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  • Introduction to Rodbuilding


  • Course Description

  • Once each year, Clark-Skamania Flyfishers offers a class titled Introduction to Rodbuilding. This class, under the leadership of Ralph Randall, Kuni Masuda, Richard Bowers and Jim Olson, is offered exclusively to members (note: non-members are always welcome to join the club) and provides students with several hours of instruction by some of the region's most experienced craftsmen. Students receive one-on-one instruction each week that results in a more complete understanding of the art of rodbuilding.

  • CSF students have built hundreds of flyrods in the more than twenty years since the club started this class and have turned out some magnificent flyrods and many accomplished rodbuilders. We are fortunate that the club has a number of exceptional instructors, who can introduce you to the many types of rods that are now being built, including bamboo, a classic material that is quickly regaining popularity.

  • Cost and Class Size

  • Beginning in March, Introduction to Rodbuilding will meet once a week over a period of several weeks, ending in early April, just in time for trout season. There is no fee. However, in order to provide the best possible learning environment, space is limited to 20 students and is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. See the Club's Calendar Page for the date of the next class and contact information.

  • What You Need to Bring

  • If you are interested in taking this course, contact Mr. Randall to discuss the various blanks and components that are available. Students must furnish their own materials (available at discount prices when ordered through the club). The Hook & Hackle Company offers specials every week with great discounts on their most popular rodbuilding components; their catalog is available on the Internet.

  • It really doesn't get much better than catching fish with a rod you've built yourself on flies you've tied...that is, unless you bring that fish to hand in a beautiful, handcrafted wooden net that you created in one of our netbuilding classes.


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