Pure Joy – Casting a rod you made with a fly you made…

 

Joe Nicklo and George Sutherland led two rod building classes over the past several months, with much appreciated help from Bobby Orr, Paul Robertson and Joe Flowers as proctors. The first class with nine members was conducted at Bayland Community Center in February. The second class with seven members was conducted at Gordy and Sons in March. Both were two day classes.

The participants not only had fun building a rod to their unique color and preferences, but are now able to enjoy casting with it for years to come. In the fly fishing world, it probably can’t get much better than that – joy of casting a fly you made with a rod you made! No doubt the signup sheet for the next class should be in “overflow” once again!

First Class @ Bayland Community Center / Day 2

Work in Progress
Work in Progress
Eric Jorgenson Concentration
John Scarcelli Working magic
Gary Burns Happy to be building his rod

Second Class / Day 1 @ Gordy & Sons

Joe Nicklo demonstrating spine location
Preparing for next step
Paul Robertson reaming cork handle
Paul Robertson reaming cork handle
Intense concentration….
Preparing blank for reelseat
Gluing reelseat and handle
Gluing reelseat and handle
Gluing reelseat and handle

Second Class / Day 2 @ Gordy & Sons

Bill Preston wrapping guides
George and Barry discussing guide spacing
Wrapping guides
Focus & concentration
Joe demonstrating epoxy drying tool
Joe demonstrating epoxy drying tool
Barry and Piper mixing epoxy
Barry and Piper mixing epoxy

Looks like the group had a great time building something that will provide years of memories and enjoyment.

Don’t miss the next class, which hopefully will be possible soon in spite of the COVID crisis.

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