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    Default How it's made.

    I don't know if anyone here has ever seen a show on Discovery called "How it's Made". Basically it is a show where they show you the processes involved in making various things we see and use every day. Well I just finished watching a real interesting segment. They visited the Thomas and Thomas Hendrickson fly rod company and showed how they make bamboo rods from actual bamboo tree trunks to finished product. Wicked cool and gives one a real respect for the craftsmanship that goes into those things! 40 hours is what they say it takes to make just one rod. And when they say it is a work of art they are not kidding!!!!

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    yeah, iv'e seen that show before, it's really quite interesting.
    i watched one where the went to the ross reel factory in colorado, very cool
    i'll keep my eyes open for the t&t episode.



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    I saw that and it is very cool. They also did a piece on graphite fly rods.

    Bamboo, however, is a grass and not a tree. Hence "Sweetgrass" rods by Glenn Bracket, who left Winston when they closed the bamboo rod manufacturing down.

    Former Winston Rod owner, Glenn Bracket > Twin Bridges, Montana


    "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought"..........Szent-Gyorgy

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    Brian: Wow, that would have been interesting to watch, sorry I missed that one.


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    Silver Creek, thanks for the neat info. Didn't see the one on graphite rods yet, though.

    And Casey, no I have not seen the Ross reel one yet. Sounds like another good segment I need to try and find.....

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    Good to know. Unfortunately I only have netflix and hulu so I'll have to wait for it to come out.

    In the mean time I've been reading Garrison and Carmichael's A Master's Guide to Building a Bamboo Fly Rod. Now THAT is an eye opener to what it takes to make a rod, truly by hand.
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    Default Re: How it's made.

    Here you go:
    [ame=]graphite flyrods - How It's Made - YouTube[/ame]

    ---------- Post added at 07:58 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:53 PM ----------

    And the Ross episode:

    [ame=]How It's Made Fly Fishing Reels - YouTube[/ame]
    The best way to a fisherman's heart is through his fly.

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    And here's the bamboo one:

    At the end of one of the rod building ones, the guy says that all that's left is to string the pole up and cast some bait.

    That made me cringe.

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    Nice finds swirlchaser and newby!
    Last edited by brian miville; 01-14-2013 at 09:32 PM.

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    That show is great! Everything from baseball bats to bamboo rods... even candy bars. I always wondered how they coated candy bars with chocolate. A lot of the shows are on youtube, and I just added that channel to my tv's streaming medis device. Now we can watch fly fishing videos on a 42" HD screen.

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