Cane Rod Makers School

Make a Bamboo Rod

Fall 2019 Cane Rod Making Class Aug. 31-Sept. 5

If you are interested in this year’s program, reserve your space with a deposit of $500 with the balance due prior to the class.  Please note if you will be arriving the evening prior to the start of the class so that we will have the bunkhouses available. For additional information, contact CFFCM at 845-439-4810 or email

In 2001, CFFCM trustee, Dr. Steven Cohen identified a need in the angling community for a museum-based school for cane rod making. The Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum took on that initiative in June 2003 in partnership with the East Coast Cane and Rod Makers, to form the Catskill Rod Makers.  This group has revived the fine art of cane rod making and the  CFFCM serves as the steward of this noble cause by hosting their annual gathering held the second weekend in September.

Now with the Catskill Heritage Rod Makers Workshop, the CFFCM is like no other facility in the world.  In 2013, 150 rod makers from around the world gathered to officially open the doors to the Catskill Heritage Rod Makers Workshop.

History meet the future here, as classes, demonstrations and gatherings further the craft in the good company of artifacts from the classic shops of the past.  Enrolling not only puts a bamboo rod in your hand, you become one of the grassroots supporters so instrumental in making this facility a reality.

The Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum will be conducting it’s highly successful Cane Rod Makers School at our facilities located along the Willowemoc Creek in Livingston Manor, New York. This is a unique opportunity to learn from the best and create a cane rod to use and cherish for years to come! Seasoned instructors are Kathy Scott, Dave Van Burgel; who have been with the class since it’s inception.

For 2019, we have scheduled the class to take place Aug. 31-Sept. 5. The class will start start early Sunday evening and aim to finish by Thursday Sept. 5, just in time for the start of the 2019 Bamboo Rodmaker's Gathering which starts of Friday September 6, 2019.

All materials, tools and equipment are provided for you to make a quality, ferruled bamboo rod blank.  A detailed explanation of wrapping guides and professional finishing concludes the class.

Tuition for the Cane Rod Makers School is $1,200 per person* which includes all materials and tools, bunk house sleeping accommodations, breakfast & lunch daily (dinner not included) and printed class documents.  Evening fishing in the Willowemoc – the museum’s front yard – is encouraged. Class will start with a Sunday night introduction and end Thursday evening.  Students are encouraged to arrive on Sunday and may stay in one of our bunkhouses if they would like to lodge on-site.

Join the museum each year for the return of the CFFCM Cane Rod Makers School. Space is limited and the class is sure to sell out!

(*NOTE: CFFCM Members receive 10% tuition discount.)

Please note that cancellations will have money refunded, less 10% and no refund will be issued for cancellation 30 days or less prior to the class.