Summer Workshop

2019 Summer Workshop
Rod Building 101
Saturday, June 29, 2019
8:00am to 2:00pm
LDWF Woodworth Outdoor Center
661 Robinson Rd, Woodworth, LA

Our annual Summer Workshops typically feature a special guest, cover a special skill, or genre of our sport that would not be practical for our regular meetings and tying sessions. These workshops are open to current members of Kisatchie Fly Fishers, and when space allows, to members of other organized fly fishing clubs.

On Saturday, June 29th, KFF will hold a free "Rod Building Workshop" instructed by longtime rod builder Roger Breedlove.

Roger has donated a number of rod kits to the club for this workshop.  Each rod kit contains all the components to assemble a 9-foot, 5-weight IM6 graphite rod, including blank, grip, reel seat, guides, thread, epoxy, winding check and more.  Each kit is ONLY $55, as a finished rod is worth 3x that amount!  To purchase your kit, please make your check to "Kisatchie Fly Fishers" and send to the club address or pay at our May or June meetings.

If you wish instead to build on a different blank of your choice, then you will need to purchase the blank and components in advance of the workshop.  We strongly urge you do this well in advance of the session!  If you need help in choosing a blank, contact the instructor or the workshop coordinator below.

Prior to the workshop - at our May 20th meeting - in lieu of our usual tying session, Roger will discuss the particulars of choosing the right blank length, rod weight and action for your needs, selecting matching hardware, and tools you will need to build a rod. This meeting is open to the public.

At the workshop, students will learn how to prep the blank, determine the blank spline, mark the guide spacing, assemble the grip and reel seat, wrap the guides, color seal the wraps (optional), and epoxy coat the wraps. It is the intent that students will leave the workshop with several guides wrapped, and finish the wrapping and coating at home.

In preparation for the class, students are asked to read the following documents:

Rod Building 101  (pdf format)

Step by Step Fly Rod Building Instructions  (pdf format)

Refreshments and lunch will be provided. 

To register, CLICK HERE.

For more info, please email the workshop coordinator Glen Cormier at (click here).
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