Rod Building Workshop #14, Session 1

  • 05 Dec 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Golden Gate Angler's Lodge
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Registration is closed

The Anglers Lodge locker room and boardroom is reserved for this event on this evening.

This is the 1st of (6) Thursday night sessions for this Rod Building Workshop #14, taught by Larry Kenney (and Bruce Raskin, one of his proteges) and offered to currently active club members only (those with dues paid for the 2019 calendar year).  

There are currently two separate classes (Workshops #13 & 14) posted on the club calendar for Thursday nights, but each workshop is offered on a different set of dates.  The registrants for this Workshop #14 may NOT attend any sessions of the other workshop (or Workshop #15) without prior written approval from that second session's instructor.  

Note: There will be NO class on Thurs., Dec. 12, 2019 (while components are sourced) or on Thurs., Dec. 26, 2019 (too close to Christmas)

Learn to build a fly rod by doing it

Participants will be taken through everything from choosing and purchasing a blank and components to installing reel seats, making cork grips, wrapping guides and finishing guide wraps.  There is no fee for this class, but the participants are responsible for acquiring their own blanks, components, and a few simple tools -- which will be discussed in the first class.

This class does NOT currently support the building of two-handed rods (switch or Spey) for lack of the proper equipment (a lathe large enough for turning the longer handles).  So only single-handed rods can be constructed in this class. 

Members may take this class multiple times, but only if there is no one waitlisted for it up to one week before the first class session.  If there is someone on the waitlist prior to that, that person will be allowed to take the spot of any registrant who has taken the class previously and the latter person will be added to the bottom of the waitlist and alerted, along with others on that waitlist, to the posting of the next class. 

This Dec. 5, 2019 through Jan. 23, 2020 Workshop #14 is limited to 6 club members via online registration only.  Register for this FIRST class session ONLY for enrollment in all 6 sessions of Workshop #14. 

If there is no large "Register" button showing on the left side of this screen now (or above it on a smartphone) but there is a "Join Waitlist" button, the class has already filled. However, you may wish to sign the online waitlist since any drop-outs before the first session will be replaced from this waitlist in the order that they signed it.  The waitlist will only be generated when the registration closes because the class has filled. Those on the waitlist for this class may also be contacted about their interest in the subsequent future class when that next class has been scheduled. 

Class dates and the expected subjects to be covered and the corresponding class activity in each session for this workshop are:

Dec. 5 - Introduction -- Choosing the right blank and components

Dec. 19 - Assembling components -- Reel seats/Cork

Jan. 2  - Making the grip -- Cork/Turn

Jan. 9 - Rod wrapping -- Wrap 

Jan. 16 - Rod wrapping --Wrap/Coat

Jan. 23 - Finishing -- Coat

For those inclined to book learning, Larry recommends reading: Art Scheck's Fly Rod Building Made Easy,  published by Countryman Press (2002 and 2014)

For any questions about this workshop, please contact:

Larry Kenney at

Bruce Raskin at

Questions? Please direct your inquiries to the appropriate mail box:

General Information:

Rondy Program:

Our Mailing Address:  Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club  ·  P.O. Box 591476  ·  San Francisco, CA 94159

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