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Telephone: (250) 285-3599 (home)
Genuine Bellinger, Inc.
Genuine Bellinger, Inc. – established 1979
- Bellinger Reel Seats
- Bellinger Bamboo Rodmaking Machines, Tools & Equipment
- Bellinger Bamboo Fly-Rods and Reels
The Bellinger shop is located in Lebanon, Oregon, a small, rural community located in the heart of the Willamette Valley. From our location we are just minutes away from the emerald green waters of the historic McKenzie River; home to the McKenzie River style drift-boat and its own genetically pure wild redside trout and but just a short drive from the central Oregon coast to the west, with its fall run of sea-run cutthroat and to the east the Cascade mountain range; gateway to the high Oregon desert and the famed Deschutes River and the its annual run of summer steelhead.
OUR FOUR-DAY BAMBOO RODMAKING EXPERIENCE
Pay it forward.
Making a bamboo fly-rod blank from scratch, can be quite a challenge. Success comes with an enormous sense of accomplishment and a feeling of personal pride for the rodmaker. This feeling is true regardless of the rodmakers level of experience.
Going full immersion, working hands-on alongside an experienced rodmaker, one-on-one, while you make your blank, where the process is seem-less and makes sense; where the fundamentals and techniques used are simply explained, demonstrated and ultimately executed by you and the equipment used is a very natural part of the entire process is another type of experience. It is the kind of learning experience where one leaves not only with a top-quality, ready-to-finish, bamboo fly-rod blank and Bellinger components but also with a greater appreciation for the finer details of the craft and an increased level of confidence in one’s own ability.
Combine these two experiences and you have the outline for our 4 day bamboo rodmaking experience. Although we publish that we begin on Tuesday and concludes Friday, please keep in mind these are individual classes for the most part and can be tailored to fit your schedule.
Please contact Bellinger for more information on our bamboo rodmaking experience.
Around the World
Quadra Island, a short 10 min. ferry ride from Campbell River, B.C.; this modest city is the self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital Of The World” and home to the famous “Tyee Club”.
Telephone: (250) 285-3599 (home)
This activity has to be both enjoyable for participants, as well as a source of pride in acquired skills and knowledge. As a bonus, each student will take home a rod that will only require final guide wrapping and finish application. The course represents a very economical way to acquire a cane rod, but of equal value will be the chance to see and try out a variety of rodmaking tools and techniques. This will be especially useful for those hoping to continue the craft of making bamboo rods.
Instruction is available either on the traditional planing form, or using the Morgan Hand Mill.
Course duration is an introductory Friday evening, followed by 5 full days of instruction and workshop time. Lunches are provided on-site.
The usual rod choice for class instruction is a two-piece 7 1/2 ft. fly rod. Every effort is made to consult participants, so that they end up with a rod that suits their angling opportunities. A fine rod bag and quality case are provided to facilitate getting your new rod back home, safe and sound!
At least one class each year will feature construction of a bamboo trolling rod: these light tackle “3/6” boat rods are a blast to build and to fish with, especially useful if using light tackle and fishing them by rowing a small skiff. Cane “3/6” boat rods are noted for their sensitivity and strength, having been used to catch chinook or “spring” salmon over 70 lb. in the Tyee Club’s annual competition.
Only the best high quality cane and rod components are provided to each participant for construction of their rod. There is just too much time, energy and care invested in making a cane rod to depreciate the experience by utilizing inferior components; others might say “too much blood, sweat and tears” are invested, but that is not my experience.
We can accommodate up to 3 students at a time.
Anyone interested in this potential experience is warmly invited to give us a call or to send us an E-mail. References are available from established rodmakers, as well as from former students.