Gathering Schedule

The NERBs Gatherings offer custom rodbuilders an exciting opportunity to learn more about the craft, receive feedback and inspiration from their peers, check out components and blanks, meet many builders – some of the best builders in the world attend gatherings on a routine basis. To top it off, every gathering features great food and beer.

Admission for 2017 gatherings will be $25 (non-refundable unless you cancel 2 days  prior) and includes food/drink – payments  made to via Paypal.  If you’re on the fence about attending, check out the pictures and comments from the April 11, 2015 gathering where builders attended from as far as Kentucky and Canada:

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2017 Schedule

April 1 – Grumpy’s Wraps Workshop Seaside, NJ (8 filled)
April 9 – Staten Island – last open event of the Wrapping season (sign up for the waiting list)
April 15 – Manasquan, NJ – Garone’s Custom Rods welcomes The NERBS (15 Filled)
April 21-23 – Staten Island, NY Long Distance Weekend (30 filled)

Here are a couple of comments from those who have recently attended gatherings:nerbs-beginner-gatheirn-gfollow-ups

Steve S: Guys, I went to my first NERBs gathering just a couple of months ago (I would be going Saturday were it not for work) and if you are a rod builder at any level or just considering getting started I strongly advise attending an event. I’ve been building my own rods for years and build a very simple product designed for function and not ornate at all’ that being the case I thought a gathering would be of little value to me, I could not have been more wrong. I thought it might be intimidated by the other builders (certainly more skilled then me) but that wasn’t the case, everyone there is more than happy to help and there is plenty to learn so no matter what your level is you might be able to improve your process. These meetings are filled with information, humor and some insanely good food and drink. I regret not being able to attend but if you are free by all means go.

David T: I took a Class at a tackle shop for $125 to learn how to build a pole. I followed up taking another class on Decorative wrap basics for $75.00. Got me started….
Now I’ve attended 4 NERBs Gatherings $20.00 each with plenty of Food. So for $80.00 I’ve learned from Billy: 

  • How to Mount Grips Easier by Grooving Grip.
  • Applying Tip Top Easy with no Mess.
  • Creating and Marking out a decorative wrap without Scratching into the Blank.
  • Wrapping Decorative wraps in Bands of 2 now 4.
  • How to create Custom Grips with EVA.
  • How to do Trim Bands better. 
  • And ate at least $25 worth of food at each event.

Why wouldn’t you Attend?”


January 10th – Staten Island, NY (18)
January 17th – Beginners/Rookies Gathering. Kids under 18 are free Staten Island, NY (15)
January 18th – EVA Grip Workshop Staten Island, NY (5)
January 19th – EVA Grip Workshop Staten Island, NY (4)
January 31st – Tabernacle, NJ (25)
February 21-22 – ICRBE High Point, NC
February 28th – Staten Island, NY (15)
March 14th – Staten Island, NY (12)
March 21st – EVA Grip Workshop (8)
March 28th – EVA Grip Workshop NJ (6)
April 4th – EVA Grip Workshop (4)
April 11th – Staten Island, NY – Long Distance (32)
April 18th – North Potomoc, MD (21)
April 25th – Tabernacle, NJ (7)
May 2-3 -Gathering in the Swamp
August 13-15 – St Croix event
October 3rd – Staten Island, NY (14)
October 24th – Tabernacle, NJ (12)
November 7th – Chicago, Illinois (16)
November 7th – Staten Island, NY (15)
January 2nd – Staten Island, NY (18)
January 9th – Beginner’s Gathering Staten Island, NY (11)
January 10th – EVA Grip Workshop Staten Island, NY (FILLED) (8)
January 18th MLK Day – EVA Grip Workshop Staten Island, NY (8)
January 23rd – Tabernacle, NJ (Cancelled Snow)
January 30th – Decorative Wraps Workshop – ADVANCED ONLY Staten Island, NY (18)
February 13th, 2016 – Grumpy’s Tackle Seaside, NJ (50)
February 20th – Leominster, Mass (22)
February 27th – Staten Island, NY (18)
March 5th – Tabernacle, NJ Gathering (22)
April 8. 9, & 10th – Long Distance Weekend Staten Island, NY > Friday dinner, Saturday gathering, Sunday Workshop (WORKSHOP FILLED) (34)
April 30th – “Gathering in the Swamp” at Swampland Rods, Houma, LA
October 1st Staten Island, NY – Beginner’s Gathering (17)
October 15th – The NERBs Rodgeeks event Troy, NY (28)  Event Photos and Summary
October 21, 22, 23 – Long Distance Weekend. Friday Fishing, Saturday Gathering, Sunday workshop. Staten Island, NY Event pics (30)
October 29th – Chicago Gathering (21)
November 12th – NJ Gathering  (23)
January 7 – Staten Island, NY (15)
January 28 – Tabernacle, NJ (23)
February 4 – Staten Island, NY (16)
February 11 – Grumpy’s Tackle Seaside, NJ (55)
March 4 – SI (20)
March 25 – Rodgeeks Albany, NY (36) event photos and write ups

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