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Old 12-10-17, 10:29 PM   #21
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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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Old 12-29-17, 10:23 AM   #22
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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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Old 12-29-17, 11:52 AM   #23
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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.
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Old 12-29-17, 02:33 PM   #24
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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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Old 01-04-18, 02:42 PM   #25
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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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Old 02-05-18, 12:38 PM   #26
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Default Oyster Bamboo - Make your own

So, I attended the class a few years ago. Rented a cabin on the lower Tocoa River. Went to class during the day and fished in the evenings. Lots of other places to fish nearby, as well. As was previously stated, the number of hours you put in depends somewhat on your capabilities and the capabilities of the rest of the class. People work at different paces and that is where the keg comes into play.

Be careful. After attending the class, I built a few rods at another guys shop. He was kind enough to let me build rods for myself if I also built one to donate to charity. I have since set up my own shop and am in the process of building my 14th and 15th rods. I kept some, gave one to my uncle who got me started fishing and fueled my passion for it. Also, sold a couple and donated 3 to different charities. I still have 5 at the house. This fish in my avitar was a 28Ē rainbow that I caught in Alaska on my Oyster class rod. Also made a 8.5í 9 wgt that I used in Alaska to land a 25 lb king salmon.

You will not be disappointed. I certainly was not.
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Old 06-09-18, 12:35 PM   #27
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Well I'm only 4 weeks away. After talking with my guide I use on the Toccoa and Riley at the shop, I'm going to attempt an 8' 4wt. I and one other gentleman will be the only first timers in the room.I hope I don't hold the class up!
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Old 06-11-18, 02:10 PM   #28
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Donít fret about it. The class pace is such that everyone has time to complete their tasks. If you have any kind of mechanical or woodworking aptitude you will probably be waiting on others. Thatís when you hit the keg.
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Old 06-11-18, 02:21 PM   #29
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Any endeavor that requires mental and physical output is going to be taxing, but no one ever succeeded by sitting on the sidelines and taking the easy way out. I have never built a bamboo rod, but it intrigues me nonetheless, and having the opportunity to build your very own 'boo rod under the watchful eyes of Bill Oyster is an opportunity that should not be missed.

I have a good friend (via internet and LSU connections who is well known as a bamboo rod restorer - Michael Sinclair). Michael (aka Paducah Mike) sings the highest praises of Bill and his rods.

You'll undoubtedly finish the experience with a top notch fly rod and the knowledge you need to build the next one. Not to mention that if this is the only one you ever build you will fully enjoy the experience and relive it every time you land a fish on it.

If it's possible, keep a photo record of your progress and keep us updated here. It'll keep us all happy and it'll be a boon to Bill, who has long been one of our sponsors.
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Old 06-11-18, 02:21 PM   #30
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Just don't hit that keg very hard on guide wrapping day! My wraps look like some drunk guy did them!
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