Rodmaker Gatherings Map

Colorado Rodmakers Reunion

Southern Rodmakers Gathering

Canadian Cane

Eastern Sierra Rod Makers Gathering

Carolina Cane Gathering 2018

What's This Map?

Rod Gatherings.  You know them by reputation.  Those secretive enclaves where the elect gather in the dark of night, behind the barricades, to pass arcane secrets amongst only themselves, and portioning out, from one cork-stoppered amber bottle, the angel’s tears with which they varnish their impeccable rods.  No, really, that’s not the way it goes.  These gatherings are for the experts, but it’s where they share their vast knowledge with the folks who are new to bamboo, or who want to explore another of the ten thousand paths bamboo offers.  These gatherings are inclusive, not exclusive.  The leadership and active membership of each gathering wants you to attend.  If you’re new to bamboo, seek out these gatherings.  Go.  Meet.  Learn.  If you’re old to bamboo, you should go, too.  Go to share.  To educate.  To invite new anglers to appreciate bamboo rods.  Where are these gatherings held?  Around the world.  Click the pins.  Send an email.  Get yourself invited.

United States

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Colorado Rodmakers Reunion

 

 

When & Where:

Chair Mountain Ranch, Marble, CO

July 13-15, 2017

Contact:

Lee Koch (Lkoch1@sprynet.com)
Alan Kube (akubebamboo@yahoo.com
)

Coloradorodmakers.org

Details:

The Colorado Rodmakers Reunion is an annual gathering of people who make or simply appreciate flyrods made from “the lovely reed.”

We meet on the western slope of Colorado, near Marble CO, at Chair Mountain Ranch, usually on the third weekend in July, for 2-1/2 days of rodmaking presentations, casting and socializing. 

In recent years we have had attendees from 20+ states.  Space limitations at the ranch currently limit our attendance to around 80 people.

Chair Mountain Ranch is within 30 minutes or so of several renowned flyfishing rivers:  The Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Colorado and Gunnison, as well as the Crystal right across the road.  Depending on the year, we can see fantastic dry fly fishing.  Spouses and accompanying friends appreciate our proximity to Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and the wine area around Paonia.

Eastern Sierra Rod Makers Gathering

When & Where:

73 North School Street, Bridgeport, California 93517

September 22-24, 2017

Contact:

Larry Tusoni / High Sierra Rod Company
http://www.highsierrarods.com
larry@highsierrarods.com
209.736.9197

Details:

The 11th annual ESRG (Eastern Sierra Rod Makers Gathering) will be held on the weekend of September 23rd, 2017 at the Bridgeport Community Center, in Bridgeport, California. Check-in and breakfast will start at 9:00am on the Saturday the 23rd with discussions, demonstrations and casting to follow.

Feel free to drop by on Friday night the 22nd of September for casual discussions, hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Please consider bringing an hors d’oeuvre, and there are warming facilities available.

The price is $50.00 which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Saturday is the main gathering day. Breakfast will be served at 9:00am, with lunch and a dinner.

Discussion will start after rod casting (please bring new and old/classic bamboo rods with reels and line to cast).

The agenda has not been finalized, but will be listed on the website, shortly.  Camping and registration details listed on the website as well.

Grayrock

 

When & Where:

Lovells, MI

June 21-23, 2018

Contact:

Richard K. Perry

rkp@rkpcanerods.com

Details:

A forum for cane rod-makers and enthusiasts. 2018 will be the 23rd year. The event is held in Lovells, MI Thursday afternoon until Saturday afternoon for registered attendees. Experienced, and novice rod-makers will benefit and enjoy the event. Grayrock provides an opportunity interact with rod-makers from around the country, and attend presentations and demos of interest to all rod-makers. There are rods to cast and the forum offers an opportunity to discover new tapers, discuss your favorite tapers, and other rod making subjects. Lunch, dinner, and continental breakfast are provided during the gathering. Organizers and committee members are volunteer and funds in excess of the costs associated with conducting the forum are donated to educational and conservation related organizations.

There will be both a silent and a live auction for attendees to help raise money for the various conservation activities that Grayrock supports

rodmakersatgrayrock.org
facebook.com/RodmakersAtGrayrock/

 

Southern Rodmakers Gathering

 

When & Where:

Fulton’s Lodge, Cotter, Arkansas

Oct 20-22 2016, typically 3rd weekend of October annually.

Contact:

Scott Bearden (Auction Chair): scott.bearden@gmail.com

southernrodmakers.blogspot.com

Details:

Insiders, outsiders, new to bamboo: Southern Rodmakers is an annual gathering of bamboo fly rod makers. Over 300 craftsmen from 39 states have gathered on the White river near Cotter Arkansas since 1998. This is a low key, family friendly event with demonstrations for the beginner as well as advanced rodmaking topics. Each year is a little different but we try to have casting demonstrations by expert casting instructors, demonstrations of equipment and or techniques, making various hardware components and some sort of rod competition or evaluation of rod tapers. When the sun goes down we usually have some live music by some talented rodmakers. Held right on the storied banks of the White River where monster trout lurk.

Carolina Cane Gathering 2018

When & Where:

Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard, North Carolina.

April 19-21, 2018

Contact:

Tom Hardy: thomhardy0@gmail.com
919-240-5302

John Hollifield: jhollif@gmail.com

Details:

The 8th Annual Carolina Cane Gathering (CCG) will be held on April 19-21 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard, North Carolina. Events will kick off with a picnic supper at 5:30 pm on Thursday the 19th at the Sycamore Flats Picnic Shelter on Rt 276, just north of the intersection with Rt 64. This will be followed by program activities at the Education Center on the 20th (8:30 am – 5:00 pm) and 21st  (8:30 am – 12:00 noon) and by a dinner/social gathering on Friday evening at the Ecusta Brewing Company at the Rt 276/Rt 64 intersection.

The cost of the Gathering is $65 per participant for those who register prior to March 1, 2018, and $75 for those who register between March 1 and April 1. This fee includes access to all program activities, the welcome picnic, coffee and pastries and lunch on Friday and Saturday, and the dinner/social on Friday night. Lodging costs are not included.

Our goals are to provide rodmakers (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) with opportunities to meet other builders, share tools and techniques, brainstorm on common (and not-so-common) problems, cast rods, and enjoy fellowship.

Additional program details, and registration information will be posted on our Facebook Page –  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1764412180441666/

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Canadian Cane

When & Where:

Bellwood Lake Conservation Area, Fergus , Ontario

May 27-28, 2017

Contact:

info@canadiancane.com

Details:

20th Anniversary Rodmakers Gathering. Come and join us for a special event culminating 20 years of camaraderie and a fascination with building bamboo fly rods.