2018 Bamboo Bend
Every year Bamboo Bend offers eight disabled veterans the experience of a lifetime, by teaching them how to make a fully functional bamboo fly rod.
This event takes place in a special part of Michigan nestled in the Upper Peninsula. The trip begins for most participants with a flight to Traverse City, Michigan where they will link up with each other just by simply spotting each other’s Project Healing Waters ball cap. They are then driven to the heart of the Ausable and Manistee watersheds. Home of some very pronounced trout waters and what some arguably call the best dry fly fishing in the country.
It is when they pull in to the 100 year old Oxbow Conservation Club for the very first time that eases down the stress from the day of traveling and await through the anticipation of for the next day. This is when it all begins. In order to come to Bamboo Bend you must have built fly rods before. Three of the eight participants are winners of the Previous Year’s National Rod Building Competition.