August 12, 2014

Two weeks ago marked the 4th Annual Hardy Cup bamboo casting competition which is part of the the Catskill Museum of Fly Fishing’s annual Summerfest event. Along with many anglers and bamboo rod enthusiasts, I made the trek to Livingston Manor that weekend to visit with friends and customers.

This year was a special treat for me since the winner of the casting competition – Leonard Tobler – was using a light salmon rod that I built for him several years ago. He edged former winner and this year’s second place finisher Masaki “Take” Takemoto. Congratulations Len!

Len Tobler Hardy Cup

More importantly though, Jim Krul and his staff at the Museum deserve a huge thank you for putting this event on, and thanks as well to all of those who attended, sponsored, and pitched in to make it great.

I’ve also included a few photos of Len and Take taking some practice casts on a nearby field and talking technique, rods, etc.

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