Summer's Rod

This coming summer, the Chapter will have the drawing for a fund raising raffle that has three prizes. The items are a Bob Summers bamboo flyrod, an Apple iPad Mini, and the choice of a fishing trip for one or two anglers with Schultz Outfitters to fish for either Trout, Salmon or Steelhead, Bass, or Muskies.

The Bob Summers rod was donated to the Chapter to raise funds for Chapter projects by the Ed Parks family. The rod is the "856" model, and has two tips The rod is 8' long and 2/2, which means when assembled it is 8' long, has a butt and a choice of  two tips. Bob describes the regular tip as a strong #5 weight, and the Light tip as a strong #4 weight. Bob made the rod for Ed in August 1990 and has been kept in a rod sack and Maple Hexagonal tube. It is in wonderful condition.  

Bob Summers'  rods are highly prized by their owners, and they are on a lot of fly fishermen's wish lists. They are wonderful fishing rods made with an expertise that has stood the test of timeand prized wherever bamboo rods are found.

By the time Bob has made a rod he has about 50-60 hours of his life invested in it. He splits and machines the bamboo from it's 12' length weighing 6-7 pounds down to a rod blank weighing just a few ounces. He makes the ferrules from nickel silver, and turns and machines the screw locking reel seat, fits the Flor grade cork handle one ring at a time, and then shapes the handle. The skill to put this rod together started when Bob went to work for the Paul Young Rod Co in Detroit in 1956. When the company moved North he came with it.  He established the R W Summers Rod Co in 1974 and started making rods under his own name.

Bob makes, at most, 50 rods a year. His order book has been closed to new orders for a few years now. If your name is in the order book, consider that you are one of the lucky ones and that patience is a must. The rod you ordered, most likely several years ago, is in competition with orders from all over the world. Demand for Summers rods is such that the used rod prices for Bob's rods are usually about a $1,000.00 more than what his current price list lists them for. With the custom made maple tube this "856" would have a value of $3,300-3,500.

Raffle tickets are $5.00 or 5 for $20.

Please contact any board member or let us know through the Chapter web site how many tickets you would like or how many you can sell for the Chapter.

We need your participation in making this raffle a financial success...
That means we have to sell tickets.

 The prize drawing will be at the Old Au Sable Fly shop on July 26. 

All funds generated from the raffle will go towards funding Chapter Stream Improvement Initiatives.


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