The clave this weekend was absolutely fantastic - great people, great location and a killer presentation by Brian Slavinski at the meeting room facility at our hotel Sat PM. Topher and I both agreed that the hospitality offered by our Catt spey brothers was second to none. The Sat AM private lesson produced three casters with impressive loops flying out during the clave, and we had fun with video analysis to reinforce some of the topics we presented during the day.
Nick from Oak Orchard and Tom from Buffallo Outfitters were there to provide spey gear, advice and good cheer. Everyone pitched in their share and if you held your hand out someone would put a cold beer in it.
Wow what a hot little river!! It tells you something when the clave is interrupted by steelies getting hooked and landed in the pools above and below us both days. Conditions were a little low but color was perfect and the fish were in. The river is a bright, sweet flowing jewel that seemed packed with steelhead. I did not get to fish (Kush will be jumping on my case I am sure about being a damn 'caster') but this river is more than just a good place to fish steelhead on this side of the Mississipi... it's quite amazing. I am not just enthusiastic about returning, I am JONESIN' to go back for a few days of hardcore steely fishing.
I thought the fish would be smaller half-pounders but there are plenty of full sized steelies with deep strong bodies to battle. If you like to swing flies in perfect pools for steelhead with a spey rod, this is a phenomenal place to do it.
Anyway the best part was meeting everyone and putting faces to the handles from the site. Namesakes became people, acquaintances became friends. The spey nation expands and welcomes a jewel of the Great Lakes into the clave destinations family - the first annual Cattaraugus Spey Clave was a great time!
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