Classes

2024-2025 Bamboo Fly Rod Making Classes

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6-day Bamboo Fly Rod Making Class

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.

  • Full-time professional bamboo fly rod making shop in beautiful Blue Ridge, Georgia located 90 miles north of Atlanta. Spend the week with

    us in our workshop as a maker.

  • COMPLETE ROD

    Complete your very own bamboo fly rod from a raw culm to a ready-to-fish rod.

  • Nestled along the temperate northwestern edge of the southern Appalachian mountain chain, Blue Ridge, GA is surrounded by year round trout fishing opportunities.

Each year would-be craftsman travel from around the world to study with the most prolific teacher of rod making 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 workbench which is outfitted with an arsenal of the highest quality tools, such as Lie-Nielsen 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 fly 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!

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!

Why Oyster Bamboo Fly Rod Making Classes ?

Because we teach more people to make bamboo fly rods than anyone in the world, our experience has allowed us to develop the most successful techniques for training first time rod makers. The relaxed atmosphere and good-natured fun found in our workshop masks the countless hours of intense study which has resulted in the mastery of the rod making craft. All this information will be openly shared with all of our students. 100% of the students that have taken our class have completed the course with a complete bamboo fly rod ready to fish. Your journey begins here.

We’re ready when you are…JOIN US.

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Class Dates

2024 - 2025

BAMBOO FLY ROD MAKING DATES BELOW

2024

January 8-13, 2024 CLOSED

January 22-27, 2024 CLOSED

February 3-8, 2024 CLOSED

February 19-24, 2024 CLOSED

March 4-9, 2024 CLOSED

March 18-23, 2024  CLOSED

April 8-13, 2024 CLOSED

April 22-27, 2024 CLOSED

May 6-11, 2024 CLOSED

May 20-25, 2024 CLOSED

June 10-15, 2024 CLOSED

June 24-29, 2024 FULL

July 8-13, 2024 FULL

July 25-30, 2024 FULL

August 5-10, 2024 FULL

August 19-24, 2024 FULL

September 9-14, 2024 FULL

September 23-28, 2024 FULL

October 7-12, 2024 FULL

October 21-26, 2024 FULL

November 4-9, 2024 FULL

November 18-23, 2024 FULL

December 9-14, 2024 FULL

2025

January 6-11, 2025 FULL

January 20-25, 2025 1 spot

February 3-8, 2025 1 spot

February 17-22, 2025 FULL

March 3-8, 2025 FULL

March 17-22, 2025 2 spots

April 7-12, 2025 FULL

April 28-May 3, 2025 FULL

May 12-17, 2025 FULL

May 26-31, 2025 2 spots

June 9-14, 2025 6 spots

June 23-28, 2025 FULL

July 7-12, 2025 3 spots

July 21-26, 2025 6 spots

August 11-16, 2025 7 spots

August 25-30, 2025 5 spots

September 8-13, 2025 4 spots

September 22-27, 2025 6 spots

October 6-11, 2025 FULL

October 20-25, 2025 FULL

November 3-8, 2025 FULL

November 17-22, 2025 9 spots

December 8-13, 2025 9 spots

  • FANNIN COUNTY IS THE TROUT CAPITAL OF GEORGIA

  • "WHILE THE MOUNTAINS OF THE COHUTTA WILDERNESS AREA AND CHATTAHOOCHEE NATIONAL FOREST OFFER AN ABUNDANCE OF SMALL STREAM FISHING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WILD RAINBOWS, BROWNS, AND NATIVE BROOK TROUT, IT’S THE TOCCOA TAILWATER AND NUMEROUS PRIVATE TROPHY TROUT STREAMS THAT DRAW THE MAJORITY OF ANGLERS TO THE AREA. "

  • TWELVE MONTH TAILWATER

  • "Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind."

    -Johannes Brahms

  • Handcrafted for

    your lifetime…

    An Heirloom for

    Future Generations…​

"Thank you for an experience that will last for generations to come. In this fast paced world of constant motion you have created a special place that slows everything down for six days. I truly appreciate the art of an old world profession that delivers something modern technology cannot come close to in quality or satisfaction. The feeling of accomplishment after seeing my rod with the first coat of varnish is beyond words and recharged my batteries. I look forward to seeing you all very soon." ​​​​

Your friend, ​​​​Michael

  • THE HOUSE

    THAT

    BAMBOO
    FLY RODS
    BUILT