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    Default Bamboo and the Salt

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

    http://www.edmitchelloutdoors.com/Ar...he%20Coast.pdf
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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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.

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

    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    Default Re: Bamboo and the Salt

    Amazing! Big history in saltwater fly fishing. I love reading about the pioneers of the sport and what they caught on bamboo. Cool pic!
    "I was born to fish" Lee Wulff
    "There's more B.S. in fly fishing then there is in a Kansas feedlot." Lefty Kreh
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    "Your not old,you've simply acquired a patina." Swirlchaser

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    I spotted this picture over on the Moldy Chum site.
    Tarpon on a 9wt bamboo.

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

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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

    Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

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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.

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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!

    Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

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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.

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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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