Warner's vision slowly took shape. Andrew Knappett drew up the plans and did much of the design work. John Hols coordinated the construction of the rod portion of the project, with components first going to local machine shops, then to Vancouver to be anodized. Volunteers donated countless hours of time and effort in the construction. The rod was machined in six local shops with 470 hours of donated equipment and shop time and 576 hours of donated labour, with 41 local companies contributing to the final package.
The largest fly rod in Canada is situated in Houston's Steelhead Park. It was the brainchild of fisherman Warner Jarvis and was installed May 5, 1990
The fly is a fluorescent orange "Skykomish Sunrise" and is 21 inches long, tied on a bright 5/8" floating line of hollow plastic with a tapered leader (weed-eater cord and 300 test tip). A nail knot and a blood knot are used on the rod.
The rod was installed in a gala event on May 5, 1990. The many people who had helped to construct the rod carried it on their shoulders from the Industrial Park to its location in Steelhead Park. Highway 16 was closed for the duration.
The rod can be seen in a natural setting in the park. It is illuminated at night. Dedicated to the people of Houston, Canada's Largest Fly Rod has, over the years, been photographed by countless tourists, and continues to draw attention to one of the best fishing spots in B.C.