About the Gathering

Southern Rodmakers is an annual gathering of bamboo fly rod makers. Over 300 craftsmen from 39 states have gathered on the White river near Cotter Arkansas since 1998. If you're interested in making bamboo fly rods, join us at the gathering in October, or follow the links below to join the on-line gathering of bamboo rod makers. "The List" is a great place to start. The list is an old school e-mail server with hundreds of members around the world.

SRG 2018 Registration is Open

SRG 2018 registration is open. The 2018 gathering will be October 18, 19 & 20 at Cranor's White River Lodge (formerly Fulton's) on the White River near Cotter Arkansas.

The registration fee is $70. The registration period ends October 5th. Fees are refundable through October 5th.

Marv Loopstra is managing registration this year. Contact Marv at southernrodmakers+registration@gmail.com if you have questions about registration.

Mail a check to Marv with your registration form, or PayPal your registration fee to SouthernRodmakers@gmail.com and complete the registration form when you arrive at the gathering. Be sure to include your name, address, and phone number on the PayPal transaction.

Links to the registration form are included below. The files are the same. Use the one that works best for you.

2018 Registration Form - MS Word

2018 Registration Form - PDF

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

SRG Filling Up.

Just a reminder that SRG is starting to fill up so get your registrations in! The gathering will be held October 18, 19, and 20th at the usual place, formerly Fulton's, now Cranor's White River Lodge, Cotter, AR (Mountain Home area for those who have never been).
The 2018 registration form in both Word and PDF format can be downloaded at the links above. Please complete the form and send, with $70 registration fee to:
Marv Loopstra
2931 Queen Bee Lane
St. Louis, MO 63129
OR: you can send your PAYPAL payment to SouthernRodmakers@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Cranor's White River Resort

SRG 2018 will be at Cranor's White River Resort this year.  It's the same location as in the past, but the property has been rebuilt and cabins six and seven have been renovated.  I visited Cranor's last week and took a few pictures.  It's a very nice lodge.  We will have access to a large hospitality room with commercial kitchen facilities and a fireplace.  There's a covered patio extending from the hospitality room out toward the river with an outdoor fireplace.

Denis Dunderdale and David Atchison are still working out the details for the tent and casting yard.  Since the new owners purchased the home next door on the upstream side, we have access to a long grassy area along the river that we may be able to use as the casting yard.  If not it will be across the road like last year.

Cabins six and seven and two of the five lodge rooms are spoken for.  We need someone to take the other three lodge rooms as of this posting on August 29th.  Contact Denis Dunderdale or me, David Bolin, if you're interested.  They are very nice rooms with two beds in each room.  Rates are on the Cranor's web site.

Here's a few pictures taken last weekend.  See the web site for more pictures.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Tony Spezio Featured in Trout Magazine

Our very own Tony Spezio is featured in the Ozark Edition of Trout Magazine.  Here's a link to the article.  Tony Spezio Article.

Fulton's Lodge Update

Dale and Rona have sold Fulton's Lodge.  The new owner plans to replace the fire damaged main building and office area with new lodge facilities.  Denis Dunderdale has visited with the new owner and has been assured that SRG can continue to meet at the new lodge.  We have no plans at this time to relocate the gathering.

This was a big decision for Dale and Rona.  We're sad to hear they will not be our hosts in the future, and we're pleased to celebrate a smooth transition into retirement for them.  Hopefully they will join us at the gathering next year.

SRG 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

Mike Biondo was honored with the SRG Lifetime Achievement award at the 2017 gathering.  The lifetime achievement award is reserved for rodmakers that have made a significant contribution to the rodmaking community over a period of many years.  Mike Biondo certainly embodies the purpose of the award for his work as the creator and moderator of the rodmakers list. He also worked with Harry Boyd in the early years of SRG, managing the money and registration process.  Without Mike's contributions to the rodmaking community, SRG would never have happened.

Congratulations Mike!

SRG 2017 Rodmaker of the Year

Bill Armon is the SRG 2017 rodmaker of the year.  Bill recruits presenters and coordinates the programs at the gathering.  He does a great job on the programs every year.  Bill is also well known around the Saint Louis community for the Thursday evening gatherings at his shop to share the rodmaking craft with old friends and new recruits.  There are always more SRG attendees from Missouri than any other state.  Bill is a big part of the reason for that.

Congratulations Bill!

SRG 2017 Pictures

Stevan Yasgur (Yaz) has provided an outstanding collection of photos from SRG 2017 including a video with some technical help from Lee Gomolchak.  Here's a link to the video.

SRG 2017 Video

Here's the group photo and a link to the original sized file.

SRG 2017 Group Photo

Here's a link to the photo album and a sample of the photos.

SRG 2017 Photo Album