Individual taste in books varies as much as the favorite rod
or fly. With that in mind, we hope to review books and
videos from the ever-growing fly fishing world, and share
them with you. Books will be the best of all worlds, new
and old. Many of the old books are now available in reprint,
and the wisdom contained is timely today. Others can be
found in second-hand book stores, or by mail order dealers.
As we find videos we feel are outstanding they will be included.
Be assured, reviews are based on what we have actually read,
and due to that fact, may not appear weekly.
Published by RodMaker Magazine
P.O. Box 1322, High Point, NC 27261 Phone: 336-882-3226
email RodMaker Magazine.
Another speciality magazine is
on the market! This one, like it's counterpart,
Bamboo Fly Rod featured here
earlier, is directed to rod makers. Not just the
person who might build one or two in his lifetime,
but also to the professional builder who earns all
or part of his living from producing fine rods for
Publisher Tom Kirkman states it
best, relating a conversation with Mark Metcalf at
the Bamboo Fly Rod Magazine, "Neither of us seem to
be magazine people putting out rod making publications,
rather each of us seem more like rod making people
putting out magazines. I think that's a fortunate
combination and produces a better product for you,
RodMaker is very well done. As well
as focused. Only graphite and fiberglass rods are
addressed. The articles in the last two issues range
from the expected on 'how-to' on trim bands, to the
totally unexpected, and vital for any one commercially
selling their rods, how to comply with "The Sportsfishing
Excise Tax." There is also a "Letters" column, a
section on "Techniques," "Questions & Answers" a
"Classified" and interesting articals on all sorts of
information regarding rod building.
Don't miss the product reviews.
The last issue had a report on Testing the Ryobi Lathe,
and Gudebrod 811 color preserver. The current issue
has results of testing U-40 Ferrule Lube.
RodMaker is published bi-monthly,
with the newest issue, September and October being the
first with a color cover. Tom says little by little
color will make more of an appearance.
For those involved in rod making,
and those thinking about it - here is a terrific
magazine which should make the rod building process
easier - and more fun.
Subscription rates are $19.95 per
year U.S. and $26.95 Canada. I also noted the advertising
in RodMaker is totally revelant to rod building. Nice
job Tom. Congradulations! ~ DB
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