Bamboo Fly Rods
Well, Rods are what this site is all
Here are a few pictures
of Rods that have been in my possession. Not all of them are rods
that I made. Some are rods that I've re-built, re-wrapped, or
I got into this business because of John
Gierach. He made a comment in one of his books about getting out
of serving in the military. I served in the military and it made
me a little unhappy with him. Later I read that he only fished
bamboo. I set out to prove he was wrong about that
too. He wasn't. (I guess being half right is Okay.) I
owe him a thanks for his nudge.
2007 I built a rod for FFF the Southeast Conclave. I was not able
to man a booth at the Conclave as I'd hoped, but sent the rod
anyway. I chose the 7ft 4wt because, in my estimation, it's
one of the best tapers for a person who is looking at bamboo for the
| Shakespeare 8 1/2ft 3p. This Shakespeare series was a very strong rod. Note the spring loaded reel seat.
Here's a picture of my rods from a few years ago. I've given several
of them away.
One of my 6 1/2 ft. rods. This one is a 5wt. I was able to
pick up the reel seat in Mountain Home, AR, at the Sowbug Roundup.
A down locking rod that I "re-built" from parts and pieced. This rod was auctioned off at my FF club.
Stripper Guides on two of my rods. I The heavier the rod the more likely I am to use a heavy stripper.
3 7ft rods
ready for sale.
|Wrap work on one of the rods I donated to my club's Auction. I usually
don't get that fancy with thread, but it was for a good cause.
An 8ft 3p I did for
|Here's some pictures of one of my rods from the owner |
distance casting is a fun game. It doesn't prove much in fishing,
but I've been able to cast this 7 1/2ft 5wt 80ft on a good day.
Your results may vary.
I used light wood for the hexagonal rod tube with teak end
caps. The rod sock is molted green cotton, made by a Carol Ryon,
a friend of my wife's and by far the best source of quality work I've
been able to find locally.
I chose a struble reel seat that had a stabilized burl insert, which gave the reel seat lots of character.
I chose black tipped chestnut for the wraps. The major wraps were white-black chestnut.
Other examples of my work
Unfortunately there's no good way to take a
picture of a fly rod (unless it's bent with a good fish on the
line) But here's a few of my rods.