Yesterday I was working the Georgia Chapter of Trout Unlimited at the EPIC Outdoor Game Fair at the Foxhall Estates outside of Atlanta. My friend Bill, who was working with me at the Trout Unlimited booth, said "Hey, Buck Knives has a booth in the vendor's tent!" That's all I needed to hear. We made a beeline for the tent and, sure enough, Buck was all set up with an outstanding display.
I'm a sucker for a Buck knife - any Buck knife - so this fellow sold me one.
|C.J. Buck (left) and Bill|
|C.J. and Bill talking about fly fishing|
I do have to give a shout out to another great guy, Bill Oyster of Oyster Fly Rods. Bill had his excellent display set up and spent a good bit of time talking bamboo rods with my friend Bill and I. Bill Oyster is a legend among Georgia fly fishermen. He's personable, friendly and open, and will share just about anything related to the craft of bamboo fly rod making. He also has a little trick he uses to show how sturdy bamboo rods are. He'll lay one of his pieces of work on a hard surface and jump on it with both feet. When he does that fly fishermen around the world cringe, but Bill does it to demonstrate just how solid a properly made bamboo rod truly is. They may be expensive, but they ain't delicate.
Here's Bill giving a short class on the steps involved in bamboo fly rod construction.
|Discussing bamboo properties|
|Setting tapers on the planing jig|