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Handmade Fly Fishing Rods And The World’s Largest Tea Pot, Inside Appalachia

Close up of a man's hand on a fishing rod.
Lee Orr crafts simple fly fishing rods that are anything but simple.
Zack Harold/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

This week, we visit with a West Virginia man who shows his love for fishing by building exquisite, handmade fly rods. It’s a long process, but he shares his knowledge with others.

We also spill the tea on a classic roadside attraction in Chester, West Virginia.

And punk music photographer Chelse Warren takes us into the pit for stories and observations. 

You’ll hear these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia.

In This Episode:

Passing On The Craft Of Making Fly Fishing Rods

A man with his back mostly to the camera is standing it waist deep water and has a fly fishing rod in hand.
Lee Orr fly fishing on the Elk River.

Photo Credit: Zack Harold/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Most athletes welcome technical innovations in sports equipment, but fly fishing is different. Some fishermen prefer the old-fashioned way, with fishing flies and wooden rods made by hand.

Folkways Reporter Zack Harold took us to the Elk River to learn more.

Among The Bees Of The Mountain State

Two honey bees on a yellow flower.
Beekeeping is busy all summer long in West Virginia.

Photo Credit: MERCURY Studio/Adobe Stock

Honeybees have been at work since the first days of spring.

In 2022, Folkways Reporter Margaret McCloud Leef brought us a report from a community of West Virginia beekeepers. 

Spilling The Tea On An Appalachian Roadside Attraction

A large teapot is seen on green grass against a cloudy, sunny sky. On the side of the teapot, it reads, "World's Largest Teapot."
The World’s Largest Teapot in Chester has been an attraction for generations.

Photo Credit: Zander Aloi/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Summer is a good time to take a road trip. Out on the roads of Appalachia, you never know what you’ll see.

Last year, Inside Appalachia’s Zander Aloi took a trip to Chester, West Virginia, to learn the story behind a classic roadside attraction there – a souvenir stand known as the World’s Largest Teapot.

Openhead Takes Photos

A man is held up by audience members in a mosh pin at a concert.
Sam Moore during Terror’s set at the Flying Panther Skate Shop in Roanoke, Virginia.

Photo Credit: Openhead Takes Photos

Last summer, Mason Adams visited a two-day DIY music festival called The Floor is Gone.

In the middle of it all was photographer Chelse Warren, who goes by Openhead Takes Photos online.

Mason reached out to talk music and more.


Our theme music is by Matt Jackfert. Other music this week was provided by Mary Hott, John Blissard, Town Mountain and Sean Watkins.

Bill Lynch is our producer. Zander Aloi is our associate producer. Our executive producer is Eric Douglas. Kelley Libby is our editor. Our audio mixer is Patrick Stephens. We had help this week from folkways editor Chris Julin.

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