Annual Picnic and Karstetter Classic


Karstetter Classic

August 21, 2016, Darby, Montana

The fourth Karstetter Classic will be held from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Sunday, August 21, 2016, on the banks of the Bitterroot River at 144 Hannon Lane, Darby, Montana, 59829, three miles south of Darby on Hwy 93. The Karstetter Classic is a gathering of those who build, use and admire the classically made bamboo fly rod (both antique and new) and the reels used with them.

Many of us own and use bamboo or cane rods in our fly fishing adventures, but it is rare that we have an opportunity to compare the various rods and reels that represent this segment of the fly fishing art. Only by casting them do we understand their true nature. This is an opportunity to do just that on the site casting pond or in the adjacent river. Share knowledge, admire craftsmanship and hang out with some real characters.

This event was named for Marty Karstetter. Marty lives in Darby Montana where he crafts handmade bamboo rods considered by many to be classic examples of the art form. Well known to the rod building industry, he is also a ceaseless ambassador for their application and use. An opportunity to see and compare examples of a rapidly vanishing fishing style and craftsmanship is rare. Hence the Karstetter Classic, a gathering of classic and classically made fly fishing equipment for those who make them and those who admire them.

This is a free event held on private property. There is no charge for entrance, parking, display, sale or trades. Display tables may be erected and easy ups are suggested. Rod builders, collectors, and fisher folk who use or want to use bamboo rods are invited. However, this is a hands on event so rods brought should be available to be cast by other participants. There is a casting pond and over 2000 feet of river abuts the property. Dust off that old rod and reel and bring it down.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot annual picnic hosted on site by the club starting at 4:00 pm. Any non club member may join the FFB members for a steak BBQ and open keg with our compliments. Additionally, you may join FFB at $25.00 for a year’s individual membership.

This is our fourth annual.

Hope to see you there.

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