Finishing up an 8′ 0″ 4 wt Signature Series Fly Rod

Just finished the guide wraps on a new 8′  0″  4 wt Hollow Built Signature Series Fly Rod.  The next step is to apply several brush-on coats of varnish to the wraps, and then it’s on to the dip tank to varnish the complete rod.  This rod will be going to Willa, a good friend in Iowa, when it gets completed.  She has big plans to fish this rod on several Iowa spring creeks….it should be a great match for those waters.

Guide wraps ready for varnishing.

Guide wraps ready for varnishing.

 

Christmas Ideas for Anglers from RiverKeeper Flies

My good friend, John Kreft, has a wonderful WEB page and blog dedicated to fly tying.  He’s an awesome fly tier and has some great information, both historical and for tying, about flies and fly fishing.  He recently posted a great blog entry about fly fishing items for the upcoming Christmas holidays.  So, check out his latest post, as well as all the good content at:

http://www.johnkreft.com/2016-christmas-list-for-fly-fishers-and-fly-tyers/

John Kreft and RiverKeeper Flies

John Kreft and RiverKeeper Flies

 

Figured English Walnut Reel Seats

I just put the finishing touches on a batch of beautiful figured English Walnut reel seats for my bamboo fly rods.  You never quite know how they will look from the starting blocks of walnut when you turn them down on the lathe and then apply the finish.  Here is the “before” and “after” look.

Figured English Walnut Blanks Ready to be Turned on the Lathe

Figured English Walnut Blanks Ready to be Turned on the Lathe

And the finished product

And the finished product

Getting out on the Crooked River with our Bamboo Fly Rods

Mary Ann and I took advantage of the great weather this week and hit the Crooked River yesterday for some November Fly Fishing…yep, here in central Oregon we get to fly fish year around!  She took out her 8′  0″  5 wt Spring Creek Series rod and I choose a 7′  6″  5 wt Freestone Series rod for the day.  The white fish are spawning in the river now so small orange egg patterns were the go-to fly for the day.  We caught an equal ratio of whitefish to rainbows, and lost track of how many fish came to the net.  Here are a couple of photos of our day.

A couple of anglers happy to get on the river with our bamboo fly rods.

A couple of anglers happy to get on the river with our bamboo fly rods.

Fish On!  A 14 inch rainbow.

Fish On! A 14 inch rainbow.

A nice 12 inch rainbow that came to my net.

A nice 12 inch rainbow that came to my net.

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 recently completed a class with Charlotte, a local Bend resident.  She worked very hard throughout the class and finished with a fantastic 8′  0″  6 wt bamboo fly rod from my Signature Series of rods.  Here is her entire rod building process documented in photos.

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

Running Bamboo Strips through the Bellinger Beveller

Running Bamboo Strips through the Bellinger Beveller

Handing strips to final dimensions

Hand planing strips to final dimensions

Gluing on the cork rings for the grip

Gluing the cork rings on the finished blank for the grip

Wrapp;ing the winding check and guides

Wrapping the winding check and guides

And the finished bamboo fly rod

And the finished bamboo fly rod

Testing her new bamboo fly rod out on the Fall River

Testing her new bamboo fly rod out on the Fall River

 

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