Early Winter in Sisters, Oregon

We got hit pretty hard with an early winter storm for the past two days….temperatures in the teens and 18″ of snow at the house.  So, we’re not planning on going anywhere for the next couple of days.  I had to shovel my way out to my workshop this morning:

Winter in Sisters, Oregon

Winter in Sisters, Oregon

But, my shop is heated and it hasn’t slowed down my rod building.  I put on a 4th coating of varnish on a 7′  6″  5 wt. rod I’m building for Rudy H. from Eugene, Oregon.  Here is the rod hanging up in my drying cabinet.  It will get one more coating of finish, followed by a hand polish, and then gluing on the reel seat.

7'  6"  5 wt rod drying after it's 4th dip of varnish.

7′ 6″ 5 wt rod drying after it’s 4th dip of varnish.

4 thoughts on “Early Winter in Sisters, Oregon

    • Hi Paul,

      Yes, I considered picking up a snow blower when we bought the house but thought we might try one winter here in Sisters to see how it goes….I’m now rethinking that decision. B.T.W. I hooked a large steelhead on the Deschutes River a week ago on my 10′ 6″ 5 wt bamboo switch rod. Had a good fight but it threw the hook after a long downstream run…pretty exciting!


  1. Dave, congrats on your new place. I am sitting down to wrap my second rod and thought I would watch your wrapping video again. I like your bobbin technique for Bamboo rods. I have a third Rod glued up and sanded waiting on the guides to arrive. Its my version of an E.C. Powell Steelhead bait casting rod (my brother is a non fly fisherman but still a good guy) I spend as much time as I can with Skip learning all I can. He has his next pupil started, so I have been working on my own lately. Hope to see you in March at the expo.

    • Hi Randy,

      Keep up with your rod building…it’s good to hear you’re on rod #3. If you’re rod building goes like mine did when I first started out, you’ll probably find that you have a few “I won’t do that again” experiences with each rod, which serve as great learning experiences. And, you’ll get better with each and every rod you build. Keep up the great work!


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