Bamboo fly rod making classes 2019 - 2020 schedule
Blue Ridge, Georgia (90 minutes north of Atlanta)
We teach more new bamboo fly rod makers every year than anyone else, and our experience will show in YOUR finished fly rod.  What
separates these classes from many others, is that you will actually
complete your rod during our class.  That's COMPLETE - a rod of your
choosing, your signature under three coats of varnish, in a bag, in a tube, with a label, ready to hit the water!
Each year would-be craftsman travel from around the world to study with the most prolific teacher of rodmaking working today.  Let Bill Oyster guide you personally through the
process of creating your very own custom bamboo fly rod.  Each student works at their own solid maple work bench which is outfitted with an arsenal of the highest quality tools,
such as
Lie-Nielson planes and Bellinger planing forms.  In fact, these are the very same tools and methods used to create every Oyster bamboo rod.  Our year-round trout
fishing will afford you the opportunity to put your new rod to good use. This, after all, is the true test of a complete rod making class.  
If you don't leave with a rod that's ready to fish, then you didn't get complete instruction...period!   
(complete your very own bamboo fly rod from a raw culm to a ready-to-fish fly rod.)
Total class price is $1960 (includes six days of instruction by Bill Oyster,
tools and components, and of course your newly completed bamboo fly rod!)
Click below to reserve your spot by making a $500 deposit, balance
due upon completion of your rod.
The whole experience was first class!  Making cane rods is something I've wanted to do for several years.  With so many intricate steps, I would think it virtually
impossible to go it alone.  It was Bill's patience and attention to detail that allowed me to come away with a rod that I can be proud of for the rest of my life.
Luca T.
McKinney, TX
We try to post dates at least six months in advance.  If you want to
schedule a class further in advance, please call Shannen at 706.374.4239
and we will do everything possible to accommodate you.  We already
have ALL of 2020 classes on the books.  Call me for the specific dates.
Have you always wanted to make your very own bamboo fly rod?  We understand.  There is no reason to put aside your dream.  
So, give us a week and we'll give you a rewarding experience that will last a lifetime.
At Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods , we make sure you finish what you start...the crafting of an instant heirloom.
I had hopes the class would be a revelation for me, but it went way beyond that."

-Aaron Y.
Bamboo Fly Rod
Making Class
  • six days of instruction by Bill Oyster
  • each student may choose to make any length and line wt.
    they desire
  • you customize all cosmetic options from reel seat, to thread
    wraps, and cane tone
  • all tools, components, hardware, and materials provided
  • no experience necessary
  • rod bag and tube included
    bamboo rod you made yourself!
year-round tailwater trout fishing
COMPLETE a custom rod of your choice
Total class price is $1960
(includes six days of instruction by Bill Oyster, tools and components,
and of course your newly completed bamboo fly rod!)
full-time professional workshop
located in historic downtown Blue Ridge, GA
You have questions...we
have answers!
2019 - 2020
December 3-8, 2018 FULL
Jan 14-19, 2019 FULL
Feb 4-9, 2019 FULL
Feb 18-23, 2019 FULL
March 11-16, 2019 FULL
March 25-30, 2019 FULL
April 8-13, 2019. FULL
May 6-11, 2019, FULL
May 20-25, 2019, FULL
June 3-8, 2019 FULL
June 17-22, 2019 FULL
July 8-13, 2019, FULL
August 5-10, 2019 FULL
August 26-31, 2019 FULL
September 9-14, 2019 FULL
September 23-28, 2019 FULL
October 14-19, 2019 FULL
November 4-9, 2019 FULL
December 9-14, 2019 FULL
January 13-18, 2020 6 spots
February 3-8, 2020 7 spots
February 24-29, 2020 8 spots
March 16-21, 2020 8 spots
March 30 - April 4, 2020 3 spots
April 20-25, 2020 5 spots
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Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods . Since 1998 . Historic Downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia . 494 East Main Street .  Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706.374.4239.
Copyright 1998-2018
* we are open most days but sometimes we simply go fishing instead-so please make an appointment if coming from afar.
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