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

Monday, October 6, 2014

Wednesday Evening Pre-gathering Dinner


It’s traditional for folks arriving early to meet for dinner at a local restaurant Wednesday evening.  Everyone is invited.  This meal is not included in the registration fee.  We will meet at the Back Forty at 1400 NE Hwy 62 in Mountain Home at 5:30pm again this year.  Download the menu here.  This menu is a couple years old, but it should be pretty much the same.  Here's a couple links to reviews:

Urban Spoon

Trip Advisor

This is a relatively small restaurant as is the case with all the restaurants in Mountain Home.  It will be packed with our group there.  Come prepared to visit.  It will take a couple hours for everyone to get their orders and pay out.  They are expecting us, but it will still be a lot to do for a small local restaurant.