Kathy Scott has written an interesting book about Everett Garrison, who began making split bamboo fly rods in the early 1930s and continued until his death in 1975. I didn’t realize how famous Garrison was throughout the world until I read Kathy’s book.
This book is titled The Letters to Everett Garrison. It’s an interesting collection of letters written to Garrison by lots of important and famous people who are also briefly profiled in the book. Every one of these people worshiped Garrison and considered him the best rod maker in the world.
I especially enjoyed all the stories of fabulous fish caught with Garrison’s rods. His customers often let Garrison know how successful they’d been fishing with his rods. And they fished all over the world in many famous waters.
Kathy and her husband David Van Burgle, are amazing people. They also build bamboo fly rods but even more important they teach split bamboo rod making at the Catskills Fly Fishing Center and Museum. They focus a lot of their work on kids, something I greatly admire. Kathy and David have won many awards. Kathy has also written four other books.
Kathy is currently chair of the Maine State Council of Trout Unlimited and on the board of the Maine Council of the Atlantic Salmon Federation. The American Museum of Fly Fishing honored Kathy in their exhibit A Graceful Rise: 50 Women in the History of Fly Fishing.