Rodmakers Map

Kirk Brumels

 

P.O. Box 131
Macatawa, MI 49434

clamriverclassics@yahoo.com

Callum Ross

Berridale, New South Wales

indi.river.rods@gmail.com

Matt West

3937 Manhattan Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80526

matt@groove180.com

Russ Gooding

1780 Clay Road
Ephrata, PA 17522

info@peakbamboo.com

Michel Sylvestre

261 rue Boislambert
Lévis (Qué.)
Canada G6V 6W1

sylvestrebamboo@gmail.com

Gordon Gove

8 Marimead
4 Reed Place
Pinetown, South Africa

gordon@gwr-sa.co.za

Don Smith

Don Smith, Rodmaker & Tool Designer

2807 Renae Ct.
Missoula, MT 59804
donsmithcanecraft@hotmail.com

Marcel Duval

Winnipeg, Canada

dvlmrcl@gmail.com

Carl Wachter

224 West 5th St
Mankato MN 56001

cwacht1@charter.net

Kyle Stierwalt

Rochester, MN

kyle@stierwalt.net

Steven Schwartz

7004 Valhalla Road
Fort Worth, TX 76116

stevenschwartztx@gmail.com

Sean Tate

399 Waters Edge Court
Lebanon, OR 97355

tatefineflyrods@gmail.com

 

Gary "Mike" Stillman

Farmington, Maine, 04938
Poepaddy@hotmail.com

 

Pete Emmel

7775 Yesal Ave
Atascadero, Ca. 93422
p_emmel5@hotmail.com

 

What's This Map?

Hello fellow bamboo enthusiasts!  This page, with its map and accordion list of contact info is for YOU.  All of you.  We’re very inclusive.  We want the big players.  We want the newest newbie who has merely thought of casting a bamboo rod, or making one.  If you share your basic contact info, we’ll put you on the map.  “To what purpose?,” you may ask.  Well, if you know where you are, relative to other rodmakers and anglers, you can get in touch…to talk about bamboo, to go fishing, to make a rod, to go in together and split the dreadful expense of shipping Tonkin Bamboo.  There are so many reasons to know about other makers, restorationists, students, instructors, dealers, anglers, and the merely curious.  Yes, this may help our business, but it will help the cause even more.  The cause?  Yes.  The cause that is bamboo rodmaking, that is angling with classic tackle, that is history, understanding, appreciation, that is the very experience of slow fishing.  This doesn’t preclude fast rod actions or faster fishing action.  Slow fishing is broadly encompassing, but it starts by picking up – or making – a rod that took one or two weeks to make, appreciating the nuances of bamboo from the level of craft details to the mastery of casting rods that range from accessible to sophisticated, to the joy of catching, and of releasing.  And, rarely, the joy of eating a meal caught with honor.  There is also, with slow fishing, the comfortable knowledge that no matter what your political persuasion, you are fishing with a rod that is made sustainably, from a renewable resource.  Bamboo.  It’s the way to catch fish. 

How do you get in touch with all these other bamboo-oriented guys and gals?  Share your basic contact info.  If you want to be on the list, we require:

  • Your name
  • Your address (how else can we stick a pin on the map?)
  • Your email address.
  • One word description of what you’re all about: Rodmaker, Educator, Author, Restorationist, Student, Angler, etc.

We know of over a dozen rodmakers in the Fort Collins, CO  area.  So far only one is on the list.  Who will join him?  In Fort Collins, and around the world, we invite you to come together.  Fish wood.  Because if they could, fish would.

United States

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California

Pete Emmel, Rodmaker

7775 Yesal Ave
Atascadero, Ca. 93422
p_emmel5@hotmail.com 

Colorado

Matt West, Rodmaker

3937 Manhattan Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80526

matt@groove180.com

Maine

Gary “Mike” Stillman, Rodmaker/Restorationist

PO Box 751
Farmington, Maine, 04938

207-860-9365

Poepaddy@hotmail.com

Michigan

Kirk Brumels

P.O. Box 131
Macatawa, MI 49434

clamriverclassics@yahoo.com

Minnesota

Kyle J. Stierwalt, Rodmaker

 

Rochester, MN 56001

kyle@stierwalt.net

Carl Wachter, Rodmaker

 

224 West 5th St

Mankato MN 56001

cwacht1@charter.net

Montana

Don Smith, Rodmaker & Tool Designer

2807 Renae Ct.
Missoula, MT 59804

donsmithcanecraft@hotmail.com

 

Oregon

Sean Tate, Rodmaker

Tate Fine Fly Rods
399 Waters Edge Court
Lebanon, OR 97355

tatefineflyrods@gmail.com

Pennsylvania

Russ Gooding

1780 Clay Road
Ephrata, PA 17522

info@peakbamboo.com

Tennessee

Joel Mears, Rodmaker

254 Holland View Drive
Jonesborough, TN 37659

Joel.mears@tecindustrial.com

Texas

Steven Schwartz, Rodmaker

7004 Valhalla Road
Fort Worth, TX 76116

stevenschwartztx@gmail.com

Around the World

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Australia

Callum Ross

Berridale, New South Wales

indi.river.rods@gmail.com

Canada

Marcel Duval, Hobbyist Bamboo Rodmaker

Winnipeg, Canada

dvlmrcl@gmail.com


Michel Sylvestre

Quebec, Canada

sylvestrebamboo@gmail.com

South Africa

Gordon Gove

8 Marimead
4 Reed Place
Pinetown, South Africa

Phone Cel 081 545 2297

gordon@gwr-sa.co.za