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Old 09-22-2009, 09:06 AM
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Default Im new to Bamboo rods....I got a bamboo rod...nice

Hello everyone,
So I got a 50+ years old fly rod
A GOLDEN COMPAC " 3 PIECE BAMBOO FLY ROD
A WW II Japanese rod.
and what a rod,it looks almost brand new.
I also found a old union reel that i cleaned up nice and worked on the inside..smooooooth as silk....

I have my other reel on it now and it casts so well with a smooth cast and much longer cast with less work.Im still working on the balance of the rod.Click the image to open in full size.
this is my balance point with this reel
I would like to use an old reel like this brass reel so it might be a trick to get the balance out right.
Where should the balance point be on a fly rod?( post a pic to show)
also and good tips on balancing a fly rod????

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and here are a few of the rod it self:
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:35 AM
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Default Re: Im new to Bamboo rods....I got a bamboo rod...nice

My first fly rod when I was a kid was a 9' Japanese cane and it was a POS to say the least. Since that time, I've rarely heard anyone say anything positive about those old rods.
Then about 6-7 years ago I refurbished an old 8 1/2' rod that was my father's.
I find it to be a bit heavy for all-day use, but the fact is that it casts very nicely.
I balance mine (right ahead of the grip) with an old reel that was my grandfather's. A 6 1/2 oz. Bristol 65.

I think that old Union might be too light and is definitely of an older vintage
A model 1495 Medalist might be more to your liking
The US made reels are pretty popular and look great on a vintage rod. You may be able to find one on-line.
If not, the new, imported reels are perfectly good. They go for about $25 almost anywhere
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:56 AM
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Default Re: Im new to Bamboo rods....I got a bamboo rod...nice

Brian here,
ya after a little casting i did find out that that reel is to small//
i just cant get over the look of the old metal reels like that,,,my grand dad used one for years and I could never even touch it...then after he passed on we lost his rod in a fire..
it was to go to me...

so do you think i could get a bigger metal reel????or where to find one and the size i need??
the rod is 8'foot and 9 inch...
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I love this reel...it's reelly nice
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Old 09-22-2009, 11:10 AM
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wanna trade for a reel?
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Default Re: Im new to Bamboo rods....I got a bamboo rod...nice

This is the reel I'm talkin' about
25 bucks from Cabela's or your local fly shop... everybody sells them.
They're the most popular fly reel made in the history of the sport.
The model 1495 weighs 6.1 oz. and should balance your rod nicely
These reels are made in China. If you can find an older 'made in USA' model they're a bit more 'solid' and quite collectible
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Default Re: Im new to Bamboo rods....I got a bamboo rod...nice

I like to have the balance point about the end of the cork, seems to make it easier to cast for a long period without getting tired.

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I found that the BPS Dogwood Canyon was heavy enough to balance out a bamboo rod pretty well and I think it has sort of a classic look.
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Old 09-23-2009, 07:52 PM
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Default Re: Im new to Bamboo rods....I got a bamboo rod...nice

Brian here,,,,looks ok if you mind me asking what did it set you back?
So im going to take off the reel i have and get some OZ weights and balance it where i won't it...then find a reel and line to match that weight...I will post pic's as i go....I wont to use this rod alot..I fish most every day and after work around the mountains of Asheville..I will post pic of a few of my fish soon.
any other tips on balancing a rod????

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here is a huge trout my buddy cought not to long ago near asheville nc
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:47 PM
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Its a DC 35 and sells for $35.00 at BPS, I set it on the scale and it weighs just over 8 oz with the line. Your rod has the advantage of the down locking reel seat so that will help with the extra weight of the longer rod.
Take that rod out and fish it, should work well on the Tuck and Nanty and also will work well on the small streams where you can use it for nymphing.
That is an nice fish but it surely must have been caught somewhere else, cause there ain't no trout in North Carolina!
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:22 PM
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Default Re: Im new to Bamboo rods....I got a bamboo rod...nice

Yes there are a lot of good trout in nc..And I was there when this trout came out of the water...
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