SRG 2014 Registration is Open

Go to the Southern Rodmakers blog for registration information and gathering announcements. Here's a link to the blog:

Andy Royer

Everyone is probably aware of Andy Royer's health situation by now. It appears that he sold a years worth of bamboo in one month when the word got out. I'm sure he would appreciate hearing from the bamboo rod making community long after everyone has stocked up. Here's a link to his blog with bamboo inventory info.

And here's a link to Andy's Caring Bridge site. There are instructions for making Paypal donations on his home page.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fly LInes - how to make them

Posted by David Bolin

A new book is coming out from John Betts and Michael Hackney called Fly Lines - How to Make Them.  I've been looking forward to this book for several years after meeting Michael at CRR and visiting about the project.  Michael has been making the lines for a few years experimenting with different materials.  If you make your own bamboo fly rods, I'm sure you'll be interested in this book.  Michael is accepting pre-orders now.  I've got my order in.  Here's the link if you're interested:

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

New SRG blog

Posted by David Bolin

If you haven't found it yet, we've set up a new blog dedicated to SRG.  Everything you need to know about the Southern Rodmakers Gathering is posted there.  Here's the link:

Thursday, October 24, 2013

SRG 2013 Pictures from Yaz

Posted by David Bolin

Here's a link to Stevan Yasgur's SRG 2013 web album:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

SRG 2013 Pictures

Posted by David Bolin

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Colorado Rod Makers Reunion 2013 Group Picture

Posted by David Bolin

Photo by Jeff Graham:

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Southern Rodmakers Gathering 2013

Posted by David Bolin

Registration is open for SRG 2013.  The dates are October 17, 18 & 19.  There will be a meet up for dinner somewhere in Mountain Home Wednesday evening the 16th for folks that will be arriving early.  Paul Craig is working on a location.  We'll post info when we know where we're meeting.  Here's a link to the registration form.  The registration fee is $60 again this year. 

Scott Bearden is working on the SRG web site.  It should be up to date in a few days.  Bill Armon is working on the schedule.  It's almost complete, but I'm sure he has room for more if there's something you'd like to demo for the group.  Denis Dunderdale is handling lodging at Fulton's.  If you've stayed there before, don't assume you have a room.  Contact Denis to confirm your reservations.  I'm doing registration again this year.

Here's contact info:

Denis Dunderdale (Co-chair) - Fultons Lodging:
Paul Craig (Co-chair) - Meals:
Bill Armon - Program:
Scott Bearden - Web site & Silent Auction:
David Atchison - Facilities:
David Bolin - Registration:

See you there!



Rodmakers Gatherings

February - SuperBoo, Fairfield, Maine, USA
April 2 - Carolina Cane Gathering, Greenville, South Carolina, USA
April - Catskill Cane Revival, Livingston Manor, New York, USA
April - Chicago Area Cane Gathering, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA
April - Corbett Lake (biannual in 2012), Merritt, British Columbia, Canada
May 6,7,8 - European Rodmakers Gathering, 58453 Sansepolcro, Italy
May - Canadian Cane (next biannual in 2011), location varies, Canada
May 7 - Buckeye Bamboo Bash, Belleville, Ohio, USA
May - Bamboo Fly Rod Classic, Madison, Virginia, USA
May - Townsend Bamboo Bash, Townsend, Tennessee, USA
June - Melbourne Makers Day, Melbourne Victoria, Australia
June - Victorian Fly Fishers Association Cane Day, Melbourne Victoria, Australia
June - Rodmakers at Grayrock, Grayling, Michigan, USA
July - Colorado Rodmakers Reunion, Marble, Colorado, USA
July - Metolius Bamboo Rod Fair, Camp Sherman, Oregon, USA
September - Catskill Gathering, Livingston Manor/Roscoe, New York, USA
October - Eastern Sierra Rod Makers Gathering, Bridgeport, California, USA
October - Great Western, Dunsmuir, California, USA
October - Penobscot Gathering, Eddington, Maine, USA
October 20,21,22 - Southern Rodmakers Gathering, Mountain Home, Arkansas, USA

How many bamboo rods have you made?

What type of finish do you use?

Which rod components do you make?

Do you soak your bamboo?

Which rod geometries do you make?

What kind of glue do you use to glue up rod blanks?

At what temperature do you heat treat (degrees F)?

What kind of ferrules do you use?

How do you apply finish to a rod?

What would you rather be doing?

What are your favorite bamboo rod lengths?

How do you flatten the nodes?

Do you pin ferrules?

Which tapers do you recommend for a first build?

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