After having had to cancel our February and March chapter meetings due to snow, we were able to hold our scheduled April chapter meeting on April 4, 2018. Rescheduled from both of the previously
cancelled meetings, LLTU member Barry Dobil was our guest speaker.
Barry reminisced about the history of fly fishing and the evolution of the fly rod. He is a connoisseur of bamboo fly rods, both antique ones and ones he has built himself.
He has shared video of his workshop, which is equipped to machine the very specific and precise tapers necessary to turn raw bamboo into a fine tool for casting a fly. And not just any bamboo. The
best bamboo fly rods are made from Tonkin cane, from the Tonkin region of northern Viet Nam.
Barry showed off some of his vintage fly rods and reels as well as providing refreshments.
If anyone would like to share some of their fly fishing anecdotes or techniques or fishing related stories as a guest speaker at one of our upcoming chapter meetings, please contact us at