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Big April for AWA!!!!

 

Not all winter fish are giants, but you work for everyone you get.

Bright Winter fish that showed up late but still made a great showing!!!

Well April has been a great month!! The end of last Month and into this one the Winter Steelhead decided to make their annual appearance. The end of the season saw some great battles both won and lost and a lot of big smiles and renewed appreciation for the reward of chasing these wonderful Winter Steelhead. With mother natures cooperation next year we will be ready to do it all again.

Great Redside taken on a dry Stonefly pattern!!!

Trout fishing is getting better by the day and dry fly action is not far away.

Speaking of Mother nature, she seems to have eased up a bit…. and just in time for the kick off of trout season. With the promise of warmer weather not drier but we can all hope. Just around the corner is the big bug hatch we have waited all damn winter to attend. If you have not booked your dates, wait no longer because you just might not get one. This high water will slowly come dawn and the Redsides will be hungry, no doubt about it.

 

All things in this photo are perfect!!

Lastly, I must say that this year the Spey O Rama World Championships of Spey casting event was one of the best I have ever been to. I will first thank the club for the presentation of the ponds and how efficiently everything was run. I will thank the clubs volunteers for giving their time and energy to make sure that nothing went unnoticed or covered. Next I tip my hat to every man and woman who stepped foot in that pond on Saturday, the courage needed now a days to even get in those ponds is indescribable. To those who qualified and place it is nothing short of amazing!!!! Never in my casting career have I seen so much casting talent in one place and so many pushing themselves for it. To all the caster now and in the years to come, don’t live in fear come be a part of SOR. Lastly too all my good friends that spey casting was the catalyst of our friendships, thank you. We all push each other and in return push the sport, lets keep pushing!! I hope too see you all and more next year!! This year was a great victory for myself, I wont soon forget it. Here is too World championship number 3!!!

Sharing the stand with a couple amazing people!!!!

lets get you on the water!!!!!

Rose City Casting Spey Casting Comp!

Was an absolute pleasure to cast at the first anaual Rose City Spey Casting comp.

Was an absolute pleasure to cast at the first anaual Rose City Spey Casting comp.

Well It had to happen sooner or later, a Spey casting comp in our lovely rose city At the West Moreland casting ponds. It has been a vision of mine and still will be, but in the meantime I want to support all those who share the same passion for Spey casting that I do. After much thought and a gut instinct that told me I needed to be there, I was making sandwiches at 3 am and decided, I need to be there, so I went. Long story short I made it to the ponds with 45 mins to spare. Enough time to suck down some strong coffee and get about 25 mins of much needed casting time in, followed by another 6 mins in the casting station, I was as ready as I would be that morning. I readied a cigar and took my spot as a volunteer on one of the angle change makers. Drawing casting position 6 i took off about caster number 4.

Congrats to all the casters of the inaugural event. I hope to see the number 18 grown into 40 or 50 caster, someday.

Congrats to all the casters of the inaugural event. I hope to see the number 18 grown into 40 or 50 caster, someday.

I went off and slowly warmed up only making short casts. thing seemed a little better, we would see. My name was called and on the clock my time had begun. It is always different when the clock is turning. my first 4 cast only one felt good… but the next 4 2 were good and the last round of cast held the last piece of the 4 cast total. I hoped it was enough but with 12 more casters only time would tell.

Now I want to thank all those who put this event together. I have tried to work it out on my own so I know how much work it is. Thanks to big Greg, Erik, Simon, Loc, and Tyler!!!! I hope to cast at another Rose City Event. I was there to support this event to help it grow, if people in our industry want to expand our industry these small things are a gateway. great event put on by good people. I don’t feel to bd sitting here writing this blog looking at my new noise maker, thanks to Saracione for the winning prize of a nice LHW 4″. I hope that all interested come and watch, even better I hope those who are on the fence come cast and get the experience. Maybe they will have a Novice division so that people wont feel as intimidated to be in that spot. Thanks again, was great to see and catch up with you all.

 

Travis

Up Coming Spey Casting Events

My good buddy Steve, with his first Sandy winter steelhead.

My good buddy Steve, with his first Sandy winter steelhead.

Well just back from the bay area from my annual week of casting clinics, and fresh off a couple of river days too. Our rivers need a bump in water and then we should see a few more fish. The weather has been nice, just not winter steelhead nice. I wanted to get out a blog early this years about all up coming events in the world of Spey casting and events in which AWA will be present. Last but not least I have a few open days the second half of March still open if any of you are looking for a day to get on the water.

A cool place to see some of the best tiers in the Northwest and the world.

A cool place to see some of the best tiers in the Northwest and the world.

The Northwest Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo This two day event will focus on Fly fishing as a sport with a central theme of fly tying. They have anywhere from 25 to 50 tiers at one time. Some of the worlds best are here for you to watch  ask question about their techniques. Area fly shops will be there as will some Northwest manufacturers, to let you demo new and up coming gear. The date are March 13-14, I don’t know if I or AWA will be there, I was thinking about offering a Spey casting clinic. If I get some feed back that people are interested in a Spey casting clinic we will put it together

These folks in Canada can put on a great event!!!

These folks in Canada can put on a great event!!!

Michael & Young Spey Clave This is a great event! I attended in 2012 as well as presented. The enthusiasm of the people at this event was unmatched. My only dilemma was not enough time to get to everybody who had great questions. This year AWA and I will be attending and presenting, classes will be offered through the Michael & Young fly shop, both Friday before the clave and Sunday after the event. April 11th classes the 10th and 12th

The best Spey casting competition on the planet!

The best Spey casting competition on the planet!

Spey-O-Rama 2015 Well this could easily be Spey casting at it highest level. The historic ponds of the Golden Gate Casting and Angling club hosts the finest Spey casting comp in the world. If you have ever wanted to see what the top is in our sport I recommend you attend. The atmosphere is electric and you will get answers to many questions and get to even try some of the high level equipment. AWA will attend and participate in the event. If anyone is interested in a Monday clinic after the event let me know, and we will put one together. April

The worlds largest Spey gathering!!!

The worlds largest Spey gathering!!!

Sandy River Spey Clave 2015 This has been called the wood stock of the Spey world. If you have never been it is the most hands on Spey casting experience out there. If you have heard of them, they will be at the Sandy River Clave for sure. As of right now no list of presenters is out but I would think I might be on that list, only time will tell. AWA teamed up with Trout NV will be operating a booth so don’t forget to stop by and at least say hello. May 15-17 2015

The East Coasts best Spey Clave going!

The East Coasts best Spey Clave going!

Spey Nation 2015 Spey Nation is the east coast Sandy Clave. If you live on the east coast and are into Spey casting and swing flies for Steelhead there is no reason not to be there! Geoff and the boys have a great group every year and I love how much these people want to learn!! AWA in combination with my good friend Patrick Ross will be there and I will be presenting. I will be giving Spey casting Clinics the Day before and the Day after the event. If interested shoot me an email to confirm. June 27th

A lovely Redfish taken in the Texas sun!!

A lovely Redfish taken in the Texas sun!!

AWA Redfish Trip! This year AWA will be headed to Texas again to chase reds on the miles of flats located inside the barrier islands of the gulf coast. If you like warm weather and sight fishing this trip is for you!!! The fish average 22-28 inches and October is the time for BIGGER fish as well. 8wt rods and reels with solid drags are recommended.  Sunny weather, relaxed days and some of the best bird life you have ever seen. Lazy evening spend on the beach, bonfire one night, local and great food. Along with one of the best guides of any type I have ever met Billy Trimble. The Dates are October 17-24, great time as the Deschutes won’t fish well until we are back! This trip includes lodging, guides, ground transportation, and 2 meals a day. Total cost will be $2400.00 for the week. I have 1 spot left so dont be shy, shoot me an email to let me know you would like to do some classic southern flats fishing!!

One of the many Steelhead taken during class!!

One of the many Steelhead taken during class!!

Far East Spey Casting and Fishing schools: I have been doing these for the last 2 years with Patrick Ross at the Angler Lodge, they have been awesome!!! Great students and good times were had by all. the fishing is fishing, we have had great fishing and poor fishing during these classes. the knowledge gained in the casting arena and the local knowledge that Pat offers is unsurpassed. These classes fill up quickly!!! Contact huntpat59@msn.com for more up to date info on the 2015 classes.

Released wild and free!!

Released wild and free!!