Bamboo aka cane rods--
a few words about a subject dear to me--the bamboo rod
1)there are plenty on ebay--some are cheap--most are not worth having
2)bamboo is heavier and harder to cast than the fast action graphites
3)they can be expensive-get one from Sweetgrass or beaverhead rods or Walter Babb or Bolt-you've invested ina a rod that will increase in value.
4)the very best graphites are like cars-drive one off the lot and its value goes through the floor---they are plastic--
5)bamboo rod makers sign their product--can you imagine that
6)there are aLL sorts of tapers---Powell,Howell,Dickerson,Payne etc--not confusing cause all you have to do is tell'em how want your rod to feel and cast
7)my last cane rod---a 2002--Twin Bridges,boo-boys--Winston---in an estate sale--Price? 800.00--don't tell my wife(Divorce lawyers thick as jack rabbits in the yard--if you know what I mean)7'6" 5 wt---fished but in good shape
8)W.Babb built me a 4wt that is beautiful---
9)Diamondback made a top cane rod for about 600.00-I think they don't
make them anymore--
10)If you want a used rod,hoping to save money--then go for an Orvis,there are several out there--
11)If you fly fish very long --you will eventually drift to Cane-out of curiosity more than anything else
12)I like fiberglass too---
13)and I like graphite also---It is fast and light(The Helios),easy to cast,and most of all it is like kissing your sister,there isn't much of a charge in it..
Not sure of the point of your post but the most expensive rods are on E-bay. You have to know what you are looking for. Many people fish for years and never try cane not sure why you would say that. I love bamboo but it is the fisherman not the rod that catches fish.
Lauxier, I agree with you on several of your comments. I have gravitated over the years to slower rods and now out of curiosity as you said , I'm now trying out cane. Myself, not being a builder or collector, would not buy a cane rod off of ebay. There are several reputatable cane restoration builders that resale rods at good prices.
I do not understand though why you would say,"bamboo is harder to cast than fast action graphites". I've always felt that a slower rod is easier to cast especially at short distances. The rod does most of the work the way it should. You notice that fast rods seem to eventually get overlined to slow them down for short cast ,otherwise the rod feels stiff and hard to load properly. Several of the line manufacturers had to make their lines 1-2 times heavier to slow down all the fast rods just for that purpose.
Canerod, I agree, its the fisherman,not the rod.
Anyone know of a good book that breaks down the different classic cane tapers and the type of action from each?
high sierra rod co. offers softwear called bamboo rod design and taper---I THINK
I agree with most of what you wrote, except for the harder to cast part. In my experience, cane is easier to cast. In fact, when I am teaching someone to cast, I usually let them use one of my bamboo rods so they can feel the rod load. In my opinion, I find the faster, stiffer rods harder to cast.
Just my two cents.
I heard the Diamondback's were splitting, one reason they were dropped. I still think the Soutbend 290 taper was one of the best ever built, flamed or blonde.
Then there's the Edwards Quad, oohhhh, the quad, ooohhhh, i gotta go:cool:
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