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adirondack46r
04-23-2012, 09:35 PM
In December I decided to make a bamboo rod. After talking with Dennis Stone, www.StoneRodCo.com (http://www.StoneRodCo.com), I settled on a 8' 4/5 wt and went to work. I finished it in March.

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa142/adirondack46r/boo-1.jpg

First time out was a beautiful day, but no fish.

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa142/adirondack46r/boo.jpg

Tonight I caught my first 'bow on a bamboo rod. I was pumped...

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa142/adirondack46r/number_one.jpg

... and then I caught 7 more, all on CDC comparaduns during a very heavy sulphur hatch. I'm hooked on bamboo. Despite a slow start, this rod's got some mojo. The next blank is being ordered this week. :smile:

tnflyfisher
04-24-2012, 12:31 AM
Great looking rod and bow!
I do have to say, the boo definitely has me curious here lately. Have only wiggled here and there though as the price tag always seems to scare me away.

Have always been curious about the screen name... did you knock off all 46? If so, kudos!!

Tight Lines,

buzzmcmanus
04-24-2012, 08:00 AM
Bob, nice report. I wished I could have joined you, but I just need to get some work done. Good choice in streams.

adirondack46r
04-24-2012, 08:47 AM
tnfly, Yep, spent many a night in a tent in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks in the 90s and climbed them all, many of them two and three times. The Adirondacks are a jewel in my humble opinion. I have backpacked, trout fished, deer hunted, and canoed all over that 3 million acre park. If you ever get the chance, go there. Just avoid the black fly season (May - July 4th).

I have considered bamboo for a few years. Talking with Mike McKinsey and Stan Smart (many thanks to these guys) pushed me over the edge to build my own. Frankly, I can't see paying a couple thousand dollars when I can buy a blank and top notch hardware and have a solid, albeit not perfect, rod that fishes the same for <$500. And I couldn't be happier with the result so as I mentioned I am getting ready to build #2. Mike says if you can tie flies you can build a bamboo rod. I agree.

adirondack46r
04-24-2012, 08:56 AM
Buzz, Flies were hatching like crazy when I got there around 4. Things went stone cold around 6 and I fished for another hour without picking up another fish. I might have time next week for a half day up at the Clinch.

tnflyfisher
04-24-2012, 03:30 PM
tnfly, Yep, spent many a night in a tent in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks in the 90s and climbed them all, many of them two and three times. The Adirondacks are a jewel in my humble opinion. I have backpacked, trout fished, deer hunted, and canoed all over that 3 million acre park. If you ever get the chance, go there. Just avoid the black fly season (May - July 4th).

Black flies are overrated... :biggrin: It's the 8 months of winter, give or take, that really wears on you. Talk about some serious cabin fever... ;) I'm a SL native.

Tight Lines,

mattblick
04-24-2012, 03:38 PM
I have considered bamboo for a few years. Talking with Mike McKinsey and Stan Smart (many thanks to these guys) pushed me over the edge to build my own. Frankly, I can't see paying a couple thousand dollars when I can buy a blank and top notch hardware and have a solid, albeit not perfect, rod that fishes the same for <$500. And I couldn't be happier with the result so as I mentioned I am getting ready to build #2. Mike says if you can tie flies you can build a bamboo rod. I agree.

Have you also built on graphite/glass? If I ever build another rod I'll probably go bamboo also. It seems to me that the wraps might be easier on the hexagonal blank than the round one and was wondering your opinion on it.

-Matt-

adirondack46r
04-24-2012, 04:10 PM
Black flies are overrated... :biggrin: It's the 8 months of winter, give or take, that really wears on you. Talk about some serious cabin fever... ;) I'm a SL native.

Tight Lines,

Ah, so you know only too well about such things. That explains the canoe in the avatar. I built a wooden strip canoe once as well... that's a whole 'nother story.

I'm from Rochester. A couple of **** Yankees we are...

adirondack46r
04-24-2012, 04:14 PM
Have you also built on graphite/glass? If I ever build another rod I'll probably go bamboo also. It seems to me that the wraps might be easier on the hexagonal blank than the round one and was wondering your opinion on it.

-Matt-


Matt, I have never built on graphite or fiberglass. Byron, tells me however, that it is exactly as you say - placing the guides on the hex bamboo is far easier than on cylindrical graphite. Wrapping the guides was no problem at all. The only "finish" issue I will try to correct on my next rod is the tiny little bumps and tag ends that didn't get totally hidden when finishing the wraps. If you have thought about building bamboo, and you don't want to start out building blanks, buy one from a rod maker and do the finishing work. It was perfect for my first rod.

46r

tnflyfisher
04-24-2012, 04:59 PM
If you have thought about building bamboo, and you don't want to start out building blanks, buy one from a rod maker and do the finishing work. It was perfect for my first rod.

I'm thinking that this is what I may do in the future as well, especially if the cost is considerably less.

I used to live off of Genesee Park Blvd. ;) I went to MCC trying to get in to UR but like you said... that's a whole 'nother story.

Tight Lines,

adirondack46r
04-24-2012, 09:47 PM
I'm thinking that this is what I may do in the future as well, especially if the cost is considerably less.

I used to live off of Genesee Park Blvd. ;) I went to MCC trying to get in to UR but like you said... that's a whole 'nother story.

Tight Lines,

Shoot me an email next time you're here to fish. We'll hook up and you can cast my rods and we'll compare notes on 'dacks.

Bob@southwindcanvas.com

tnflyfisher
04-25-2012, 12:26 PM
Bob,

Will do and much appreciated...

Tight Lines,

PeteCz
04-26-2012, 12:00 PM
Bob, that's a great looking rod, especially for a first time build. I have always wondered about bamboo, but since I can't cast a graphite rod with any skill, I've assumed that it would be best to not consider wasting my time/money on bamboo.

But it may be time to build one, even if I end up giving it away...Did you go with a ferruled or non-ferruled blank? Where did you go for the other hardware?

I think I need a project....:rolleyes:

adirondack46r
04-26-2012, 04:43 PM
Bob, that's a great looking rod, especially for a first time build. I have always wondered about bamboo, but since I can't cast a graphite rod with any skill, I've assumed that it would be best to not consider wasting my time/money on bamboo.

But it may be time to build one, even if I end up giving it away...Did you go with a ferruled or non-ferruled blank? Where did you go for the other hardware?

I think I need a project....:rolleyes:

Thanks, Pete. It doesn't look as good as if Mike or Stan built it, but I was pretty pleased. I bought a ferruled blank. Dennis Stone does a great job. Like you, I thought my pathetic casting skills would get magnified by the bamboo action, however, I found that the additional mass in the bamboo actually slows down my casting stroke so that I feel the rod load much better than with my graphite rods. The jury is still out but I feel like it will make me a better caster in the long run. Oh, and one immediate benefit is that it roll casts like a dream.

With the exception of the agate stripper, I bought the guides from snakeguides.com. I bought the reel seat from rec.com. I probably could have gotten everything from anglersworkshop.com where I ended up buying the agate stripping guide and wrapping thread.

It was a fun project. I highly recommend it. Even buying the ferruled blank you can keep the price under $500. By the way, I didn't buy an extra tip. My logic was that I didn't know if I would keep it, and if I did, I knew I was going to make a second rod. (I have 2 sons. ;-)

I think I'm a bamboo convert if not evangelist.