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.

Sunday, October 9, 2022

SRG 2022 Schedule

 Notes from Bill Armon:

Schedule for SRG 2022

If you are attending please print out this schedule for your personal use.

Also a time is being set up for display of rodmaking tools, gadgets etc. If you have any you would like to show Dennis Bertram is helping with set up.

SRG 2022

October 20-22

At Cranor’s White River Lodge


THURSDAY: Oct. 20, 2022

1:00 pm Check In - Greet Old and New Friends

6:00 pm Dinner

7:00 pm First rods - and other tall tales!

FRIDAY: Oct. 21, 2022

8:30 am Welcome and Announcements – Denis Dunderdale

9:00 am Get a grip and a seat – a deeper dive –

Steve Yasgur and committee

10:30 am Get a Grip continued

12:00 noon Lunch

1:30 pm “ Jigs, Jigs, Jigs.” – David Atchison

David will show different jigs from his collection and

requests that you bring one jig you have to discuss

its use and then please put one in the silent auction.

3:00 pm Making Nodeless – Two Approaches

Bill Lamberson & Jay Hieb

4:30 pm Silent Auction Opens

6:00 pm Dinner

After Dinner – A discussion of original/vintage rods – Lou Barbaro

And Harry Boyd on the “Adventures of a Rod Maker”


SATURDAY Oct. 22, 2022

8:30 am Announcements

9:00 am Rod Challenge Discussion - 8’6” 4 weights – Bill Armon

& Rod Making Machines and Gadgets – Dennis Bertram

Note: anyone who wants to display their machines and

gadgets are welcome to show them. Any sales to be done at

sell and swap (4 pm)

10:30 am So you want to learn to Engrave? – Bob Nunley

11:45 am Group Photo

12:00 noon Lunch

1:30 pm That’s a Wrap – Lou Barbaro

3:00 pm Speakers Panel – Time to ask questions of the “experts”.

4:00 pm Sell and Swap

SUNDAY Oct. 23, 2022

9:00 am Coffee, Cleanup & See you next year at SRG 2023.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

SRG 2022 - October 20, 21, & 22

The 2022 gathering will be October 20, 21, & 22 at Cranor's White River Lodge on the White River near Cotter Arkansas.  

The registration fee is $100 per attendee, including dinner Thursday, lunch and dinner Friday and lunch Saturday.  The registration deadline is October 7th.  Fees are refundable through October 7th.

PayPal Registration:  Send the registration fee to SouthernRodmakers@gmail.com.  Please include names, address, phone number, and e-mail address in the payment description.  Complete the registration form when you arrive at the gathering.  If you send the PayPal funds from a bank account instead of a credit card, PayPal will not charge the gathering for the transaction.

Check Registration:  Make checks payable to Southern Rodmakers and send the registration form to: 

Marv Loopstra

2931 Queen Bee Lane

St. Louis, MO 63129 

Registration is required to attend the gathering.

Here's links to the registration form.  The documents are the same.  Choose the format that works better for you.

2022 Registration Form - PDF

2022 Registration Form - Word


Thursday, November 14, 2019

SRG 2019 Presentation Book

The SRG 2019 presentation book has been posted in a series of four PDF files.  Links to the files are included in the right hand frame of this page.  Special thanks to Scott Grady for compiling and producing the books for the gathering.  They're a great resource.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

PayPal Fees

Reminder: We can avoid fees on PayPal registration payments by sending money from bank accounts instead of credit cards. PayPal will deduct a fee from the payment if you charge it to your credit card.  If you charge your bank account, there is no PayPal fee.  You're welcome to pay either way, but it would be great if you can avoid the PayPal fee.

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.

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