05-08-2005, 07:28 AM
Quill Bamboo Traveler - By Dan Fallon
[img2="left"]http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/photos/files/4/FallonQuill1.jpg[/img2]Quill Bamboo Traveler
By Dan Fallon
This year celebrates fifty years of my life spent either on streams, rivers, oceans or a field seeking upland game of one kind or another here in America and around the world. My most cherished memories are those fooling briefly large salmon, trout, bass and many species of game fish with my beloved Bamboo fly rods, I have had the honor and great fortune to know and throw flies with many legendary fly fishers including Walt Powell who built one of his last Bamboo rods for me.
This monthly fly fishing column has been running world wide via America, Sweden and South Africa is beginning its’ seventh year! My outdoor writing career is now in it’s fourth decade and my monthly fly fishing fiction serial Adventures of Fletcher Quill is now in it’s fourth year and I’m told read by Presidents, Kings, movie stars and regular people who e-mail me everyday from around the world. This three piece excellent quality handmade Bamboo fly rod named after Fletcher Quill is my gift to all you who covet fine Bamboo, this rod is made to BE USED, not hung on the wall. I wanted a rod that looked heirloom, Tonkin Bamboo, China Silk, Portugese Cork, fine nickle Silver. This rod is worth $1000 easily, only 100 will be made and no more, each will be numbered and inlayed with grizzly hackle and signed by me and will sell for $500 .If your at all curious, please go out and shop for this rod made with these materials and Tonkin Bamboo, you will be quickly educated. Welcome to the exclusive world of high quality real Tonkin Bamboo my friends...
[img2="right"]http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/photos/files/4/FallonQuill2.jpg[/img2] A few years ago in a remote Alaskan wilderness homestead called Lake Marie, I was allowed the fortune of catching and landing a thirty five pound King Salmon on a 5/6 weight Winston Bamboo fly rod - a feat that has been called an unbreakable record for light Bamboo fighting King Salmon in the forty pound range. In my sporting life Bamboo has always rewarded me with maximum thrills and pride of ownership. I own many legendary, valuable Bamboo fly rods and consider them heirlooms and on the same level as my most valued possessions. It gives me great pleasure to say in my sporting life no matter where I roam, I’m known for my love and hard use of fine handmade Bamboo. Of course owning and collecting Bamboo fly rods can be extremely difficult and expensive which is why I have decided to design a high quality Tonkin Bamboo three piece traveler that anyone can be proud to hard fish or own at an affordable price you will never see again in regard to a rod of this caliber composed of high quality components with no short cuts period. I have used this three piece pictured here- it is fast and a joy to use steady and hard on fighting fish.
The one aspect of owning and collecting fine well made Bamboo rods is the cost, they average one to three thousand dollars. I have joined forces with the excellent design team at Headwaters Bamboo Rod Company in Oregon and engineered my own ultimate three piece, two tips, Tonkin Gulf Bamboo with real nickel silver hardware, Chinese bright red silk wraps, reel seat is dark tiger maple, rod is eight feet long and comes in either 4,5,6 weights. Only 100 sighed limited fifty year anniversary rods will be made and that’s it.
Now serious fly fishers can own an heirloom quality Tonkin Bamboo three piece traveler that will never let you down and always make you smile with two tips for $ 500. Including cloth bag and metal tube. This rod can be handed down to your great great grandsons and daughters, it is a work of art...
Contact Headwaters Bamboo Fly Rod Company www.split-bamboo.com or call toll free (866-3928 ) Hillsboro, Oregon USA.
Article Courtesy of Dan Fallon at Dan Fallon's World of Fly Fishing
[img2="left"]http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/photos/files/4/FletcherQuill_thumb.gif[/img2]Dan Fallon is a fifth generation San Franciscan Irishman who has spent almost every waking moment of his life involved in outdoor adventures. He was raised in a family that regularly hunted and fished all over California. By age seven, thanks to his father and uncles, fishing and hunting became second nature.
As a young adult, Dan regularly fished fresh and salt water, usually alone, all over the outer San Francisco area. While serving in the Marines, he spent a year in Vietnam. On many occasions with co-conspirators, he fished the beaches and rivers near Danang Air Base. After being discharged, he spent time hunting and fishing up-state New York and Canada. His published works include plays, poetry, history, art, character studies, outdoor and military experiences.
His feature articles have been published in all of the last three decades. He has published works in newspapers, anthologies, magazines and the World Wide Web. This column, now in its third year on the web, has been among the most read within this genre. Dan usually takes most of his own photos and has been actively in pursuit of breaking as many fresh water tippet records as possible using Bamboo Rods. Dan has fly fished around the world either with friends, celebrities, or alone and writing about those exploits has dominated his last decade.