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  • #16
    Ask Bill if you can stick the tip of a brand new, varnish just dried, 'boo rod in a ceiling fan....
    BE DIFFERENT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! <

    Exodus 29:18
    Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the LORD. God loves BBQ!

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    • #17
      Cucaracha,
      This is an interesting point. I currently have a 7'9" 5wt. and 7'9" 3wt. Both rods that I dearly love to use. The 5wt. has worked great in Idaho on the Henry's Fork, Snake and Teton rivers on fish up to 22". It has also served well on the Soque and Noontootla rivers here i GA. The 3wt is just awesome on the DH/stocked waters and the smaller blue lines I occasionally have the opportunity to pursue brookies.

      What might be some suggestions for this rod in July? I do not do salt water fishing. I am considering a 7wt. because I hooked a fish in Idaho that we tangled with for 17 minutes and could not get it up. When the line broke it was frayed as if we got pulled under or against a deep rock.

      FishinPreacher, I remember the story at the last boo festival up on the Toccoa about Bill "showing" the strength of the newly made rods in the ceiling fan!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by eyeflyfish View Post
        Cucaracha,
        This is an interesting point. I currently have a 7'9" 5wt. and 7'9" 3wt. Both rods that I dearly love to use. The 5wt. has worked great in Idaho on the Henry's Fork, Snake and Teton rivers on fish up to 22". It has also served well on the Soque and Noontootla rivers here i GA. The 3wt is just awesome on the DH/stocked waters and the smaller blue lines I occasionally have the opportunity to pursue brookies.

        What might be some suggestions for this rod in July? I do not do salt water fishing. I am considering a 7wt. because I hooked a fish in Idaho that we tangled with for 17 minutes and could not get it up. When the line broke it was frayed as if we got pulled under or against a deep rock.

        FishinPreacher, I remember the story at the last boo festival up on the Toccoa about Bill "showing" the strength of the newly made rods in the ceiling fan!
        The last one I did was an 8' 6wt. I built that specifically to catch some pellet pigs on some private water I fish. I have pulled in some fat 22" with no problem so I'm sure it would handle those Idaho trout just fine. And the tips were much easier to sand! That rod that went through the ceiling fan test was actually my rod and I still use that one today.

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        • #19
          If I recall, Bill told our group that you have to put aside the modern notions of the "weight" of your rod when it comes to bamboo. I believe he gave an example of a 6 weight bamboo being similar to a 4 weight Sage.
          I built a 7-9 four wt. I love it, but I recognize that while it's wonderful on the firehole, it's not something I'm going to fish on the Madison at 3 dollar.
          Last edited by AK Pipeline; 12-07-17, 03:40 PM.
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          • #20
            Originally posted by AK Pipeline View Post
            If I recall, Bill told our group that you have to put aside the modern notions of the "weight" of your rod when it comes to bamboo. I believe he gave an example of a 6 weight bamboo being similar to a 4 weight Sage.
            I built a 7-9 four wt. I love it, but I recognize that while it's wonderful on the firehole, it's not something I'm going to fish on the Madison at 3 dollar.
            Interesting. I've never heard that and do not recall him mentioning that in any of my classes. But then again, I never was an honor student when it came to paying attention.

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            • #21
              I believe he must have been referring to the slower action of the bamboo rods when compared to graphite rods. There is no doubt that bamboo rods are typically heavier (excepting hollow built rods) than modern graphite rods.

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              • #22
                I have always wanted to take this class and will some day make it a reality. I can't help but wonder if it's the same cost, possibly cheaper, to just purchase a rod from Bill? Factor in missing a weeks work, lodging and meals on top of the $1500+ for the class and you've got to be around 4-5k
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                My biggest worry is that when I'm dead my wife will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it. ~Koos Brandt

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Big Browns View Post
                  I have always wanted to take this class and will some day make it a reality. I can't help but wonder if it's the same cost, possibly cheaper, to just purchase a rod from Bill? Factor in missing a weeks work, lodging and meals on top of the $1500+ for the class and you've got to be around 4-5k
                  Kind of an apples and oranges thing Ron. It depends on what you are looking for. The class provides you the unique experience of building your own cane rod from scratch. Not many people on the planet can say they have done this! You leave with a beautiful fully functional rod that you built yourself.

                  But if your real desire is to own a rod built by a master rod maker, then have Bill build you one.
                  Message sent from your mom's bedroom during pillow talk

                  Buck Henry
                  Simple Goat Herder
                  Former NGTO President
                  Hall of Fame Member

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                  • #24
                    I have always wanted to take this class and will some day make it a reality. I can't help but wonder if it's the same cost, possibly cheaper, to just purchase a rod from Bill? Factor in missing a weeks work, lodging and meals on top of the $1500+ for the class and you've got to be around 4-5k
                    I understand the cost analysis associated with these rods. I have two that Bill made and they have changed my entire perspective and ability in fly fishing. I am taking the class more for what Buck expressed in that I will experience making a rod and using it myself. Ultimately it will be the rod my wife uses to fish in ponds as she cannot wade in streams and as my back up rod.

                    My understanding is it is also an epic week of experiences with other like minded sportsman.

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                    • #25
                      I attended in Feb of last year. One word - AWESOME! It is a lot of information, but Bill and Riley are excellent teachers. It is also a lot of work and hours, but there is a nice refrigerator in the back with a tap on top so.......

                      Seriously, go in with an open mind, take lots of notes, and enjoy. They say the birth of your children, wedding, etc. are supposed to be the monumental days of your life. They are wrong (LOL) Holding a finished rod, you built yourself, in the basement at Harvest on Main on Saturday night is truly one of the best days you will experience.

                      The knowledge and friendships you leave with are forever. Enjoy!

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