Friday, March 27, 2009

The Purple Heart Rod, or Leo's NAF Bamboo Build

EDIT: Leo sent me an email a couple of days ago saying the rod was almost finished. Here's the latest picture, posted 4/05/09
This is going to be a very sweet rod that Leo deMonbreun is building to be auctioned at the event. Leo has been building rods a long time and you can often find him behind the counter of the fly shop at Cumberland Transit in Nashville.

A huge thanks to Leo for the build and also to Dennis of D.R. Stone Rod Company for donating the blank, to Tim at T.L. Zietak rod company for their component donations and to Alan at REC Components, makers of RECOIL Guides and more for their contribution as well.

I just got this email from Leo so I'm going to get out of the way and let him do his thing!

Leo writes: "The blank has been dipped for a little over a week now and I started wrapping it today after installing the cigar grip and the PLRN reel seat from REC. In keeping with the original PHY Perfectionist that had a cork grip and seat.

Wrapping will be simple patterns of Chestnut brown tipped in Purple, one of Paul Young's favorites, and the signature wrap will be in the colors of the Purple Heart in honor of all of our wounded vets from all conflicts.

All of the hardware has been blackened, slip rings, end cap, ferrules and all guides with the exception of the stripper guide. PHY like to use Mildrum cradled guides and most of his were in nicikel silver and were not oxidized.

After finishing the wrappings, the colors of the Purple Heart will be preserved with several coats of clear lacquer then the rod will get it's final dip which will make the guide and ferrule wraps become translucent.

In test casting it with the guides taped on to ensure good static loading, it performed really well with both a Cortland Sylk and a Triangle Taper 4 WF line. Sweet Dry Fly action.

I am hopeful that the person that wins the rod can appreciate what it is meant to symbolize. For those that have never been there words can't describe it, and for those that have, not a word needs to be said.

More to come later


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Press Release Going Out Today

Special thanks to Vernell Hackett, Nashville, TN resident and long time music business publicist, for putting together this press release and sending it out for us. You can reach Vernell via email at


The fly fishing group Nabours And Friends will hold its first benefit, a concert and fly fishing experience, on April 10-11 at Long Branch Campground near Lancaster, Tennessee on the Caney Fork River.

The event will kick off with a hamburgers and bratwurst dinner followed by a songwriter’s in-the-round concert on Friday evening. The show will feature Pete Huttlinger, Jim McBride and special guests. Huttlinger, an avid fly fisherman, has an album called “Catch & Release.” He wrote the theme song for ESPN's "Fly Fishing America." McBride has had a string of hit country singles including Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochie” and Waylon Jennings’ “Rose in Paradise.”

On Saturday participants will gather for breakfast before heading out for a day of fly fishing with professional guides and instructors. There will also be a fly tying demonstration and a demonstration on making furled leaders. Later in the day there will be an auction following a dinner of smoked brisket and pork shoulder, beans and cole slaw.

Among the items up for auction will be guided Fly Fishing Trips from, Montana Troutaholic Outfitters, Tim's Flies and Flies of Lynchburg, TN, a bamboo fly rod built by Hermitage, TN rod maker Leo deMonbreun with components donated by D. R. Stone Rod Company and T. L. Zietak Rod Company and REC Components; the “Drawing Flies 365” book from Jeff Kennedy Studios; and an autographed guitar from Grammy Award Winning group Kings Of Leon.

The entry fee of $35 includes eligibility for door prizes, among them a new, fully rigged 12' Tandem Ultimate Adventurer NuCanoe from NuCanoe, Rock Creek Boat Works of Deer Lodge, MT, Tim's Flies and Lies of Lynchburg TN, TrophyFishingTn and Montana Troutaholic Outfitters as well as guided Fly Fishing Trips from, Montana Troutaholic Outfitters. Other door prizes will include flies and fly tying tools from Montana Fly Company; fly fishing tools from Grasshopper Outdoors, home of the Mono-Master; guided fly fishing trips from TrophyFishingTN, Montana Troutaholic Outfitters, Cumberland Transit, Southeastern Fly and Kootenai River Outfitters.

Nabours and Friends is a group of fly fishing buddies headed by Ron Snow, a Murfreesboro resident who is a fly fishing guide in Montana April through October. The group of fishing aficionados from Middle Tennessee got together and decided to do a benefit to help Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc. This organization is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active duty military personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.

“We plan to invite area veterans to join us for a unique fly fishing experience on the Caney River,” Snow says. “We’re all looking forward to having a fun event while helping further the cause of Project Healing Waters.”

Anyone who has an interest in fly fishing is invited to attend the weekend of festivities. Entry fee is $35.00 per person which includes meals and admission to other activities. Folks who register will also be eligible for door prizes. To pre-register email with your name, phone number and number in your party.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc. is dependent on tax-deductible financial donations and the help of numerous volunteers to meet the educational, training, equipment, transportation and outing needs of the participants. To make a tax deductible contribution to Project Healing Waters, make out checks and mail to: Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc., Post Office Box 695, LaPlata, MD 20646. When making a donation please note NaboursAndFriends in the memo line. Donations can also be made by calling (301)399-7396 and speaking with Sandy at Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc. Please mention Nabours And Friends to her when making a donation. Gifts can also be made through PayPal / Visa / Mastercard / Discover / American Express and put Nabours And Friends in the Purpose box. All donations go directly to Project Healing Waters.

For more information contact Ron Snow at (406) 422-2786 or email for more information to Check out their blog at

Schedule of Events
Friday April 10
6:30 p.m. -- Gathering at Picnic Shelter, Long Branch Campground
7 p.m. -- Dinner at Picnic Shelter, Long Branch Campground
8:00 p.m. -- Concert at Picnic Shelter, Long Branch Campground

Saturday April 11
9:45 a.m. -- Gathering at Picnic Shelter, Long Branch Campground
10:00 a.m. -- Breakfast at Picnic Shelter, Long Branch Campground
11:00 a.m. -- Fly Fishing Outing on Caney River, Fly Tying Demonstration by Warren Patterson and a Furled Leader Makeing Demo by Jack Hise

4:00 p.m. -- Gather at Picnic Shelter, Long Branch Campground
4:15 p.m. -- Dinner at Picnic Shelter, Long Branch Campground
5:30 p.m. -- Auction Gets Underway at Picnic Shelter, Long Branch Campground

Long Branch Campground is located below Center Hill Dam near Lancaster, Tennessee on the scenic Caney Fork River approximately one hour east of Nashville via I-40. Camping is available on site and there are cabins and hotels in the area.