bamboo fly rod maker's widow

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Location Blue Ridge, Georgia, United States
Introduction That's me...standing in a river with my baby (now 9), 5-year-old son (now 13), Yogi the dog and husband, Bill Oyster.How did this happen? This diversion from city life started 20 years ago when I met Bill Oyster in Athens, Georgia and he "left" his fly rod in my car. We were married a few months later. Fast forward a few years...while Bill was reading aloud from a John Gierach book about fly fishing, he said, "I want a bamboo fly rod." I said, "Make your own." That was it...We were too young and dumb not to follow our hearts. So, I took over the paperwork while Bill made bamboo fly rods and started teaching bamboo fly rod making classes.Over the past 17 years, I have been introduced to and fallen in love with the woods, nature and all she has to offer and the simple life and style of the river. Once we had children, our want to move to a more fitting environment became a need. We currently live in the woods and have a full time bamboo fly rod making shop on Main Street in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Our family practically lives at that shop. We work so hard (for's 1:10AM and Bill is varnishing a bamboo fly rod) but never take our life for granted. We still follow our hearts.