Vendor Spotlight: Hoagy Carmichael Jr.


A visit to Hoagy Bix Carmichael’s office on West 47th Street in New York City is a true adventure. His famous father, Hoagy Carmichael was a well-known singer, composer, actor, and bandleader known for songs like “Georgia on my Mind,” “Stardust,” and “Heart and Soul.” Show business pictures and all sorts of memorabilia line the walls. Carmichael said, “My father was an extremely creative person who wrote melodies and lyrics. He had his own television and radio shows. He performed in fourteen movies and wrote the music for many of them. He was a wonderful artist who was completely self-taught. He also wrote two books. How many people have that kind of talent?”

Carmichael has his own brand of creativity and took a very different career path than his father.

Hoagy is a master bamboo rod maker and author.  He worked with Everett Garrison (one of the premiere U.S. Bamboo rod makers). In writing the book “A Masters Guide to Building a Bamboo Fly Rod” published by Martha’s Glen Publishing Company, New York, copyright 1977.  This book is largely responsible for the great revival and interest in the art of building bamboo fly rods and the large number of contemporary bamboo rod builders of today.

He learned the art of building rods from Garrison.  After Garrison’s passing, he began building rods in the Garrison way under his own name.

Other books include, “8”, Grand Cascapedia River: A History, Vol. 1 &2.

Come to the Maryland Fly Fishing Show and say hello to Hoagy

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