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One of the most interesting things about FF@ is the amount of non-technological interaction among members. If you haven't checked it out already, there is a FF@ Web page listing the details of current conclaves and fly swaps. What are claves and conclaves you ask? Well, the short version is that they are regional camping and fishing meetings, and have been attended by as few as three as many 200 plus list members. For some, a clave is more. As one member muses:

"a clave gives me a chance to put a face next to a name in my mind, a chance to swap lies and flies with friends I've never met face to face, a chance to share a drink and meal with like-minded individuals, a chance to learn how to improve my casting/fishing/stalking/tieing/cooking/living ..."

For others, a clave and conclave are gatherings to be distinguished one from another.

But I think our esteemed list owner, Danny Walls, probably said it best when he wrote:

"... a conclave, or clave for short, is when a group of FF@ folks meet somewhere to camp, fish, drink, smoke cigars and swap lies together. They are some of the finest times you can have on or near the water ... go to as many as you can next year, you will not regret it."

Two conclaves, the NorthEast Conclave and the TennClave are held every year. Both rival some of the best flyfishing extravaganzas commercially produced.

So, with that said, I have listed past conclaves below.

conclave date host location
North Mill River Clave II May 21-23, 1999 Donald Yelton  
Lake Placid Clave May 28-30, 1999 Chris Knight/Luis Nasim Wilmington Notch (Lake Placid), New York
Northeast Conclave VI (NEC VI) June 4-6, 1999 Dale Bonney Ceder Run, Pennsylvania
Alaska Clave June 11-13, 1999 Scott Peters Russian & Kenai Rivers
Northeast Georgia Clave (NEG IV) June 25-27, 1999 Steve Davenport Unicoi State Park, Helen, GA
StriperHead Clave July 8 - 11, 1999 Rick "not a clavemeister, but a facilitator" Ross Hermit Island Campground, Maine
Bassclave III July 9-11, 1999 Andrew Nix Natural Bridge Campground, Virginia
Big Creek Conclave II August 13 to16, 1999 George Jacox and Jack Amundsen Big Creek, Idaho
GSMNP (Great Smoky Mountain National Park ) Clave September 4-6, 1999 Scott Cunningham Hazel Creek, Tennessee
Salmon River Clave III September 24-26, 1999 Gregory Moore Pulaski, New York
Tennessee Conclave V (TN V) Octocber 8-11, 1999 Ben (theColonel) and Betsy Benoit Obversation Knob campground in Bristol, Tennesee
TuckClave III Mike Ray
Klave of Steel II Nov. 11-14, 1999 Stephen Di Cerbo Salmon River, Pulaski, New York

conclave date host location
Kamloops Trout Clave May 23-24, 1998 Erik Poole Logan Lake, British Columbia
NEC V June 5-7, 1998 Chris Knight/Luis Nasim Wilmington Notch (Lake Placid), New York
Bass Clave II June 11-12, 1998 Andrew C. Nix Natural Bridge Station, Virginia
Damn Yankee Clave June 11-14, 1998 Richard Frank Pittsburg, New Hampshire
NOARK III June 12-14, 1998 Snuggs Brown Bull Shoals State Park, Arkansas
Maine Clave II July 24-26, 1998 Dave Dow Popham Beach, Maine
Idaho Falls Conclave August 3-9, 1998 Jim Shearer Idaho Falls, Idaho
NEG III September 11-13, 1998 Steve Davenport Oconee State Park, South Carolina
Salmon River Clave II September 26-27, 1998 Greg Moore Pulaski, New York
Henry's Fork'n Clave September 25-27, 1998 Rob Gregoire Henry's Fork, Idaho
Tenn'Clave IV October 9-12, 1998 Ben Benoit Bristol, Tennessee
Klave of Steel November 11-15, 1998 Stephen Di Cerbo Pulaski, New York

conclave date host location
Lake Placid Clave May 30 - June 1, 1997 Chris Knight/Luis Nasim Wilmington Notch (Lake Placid), New York
Bass Clave I June 13-15, 1997 Andrew Nix Natural Bridge Station, Virginia
NEC IV June 28-29 1997 Ian Martin/Sheldon Seale Elora, Ontario
NEG II August 1-3, 1997 Steve Davenport Chattooga River, GA/SC
Maine Clave I May 29-June 1, 1997 Bob Skehan West Branch Of the Penobscot River, Maine
NOARK II June 6-8, 1997 Snuggs Brown Bull Shoals State Park, Arkansas
Damn Yankee Clave ? ? ?
Salmon River Clave I ? ? ?
Tenn'Clave III October 10-13, 1997 Ben Benoit Bristol, Tennessee

conclave date host location
WIZ Clave '96 April 1996 Sue Kreutzer Cheeseman Canyon, So. Platte R., Colorado
Lake Placid Clave May 31 - June 2, 1996 Chris Knight/Luis Nasim Wilmington Notch (Lake Placid), New York
NEC III June 28-30, 1996 Dale Bonney Carlisle, Pennsylvania
NOARK August, 1996 Snuggs Brown/Dave Barron ?
Big Creek Conclave August 9-14, 1996 George Jacox Big Creek, Idaho
Tenn'Clave II October, 1996 Ben Benoit Bristol, Tennessee
Vermont Clave 1996 Richard Frank Battenkill River, Vermont

conclave date host location
Wiz's Winter Western Conclave February 21, 1995 WIZ/Chaz Clover Deckers, Colorado
Western Conclave 1995 July 29-30, 1995 John Allison Encampment, Wyoming
NECII June 2-4, 1995 Luis Nasim Wilmington Notch (Lake Placid), New York
Montana FF@ Conclave I July 7-22, 1995 Tim Burke/Pat Maxon Madison River,West Yellowstone, Montana
Tenn'Clave I October, 1995 Ben Benoit Bristol, Tennessee

conclave date host location
NEC I (North European Conclave) early 1994 WIZ Durham, England
NEC I (NorthEast Conclave) June 3-5, 1994 Luis Nasim Wilmington Notch (Lake Placid), New York
SEC Conclave September 16-18, 1994 David Allerton Covington, Virginia
Western Conclave 1994 July, 1994 WIZ Encampment, Wyoming

conclave date host location
Virginia MiniClave ? Claude Freaner/Jim Caldwell Virginia


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