Please consider donating any amount to help our club operate and work with youth and give scholarships to those seniors who qualify. All donations are tax-deductible
IF YOU ARE BUYING CUSTOM ROD TICKETS FOR $10 EACH, PLEASE USE THE “DONATE” BUTTON AND JUST PUT THE AMOUNT FOR AS MANY TICKETS AS YOU WANT.FOR FISHING VIOLATIONS CALL DEC DISPATCH AT 877 457-5680
Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at the West Endicott Fire Station 2nd floor, 113 N. Page Ave. Meeting at 7 pm. There is no elevator. Check the calendar for changes. Parking must be on the street. We now have a table to sell your fishing items or donate to the club. Bring items you want to clean out. The table will be active throughout the meeting starting at 6:30 pm.
Buy a Raffle Ticket and Build the Custom Fly Rod of your Dreams!
Most fly fishermen start in our sport outfitted with a lower-end production fly rod. Over time, as we gain confidence in our casting and fly-fishing skills, we move up to higher-end brands. While these high-end production fly rod makers make beautiful, capable fly rods, they may never completely meet all of our needs, wants, or desires. We are not always offered multiple choices in the production world in wrapping thread color, blank color, grip type, or reel seat type. Custom fly rods, on the other hand, give the buyer a wide range of choices. And now, through an upcoming BC Fly Fishers raffle, one lucky winning buyer will have a lot of choices for a fly rod that is truly all their own…
Bob Bruns, founding BCFF member, avid fly fisher, fly tyer, and in the last 5 years, a very serious fly rod builder, learned the rod-building craft from one of the best around – Joe Swam – a chapter member in great standing who builds high- end bamboo, graphite, and glass fly rods and who has led our chapter’s rod building classes for a number of years. Everything Bob’s learned is courtesy of Joe’s absolute mastery of the craft.
Bob has built or repaired a total of 12 fly rods over the last few years and currently has another 5 blanks ready for build this winter. All of his rods have faithfully served their owners without issue. Bob’s first build – a 9-foot 8-weight PacBay blank with saltwater grade components, full wells grip, and removable fighting butt, currently resides in Florida. After some testing on local waters, this rod, affectionately named “The Golden Bear”, has fished the freshwater lakes and saltwater bay and surf of the Gulf of Mexico, battling largemouth bass, sea trout, redfish, and pompano. After this first build, Bob went on to build a series of freshwater and saltwater rods, from a 7.5-foot 4-weight light trout rod to a 9-foot 9-weight saltwater rod for duty battling big bluefish and striped bass. See Bob’s Facebook page and/or blog for pictures of some of his other fly rod builds ((1) Southern Tier Fly Fisher | Facebook, and Southern Tier Fly Fisher – One Angler’s journey, fly fishing through life).
Bob has committed to fund a complete custom rod build for the raffle so all of the proceeds from the raffle go directly to fund future chapter projects. The raffle winner will get to work directly with Bob and will be able to choose a blank of any kind – graphite or glass, any weight, and any action. Once a blank choice is made, Bob will work with the raffle winner to select all the rod’s components, as follows:
1) Grip choice – cork or carbon fiber, and grip style (i.e., cigar, half wells, reverse half wells, full wells, fighting butt, etc.).
2) Reel seat – up-locking, down-locking, choice of insert, fresh or saltwater grade, etc.
3) Guide choice – single or double foot, grade (fresh or salt), color – chrome, black, etc., guide size.
4) Wrapping thread color and accent thread.
5) Other: measurement wraps, hook keeper type, cosmetics, alignment dots…
6) In the tradition of my rod-building sensei, Joe Swam, only superior grade marine spar varnish is used as a finish for the wraps, not the traditional 2-part epoxy. Epoxy looks very glossy early on, but can become brittle over time, leading to cracking and a loss of that glossy appeal. Marine spar varnish is more resistant to the weather and maintains its gloss for years. It’s more flexible than the standard epoxy as well and any blemish found after years of use is easily repaired with one or two more overcoats. The drawback of varnish is that it requires a lot more time to apply – up to seven thin coats as opposed to just one of epoxy!
7) The finished rod includes a rod tube.
Please buy a raffle ticket, or better yet, tickets, for the benefit of the chapter and be assured, Bob will build you a great rod that you’ll love fishing the waters of your choice!
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Endicott NY 13760