|Staff: Cutter, Bill, Yogi, Shannen & Veronica
(our full-time rod maker) and Molly (the "scavenger")
This profession chose us.
We feel so blessed to have the opportunity to
serve our clients and live out our dreams each
and every day.
Thanks to you...our clients and friends, who
order rods, take classes and purchase
accessories. We exist because of you.
We welcome you all to call or e-mail with
questions or to arrange a visit.
The Bamboo Fly Rod Maker's Widow
click here to read Shannen's blog
|photo by Andy Anderson
494 East Main Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
for driving directions
our new address has not been
"picked up" yet, so this gets
you within a few stores of
our new shop.
|Garden and Gun Magazine
Made in the South Awards
|Georgia Trend Magazine
Georgia's 40 under 40
|President Jimmy Carter's
Oyster Bamboo Fly Rod
|Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rod's new
shop and Cast and Blast Inn on
in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia
|William "Bill" Oyster is a full-time career bamboo fly rod maker with a workshop in one of the south's most
authentic mountain towns (Blue Ridge, GA). Each Oyster Bamboo Fly Rod is intensely hand crafted.
Bill is the only professional bamboo fly rod maker in the world who personally hand engraves his own rods.
The performance and aesthetics of each rod is truly remarkable.
Bill has been commissioned to make rods for many of the world's finest anglers including
President Jimmy Carter.
As the most prolific teacher of this rod making art alive today, Bill draws students from as far away as
England, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand as well as every corner of the US to his southern mountain
town studio in beautiful Blue Ridge, Georgia.
Each year, Oyster introduces a little more of the world to this traditional
craft and a look into the life of a bamboo fly rod maker.
|Bill Oyster lands a Big
|American Angler Magazine
|Small Business Fortune
Craftsman of the Great Outdoors
|Garden and Gun Magazine
Casting a Spell by George Black
Fly Fishing America
newspapers & magazines
1999 - 2011
|Oyster Events Past and Present
While the world wide web is a fantastic marketing tool, nothing replaces spending actual time with one another.
If you are unable to stop by our shop in historic downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia, we frequently exhibit at trade
shows, perform casting presentations, speak at clubs all over the country and host / sponsor our own events.
While every day seems like an event at
Oyster, there are several special events
that we host and attend each year. In
addition to regular speaking engagements,
select trade shows and private events, we
have a travel club for Oyster clients that
take us near and far.
|Various Television Shows
|Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods
|Small Business Journal
|A few of our past events
Oyster Travel Club
...Blue Ridge, GA new bamboo mecca
|Waterfront UK (Pages 50-51)
Fishing with Presidents
|The Itinerant Angler Podcast
Listen to renown fly fishing writer,
Zach Matthews, talk with Bill about
Oyster Bamboo Fly Rod making
school's exciting new plans!
|Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods . Since 1998 . Historic Downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia . East Main Street . 706.374.4239. email@example.com
|Virginia Sportsman Magazine
|Forbes Life Magazine
|London Financial Times
|Bill wins FFF
|The Private Journey Magazine
|Southwest Georgia Living
|Super Yacht World Magazine
|Life Refined Magazine
|Points North Magazine
|We regularly speak at clubs.
Oyster has a fabulous
presentation...we just need
|Bill & Hoagy
Carmichael in NYC
during one of Bill's
|Oyster regularly hosts
events on various trophy
streams for their clients.
|Oyster presents at private events
|Private Oyster Trips
|Visit Oyster's retail
Main Street in
Blue Ridge, GA
Cast an Oyster rod, check
out our brands (including
Filson, Barbour, Dubarry,
Al Mar, Beretta, Simms),
watch Bil hand engrave,
talk fishing, talk the craft
or have a beer when we
have our open houses.
|Oyster regularly attends bamboo
rod maker gatherings
|From L to R: Cutter and his pole, the gang, Roni dancing, Riley & his bride...Quinn
|USA Today Hunt & Fish
|Join us again this year at the Garden and Gun Jubilee from
December 1-3, 2017. This is a remarkable event. Period.
|Cover of RodMaker Magazine
|American Fly Fishing History Maker
|Bill Oyster teaches the art of
bamboo fly rod making
|"For the American fly fisher, THIS is our samurai sword."
|Gray's Sporting Journal