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I am Rob Clarke.  I started with an old Heddon rod my dad gave me some time in the early 90's.  One year at a conference I was at, a friend Randy Brewer introduced me to Chris McDowell, who told me about the list.  From that I got Wayne's book and started collected bamboo and building my tools.  I know the Penrose site and actually fished with Tom in eastern Oregon (he stopped me from stepping on a rattler).  I have some of Tom's leftover materials in my oven.

I have only built a few rods over the years (2 on the bench right now!)  I somehow got into the Oregon rodbuilders book that was published a few years ago.  I was honored to be included with the folks in that book.  I also did a cartoon for the defunct Bamboo Fly Rod magazine, and an article on Chris McDowell in Power Fibers (still have the hat for that).

I looked on the Hexrod site and  see something  from me back in 99.  I think I have been building rods longer than that, but I am in Nashville right now and don't have access to my notes back home in Newberg.

I enjoy building darkened rods using as resorcinol and spar varnish.  Driggs river is my favorite, but I also enjoy the CC D France.

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