Here’s a great new video that offers a peak behind the scenes at the Orvis Rod Shop in Manchester, Vermont. Rod Designer and Product Developer Shawn Combs talks about how he came to Orvis and the ways in which he is inspired by the people whose craftsmanship makes his concepts come to life, building great fly rods one at a time:
“They’re made by hand, made by people who live in the community, and they’re doing it because that’s what they want to do. They love doing it, and you can’t take that away from them.”
I dig hanging out in the rod shop and watching the way everyone there is focused on the same goalproducing killer fly rods. Plus, I’m lucky enough to be in a position to watch the whole process come together, from seeing Shawn fiddling at his desk, to watching the Rod & Tackle folks test-casting prototypes on the lawn, to seeing the first production models come into the office. Even better, when I do get the chance to be on the water with one of these rods in my hand, I can benefit from all the knowledge and passion that went into them.
If you find yourself in Manchester, or if you want to make the trip to check out the Rod Shop, there are free tours on weekdays at 10 a.m. sharp. To sign-up for a tour, contact the Orvis Manchester Flagship Store at 802-362-3750.