"General MacArthur in his retirement speech before Congress said: "Old soldiers never die they just fade away". This 'ol Rodmaker now understands how MacArthur missed his beloved Army because I too am retiring from rod building and will miss the great relationships and friendships I have enjoyed for 26 years. As MacArthur passed his baton, I also am passing mine to my son Chad, who in fact taught me the craft of rod building in 1989 at our first Rodmakers store in Austin, which was unique by the fact we taught rod building as well as building custom rods. Now after teaching the craft to hundreds, and myself building thousands of custom rods, I am physically unable to continue as I have neuropathy in my hands, and even taking considerable more time crafting the thread work, the aggravation I endure is hard to describe.
Chad already has a rod building shop and office in his home in Chanhassen, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis. I recently shipped Chad what remained of my inventory of components, tools and equipment together with several new rod blanks to be custom built for clients. I expect the transition of my wholesale accounts to be smoothly transferred to Chad ASAP. My email address firstname.lastname@example.org will remain the same. Chad's email is email@example.com. Chad also has a company called Kenai to Kariba providing booking services to clients for worldwide hunting and fishing adventures and has considerable experiences with his professional outfitters and has 'Been There - Done That!'.
My wife Linda and I have now moved to Ft. Worth mid-November for her to be near nearer her extended family in nearby Granbury. She has endured the Freeman family for 18 years, now it is her turn to be with family. Again, as MacArthur said: "Farewell". Dennis. Feel free to reach out to Chad for anything related to fishing and hunting in the future, from trips to rods and reels.