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Rod Builders Institute

Whether you are just starting out or you are an experienced craftsman, we offer a variety of programs and courses designed for the custom rod builder at any level.

Your busy schedule is easily accommodated as our programs cycle at regular intervals throughout the year. Classes are small to allow plenty of individual attention and our location provides some of the finest fishing opportunities in the Rocky Mountains. Combine relaxing time on the water with stimulating time in the classroom learning new techniques or a whole new craft; sign up today!


Rod Builders Institute currently offers classes in two locations in the Pacific Northwest. Our primary location is Orofino, Idaho, situated on the Clearwater River about 42 miles east of Lewiston, Idaho. The natural beauty, scenic mountains and abundant nature draw visitors year round to the area to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including world-class fishing and hunting.

Our alternate location is Portland, Oregon, situated on the Columbia River at its confluence with the Willamette River. Another beautiful and scenic location, Portland is also a destination site for those who enjoy the outdoors plus the refinements of a major metropolitan center.

We do, from time to time, conduct classes in other population centers in the northwest by special arrangement. Contact Joe directly for information

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