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Rod Building Class

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

We are going to offer a free rod building / fly tying class featuring Rolan Duffield. Rolan is retired from the Hallmark Company, KC. He has fly fished Taneycomo since the 60's so you know he can tie a great scud. He has also been building his own fly rods for many years.

We've had some requests for a rod building class on the forum. Hopefully we'll have a good turnout.

Rod Building Class will be held from 11 am to 2 pm in unit #1 at Lilleys' Landing. No materials required. Rolan will go over the basics- how to choose the right blank, hardware and materials, and what to look for when starting. He may add a comment or two to this topic. Of course, one can't build a rod in a day so we won't be actually building any rods.

The Fly Tying Class will be held from 7 to 9 pm that evening in unit #1. Rolan will tie his favorite - the Peppy Scud. I can personally attest to the hundreds if not thousands of trout he's caught on this fly over the years. It's not a fly-by-night pattern.

All classes are free, first-come. We will limit each class to 8 people.

If you're from out of town, see http://lilleyslanding.com for lodging. Note- we will fill up for this weekend so advanced reservations are encouraged.

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Fly rod building class:

Several of you have expressed an interest in building a fly rod. Phil has set the date for January 13, 2007. Here's a quick outline of the class.

Selecting the rod blank and the necessary parts.

Preparing the rod and guides.

Discussion of basic equipment needed.

How to install the cork grip, reel seat and guides.

Hands on to learn how to wrap a guide and tie it off.

Finishing the rod.

I will have a rod blank to demo the steps. We will also provide a detailed handout for building the fly rod.


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