The tradition continues at Sweetgrass Rods;
crafting fine bamboo fly fishing rods

   
Thanks for the wonderful craftsmanship. You guys are amazing.
Frank D.


Change (and Spring!) is in the Air

Dave hard at workIt is with much sadness that Sweetgrass Rods officially announces the retirement of Dave Delisi from our team. For the past eight years Dave’s contributions to the company have been integral to our success. As business and production manager, publicity communicator, and builder of nearly 500 rods, Dave’s talents were invaluable and always appreciated. In fact, without his computer skills we would still be doing business on a yellow pad with a dull pencil.  From our initial workshop behind the library on the Beaverhead River to the makeshift shop at the back of Novich Insurance to our permanent shop on Main Street, Dave’s positive attitude and consistent dedicated effort helped ease the company through difficult times. But now it is his time to move on to a wonderful opportunity.
 
 Dave will become the new Outreach Coordinator for the Ruby Habitat Foundation. His duties will be to set up public outreach programs, schedule daily angling access opportunities, work with visiting anglers, and be the spokesperson for a demonstrable example of how resource management and agriculture can coexist in a happy balance. The Foundation honors the wishes of Craig Woodson. Before his passing, this former newspaper publisher and sportsman had a vision for his 1,100 acre ranch that included a legacy of public use blended with a working-model ranch. Smiling with SweetgrassDuring his lifetime Craig devoted much effort restoring several miles of the Ruby River to world-class status along with promoting sustainable methods of ranching to protect the riparian resource in the process. The mission of the Ruby Habitat Foundation is to continue on with his wishes while experimenting with agricultural techniques that are totally compatible with a healthy ecosystem.
 
From the inception of the Foundation, Sweetgrass has supported its efforts with a few fund raising projects. As a company our dedication to environmental and social causes are well documented, so we couldn’t be more pleased with Dave’s decision. Sweetgrass looks forward to collaborating with him and the Ruby Habitat Foundation on creative projects in the future.  We are pleased to note that Dave will continue to build rods for us in his shop at home as time allows, so we won’t let him off that easily.  Further, Jerry will also be assembling rods at his new home out East, so our production schedule will not miss a beat.  Though we will miss Dave, we know he is only a few miles away. He can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dave & Glenn in China, 2009

A Cherished Day
Kodiak Bear on the Fly
 

Comments 1

Guest - Jesse Conner on Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:41

When I visited the Sweet Grass facility four years ago, Dave was gracious enough to give me a tour and answer my many questions. He also gave me a piece of wood that has been turned down and mortised for a reel seat spacer that holds the Hardy reel on my favorite rod. I wish you the very best in your new endeavor. God bless you and keep you.

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When I visited the Sweet Grass facility four years ago, Dave was gracious enough to give me a tour and answer my many questions. He also gave me a piece of wood that has been turned down and mortised for a reel seat spacer that holds the Hardy reel on my favorite rod. I wish you the very best in your new endeavor. God bless you and keep you.



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