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Author:  SoftHackle [ February 3rd, 2018, 5:12 pm ]
Post subject:  SuperBoo

Thanks again to all the organizers, SB never lets us down.
Even though it’s not the same without Banjo, it’s still the high point of my winter.
I have to single out John Devin’s 8014 three-piece, Dick Green’s Snake and Tom Whittle’s 5 and 7-weight 7 footers as the ones that really made me grin. Don’t ask me in which order ‘cuz I don’t know. Apologies to all the rods I didn’t get to cast.
Best of all was seeing everyone, it seems each year I cast less, talk and listen more. You can learn a lot by eavesdropping at SB!
Thanks again, Henry.

Author:  Hutch [ February 3rd, 2018, 6:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SuperBoo

I second the John Devins 3 pc...it was a cannon....but I am biased and as I told She who mUst be obeyed, I discount all DVB rods as I already know I will love them most...with that aside, I fell for the Mike Tracy 4wt- this is a rod that sings- just wonderful (and I found myself ALMOST asking him to sell it---but I am on the DVB list)..

One of our largest SuperBoos in terms of attendance- and a simply wonderful expression of sharing- the food was all donated, the coffee was in abundance, bagels, pizza...just cool! The T-shirts went well, and even some left overs from years past were sold- and a big thanks to all who add so much- Barb most of all. It takes a cool person to sit at the reception table each time and greet us all- super job Barb! (some distant relation to DVB I believe!)

I just enjoyed this day so much---and the heart is still the little bundle of energy- Kat.

Thanks Kat.


Author:  1weight [ February 3rd, 2018, 7:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SuperBoo

I have to say SuperBoo is always a highlight to my winter. If a person does not enjoy themselves there, they have serious issues. I'm like Henry(soft hackle) I find myself talking and listening more and casting less. That being said I did cast a couple FE Thomas rods that really piqued my interest. Really great to see everyone and to those that weren't able to make it, you all were sorely missed.
Finally thank you to Kat, David, Barb, Hutch and the kids for another great event. Hard to believe 15 years and going strong.


Author:  Jeff Reardon [ February 4th, 2018, 2:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: SuperBoo

Tom Whittle's 7' 5 weight almost came home with me. I'm thinking it will when Tom comes back from his southern trip. And thanks to Tom for making the attempt to repair the broken butt on my Kenealy. It has high sentimental value and I've always loved fishing it.

Tom's 5'10" Brookie and Kathy Scott's Payne 98 were other standouts.

Congratulations to Peter on his first rod--one of my favorite tapers, the Payne 102. I don't think I've cast a Payne taper I didn't like.

Author:  Peter010786 [ February 4th, 2018, 11:28 am ]
Post subject:  Re: SuperBoo

Another fine SuperBoo indeed, I think this was my fourth time attending. I did not cast a lot of rods, I hurt my shoulder at work a few weeks ago and did not want to aggrevate it, but there were a few rods I really enjoyed. Tom's 7' 5wt and his 7' 7wt were fantastic, I also enjoyed Joels 3 piece version of a Payne 102. But my favorite was my own Payne 102 that I finished this week. Varnish went on Monday, so it stayed in the tube most of the day...


Author:  Slim Tippet [ February 4th, 2018, 4:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SuperBoo

Another fine showing for the Maine cane rod builders. We're truly in a renaissance of bamboo rod building. i dare not name the many fine rod-builders whose works i cast, for fear of omitting some.

My thanks to all that made yesterday possible. It is a highlight of the winter.

Author:  Kathy Scott [ February 4th, 2018, 6:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SuperBoo

Thanks again to everyone who made SuperBoo XV the great community-sharing event it is.

So good to see everyone.

For those who are trying to recall the rods, here's the scoop from the wall charts (taper-maker-owner):

4 wt rods

Garrison 193 taper - Kathy Scott maker - Kathy Scott owner
Mantra Penta - Sweetgrass - Kathy Scott and David Van Burgel
Granger Victory - Scott Chase - Chris Hutchins
Ray Gould Pet 7 - Mike Tracy - Mike Tracy
Tom Smithwick derived - Henry Mitchell - Henry Mitchell
Klausmeyer 7’6” - Dave Klausmeyer - Tom Hurd
38 H - H. L. Leonard - Tom Hurd
F. E. Thomas 6’*’ - Justin Johnson - Justin Johnson
Payne 79 - L. C. Parks - Greg Ponte
Dickerson 7012 HB - Joel Anderson - Joel Anderson
Whittle 6’6” - Tom Whittle - Tom Whittle
Whittle 5’ 10” - Tom Whittle - Tom Whittle
Paul Young Perfectionist - Justin Johnson - Justin Johnson
F. E. Thomas 7’ 9” - FE Thomas - Tom Hurd
8’ Rapid River - Joel Anderson- Joel Anderson
Garrison 201E - John Devin - John Devin
Garrison 209E - Joel Anderson- Joel Anderson
7’ #3 Morgan HB - Joel Anderson - Joel Anderson
6’6” - Dick Green - Dick Green
6’6” - Jake Castonia - Nome Buckman

5 wt rods

Payne 98 taper - David Van Burgel maker - David Van Burgel owner
Garrison 209E - Henry Mitchell - Henry Mitchell
Paul Young Driggs - Mike Tracy - Mike Tracy
Paul Young Para 15 - Mike Tracy - Mike Tracy
Payne 102 HB - Joel Anderson - Joel Anderson
Cecil Pierce - Cecil Pierce - Mike Holt
Dickerson 8013 HB - Joel Anderson - E. Pavao ??
Garrison 209E - Scott Chase - Scott Chase
Granger 8642 - Goodwin Granger - Tom Hurd
Whittle 7’ - Tom Whittle - Tom Whittle
Dickerson 7613 - Scott Chase - Scott Chase
Dickerson 8013 - Lyle Dickerson - Dan Bean
Rogue 7’6” - Headwaters - Tina Cyr
Payne 98 HB - Joel Anderson - Joel Anderson
Orvis 7’6” - Ron Rothenburger - Ron Rothenburger

6 wt rods

Battenkill taper - Orvis maker - Mike Holt owner
Dickerson 8014 - Scott Chase - Scott Chase
8’ - F E Thomas - Tom Hurd
Dickerson 8014 - Scott Chase - Scott Chase
Fulk/Pezon Michel/Tracy - Mike Tracy - Mike Tracy
856 - Bob Summers - Walt Ryan

7 wt and up

Garrison 215 taper - David Van Burgel maker - David Van Burgel
Dickerson 8014 Guide 3p - Kathy Scott - Kathy Scott
Dickerson 8014 Guide 2p - David Van Burgel and Kathy Scott - Van Burgel and Scott
Lee Wulff design - Farlows in Scotland - Pat Holt
Gould/Tracy 8’ - Mike Tracy - Mike Tracy
Whittle 7’ - Tom Whittle - Tom Whittle
Dickerson 8014 Guide 3p - John Devin - John Devin

Then, of course, there were the rods that didn't fit on the racks (we're adding an additional rack next year), the display rods, the rods with fresh varnish, and those forgotten in their tubes until it was all over.

128 people signed the guest book. Wow.

FFIM and Kennebec Valley TU sponsored the event, and the LJHS Robotics Club provided the facility - thank you for supporting them. Fred, Robert, Jeff (the Birthday Boy) and Art provided the exhibits.

Mike Holt showed up 3 times to help set up, grin.

We could go on and on, but we'll close just looking forward to next year.

Kat, and David, Barb, and Hutch

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Author:  1spd1way [ February 5th, 2018, 9:02 am ]
Post subject:  Re: SuperBoo

Every year I take home (in my mind) a rod that stood out.
This year it was Mike Tracy's 5 wt "Driggs".

Last time I liked one of his rods....I bought one (7' 4wt.) and dubbed it the magic wand.

Author:  Matt [ February 5th, 2018, 9:48 am ]
Post subject:  Re: SuperBoo

One of Greg Ponte’s rods is missing from the list. I only mention it because I was hoping to get concrete info on it. I thought it was a 3/4, maybe Paul French, maybe a Dickerson taper? In any case, it was sweet. It didn’t feel all that powerful or club-like, but all I had to do was look at a ring and my yarn would drop into it, no false cast necessary.

Author:  Greg Ponte [ February 5th, 2018, 11:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: SuperBoo


The bamboo rod is a Dickerson 7012 and was made by Paul French.

An extension of your arm, just point and cast and the rod delivers the fly where you want.
Mindless casting!
The other rods I had strung up and not on the list.

Dickerson 8014 Scott Chase

Young Parabolic 15 Dave Klausemeyer 7' 9" 5 weight (wet), the other tip is a 4 weight (dry) for this rod

Author:  Hunter [ February 5th, 2018, 11:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: SuperBoo

As always- an awesome event. Lots of familiar (and a few new) faces. FULL rod racks. People enjoying bamboo. What more could you ask for on an early February Saturday in Maine? I only cast one rod before having to head off on another adventure. Tom Whittle's 7' 5 wt was as impressive as his 7 wt (from which the 5 is shaped), which I cast and loved last year.

Thank you to ALL who help put this event on, including those who attend and make it all worthwhile.

Author:  Jeff Reardon [ February 5th, 2018, 12:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SuperBoo

Kudos to the kids for this year's shirts, too. My favorite of all the Superboo shirts.

Author:  Tom_W [ February 6th, 2018, 10:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: SuperBoo

It seems that the day of Super Boo is the shortest day of the year. You no sooner get into the gym than it is time to pack up the rods and leave. What a truly unique Maine event.

My wife's grandfather, an avid fresh and saltwater fisherman once told me a long time ago "why would anyone want to fish with bamboo - we have fiberglass now" he also thought I was even more strange for using a fly rod in saltwater

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