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Rip Tide 03-01-2012 01:41 PM

Bamboo and the Salt
An article by Ed Mitchell from the 2009 September /October issue of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters

seajay 03-01-2012 07:13 PM

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Very informative read. Just so happen to have a couple bamboos I am wanting to fish. One being a Orvis 8'6" Impregnated Battenkill 8wt. 1974 build.

Rip Tide 03-16-2012 10:22 AM

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I spotted this picture over on the Moldy Chum site.
Tarpon on a 9wt bamboo. :D

theboz 03-16-2012 12:03 PM

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Amazing! Big history in saltwater fly fishing. I love reading about the pioneers of the sport and what they caught on bamboo. Cool pic!

jhammer 03-17-2012 12:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Rip Tide (Post 415105)
I spotted this picture over on the Moldy Chum site.
Tarpon on a 9wt bamboo. :D

WOW! I would be so worried about my rod breaking! Pictures really are worth a thousand words!

Ard 03-17-2012 01:45 PM

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Hi Paul,

I would not do what the guy in the picture is showing but then he might just know the limits of his rod. I have an old orvis 8 weight salmon rod that I have hauled in some large and feisty fish with. After a few fish I learned that it was made for big fish and I did not have to worry about anything except landing fish. Whenever I bump into another fly fisherman which is not really too often where I fish, they are always attracted to the cane rod. It's a good conversation starter :)

Legend 03-17-2012 02:17 PM

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I have, and still use, to this day my 8'6" Wes Jordan with a wedding cake FN 3 reel and GAAF line. I did use for a few years a Phillipson GBF, but went back to the Jordan as I found it easier to use over a period of many hours. It has not suffered as much as a broken tip in all these years. I use it for pavon in canals; tarpon, bonefish and snook on the flats; carp in golf course lagoons.

Ard 03-17-2012 02:53 PM

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One other thing; the article reads like a 'who's who' of fly fishing history. I could not help but to notice that it stated that "Tom McNally" was one of the men who got Lefty Kreh started! I have tried to point many a new member toward McNally's book 'Fly Fishing' as one of the best how to books I have ever read. Also Herb Welch of 'Nine Three' fame is mentioned along with a laundry list of others who I admired as a boy.

WOW, great post Paul!

grassonfly 03-17-2012 04:03 PM

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Ard it was i that you were trying to get me to read mcnallys book. All of the local librarys dont have it. :( off to amazon.

wjc 03-18-2012 08:49 AM

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"High Sticking" is a term that I never heard in the days of fiberglass and bamboo. I never worried about breaking a bamboo rod or tip on either fish or while casting. I used to put some pretty severe bends in them that I would not do with the high modulous graphite of today.

How bout you, Ard? When did you first hear about "high sticking"?

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