Southern Rodmakers Gathering: In the middle of October, my son and I drove from Atlanta to Mountain Home, Arkansas for the 2013 Southern Rodmakers Gathering (SRG). Although this gathering of bamboo rodmakers has been around a long time, this was the first time we went; 95 rodmakers participated, apparently a record attendance.
The gathering was held a short distance outside Mountain Home at a fishing resort located on the White River. The resort is very small and only has a few rooms, so participants commuted from home (if close) or stayed at hotels in nearby towns. Those lucky enough (or smart enough) to stay at the resort had an opportunity to fly fish before and after each day’s activities in the White River which flowed only a few feet from the cabin doors.
For just a $60 registration fee, there were days packed with demonstrations, tips, and techniques on building bamboo fly rods and lunches and suppers covered by the same $60 registration. The educational opportunities were enormous and if you were careful to take good notes, you could, in a few days, learn some tricks of the trade that would take years if you had to discover them on your own.