Bob Clay

Bamboo Rod Building with Bob Clay (Online)

Renowned bamboo rod builder Bob Clay teaches how to make your own bamboo fishing rod. Whether you hope to build a single-hand or double-hand rod, this class is packed with tricks from one of the world’s best.
CAD $197.00


Bob Clay lives in northern British Columbia’s Kispiox Valley and is the owner of Riverwatch Rods. Bob started fly fishing the Kispiox river in 1971, where he went on to live, guide and become somewhat of a historical figure.

Bob guided all through the 80’s and 90’s before selling his guiding operation and focusing extensively on bamboo rod building. He would eventually cross paths and work with Tom Morgan, formally of Winston Rod Co., who became his rod building mentor Bob is now one of the most respected builders in the industry.

  • Content created by Bob Clay, one of the most trusted names in the business.
  • Train from the comfort of your own home. Compatable with tablets, smartphones, laptops and desktops.
  • Study whenever and wherever you are, and review the course material as many times as you wish.
  • Receive a certificate of completion when you finish the course.
Wild Bamboo

Topics Covered

  1. Before you Start
  2. Intro to Bamboo Rod Building
  3. Selecting Culms
  4. Flaming Culms
  5. Rough Splitting and Oven Prep
  6. Oven Heat Treating
  7. Final Splitting
  8. Node Removal
  9. Scraping the Cabium Layer
  10. Stagger and Cut Strips
  • Great Class. Many pages of notes taken and a sense of Wow. Many years of experience that Bob has was presented in a easy to follow method. Bob made it look so easy. Really enjoyed myself. Thanks

    Tommy John

  • I am not a bamboo rod builder but have always wondered how they were made. I fish the Skeena River system with my Spey rods from a man who fishes the same waters. I found the course to be exvellent and had no idea how intricate bamboo rod building is and the range of skillls needed. Bob is an expert in his field and explained all aspects of building clearly. I highly recommend the course.

    Jim Cross

  • Bob is a legend and to allow us to have a look into his process of building one of his master pieces is truly a privilege. I loved every bit of it. Now I'm inspired to pickup a few more key books to further this endeavor.

    Roland Start



*By enrolling in this course you understand that it does not include an annual membership to Anchored Outdoors or any of the extras/additional perks. This purchase only includes the online course content.

Building a bamboo fly rod is no easy task. It requires dedication, commitment and patience. It also requires knowledge and proper guidance. That’s where we come in. This class will teach you how to build a bamboo rod from start to finish. Regardless of whether you are looking to build a single or double-hand rod, or whether you’re an experienced or novice craftsperson, this class is a treasure to all aspiring rod builders.