato (very innovative fly tyer), Brad Gage (Sage) was doling out the report cards with the casting evaluator, Gilmore's convertible reels look better than ever, talking with TU president Cape Cod Chapter Mark Hattman and Northeast Council Pres. FFF Bob Ford - just to name a few.


A gor-geous Sage 8134 Two-hander of all things... how appropriate, some may say I don't need another two-hander but I say au contraire! I say I just might appreciate it that much more ;)

Scott, and crew - hats off to you!

striperstripper 02-16-2006 06:28 AM

Bears den show
Every year it gets better and better,and it's free,and some people are lucky to win raffles,congrates Juro good to see you and great presentation on the 2 hander.I ran into some canal rat friends at the show ,they were talking about skagit casting the canal I think I need to pick your brain about that subject Juro sounds like big herring flies come May.Quick question ,does it require a special type of 2 hander made for this casting ? Thanks in advance, Paul.

jfbasser 02-16-2006 06:48 AM

Juro, you must have taken the lucky raffle charm away from Fred A this year.:D It was truly a bigger and better show this year. Scott did a great job and had all the family helping out so things went very smoothly. At one point, I thought I spotted Slinger wearing a pair of DNA roller skates:hihi: Good to meet all the folks..the Forum crowd, the canal flycasting crowd (including McFly!), and yes, Stan the Ku-man considering the Skagit cast for his 84th birthday:Eyecrazy:

FredA 02-16-2006 06:50 AM

Fun time in Taunton. As always, it was great to see everybody. Saw striperstipper and meant to say hello at some point, but didn't get to it before I made a hasty exit. Finally met and chatted with Bill Hubbard, who's ramblings I've followed on other boards. He's one of my role models for retirement in a few years. Fun seeing slinger, sean, sean, jimmey, juro, etc, etc and the aggie buster basser (think he got through school twisting teachers arms for good grades).

Ever walk around these things thinking you know people but can't recognize them without there sunglasses?

Nice job, Bearsden.

jfbasser 02-16-2006 07:00 AM


Originally Posted by FredA
the aggie buster basser (think he got through school twisting teachers arms for good grades).

I thought the Sage casting evaluator was an "Excellent" tool, once I twisted those gyros through their North seeking calibration and alignment routine...:razz:

juro 02-16-2006 07:09 AM

All this talk about Skagit casting in the ditch has me thinking we need to get these guys to come to the canal and give a seminar to the ditch rats... including the Jedi master himself (Ed Ward), the man of the Cascade Mountains (Mike Kinney) or one of it's lead disciples Scott O'Donnell whose accent ditch rats will understand as he originally hails from Taunton MA of all places.

In the mean time the best advice is to get ahold of the new Rio Spey video as it's got a segment dedicated to Skagit casting. In addition there is a section dedicated to 'Spey in the surf' which we (forum gang) had a hand in making happen for Simon. The most pertinent Spey video for the canal ever!

jfbasser 02-16-2006 07:25 AM

Heard about the video..saw it for sale online.Juro, do you know if any copies are available from local shops?

Looking toward Skagit country? Good rip running left on the nearside shot from the farside cam..burned my spot:tsk_tsk:

juro 02-16-2006 07:36 AM

Yes all Rio dealers can get them, I've already ordered - can't wait to see it.

Hey are those canal shots new? Big minus low this morning around Chatham... wish it were June.

jfbasser 02-16-2006 07:48 AM


Originally Posted by juro
Yes all Rio dealers can get them, I've already ordered - can't wait to see it.

Hey are those canal shots new? Big minus low this morning around Chatham... wish it were June.

OK great, I think I know a Rio dealer:biggrin:

The shots are current. There is also a West End cam that is a bit fogged in this morning. It has been my experience that a minus tide at the ditch will bring the fish in closer to the edge than usual about two hours after the East turn (low) when fishing the mainland side. Before the East turn (tail end of the West running tide), I would favor the West End.

Adrian 02-16-2006 09:24 AM

Now we're talking - spey rodding the ditch has been on my agenda for way too long. I did try it one time but it's very tight and when I first heard the Skagit technique described I immediately thought of the canal and BIG flies in late May:smokin:

Slinger 02-16-2006 09:31 AM

Still trying to figure out how Basser tricked the Sage cast analizer. How can you rate when you hooked the disco ball on the cieling? I believe I saw some money changing hands just after the report was printed! It was great to see so many familiar faces and meet a few new ones. Scott and lets not forget his right hand man, Blackie, outdid themselves again this year!

sean 02-16-2006 10:02 AM

It was good fun and nice to finally get to a show this ear. Unforunately it reminded me we are still at least 1 month and half before we can start fishing...

Really looking forward to a good season with all the forum members. It will be my first full season in striper country and think it is going to be a good one.

As far as skagit casting the canal. The atlantis which I think you have does admirably with a rio 650 grain skagit line on it. Not a true spey rod but you can reach out to 70-80' pretty easily. It will throw a 26' RIO big boy sink tip which will get you plenty deep if needed and throwing the biggest flies you can find. Probably a good starting point as you can stick with a rod you already have.

Of course there are better rods out there to skagit cast with and Juro and I both own a few of them. You guys show us some canal spots and we would be happy to bring a few different setups and do some impromtu lessons on what I know about the casting style. As far as spey casting styles is is in my mind the easiest one for beginner casters to start using right away.

Seriously if there is enough interest we should set something up for early spring before the migration really gets going. That way you all have some time to practice before the big boys show up.


striperstripper 02-16-2006 10:34 AM

Canal skagit casting
Sean : a skagit clave on the canal sounds great,I'd gladly exchange( some) canal locations for skagit lessons.Let see now the east end jetty,railroad bridge and bell road those are my super secret spots ,I'm in trouble now, forever from this day forward I'll be known as the spot burning oath breaker.

sean 02-16-2006 10:38 AM

Hye I know those spots :)

Guess there are not many secrets there. Just not many places to conventionally fly cast. Not sure why I did not put the skaigt style = canal equation together myself...

Will talk with Juro and see what we can setup.


teflon_jones 02-16-2006 11:37 AM

I was at the show for the second straight year, but one thing disappoints me: The lack of items for sale. I expect to go to a show and buy things, and there's very little you can buy there. Don't get me wrong, they get a great turnout and lots of vendors. I'm going to ask Scott the next time in the Bear's Den why they don't have more for sale. I can see how it would hurt his own cause by taking business.

Maybe if I'd had better luck in the raffle I'd feel better... ;)

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