Well, I started this Blog. It’s a blast for me to put down into words all my thoughts. Sorry about the style, wasn't exactly Valedictorian in high school. And if I would have been it was so many years ago I would have forgotten everything anyway. As I have told folks, I write how I talk--- all over the place.
Built my "Rod Studio", from scratch, using quite a few recycled items. That was a fun project. Did everything myself from the foundation to the roof. Did get some help from my son when it came to lifting the walls. Good thing too, otherwise I probably would have been in the hospital. I am definitely not as strong as my mind tells me I am ;-).
Ran a raffle for two great charities: "Casting for Recovery" and "Project Healing Waters". That was a combined effort with some great folks, Gary from Western Visions Lanyards and Greg of Sierra-nets. Both of them went above and beyond the call to put out the perfect net and lanyard as part of the package. Then Stuart Tod, from across the pond, donated a hand made silk line to the package. We raised almost $3600 or $1800 for each charity. A great guy, from New York, won the combo. Yes, he was extremely happy.
Also have a donation drive going for the Southern California chapter of "Casting for recovery". This drive is a custom rod drive with the rods being built by members of the SSFFC and the Kern River Fly Fishing Forum. Our goal is to donate 10 rods, minimum for CFR to give to the participants.
Then we have a 2012 Rendezvous Rod Swap going for the September Rendezvous. Can't show you my build yet…. keeping it under wraps until after the swap. This year we are building off the 10' Pac Bay Czech Nymphing blank either the 4 or 5 weight, participants choice. It is a black blank, so the color combos are endless. If you are looking for a good Czech Nymphing rod, give the Pac Bay blank the once over. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Earlier in the year Chiaki and I taught two different SSFFC rod building classes. One was our typical "Basic Rod Building" class. As usual it was a great class due to the students and Chiaki. Have I mentioned he's a saint for putting up with me? Next we had a new class, well more of a seminar. This one was called "Beyond the Basics". We covered several tips and tricks to customizing a rod to give it that personal creative touch.
What about "Renaissance Rods"? Oh ya, that went OK. I won't be quitting my day job, but I have had enough projects to keep me out of trouble. Added custom rod tubes to the inventory. Check out the main body of the site for those. Within the last month ordered "Renaissance Rods" tee shirts. But, that will be a totally different post. Once the white tees come in I will be putting them on the site and posting them on the Blog. Have patience, they will be posted hopefully in the next week or so. At least give us a taste of what they look like. Mostly earth tones or white. Did have some slate colored Dri-fit shirts done. You know the type. They dry really fast for when you take the unexpected plunge and you know you will. Small blue & yellow "Renaissance Rods" logo in front and a big one on the back.
Best of all, I have made some great friends. Of course it's hard not to have good friends when you associate with fly fishers. In the 25+ years, that I have been fly fishing, I can count the number of not so nice fly fishers on a couple of fingers.
For all the blog followers a big THANK YOU. Thank you for supporting me and continuing to come back to see where my mind has wandered off to. I hope you all have enjoyed reading the posts as much as I have writing them.
Until next time my friends,