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Dickerson, Lyle   English person
  American, bamboo rod builder. Lyle L. Dickerson was born in Ballaire, Michigan in 1892. He was a salesman in the real estate business, and when he lost his job during the Great Depression in 1929, he started to build bamboo rods in 1933 in Detroit after educating himself about the subject. Because his rods had a characteristic feature of fast action, and their finish was excellent, word spread quickly. He had made 2000 or more rods single-handedly by the time he was 80 years old.
  He had two pupils. One was Thomas Bedford, to whom Dickerson sold all the machines in his later years. Bedford opened his bamboo rod craft center near San Francisco. Dickersons second pupil was Bob Summers who, although being a pupil of Paul Young, respected Dickerson very much. In his quest for advise he asked Dickerson to teach him.
  Arnold Gingrich said that Dickerson's rod is a Guarneri (a masterpiece of the violin in the 18th century) of dry fly action, and Paul Young's rod is a Stradivarius (masterpiece violin of the 18th century) of semi parabolic action. The two master craftsmen lived in Detroit at the same time.
ReferenceClassic rods and rodmakers, and 1992 (1976). Trout (Schwiebert), 1978.
Paul Young, Bob Summers, Arnold Gingrich
 
 
 
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