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Old 01-03-2013, 08:07 PM
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Default Re: Silly question about bamboo rods

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Wow. Thanks for all the replies, especially this one:

Split cane can be as addictive as co-cain so be careful!


There were several replies that mentioned casting a bamboo rod is different than a newer rod and that is what I want to find out.

I also get the impression that since it loads differently that I might learn how to cast better.
it all depends on what you like. One material is not better than another to all people
I got a few cane rods and I don't ever use 'em....it's not just not my thing

I'm all in on casting different style rods however. The more you know, the better off you are. Just don't expect bamboo to be like some kind of "sign from God"
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Default Re: Silly question about bamboo rods

Good point I know plenty of folks that hate cane rods. They're either too heavy or too wispy to some, but like you said you gotta try it. The grass ain't always greener on the other side but it doesn't hurt to peak over the fence from time to time.
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Default Re: Silly question about bamboo rods

I never fished with a cheap bamboo rod, but many say the Zhu brand of made in China cheapies usually work. I've had the chance to wiggle a few. They wefe okay, but the ferrules are garbage. I always thought the Orvis impregnated rods had a heavy feel, so I never cast one. Rods have to pass the wiggle test before I expend my precious energy.

Lew Parks makes excellent bamboo rods, and sells them mostly on ebay for around $750. Not cheap, but that's about as affordable as made in USA bamboo rods get. I would echo the suggestion for 7-7 1/2 foot 4 or 5 weight rod. My wife looked like an expert when she cast the first Parks rod, and we had a second Parks not long after.
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Ray. Come February, the Fly Show will be in Lancaster, PA. I know its a bit of a hike from Pittsburgh....but I think it would be well worth your time. Come to it, and I will introduce you to a pal who owns The "Classic Flyfisherman" . he will have cane rods there for sale of a wide variety of price points, let you sample cast some, and he's honest too. Just look me up in the "4 Points" booth.

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Oops! The Fly Show in Lancaster is the weekend of March 2/3. Should have checked my calendar!
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