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petee 01-22-2013 06:55 AM

Bamboo Addiction
New to the forum and haven't seen much in the way of Bamboo. But, I haven't learned my way around the forum yet either.

Any other Bamboo junkies out there? Sorry for all the pictures, but I am a junkie for burls and agates.

2 wt. 6'4", 2 piece Blonde. Wraps are YLI orange Silk with Jave Persall's Gossamer silk for the trim wraps, with a Yellow banded Agate. Hidden hood Wedding Band hardware with Walnut insert. Thought I would try something different when I machined this seat.

3 wt. 6'10" 2 piece Blonde. Wraps are Persall's Gossamer silk, red with black trim wraps. Nickel Silver Wedding Band with a Buckeye Burl insert, red banded agate

Sorry, I don't know why some pictures didn't go to 640 when I resized them on Photobucket.
Thanks for looking,

Mrtrout 01-22-2013 06:57 AM

Re: Bamboo Addiction
Sweet little rods Pete, that early V1 looks good on cane as well.
Welcome to the forum.

mcnerney 01-22-2013 07:45 AM

Re: Bamboo Addiction
Pete: Welcome to the forum!
Those are a couple of sweet rods you have made, congrats!

Edit: Pete, I didn't see you are from the Central Coast. I grew up in Arroyo Grande, but didn't get into fly fishing until the mid-80's while in the AF and stationed in Colorado Springs.

popperfly 01-22-2013 09:43 AM

Re: Bamboo Addiction
Pete, Welcome.

I believe you will find others into Bamboo rods here on the forum.
Myself, I am hooked now and always looking, did I mention the wife doesn’t like this new addiction. :D:eek:

tennessee dave 01-22-2013 10:35 AM

Re: Bamboo Addiction
Welcome to the forum from another bamboo nut.

wt bash 01-22-2013 11:04 AM

Re: Bamboo Addiction
Awesome! I just recently stated to make my own cane rods and I am full on addicted as well its good to have more split cane heads on here! Welcome aboard!

fredaevans 01-22-2013 12:28 PM

Re: Bamboo Addiction
Anyone can buy a 'Plastic Blank' and build a rod. Start from scratch with Boo?

Now we're talking 'Arts and Craft.'


wt bash 01-22-2013 01:51 PM

Re: Bamboo Addiction
It looks like you wrap then dip, that might be the way I'm headed. How many times do you dip and what rate of lift do you use?

petee 01-22-2013 02:50 PM

Re: Bamboo Addiction
Thanks for the warm welcome.

wt bash,
I actually pour my finishes. Saves having to keep the dip tube either stocked with fresh Spar, keeping it heated, or the worries about it going off and getting clumpy etc.... Takes about 4 to 5 oz. of Spar thinned 60/40 or 70/30 with mineral spirits to completely finish a rod.

Usually apply a couple of coats of straight Spar over the wraps with a bodkin, until the threads start to smooth out. Then enough coats of thinned Spar varnish until the wraps are completely smooth. Both of these rods have about 6 coats on them.


frogg 01-22-2013 02:59 PM

Re: Bamboo Addiction
Very nice, Pete!


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