There is NO place like it!

Great crowd and good people!!

Arriving to the ponds always seems to bring a sense of excitement and wonder. the warm California air and sun shinning down on the ponds already at 7:30am. The quiet whisper of the eucalyptus meeting the soft morning ocean air just adds to the geographic wonder and experience of the Golden Gate Ponds.  The greenish-blue color of the ponds makes even the water there seem magical. In this place time stands still and worldly matters seem to vanish, only fly casting hold validity here.

A Club we should all support

Pulling your waders and rigging your rod it hits you. All the people that have cast and been apart of the spot you are standing on. World Champions, and World record made and broken. The birth place of some of the most influential ideas in our sport. It has as much fame in the fly fishing world as any of the most fabled rivers of our time.

So many flags
So many Great Casters!!!
Every May, at the Golden Gates Casting ponds. Gather the worlds best two handed fly casters. Now not only to add to the ambiance of a place seated in fly fishing greatness, you add the best Spey casters know to man. This is what the SOR(Spey-O-Rama) is all about!! For people that have never been or just watch from a far. I am sure it does not seem to have have any connection to fishing or the future of the sport of Spey fishing. I am going to tell you that for the people that over the years i have told to go watch or even to compete, it has changed their live and the perceptions of the application of what they thought was even possible with a two-handed rod.

Caster Left side Right single

              Left Snake, Left Single,  Right Snake,  Right Single, Total , Longest Cast

Gerard Downey 178 148 176 184 686 184

Geir Hansen 140 168 153 191 652 191

Ruairi Costello 163 136 170  181  650 181

James Chalmers 158 174 162 156 650 174

Travis Johnson 171 152 156 160 639 171

Gregory Bencivenga 146 155 172 158 631 172

Tommy Aarkvisla 149 154 168 149 620 168

Sergey Kluev 149 147 163 152 611 163

Brian Styskal 170 149 151 126 596 170

Shinobu Inoue 133 161 149 144 587 161

Simon Hsie 152 167 158 477 167

Every year I make this same pilgrimage to stand a cast with the worlds best Spey casters. Test myself to some extent, but more for the feeling I get when I get to cast in the ponds. Standing in the spot buoys out and ready, nothing I have ever done with Spey casting compares. That’s when I know I am alive. Every year history is made in those ponds and 2013 was no different. The place was wild with memorable moments. World records broken that right more than once, new high scores set and I feel there is more in the tank!!! We have further to go, I will do my part to make what ever contribution I can to push the envelope but what I ask is so does everyone else who wants the sport to grow. Maybe you compete, maybe you can come down take one of the offered clinics, or maybe just become a member of the GGACC. Donate something to the auction. Giving something to this event will come back in Spades with your fishing or casting or both. The things gained from this are advancement in lines and better cleaner teaching techniques.

Keep your eyes open for this!!!

Ask anyone of the competitors and you will hear the same thing I am telling you now. Ask any of the spectators and you will understand better what watching the best Spey casters in the World is like. I see the same faces year after year, but this year I was witness to a greater awareness of the SOR. New people and fresh faces and that leads to new competitors. Which in the end makes the competition better and the scores raise and pushed the next group to make better rods and lines, so that someday you can fish with the best product and smoothest line that any manufacture can make. Just like stock car racing, this is the driving force in how new things are designed.

The best Spey Caster any of us will ever know!!!

I would also like to introduce the greatest Spey caster known to man. Some of you know him other have heard of him. Gerard Downey is the greatest spey caster I or anybody else has ever of will ever see in my life time. The smoothest and most powerful caster out there. His passion for casting is only out shined by his modest and genuine domineer. He is quiet and helpful to anyone who asks. As a champion he is every bit as great as any other champion in any other sport. He has become not a target for other casters but the pinnacle of what spey casting can be. I know how much he as pushed and helped me. He is impressive to watch with his simple economy of motion style of casting and  appareled application of power that it seems almost hidden in the process. Somewhere in his style he produces unsurpassed line speed that would leave most NASCAR drivers in the dust.

Morning Casting Session.

I would also like to say thanks you and congratulate every single caster, man or women who entered that pond on game day. It takes courage to walk out on the the worlds stage and cast. I still feel the rush every time I wade out in the ponds. For you first times I also hope you can take away positive things from you time spent in San Fran. We all started somewhere in this game, it is where you end your time with this that counts. It is always the journey we are after. Hope to see more of you next year. PS Join the GGACC so they know we are here to support it!!! best 50 dollars you can spend right now to help get some things done. We all need this event to happen.

Travis Johnson

Spey classes a broad.

The best place to be!!!!

Well I will be doing some travelling this year and wanted to get the word out about when and where you can find me. I will be at SOR of course this year, but the day after I will be giving classes for the first 5 people that are interested. This class will focus on the Distance aspect of Spey casting, so if you are going to be hanging around after the tournament contact me directly and we will set it up.

I will also be in New York in July for the “Spey Nation” event. I will be offering 2 days of casting classes. as the first day is very closet to being filled up. I have been told this is a wonderful clave and I am really looking forward to going and seeing the sport through a different location. Again contact me for details. http://speynation.com/

As always I will again presenting at the Sandy River Spey Clave”. I was wanting to see if there were enough people that want to do a cast on that Monday after the clave. I will need at least 4 people for the class, so if you and your buddies are ready let me know. If your travelled all the way here to see the clave don’t leave with out learning something that you wont anywhere else in the world.Sandy River Spey Clave

I will be presenting and attending the Clearwater clave and will be available to set up classes while i am there. Poppy is a great guy. He can help set it up or just email me at speycaster@hotmail.com.

ACA

The American Casting Association has become the future of American fly casting. I am not only a member but I am going to help support these guys as much as I can. We need a governing body here in America for the casting events.
After attending the World Championships, I saw first hand the dedication and organization of some of the other countries in the world. I have to say we are way behind. Thanks to Steve Rejeff for having any organization at all. As I am a Spey caster, I want to help these guys organize National Championships, and qualifying events for thing l;ike the World Championships.
I believe that even small events, if organized properly cant help us grow the sport as a country and will better prepare everyone for better and harder events. I have competed internationally now for the past couple of years we need this as inspired casters as a group (the distance spey casters) and as a country.
Here is a link. Take a look and join. It will benefit all of us.  Join the ACA.