It began with Harold and Eileen Demarest are the sponsors of the Bamboo Rodmaking Challenge in partnership with the Cortland Line Company as sponsors of the Bamboo Fly Rod Casting Challenge. Now it is in honor of the Demarest’s support to rodmakers and their contribution to the art of bamboo rod making.
Each year the Challenge is to build a Bamboo Fly Rod that has a specific weight requirements for a specific line size. The Casting Challenge for the makers is to build a rod that casters are can quickly get the feel for and are able to cast it the furthest.
Qualifications determine the best 5 Bamboo Fly Rods created for this competition and also determine the 5 best Casters for the Finals on Sunday. In the finals on Sundays each Caster will be given 5 casts with each final Bamboo Fly Rod with 3 longest casts counting for both the Caster and the Bamboo Fly Rod. The Caster and Bamboo Fly Rod with the longest cumulative distance cast in the finals will the winners of the Challenges.
Special Bronze Medallions and prizes will be awarded to the winners. The Bronze Medallions are to be created by world famous sculptor and Livingston Manor Resident Bud Wertheim who also created the Poul Jorgenson Bronze Medallion for the Golden Hook award that is also presented by the CFFCMM.