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Seeking Mentorship
Posted by: Kyle Crowson (---.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: June 10, 2024 10:52PM

Hello all,

Yes, I'm just starting out and in advance I appreciate lots of patience here - but I promise I've done the work to not ask too many really basic questions and get a good idea what I'm getting myself into. I've found the Dave Clemons books to be really helpful (though the ones I found were pretty dated with materials, but still great) as well as others, but now that I've sourced appx 75% of my materials I'm getting into the time to start actually doing - and I just keep coming up with little questions and concerns in my head. I know that actually DOING it will allow all the mistakes to be made and learned from, but man it would be great to have a mentor that I could bounce ideas off of and work out problems as they come up to just learn from someone who has done the dang thing! I'm not afraid of making mistakes, just want to help shorten that learning curve. The resources on this site have been great as well - I just received my NFC FAF blanks and recent threads make it seem like I'm in for a frustrating start - but I am curious how many of you had a mentor, how you found a mentor, and if anyone would be even the slightest bit interested in becoming one. A few pertinent pieces of info about me/goals:

*I live in Northern California (Chico). My waters are mostly spring creeks in the spring/summer/fall and then smaller (wadeable) rivers in the winter. Blasphemy, I know, but Steelhead are a necessity to still continue to fish in the winter months not a focus of mine, I appreciate a brookie or a brown in a small stream infinitely more than a sea brute.
*I tie flies as well, as I'm sure you all do, and have a room in the house dedicated to do so an watch baseball games simultaneously with a golden retriever at my feet. She has willfully contributed to many successful flies with the swipe of a brush.
*I would like to ultimately build on glass 90% of the time. I love everything about it, and once I found this little niche I just can't get rods with the high quality/unique feel that seems to be offered everywhere else and decided that I want to dedicate my time to making these beautiful relics relevant again with my fishing friends that are clinging to their company tribes/materials. I would be ecstatic to produce a quality rod for a friend as a gift and show them the light to slow things down a bit with a glass rod, with custom wraps/colors/reel seats/etc. And if I can turn this into a small side-job just to break even (which I don't expect to and that isn't the goal here at all), then it's a skill to hone and keep my hands busy and out of trouble and that's a good hobby in my book. There will also be some very light-weight high-stick rods (I can't bring myself to call them euro...) to add to the quiver as well - but few and far between.
*I do plan on making my own reel seats and cork handles, a friend and I have woodworking nights together and it's something we genuinely enjoy doing together. He has a lathe that he's willing to let me use whenever. I know this is more difficult than it sounds, I'm not discounting that, but I am pretty handy and it's one more piece to point to that I can take pride in.
*If there is anyone even remotely close in N. California I'd be happy to travel to meet if they would be willing and walk through a few things - or even to do Skype/Zoom. I have tried emailing and calling a few local companies/asking the fly clubs and fly shops but struck out. Mostly anyone around us that does build is helping with Project Healing Waters rod courses, which is awesome! but it makes availability limited.

I know there are tons of videos online, and some are really helpful, but I know I learned how to tie infinitely better with an older friend in a short time than I ever learned on my own, and hoping someone can point me in a direction

Thanks for reading, all of the other discussions I've seen have been incredibly helpful and patient with each other which is amazing in today's age, and why I joined this forum.


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Re: Seeking Mentorship
Posted by: Ross Pearson (---.dlth.qwest.net)
Date: June 11, 2024 09:06AM

Along with being able to communicate with a large number of experienced rodbuilders here on the Forum, this site also has the Search function and Library articles providing lots of good information on rodbuilding topics. You already sound like you have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish. Go slow and enjoy the ride.

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Re: Seeking Mentorship
Posted by: Herb Ladenheim (---.68.237.4.hwccustomers.com)
Date: June 11, 2024 10:38AM

Unhide your email

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Re: Seeking Mentorship
Posted by: Ross Pearson (---.dlth.qwest.net)
Date: June 11, 2024 10:52AM

Herb Ladenheim Wrote:
> Ross
> Unhide your email
> Herbrb

Herb, I think you want Kyle to unhide his email. Mine isn't hidden.

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Re: Seeking Mentorship
Posted by: Kyle Crowson (---)
Date: June 11, 2024 11:04AM

Unhidden! Thank you!


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