Fly Rod Building
"We fish a lot together, we fish musky. Nancy is still waiting on her first musky. We build our own baits and this was the next logical progression. It's really not that difficult, anyone can do it. It's time consuming, but it's very rewarding." says Amick.
Nelson Sorah from Trout Unlimited taught this class. There's another one this month. He says most folks come to him because it gives them a chance to be creative.
"The reason people do their own rods is it's one of a kind, it's the only rod like it in the world. It's like having something unique you can fine tune it any way you want to." says Sorah.
And your name isn't the only unique thing you can put on these beautiful rods. Linda Ray worked on this one, and if it looks too nice to take in the woods, Linda says think again. "The abalone comes in sheets and you have to heat the sheets and roll it around the rod, it's very difficult to put on a rod this small, so I put it on in sheets. Abalone comes in six different colors so you can match the different thread colors. Are you going to take it in the woods? Oh heck yeah." says Ray.
Can you imagine the picture you could take of a beautiful brookie on the end of one of these beautiful poles? If you want to build one yourself, give the Kanawha Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited a call.
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