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.
If you're looking for a fishing lodge on the White River near Cotter Arkansas, please consider staying with our good friends Dale and Ronna Fulton at Fultons Blue Ribbon Lodge. They have been very generous to allow us to use their property to host the Southern Rodmakers Gathering beginning with the second gathering in 1999. Thank you Dale and Ronna!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

SRG 2017 Craft Corner

There will be a special program this year for the ladies of SRG, and anyone else that's interested in the program.  Here's a note from Elain Biondo and Martha Lovstad about the program.  Contact me here if you want to contact Elain or Martha directly.

Craft Corner...Come Join Us!

If you are interested in creating a Seasonal arrangement bring your creative juices and let's create!

Elaine Biondo and Martha Lovstad will be hosting this event. We will help you create a wall hanging, a centerpiece or whatever you would like. We have a limited amount of supplies so we are asking you to bring items. I have used mirrors for mine. (see attached pictures) A wood base will work also, depending on what you want to use it for.

What you should bring with you:

Mirror or base (I have used mirror tiles)
Themed ornaments/decorations – be creative and bring lots.
Low heat glue gun and glue sticks

A box or something to bring it back home in. Maybe even bubble wrap!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

SRG 2017 Update - Fulton's Fire

There was a fire in the main lodge at Fulton's recently.  Denis Dunderdale has visited with Dale.  The main lodge is shut down but the adjacent units are still open.  It is unlikely that the lodge repairs will be complete in time for SRG.  Dale still wants us to have the gathering on his property.  We have no plans to relocate the gathering.

A few attendees have stayed at the lodge in the past.  Denis will be making changes to the room assignments.  Some will be staying in the White River Trout Lodge next door.  That's the A frame on the downstream side of Fultons.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Bob Nunley's Presentation at SRG 2017

Note from Bill Armon:

Bob Nunley has agreed to do a program on whatever we, as attendees of SRG 2017, would like to have him discuss. It should be rodmaking related! Please send your suggestions to me personally. Please do send suggestions as your participation will make THE SRG 2017 better! I hope to keep his topic a secret until presented. Thanks!

Note from David:

Bill posted this note on the rodmakers list.  It would be best if you would reply to him on the List.  Or you can send your suggestions to me here and I'll forward them to Bill.

I may send my personal vote in multiple times.  I want to see Bob reenact some of the stories in his book "Snake Rod".


Sunday, July 30, 2017

SRG 2017 Registration Period is Open

The registration period for the 2017 20th anniversary of the Southern Rodmakers Gathering is open.  Registration will be closed October 6th.  The registration fee is $65 per attendee.  The fee is refundable through October 6th.

Links to the registration form are provided below.  There are four different formats to choose from.  They are all the same document.  Pick the one that works for you.

PayPal registration is available again this year.  Send your PayPal transaction to southernrodmakers@gmail.com.  Include your name, address and phone number in a note with the PayPal transaction.  If you register through PayPal, you can turn in your registration form when you arrive at the gathering.

We may have a crowd this year since it's the 20th anniversary.  Register early!  There is a limit to the number of people we can host on the property.  Registration may be limited if it looks like we will exceed our capacity.  Don't wait until the last minute to register.

I will make bank deposits weekly on Friday.  The attendee list will be updated on this blog weekly.  Let me know if you have registered and you do not see your name on the list.  Contact me here.


Registration Form - Microsoft Word
Registration Form - PDF Input Form
Registration Form - PNG Image
Registration Form - JPG Image

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Taper Quest 2017

Stevan Yasgur (Yaz) is taking the lead on TaperQuest 2017.  The 2017 tapers will be 8wt's or bigger.  Yaz has asked that we let him know which tapers we're going to bring to the gathering.  It can be any taper you choose.  Hopefully there won't be too many duplicate tapers.  Yaz is looking for a variety of tapers to evaluate.  Contact Yaz is you have questions about TaperQuest 2017.

Monday, May 22, 2017

SRG 2017 Registration

SRG 2017 registration will begin the first week of August.

The 2017 gathering will be October 19, 20 & 21 at Fulton's Blue Ribbon Lodge on the White River near Cotter Arkansas. The registration fee will be $65 including dinner Thursday, lunch and dinner Friday, and lunch Saturday.

Contact me here if you have questions about the gathering.

Monday, October 31, 2016

SRG 2016 Awards

Dave Norling Sr. was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award at SRG 2016.  Dave is a mentor for many at SRG with relationships that started in the early days of the rodmakers list.  The award was presented to Dave by his son Dave Norling Jr.  Dave Jr. was the recipient of the SRG 2016 Rodmaker of the Year.  The Norlings are a father and son team of rod makers that brings laughter and encouragement to all of us at SRG.  Here's a good video of Dave Sr. from 2006.

SRG 2016 Pictures

Bill Armon's Pictures:

Sunday, October 30, 2016

SRG 2016 Pictures

From Tim Welhelm's facebook page: