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popperfly 10-20-2013 09:15 PM

Bamboo Rod Build
 
I just completed my very first Bamboo rod build from scratch, from flaming the bamboo culm, splitting, straighten, rough planning, hand planning, ferrules, cork handle, varnish dip and wrapping guides. What a blast it was building this rod, most enjoyable part was casting it for the first time. The tapper is a Martha Marie (Paul Young) 7’ 6” 5wt 2/2 and does it cast beautiful, I had a chance to fish the rod over the weekend, I really like how it handles the rainbows & browns. Never built a bamboo or graphite fly rod nor had any desire to build one until now and I am hooked, the hands on and process of building a bamboo rod from start to finish is what fascinates me. I was fortunate a good friend showed me the step-by-step process of making a bamboo rod; he has over 40 plus years building them. I have started on my second rod; Perfectionist tapper (Paul Young) 7’ 6” 4wt 2/2, can’t wait to zing the fly line through the guides.

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mcnerney 10-20-2013 09:27 PM

Re: Bamboo Rod Build
 
Sweet looking rod, congrats on your first cane build!
Of course I'm jealous.

Larry

Hardyreels 10-20-2013 10:17 PM

Re: Bamboo Rod Build
 
Hi Kevin,

Wow, I didn't know you were doing this, and it looks as though you've done a bang up job on the rod. Congratulations on some fine craftsmanship.

ARd

Pocono 10-21-2013 05:33 AM

Re: Bamboo Rod Build
 
Very nice looking rod there! And I really like the pairing with the old Pflueger reel. What made you decide on Young tapers?

Pocono

williamhj 10-21-2013 08:11 AM

Re: Bamboo Rod Build
 
What a rod! I like the wrap colors as well. Very impressive.

popperfly 10-21-2013 09:48 AM

Re: Bamboo Rod Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Pocono (Post 603397)
Very nice looking rod there! And I really like the pairing with the old Pflueger reel. What made you decide on Young tapers?

Pocono

Pocono,
I really decided on the PY Martha Marie after casting several different PY tappers my friend has built over the years, it was great having a selection to pick from and cast. J I really like the action of the Martha Marie and the Perfectionist tapper but decided on PYMM tapper for the first rod. So now I am starting on the Perfectionist 7’ 6” 4wt 2/2, now for my second build.


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Originally Posted by williamhj (Post 603433)
What a rod! I like the wrap colors as well. Very impressive.

William,

Thanks, that was the first rod I ever wrapped, I was impressed myself they turned out that good :eek: I think having several years of tying flies might of help me with the wraps. The best part of the wraps is the silk thread is actual a Paul Young thread my friend gave me for this build.

mridenour 10-21-2013 09:55 AM

Re: Bamboo Rod Build
 
This is very impressive. I would be overwhelmed taking on that project. Awesome job and looking forward to seeing the next one.

popperfly 10-21-2013 10:19 AM

Re: Bamboo Rod Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hardyreels (Post 603331)
Hi Kevin,

Wow, I didn't know you were doing this, and it looks as though you've done a bang up job on the rod. Congratulations on some fine craftsmanship.

ARd

Ard,

Thanks...I guess I will need to build one this winter in the upper weight and head your way this spring :thumbsup:

jpbfly 10-21-2013 11:14 AM

Re: Bamboo Rod Build
 
Wow!that's a beauty:clap:I love the wraps too!for a first attempt it's a great success:worthy:

dean_mt 10-21-2013 11:21 AM

Re: Bamboo Rod Build
 
Beauty. Congrats!


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