Meeting Speakers - Topics and Information

 

The meeting location is the Comfort Suites in State College, 132 Village Drive, and will begin at 7:30 PM.  Also Click Here for the full SCCTU Calender

No Meetings in July or August

 

January 3, 2019 - State of the Chapter

 

February 7. Nick Raftas, Wild East Outfiiters, "Fishing the Lehigh River"



 

March 7, Dennis Charney, "Spring Creek Patterns and Tactics"

April 4, Mike McFarland, "Building a Fly Rod"

Mike will discuss the blank rolling process for graphite and fiberglass blanks and show a video of the process.  He will also discuss rod design and how it relates to casting performance on the stream.  He will also bring  mandrels and raw fiberglass and graphite pre-preg as well so that members can see the raw materials that turn into a rod.  

Mike McFarland is a life long resident of Bellwood, PA.  He started building rods as a hobby at the age of 18.  This hobby snowballed into a part time business and later into a full time profession.  He has built rods from just about every material from split bamboo to the latest high-tech composites. Mike has owned and operated McFarland Rod Company since 1997 and has expanded the company to include a full blank rolling facility. McFarland fiberglass and graphite rods and blanks are sought after by anglers and rodmakers around the world.  In addition to rodmaking, Mike is also heavily involved in tournament casting through the American Casting Association and is a 4 time winner of the Hardy Cup. 

Past Presentations - 2014

 

Past Presentations - 2015