Cressy Cane

Cressy Cane is held over three days every October, on the Banks of Brumbys Creek in Tasmania, at “Hayes on Brumbys”.

Founded by “Bamboo” Dave Hemmings, who wanted to share his own love of bamboo with others, Cressy Cane is a celebration of making and fishing bamboo rods. Makers of all levels of experience, those wanting to begin rodmaking, and even those just passionate or interested in bamboo are welcome. Topics include all aspects of rodmaking, casting and fishing bamboo, and important related subjects such as local (and world award winning) whisky and gin!

For those travelling to Cressy Cane, Tasmania offers World Class fly fishing. “Hayes on Brumbies” is situated on the iconic “Brumbys Creek” tailwater. In addition to the main creek, a private anabranch section of spring creek is also available to fish for attendees. Even the Casting Pool contains large educated trout as a distraction to the casting! Close by are a range of streams and rivers, and Tasmania’s shallow, natural lakes, which are world renowned for sight fishing to large trout.

The venue host, Peter Hayes, is one of the world’s leading fly casting instructors, and a highly decorated competition caster and angler at national and international levels. Peter is Australia’s first IFFF Master Casting Instructor (MCI), and is on the IFFF Casting Board of Governors. As well as sharing a love of bamboo and being a rodmaker himself, Peter is on hand at Cressy Cane to help attendees get the most out of their rods in their own fishing and casting.

Some information on this year's event, and earlier gatherings can be found below. Places are limited, so early bookings are essential. Bookings can be made at www.peterhayesflyfishing.com (under "Courses").

Cressy Cane 2016

7th – 9th October 2016

Invited International Rodmaker: Jeff Wagner - www.wagnerrods.com

Jeff Wagner Cressy Cane

Cressy Cane 2016 - Day 1 Friday 7th October

Welcome and Introduction - David Hemmings

Morning Reading - Schwiebert - David Anderson

Spliced/Mortised Wooden Grips - Jeff Wagner
Mortised rods feature a swell in the butt section that is accomplished by splicing
wood into the rod between the strips of Bamboo. In the late 1800’s and early
1900’s it was not uncommon to see rods of this design. In the tradition of the
great rod makers from that period, Jeff presented a "how to" on this technique.

Casting with Cane – Hands on workshop - Peter Hayes
The Roll and Switch Cast. This is the foundation cast for the family of Spey
casts.

Favourite Rod actions/Tapers - Around the group and discussion

The Silk Road - Silk Line Manufacture - Mark Rampant
Mark has been quietly making silk lines for all manner of rod sizes. A presentation on this very
interesting topic, based on furled leader techniques.

Canada Rod Makers Gathering - Nick Taransky
In April Nick was invited to the Corbett Rod Makers gathering in Kamloops as their
International Rod Maker. A report on his experience and what we might incorporate into Cressy Cane.

JD Wagner. Handcrafted Small Batch Reels - Jeff Wagner
“I have long admired the craftsmanship of the reels of Edward vom Hofe. I believe these were the finest reels ever made, an extraordinary meld of technical ingenuityand a design aesthetic so refined and beautiful they could easily find a place in any museum of art or design. Looking back through history there was only one other rod maker who made an appreciable number of high quality rods and reels -Ed Payne. If I could do the same, it would place me in extremely rare company. I wanted every last screw, washer, spring, handle and case….every last part, to be made personally by my own hand. No corners cut, no cheating. All on manual machines, just like they were made in 1900.”

Fishing with Cane - hands on workshop - Peter Hayes
There's more to fishing than casting and Peter demonstrated a range of techniques and tips to make the most of you rod on the water.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Jeff Wagner
A presention on rod aesthetics, based on the demands of the American market.

Rod Tapers - Nick Taransky
A discussion on rod tapers and other factors, including hollow built, progressive, complex, slow action, moderate action, fast action and parabolic. In the next session we cast and discussed these properties in rods.

Workshop - David Anderson
A hand-on casting workshop and discussion particular rod types.
e.g.quads, long rods, short rods, slow, fast, parabolic, and implications for casting and line types etc.

Whisky Tasting - Bill Lark (back by popular demand)!!!
Bill Lark has become the face (and the soul) of the award winning Tasmanian Whisky Industry. Lark Distillery was established in 1992 to produce Australian malt whisky, rich in character with a big finish using Tasmanian ingredients. The Lark has recently been named ‘Best Australian Whisky’ and ‘Australian Distiller of the year.’

Lessons Learned – Insights from a 25 years as a ful time Rodmaker - Jeff Wagner
Jeff will discuss mistakes, shortcuts and lessons learnt from a lifetime of rod building.

Making the most of your Bamboo - Nick Taransky
Maximise your Bamboo. Minimise your waste. Nick discussed culm selection, stagger patterns, merging culms as well as two, three and four piece rods.

Casting with Cane - The Bamboo Spey Rod - Peter Hayes
Peter had just returned from presenting in Oregon at the largest Spey Rod Convention in the world, with a wealth of information to share.

Photographing Rods
Open discussion about some pointers for phographing rods - long, skinny bits of bamboo potentially covered in dust!

Classic Rod Makers from the USA - Jeff Wagner
The history of the American fly rod is the story of a group of individuals who sought to create the finest fly rods that human hands could build. Men like Leonard, Payne, Orvis, Thomas, Edwards, Dickerson, Garrison and Young have not only left us a wonderful legacy but have inspired and influenced rod makers to the present day. Jeff discussed some of these classic rod makers.

Panel - Tips and Tricks - David Anderson
Around the group for tips and tricks to help in the rodmaking process.

Discussion for future workshops and feedback - David Hemmings

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Cressy Cane 2015

9th – 11th October 2015

Quads and more Quads – David Anderson
A wide ranging discussion on quads and their qualities, including an overview of the Poor Man’s Quad (PMQ).

Fly Rod Design – A fishing based approach – Nick Taransky
Putting the horse before the cart. Working back to rod design from fishing requirements.

Casting with Cane – Peter Hayes
Narrow loops. Demonstration and hands on casting narrow loops with a variety of rods including a ‘noodle.’

Flaming Cane – Sean McSharry
Hands on demonstration of several methods, lead by Sean.

Ferrule Fitting – Peter McKean
Demonstration on fitting the bamboo to the ferrule, and achieving the male to female fit of the ferrule.

Gin and Tonic at the Casting Pool – with the option of catching a 6 pound trout!

Plane Blade Sharpening with the Work Sharp system – Sean McSharry
Demonstration and discussion.

Grip Shape and Implications – Nick Taransky
Discussion on options and implications for rod balance, casting and fishing.

Bamboo Spey Rods – Nick Taransky
Presentation and discussion on issues relating to bamboo spey rods, including hollow building, double building and scarf ferrules.

Casting with Cane – Hands on workshop - Peter Hayes
Spey casting techniques for Single-handed cane rods. The roll cast forms the foundation of the family of spey casts. Casts such as the Switch cast, Snake roll, the snap T and the single and double spey are not only perfect for cane rods but very satisfying to perform.
Hands on workshop so - definitely no graphite allowed!

Wrapping guides
Different methods. Demonstration and hands on.

Ferrule Shrinking Tool – Jim Morris
Demonstration of Dave Trienzenberg’s tool (based on the original Wes Jordan idea).

Beveler Demonstration – Dan Dempsey
Demonstration of Dan’s Baginski designed beveller

Four String Binder Demonstration – Dan Dempsey
Demonstration of Dan’s amazing “Star Ship Enterprise” Four String Binder

Scarf Joins – Nick Taransky
When to use them, and how to make them

Ferrules for Quad Rods – David Anderson
Presentation on different options for ferruling square profile rods.

Pour on Varnishing
Demonstration of the “Pour on” varnish method

Casting with Cane – Peter Hayes
Deeper flexing rods require adjustments in the casting stroke for good presentation - demonstration and hands-on.

Sawing Strips vs Splitting Strips – Ken Bradbrook
Presentation and discussion on sawing strips from a culm of bamboo.

 
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Cressy Cane - David Anderson reading from Ernest Schwiebert
Cressy Cane - Sean McSharry - firsh on
Cressy Cane - David Hemmings flaming cane
Cressy Cane - flaming cane
Cressy Cane - differently tempered cane
Cressy Cane - Bill Lark's Oven
Cressy Cane - Peter Hayes talking casting
Cressy Cane - Karen and Peter Brooks talk about visiting To Morgan
Cressy Cane - Driftwater Boat
Cressy Cane - Dinner from the wonderful Jen Girvan
Cressy Cane - Morning Casting Pool Caenids
Cressy Cane - Caenid closeup
Cressy Cane - Caenid sequence
Cressy Cane - Jim Morris fishng to caenid sippers
Cressy Cane - casting pool fish
Cressy Cane - Mark Rampant puts his rod through its paces...
Cressy Cane - Sean McSharry demonstrates the Work Sharp system
Cressy Cane - Rod Swap
Cressy Cane - Rod Swap
Cressy Cane - Peter McKean at the lathe, demonstrating ferruling
Cressy Cane - Casting Pool red spinner leaper - atlantic salmon
Cressy Cane - Mark Rampant wrapping a rod
Cressy Cane - Bill Lark Gin Tasting
Cressy Cane - Late night rodmaking
Cressy Cane - Dan Dempsey with two very different glue binders!
Cressy Cane - Dan Dempsey demonstrating his binder
Cressy Cane - Dan Dempsey with his Baginski Beveller
Cressy Cane - Ken Bradbrook talks sawing cane
Cressy Cane - Peter Hayes and Sean McSharry stalk a cruiser on the Spring Creek
Cressy Cane - Orvis Banty


Cressy Cane 2014

24th – 26th October

The Japanese Experience – Nick Taransky
Fishing and bamboo rodmaking in Japan

The Hexrod Computer Program – Jim Morris
An overview and some examples

Casting with Cane – Peter Hayes
Understanding your General Casting Stroke - Minimise movement and effort for a more efficient cast. 
How Stiff Is Your Rod? - The differences to the casting stroke for Stiff Vs. Soft rods

Finishing Rods – part 1 – Peter McKean
Group discussion on glue options, sources, and application

A week with Tom Morgan – Karen and Peter Brooks
In 2011 Karen and Peter spent a week with Tom at his home in Montana. A presentation on their unique experience with one of Americas most innovative and inspiring Rod Makers.

Choosing Cane
How deep do those power fibres need to be for that 6-weight rod? An interactive session to discuss the appropriate cane for the appropriate rod.

Oven Tempering - Demonstration - Bill Lark
A demonstration of Bill’s sensational oven and a group discussion on tempering cane.

The Morgan Hand Mill. Demonstration
An overview and demonstration.

Saltwater Bamboo - Nick Taransky
Fact or fiction? Applications, benefits and weaknesses compared to graphite… Corrosion issues and solutions with respect to traditional materials (Nickel Silver ferrules/reelseats, impregnation vs varnish etc).

Node Work - Peter McKean
Demonstration and discussion – filing, pressing, straightening and more.

Splitting Cane Demonstration - Nick Taransky
There are many ways to split cane. An overview of splitting cane and discussion on appropriate widths for particular tapers.

Casting with Cane - Peter Hayes
Constant Tension Casting - What is it? and why is it so necessary when using cane rods?

Rod and Section Lengths - Nick Taransky
Cutting cane lengths so that each section is of equal length with all the hardware mounted can be a tricky part of the rod building process. Especially where multiple sections are concerned.

Turning Eccentric Mortises in Reel Seats - Boris Gaspar
Making your own timber spacers on a lathe.
Straightening Cane - Nick Taransky
Straighten, Straighten and more Straightening.

Classic Rod Makers - Greenheart to Cane - David Anderson
A presentation on American outdoor movement and the growth of the tackle makers, including show and tell of some collected rods. A profile on classic rodmaker Wes Jordan.

Whisky Tasting - Bill Lark
Bill Lark has become the face (and the soul) of the award winning Tasmanian Whisky Industry. Lark Distillery was established in 1992 to produce Australian malt whisky, rich in character with a big finish using Tasmanian ingredients. The Lark has recently been named ‘Best Australian Whisky’ and ‘Australian Distiller of the year.’

Finishing Rods Part 2 - Peter McKean
More discussion on varnishing and finishing

Resources for Cane Rod Makers
A general discussion and information session on resources for Makers

Classic Rods - Ray Brown
Ray has been a collector of cane rods for many years. A presentation on his path into bamboo and some of his collection.

Casting with Cane - Peter Hayes
Double Haul - increase line speed and reduce rod arc to give tighter and faster loops.
Counter flex - What is it and when do we need to reduce it when using cane rods?

Quad Rods - David Anderson
Presentation on the construction and qualities of quadrate rods, including show and tell of some quads in his collection.

Ferrule Preparation - Nick Taransky
Preparing ferrules for fitting on the rod. Demonstration and discussion.

 
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Cressy Cane - 2014 Group Photo
Cressy Cane - Petet Hayes
Cressy Cane - Early morning casting
Cressy Cane - Peter Hayes
Cressy Cane - Bill Lark's Binder
Cressy Cane - Setting up the Morgan Handmill
Cressy Cane - on the casting pool
Cressy Cane - Bill Lark talking whiskey at the Australian Fly Fishing Museum
Cressy Cane - Ray Brownis is a pioneer of the Australian Bamboo resurgence
Cressy Cane - Fred von Reibnitz on the Spring Creek