After meeting Nick Taransky of NA Taransky bamboo and casting some of his hand crafted bamboo rods I became very interested in this old but ultimately practical material.
Then one day I was listening to the" Itinerant Angler" pod cast on the topic of Oyster bamboo rods, and how this master craftsmen ran classes in bamboo rod making where in a week ? attendees fashioned their own rods, this sounded like a pretty cool way to get a rod and have a truly unique experience.
So after a week in Wyoming I boarded a plane to Atlanta Georgia after a nice drive I arrived at Oyster head quarters on East Main Street Blue Ridge ,it's a bit of a street of dreams, fly shop,tavern,brewery, cigar shop numerous eateries and of course the aforementioned Cast & Blast Inn.While I did make a lot of notes on each step in the process ,here I just want to try a give a hint of how much fun this course is.While it sound cliche it's not the rod is truly a bonus. The process taught me a lot about rod building but more about teaching.
The next two days was spent fishing the new rod with local guide Hunter Barnes day one drifting the Toccoa river with class mate Frank while the fish where small we had good numbers and a great time.
Day two was spent casting large dry flies on a small cold private mountain stream that held some surprisingly large fish. As the stream was often flowing under a closed canopy of trees, tight,accurate casting with long leaders was the order of the day often casting leader only this is where bamboo excels. I was rewarded with several fish and one remarkable rainbow. The perfect end to my time in the Appalachian adventure.
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