International Federation of Fly Fishers Fair – 2016

Mary Ann and I are getting ready to head to Livingston, Montana for a week to attend the upcoming International Federation of Fly Fishers Fair.  It should be a great time.  I’ll have a booth with my bamboo fly rods at the fair, and Mary Ann will be presenting several classes.  And…if everything works out, we’ll also get a little fishing time on the local springs creeks also.  Hope to see you at the fair.

2016 International Federation of Fly Fishers Fair

2016 International Federation of Fly Fishers Fair

Owyhee River Browns

I got the chance to fish the Owyhee River in Eastern Oregon earlier this week for a few days with our friends Noel and Sue from Australia.  Fishing was a little on the slow side but we still hooked into some nice Owyhee River Browns.  There weren’t a lot of hatches going on during the day, and most fish were picked up on small #20 zebra midges.  I used my 7′  6″  5 wt Freestone Series bamboo fly rod for the two days, which worked great.  I also used a 50″ furled leader from Mike Morin at http://www.cutthroatleader.com , and about 5 ft. of 6X tippet with the small nymphs.  Here are a couple of pictures of my time there:

Owyhee River Brown

Owyhee River Brown

Owyhee River Brown

Owyhee River Brown

Bamboo Rod Building Class Update

I spent some time this week with Charlotte, my newest rod building class student.  She’s making great progress, and keeps proclaiming “This is way too much fun!”.  Here she is running bamboo strips through the Bellinger Hand Planers Friend.  Next up for her…straightening strips and starting the hand planing process.  Here is Charlotte in action:

Running the Bellinger Beveler

Running the Bellinger Beveler

A great photo from a customer.

Eric Neufeld (http://www.facebook.com/ragingriversales) sent me this great photo of a cutthroat he recently caught with one of my bamboo fly rods….Eric owns two of them.  This beautiful cutthroat was caught on a 7′  0″  4 wt Spring Creek Series Rod I built for Eric a few years ago.  Photo credit goes to Heather Hodson.

A Great Cutthroat Trout

A Great Cutthroat Trout

I’ve now started bamboo fly rod building classes

At the request of several folks, I’m now conducting one-on-one bamboo fly rod building classes at my shop.  I started a class this weekend with Charlotte, from Bend.  We spent time casting a few rods to pick out the taper for her, and got to selecting and splitting the bamboo.  We had a great time, and Charlotte made great progress in just 3 hours.  Here are a few photos from our afternoon.

Getting started selecting the bamboo

Getting started selecting the bamboo

Marking the culm for splitting

Marking the culm for splitting

Making the first split

Making the first split

Making big strips into small strips

Making big strips into small strips

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