Bamboo Fly Rod Making Workshop

Posted Jan. 06, 2014, at 2:23 p.m.
Last modified March 11, 2014, at 9:53 a.m.

Monday, April 21, 2014 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, April 25, 2014 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Town Building, 4 Water St, Grand Lake Stream, ME

For more information: Tanya Rucosky; 207-796-2100;

GRAND LAKE STREAM, Maine — The Downeast Lakes Land Trust is pleased to welcome back David P. Van Burgel and Kathy J. Scott from Ardea Bamboo Rods to teach this workshop. Dave is a nationally recognized rod maker who teaches others the art of split cane fly rods to preserve the traditional Maine craft. Kathy has written four books on the subject including, Changing Planes and Moose on the Water, Bamboo on the Bench.

The goal of the week-long class will be for each participant to craft a bamboo fly rod from raw cane to ferruled blank. David and Kathy will also provide instruction on the addition of guides/eyes and the varnish/finish beyond the class. The cost of the class will be $650 per student which will include all materials to make a 2 piece ferruled bamboo fly rod blank with grip and reel seat, guides and wrapping thread. To provide intensive one-on-one instruction, class size will be limited to five individuals. Sign up now by contacting the Downeast Lakes Land Trust via email ( or phone (207)796-2100. Registration closes on February 1st.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact David and Kathy at (207)587-4524 to discuss the class– including physical limitations, as well as questions regarding purchasing hand planes.