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, August 26, 2014

Taper Quest 2014 Update

From Marv Loopstra:

Yup, another email regarding SRG TaperQuest 2014.

First, just a reminder: For those who made a 7'6" 5wt rod for last year's TaperQuest, please remember to bring it again For those who DID NOT and you HAVE a 7'6" 5 wt. PLEASE BRING IT ! But before you do, PLEASE EMAIL THE TAPER TO ME so I can get it entered in the program and get the specs off to Scott Grady.

For all those bringing rods, Bob Norwood would like your comments on your rod after you finished it. This would include if is was harder of softer than expected? Does it need a larger of smaller line? Does it cast as expected (gtood short casts but not long distance, for example) How is the balance? and if it came out to be what you expected (love it, hate it, or it's already charcoal)?

With this information the final discussion with Bob should be lively (what rodmaker discussion isn't lively....), informative and probably a lot of fun! There will be new books with extra pages for notes.

See ya soon !