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A Recap of the 2023 Spey Clave

An embodiment of the spirit that surrounds two-handed angling.

A Recap of the 2023 Spey Clave

By: Simms Fishing w/ Joseph Evans and Bradley Funkhouser 2023-11-03

SWINGING FOR FALL STEELHEAD - Attending the 2023 Red Shed Spey Clave
Joe Evans and Bradley Funkhouser attended the 2023 Red Shed Spey Clave to capture what makes this community and type of fishing so special. Check out their YouTube video that recaps this year’s event and their adventures spent chasing steelhead on the Clearwater River.

A Recap of the 2023 Spey Clave

By: Simms Fishing w/ Joseph Evans and Bradley Funkhouser 2023-11-03

Spey fishing with two-handed rods, a pursuit synonymous with anadromous fish, is the pinnacle of angling for many devoted enthusiasts. This distinctive method of fishing features long rods that propel lines across impressive distances to present a fly on the swing. It's the go-to strategy for those in pursuit of the elusive steelhead on the fly, and the surrounding subculture is nothing short of enchanting.

 

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Spey Clave gatherings have been a cherished tradition for a considerable time. These events serve as a communal haven, allowing anglers to congregate over a shared passion, and celebrate the culture and community surrounding two-handed fishing. One of the most notable events is the renowned Red Shed Spey Clave, along the Clearwater River in Idaho. This year, for the first time since 2019, the event was hosted in Lenore, Idaho, by the Red Shed Fly Shop, The Fly Project, and House of Fly. A remarkable 300-plus anglers came together to exchange techniques, share their favorite fly patterns, and, most importantly, swing for steelhead. This year's event was nothing short of magical, an embodiment of the spirit that surrounds two-handed angling. Prominent brands and angling legends all showed up, presenting new products and conducting instructional sessions for those in attendance.

 

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The history of two-handed fishing carries with it an aura of expertise. The intricacies of spey casting techniques and the artistic complexity of swung flies are rich with tradition. Yet, it's impossible to turn a blind eye to the mounting challenges facing anadromous fish, particularly steelhead, as they navigate modern-day hurdles. In many rivers, their populations are declining, and annual returns continue to dwindle. Nevertheless, the niche community continues to rally, and its popularity continues to grow. The overwhelming success of this year's Red Shed Spey Clave serves as proof that a new generation of young anglers is enthusiastically embracing the timeless tradition of Spey fishing. At the end of the day, connecting to a resource through sustainable recreation creates more support for its long-term protection.

 

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This year, two anglers, Joe Evans and Bradley Funkhouser, attended this event to capture what makes this community and type of fishing so special. Check out their YouTube video that recaps the 2023 Red Shed Spey Clave and their adventures spent chasing steelhead on the Clearwater River. A special thank you is owed to Poppy Cummins and The Red Shed Fly Shop, The Fly Project, and House of Fly, for hosting this event.

 

Spey fishing with two-handed rods isn't just a pastime; it's a venerable tradition, a shared passion that brings together a dedicated community of anglers. The 2023 Red Shed Spey Clave, hosted in Lenore, Idaho, was a testament to the enduring love of this sport.

Spey fishing with two-handed rods, a pursuit synonymous with anadromous fish, is the pinnacle of angling for many devoted enthusiasts. This distinctive method of fishing features long rods that propel lines across impressive distances to present a fly on the swing. It's the go-to strategy for those in pursuit of the elusive steelhead on the fly, and the surrounding subculture is nothing short of enchanting.

 

Spey Clave Blog Inline 1

 

Spey Clave gatherings have been a cherished tradition for a considerable time. These events serve as a communal haven, allowing anglers to congregate over a shared passion, and celebrate the culture and community surrounding two-handed fishing. One of the most notable events is the renowned Red Shed Spey Clave, along the Clearwater River in Idaho. This year, for the first time since 2019, the event was hosted in Lenore, Idaho, by the Red Shed Fly Shop, The Fly Project, and House of Fly. A remarkable 300-plus anglers came together to exchange techniques, share their favorite fly patterns, and, most importantly, swing for steelhead. This year's event was nothing short of magical, an embodiment of the spirit that surrounds two-handed angling. Prominent brands and angling legends all showed up, presenting new products and conducting instructional sessions for those in attendance.

 

Spey Clave Blog Inline 2

 

The history of two-handed fishing carries with it an aura of expertise. The intricacies of spey casting techniques and the artistic complexity of swung flies are rich with tradition. Yet, it's impossible to turn a blind eye to the mounting challenges facing anadromous fish, particularly steelhead, as they navigate modern-day hurdles. In many rivers, their populations are declining, and annual returns continue to dwindle. Nevertheless, the niche community continues to rally, and its popularity continues to grow. The overwhelming success of this year's Red Shed Spey Clave serves as proof that a new generation of young anglers is enthusiastically embracing the timeless tradition of Spey fishing. At the end of the day, connecting to a resource through sustainable recreation creates more support for its long-term protection.

 

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This year, two anglers, Joe Evans and Bradley Funkhouser, attended this event to capture what makes this community and type of fishing so special. Check out their YouTube video that recaps the 2023 Red Shed Spey Clave and their adventures spent chasing steelhead on the Clearwater River. A special thank you is owed to Poppy Cummins and The Red Shed Fly Shop, The Fly Project, and House of Fly, for hosting this event.

 

Spey fishing with two-handed rods isn't just a pastime; it's a venerable tradition, a shared passion that brings together a dedicated community of anglers. The 2023 Red Shed Spey Clave, hosted in Lenore, Idaho, was a testament to the enduring love of this sport.

A Recap of the 2023 Spey Clave