Bamboo Rod Building with Bob Clay


Renowned bamboo rod builder Bob Clay teaches how to make your own bamboo fishing rod. Whether you hope to build a single-hand or double-hand rod, this class is packed with tricks from one of the world’s best.

Bob Clay lives in northern British Columbia’s Kispiox Valley and is the owner of Riverwatch Rods. Bob started fly fishing the Kispiox river in 1971, where he went on to live, guide and become somewhat of a historical figure.

Bob guided all through the 80’s and 90’s before selling his guiding operation and focusing extensively on bamboo rod building. He would eventually cross paths and work with Tom Morgan, formally of Winston Rod Co., who became his rod building mentor Bob is now one of the most respected builders in the industry.


Course Curriculum

  • Before you Start
  • Intro to Bamboo Rod Building
  • Selecting Culms
  • Flaming Culms
  • Rough Splitting and Oven Prep
  • Oven Heat Treating
  • Final Splitting
  • Node Removal
  • Scraping the Cambium Layer
  • Stagger and Cut Strips
  • Node Preparation
  • Straighten Strips
  • Rough Triangulate
  • Rough Taper
  • Final Taper
  • Align and Hollow
  • Glue and Bind
  • Scraping the Blank
  • Figuring the Splice into Taper
  • Splice Joint
  • Dip Varnishing
  • Handle Assembly
  • Handle Shaping
  • Spey Rod Handle Assembly
  • Wrapping Guides
  • Varnishing Guide Wraps
  • Final Dip
  • Conclusion
  • Equipment List
  • Tapers and Specs
  • Congrats! Here’s what’s next

Building a bamboo fly rod is no easy task. It requires dedication, commitment and patience. It also requires knowledge and proper guidance.

That’s where we come in. This class will teach you how to build a bamboo rod from start to finish. Regardless of whether you are looking to build a single or double-hand rod, or whether you’re an experienced or novice craftsperson, this class is a treasure to all aspiring rod builders.

Benefits include

  • Train from the comfort of your own home
  • Flexibility to access using any device you like; compatible with tablets, smartphones, laptops, and desktops
  • Fully responsive
  • Study whenever and wherever you are
  • Review the course material as many times as you wish
  • Content created by Bob Clay, one of the most trusted names in the business!
  • Receive a certificate of completion when you finish the course!

Online course fee

  • Only $197


*By enrolling in this course you understand that it does not include an annual membership to Anchored Outdoors or any of the extras/additional perks. This purchase only includes the online course content.

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Student Testimonials

“Absolutely terrific and professional!!”
- Don
“Awesome course, awesome instructor, taught me everything I needed to know for the testing.”
- Gobind
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