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 2020 gatherings will be $25 (non-refundable unless you cancel 2 days  prior) and includes food/drink.  If you build rods for sale there is a $1000 fee to attend. 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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2020 Winter Schedule

January 4th SI
January 12 John & Nick
January 18 Ed & Mike
January 19 Paul & Bill
January 20 Jason & Albert
January 25 SI
February 1 Grumpys
Feb 8 Mentor
February 15 SI
February 22-23 ICRBE
March 7 – Staten Island, NY
March 14 – no event currently scheduled
March 21 Richmond, Virginia
March 28 Mentor
April 4 Mentor
April 11 SI
April 18 Long Distance Gathering
April 25
May 2 SW Florida

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?”


2015 (231 total attendees)

2016 (328 attendees)

2017 (325 total attendees)

2018 (311 total)

January 6 – Staten Island, NY (26 attended)
January 27 – Staten Island, NY (33 attended)
February 3 – Grumpy’s Tackle Seaside, NJ (48 attended)
February 24 – ICRBE Winston Salem NERBs Booth (AWESOME EVENT!)
March 3 – Staten Island, NY (FILLED  20)
March 10 – Staten Island, NY (8)
March 24th – SI, NY – OPEN (32)
April 14-15 –  Long Distance Weekend,SI NY (40)
September 29 – Beginner’s Gathering – Staten Island, NY (18)
October 6 – Staten Island, NY (19)
October 7 – Twins Workshop with Jason Graham (5)
October 20 – Staten Island, NY (18)
November 3 – Tabernacle, New Jersey (24)
November 10 – Chicago (20)


January 5 – Staten Island, NY (28)
February 2 – Staten Island (31)


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