2020 Catskill Gathering

The 2020 Catskill Gathering of Rodmakers will be held wherever you like
September 5-12, 2020

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The 26th Catskill Rodmakers Gathering will take place on Saturday, September 12.  This year’s theme will be “The One That Got Away”.  We have some outstanding programs this year.

Per Brandin will do a presentation on E.C. Powell’s rods. Powell’s taper concepts, cedar lamination, semi-hollow construction, distinctive node staggering, and other processes. Per will briefly cover how his early hollowing ideas evolved over time and have greatly influenced modern bamboo rodmaking. These concepts are basically excerpts from his upcoming book, “A Fly Rod With a Soul; the bamboo fishing rods and life of E.C. Powell, Angler

Tim Abbott will do his program “The Art of Deflection”, a study of rod deflection and taper design.  Tim, as ever, never rests. He has incorporated some new ideas in his program.

James Bond will be doing an as-of-yet unnamed program from the wilds of Canada (Toronto). If you haven’t seen his online videos, you should check out his Canebuilder youtube videos.

Tom Mason, legendary Catskill flytier and fisherman will be doing a fly-tying program, on focusing on Catskill style flies.

Hoagy Carmichael will give us a tour of the Garrison-Carmichael Rodshop. He will be available to answer all your questions regarding his life, Mr. Garrison, and some of the tools in the rodshop, many of which have never been seen by an entire generation of rodmakers.

Bob Summers, the master himself, will be doing a program on his beginnings with Paul Young and his influences in rodmaking. And possibly a visit to his shop.

Chet Croco, who has given so much to our craft and the Catskill Fly Fishing Center,  will present the Bellinger Award to this year’s recipient.

All of these programs are a must see for bamboo lovers.  There may be one or two additions to the program, but as yet they have not been formalized.

This year’s Catskill Rodmakers will be a virtual event. We will not be getting together with all our old friends on the banks of the Willowemoc.  We will be filming our programs and putting them online for people to view starting a week before the date of the Gathering.  On the 12th of September, all of our presenters will be live via Zoom from the CFFCM’s Wulff Gallery or Catskill Rodmakers Workshop and Heritage Craft Center to answer any questions you may have for our speakers.

The cost of this year’s virtual gathering will be $75. All registrants will receive a “2020 One That Got Away “Tee shirt and be entered in a drawing to win a 7’6” , 4 wt.  quadrate bamboo rod donated by Alan Kube, Bellinger Award winner and friend of the Center.

Each year, at Gatherings around the country and the world, auctions are held as a fundraiser for various organizations that we want to help out. The Catskill Rodmakers have always used the proceeds from our fundraising to benefit the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. This the home of the Catskill Rodmakers Workshop and Heritage Craft Center. We are a living museum, doing workshops on rodbuilding , flyting, and youth education programs.

The CFFCM, like many other businesses and organizations, has been closed this year. They need our help. They need your help. I know many of you have passed thru our doors. Many of you have helped us in the past. We need your help again.

I hope you all will consider donating an item to our auction. We plan to list them online in the CFFCM’s store for a week prior and have online bidding for our items. We also want to request our virtual attendees to send us a photo or video of their stories about ‘the one that got away’. No matter how that is interpreted. The fish, the rod, the love. You can be in your shop, yard, or stream, whatever.  We’ll glue the snippets together into a video, something called ‘Rough Cuts’. You are also requested to say a word or two about the item you donated to our online auction this year. We’d love to know about it, and it will definitely be of interest to the bidders.

We will all miss Dave Fitch’s mouthwatering smoked beef, pork and beans this year… So may we suggest that on September 12 you fire up the barbecue, grill yourself some ribs and chicken, get out your Catskill Gathering beer glass, pour yourself a cold one, and plant yourself comfortably in front of your computer on that Saturday in September. We will all be there with you. And remember, your admission fee will make sure that the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum will be here when we see each other again in 2021.

Stay safe,
Mike Canazon

2020 Demarest Challenge (pending)
7 foot 4 weight 1 piece
Reel seat, hardware, ferrules are builder’s choice