L. J. Downes Rod Building Class
Jim Downes – Maker
For generations of anglers a bamboo fly rod had been a cherished possession. The enjoyment of fishing with a bamboo rod is perhaps equaled only by the unique experience of crafting a cane rod yourself.
Taught by Master Rod Builder Jim Downes, this class is designed to teach you a straightforward approach to building your own bamboo fly rod. The course is structured so that you should be able to complete a 2 piece, 2 tip rod in a length and taper you select from among those produced in the LJ Downes Rod Shop. All skill levels are welcome.
Jim is a patient and skilled teacher as well as a superb craftsman. He has been building bamboo fly rods for 25+ years. As a full time rod maker, Jim’s experience allows him to provide practical hands on instruction. Students work at their own pace in a safe working environment where the proper use of tools will be stressed at all times. You will learn the art and skills of crafting a bamboo fly rod and have fun while doing it. The rod-building course is designed to allow you to work about 8 hours a day in the shop and still spend plenty of time fishing the local limestone streams.
The L J Downes Rod Shop is located in Coburn, Pa. in the heart of Central Pa’s limestone streams. The shop is adjacent to the Feathered Hook Fly Shop and Bed & Breakfast. Better yet, Penns Creek, famous for its Green Drake hatch and wild brown trout, is right out the front door!
Your 6 day Bamboo Rod Building Class costs the same as the rod and provides everything you need including:
Hands on instruction at the rod shop
All building materials: bamboo, rod hardware, cork, silk thread, etc.
Rod tube and rod sock
Use of machinery, planing form and tools needed for building a bamboo rod
Lodging and hearty breakfast at the Feathered Hook B&B is available.
On the last day of the class you will actually be casting your own bamboo rod and possibly catch a lunker trout on Penns Creek.
L J Downes Rod Company, Bamboo Fly Rods that Work.