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River Rat

Member Since 13 Sep 2007
Offline Last Active Oct 15 2017 03:46 PM
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About Me

I've been fly fishing since my late adolescence with a hiatus of many years while trying to build a career, etc. My first fly rod was a bamboo production rod since it was all I could afford on my allowance. Several years ago I returned to the sport and bought a graphite/fiberglass rod that cast well, or so I thought. In preparation for a fishing trip with a guide, I bought a better quality line and found that it improved the rod's performance significantly. Well, that lead me to explore the performance of a Sage XP which I ultimately bought and loved. Then I built a 1 and a 3 wt on Sage blanks and found rod-building to be quite enjoyable.

An interview with an aquaintance while preparing a presentation on fly-fishing to a group with no experience got me interested in the characteristics of a bamboo rod vs graphite so I bought a 4 weight and fell in love with bamboo. Since then I've rebuilt the fiberglass/graphite rod and adding a guide and found it's performance improved. So, I did the same with my old bamboo rod with similar results. In the process I learned a lot about straightening rods and installing ferrules. Now I'm hooked and want to try my hand at bamboo rod making.

Professionally I've been an architect for over 30 years. I chose the profession because I like to make things and I love the ability to imagine something and make it real. Years ago I got into woodworking and became reasonably proficient in designing and building antique reproductions for my own use, but one only needs so much furniture. Now I have a decent wood shop but nothing to do with it. I think bamboo rod building will provide an outlet for my creativity and need to build things without the cost of furniture.

In 2011 I retired and began learning how to make bamboo fly rods. Prior to retiring, I spent about a year researching the process and determining what tools I needed to build. While doing my research I began thinking about about how I could make bamboo rods at an economical price (for bamboo at least) and founded Wolf Creek Fly Rods to do so.

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  • Age 71 years old
  • Birthday April 4, 1947
  • Gender
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  • Location
    St.Charles, MO
  • Interests
    Fly fishing, bamboo rod making, canoeing, educating kids about the natural world.

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