NW Expo Fly Tying & Fishing Update

2013 Expo billboard

The time is fast approaching for the 25th anniversary of the NW Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Expo!

Have you always dreamed of owning a fine handcrafted bamboo fly fishing rod with a Hardy Reel?

Expo 2013 Bamboo Rod 1

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the NW Fly Fishing Expo a commemorative bamboo rod has been built. At the Expo 150 raffle tickets will be sold at $20.00 each. The winner of the raffle will be the owner of this special 25th Anniversary Fly rod and reel. Raffle tickets will only be sold at the Expo and can be purchased at the OrcFFF Merchandise booth. Don’t miss out on this great chance to own a finely crafted bamboo rod with a classic fly reel. The winner will be drawn on Saturday night at the Banquet. You need not be present to win.

This rod was built collectively by Skip Hosfield, Jeff Smith, and Dave Dozer, all long time and active supporters of the NW Fly Fishing Expo.

Skip began the process by selecting, splitting, heat treating, and rough shaping the bamboo strips. Jeff took over, completing the painstaking process of hand planing the bamboo strips to final dimensions, gluing the strips into a blank, fitting the ferrules, and adding and shaping the cork grip. Dave finished the rod by completing the guide wrapping, varnishing the rod, and adding the finished reel seat. All hardware and components for this rod were donated by Chet Croco, owner of Bellinger Bamboo Fly Rods, an avid supporter/participant of the Caddis Fly Shop Two Fly Tournament. A new Hardy Bougle’ 5 wt reel is included in this great package. Also included is a 5 wt weight forward, floating Joan Wulff Signature Series Fly Line, donated by Garry Sandstrom, regional sales representative for Wulff Fly Lines. This rod is inscribed with:

2013 Expo Bamboo Rod Header

25th Anniversary – ORCFFF – NW Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing Expo
Skip Hosfield – Jeff Smith – Dave Dozer
7’ 6” 5 wt

The taper of this rod is a Payne 101, with a medium-fast action. It is a 2 piece, 2 tip – 7’ 6” – 5 wt rod. The bamboo is lightly flamed, and the rod contains an agate stripping guide, bronzed snake guides, a down-locking Bellingers reel seat and walnut insert, and is wrapped in fine claret and yellow silk thread. A custom rod tube and rod sock is also included.

The reel that is included is a Hardy Bougle’ MK VII 3 ¼” reel that comes loaded with 20lb Dacron backing and the Wulff Signature Series 5 wt floating fly line.

Join us at the Expo, buy a raffle ticket and give yourself a chance to own this 25th Anniversary Commemorative Bamboo Fly Rod and Reel.

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