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#1 firedad

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 09:47 PM

Why aren't there any shows out west? We don't even have much in the way of fly fishing shows out here. Most of the people I know are die hard fly fisherman and those who aren't throw metal

#2 jsid6g

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 08:08 PM

there was one or 2 in the Bay Area for SPEY fishing check out spey fish forum on the web 



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 11:14 AM

It's not just a lack out West, there are not many anywhere specifically focused on rod building. Just a niche market. Outside of Tom's in NC, and the cane rod (Greyrock) one here in Michigan I don't really know of many others anywhere.


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Posted 08 April 2017 - 08:50 AM

There are plenty of bamboo gatherings.  I'll list a few places, though I am sure to forget some.  There is one in April in British Columbia, May in Brevard, North Carolina, June in Grayling Michigan, July in Marble, Colorado, August in Lyons, Colorado, September, September in Livingston Manor, New York, October in Mountain Home, Arkansas and in the California Sierras, another in central Canada every years, and plenty more.  The European Bamboo Rodmakers Association has an annual gathering in trout country, as do my Italian friends.

 

I started the Southern Rodmakers Gathering in Arkansas 20 years ago.  If you would like a gathering in your area, well, start one!

 

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 07:00 PM

Actually, the Carolina Cane Gathering will be on April 24 and 25 this year (2017).  That's a Monday and Tuesday, for those checking their calendars and thinking I made a mistake.  There's a story behind that date change, but it's not worth repeating. 



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Posted 14 April 2017 - 08:18 AM

Actually, the Carolina Cane Gathering will be on April 24 and 25 this year (2017).  That's a Monday and Tuesday, for those checking their calendars and thinking I made a mistake.  There's a story behind that date change, but it's not worth repeating. 

Thanks for the correction phg...

 

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#7 Tom Kirkman

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 10:42 AM

There isn't a high enough density of rod builders anywhere to make rod building shows or events very feasible. The only reason mine is able to draw enough attendees, is because of several reasons, including the location (70% of all rod builders are located east of the Mississippi River and within a days drive of NC) and it has enough exhibitors to draw a sufficient crowd to make the trip and the expense worthwhile for everyone. No event promoter can afford to sink $30,000 to $40,000 into a similar event against an expected attendance of maybe a couple or even three hundred rod builders. I have to get 2500 to attend here just to break even - and they have to come from all over the world to get that many.

 

Some years ago a fellow believed that with all the rod builders in California, a large event there couldn't miss. He failed to realize, however, that he was going to need to get builders from the eastern US to attend as well, and his far west location meant that nearly all those builders would have to fly in. As it was, he got a couple hundred or so each of the three years he put on the event. No way to come out either for the event promoter or the exhibitors with just a couple or three hundred attendees.

 

There have been rod building shows all over the country in the past decade - Seattle, Dallas, Minneapolis, etc., etc. All have failed primarily because the event hosts/promoters don't understand rod building demographics.





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