Glass Rod Expo

Welcome to the 1st International Glass Rod Expo Web Site!

The Expo will be held at the (Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum from May 18 -19, 2013.

Click here to download a PDF of accommodations available in and near Livingstone Manor, New York.

Here is a list of speakers who have committed to give talks or workshops on glass rods:

  • Victor R. Johnson (History of the Glass Rod)
  • Mike McFarland (Rolling Glass Blanks)
  • Cameron Mortenson (The Reinvention of the Fiberglass Fly Rod)
  • Dr. Todd E.A. Larson (Arthur Howald: The Father of the Glass Fly Rod)
  • Joe Cornwall (subject to be determined)
  • Buckly Juhasz (Hardy Sceptres: A History)

The registration details are set for the 1st Annual International Glass Rod Festival.

Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19th 2013

Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum 1031 Old Rte 17 Livingston Manor, NY 12758-1295

Entry Fee: $15/day or $25/weekend

Food sales will be available on site to benefit the museum.

We are also offering a pre-registration special of $20 for a weekend pass if reserved by Jan 31st. To reserve you spot call the museum at 845-439-4810. While this is a great location for the event, space is still going to be limited. Be sure to call the museum ASAP to reserve your spot.

A limited number of vendor space is available at a very reasonable price. Vending will be in the mornings on Saturday/Sunday. Please try to arrive Friday as we'll have an impromptu glass casting competition and build competition as well. Many people will be bringing rare glass rods -- from vintage to new -- to try out, so if you've ever wanted to cast a Paddock or Wojnicki or Pedley Jimmy Green or Charles Ritz Special, this is your chance!

Please email Mike McFarland if you have any questions. We really look forward to seeing you in what promises to be an unforgettable event!

- Mike McFarland and Dr. Todd E.A. Larson

Dr. Todd E.A. Larson, Publisher

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