PDA

View Full Version : New Bamboo Fly Rod



Dances with Trout
02-12-2008, 09:39 PM
]I just finished my first hand planed split bamboo fly rod. The rod is a 7' 4wt made on a modified Garrison taper. It has been a very memorable and enjoyable experience. I can't wait to take it fishing. (maybe this weekend)

God Bless,
Dances with Trout


http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj160/MikeM_1960/IMG_0047.jpg

Plunker
02-18-2008, 12:55 AM
DwithT...looks great, tiny...but great!:biggrin:
Can you post some detailed pics (bigger), I'm very interested in seeing the handywork. Also what is your story about building the rod, I'd like to know how you got into it...thinking that I'd like to do it myself one day...waaay in the future...shh don't tell the wifey!:cool:

Congratulations!

fishNlady
02-18-2008, 10:11 AM
Yes please do post larger pix. I'd love to get a closer look at it!

mtnman2888
02-18-2008, 10:46 AM
That's great and i'm sure it will be something that you hold special for a long time to come. I would love to do something like that one day but time is the big problem as i'm sure it is for most people. How long did it take you to learn how to build a rod?

Craig

Dances with Trout
02-18-2008, 10:37 PM
Here are some more pics. Hope they are better and show more detail. The digital camera is not that great nor is the operator.
I began the rod the week before Christmas and have worked on it weekends, evenings and any other time I could get a spare minute. I was taught how to make the rod by Stan Smartt, A master rod maker and a true friend. I only started fly fishing in the spring of 2007, but am hooked and having the time of my life.
Making the rod taught me a lot about myself. It was truly a wonderful experience. I am already thinking about the next rod. Probably is going to be a large water rod.

God Bless,
Dances with Trout

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj160/MikeM_1960/IMG_0053.jpg

Dances with Trout
02-18-2008, 10:42 PM
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj160/MikeM_1960/IMG_0058.jpg

Dances with Trout
02-18-2008, 10:46 PM
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj160/MikeM_1960/IMG_0057-1.jpg

Plunker
02-19-2008, 12:18 AM
Not that I'm an expert...but that looks fantastic!!!!
You should be extremely proud of your labor of love.

Grousegunner
02-19-2008, 06:55 PM
DWT,

Nice work! This summer I built a graphite rod, and I loved the entire process. I can only imagine that building a bamboo rod would be that much fun, and more. What types of tools would I need in order to build a cane rod? How much money would it take to get started? I already have a nice flexcoat wrapper and a dryer. Could I use this for cane work?

Thanks,
Grousegunner

Grumpy
02-19-2008, 11:35 PM
Nice job, did you flame it or is that a varnish finish?

Grumpy

Dances with Trout
02-20-2008, 07:51 AM
As far as equipment to get started, you will need plane's, plane forms, sharpening stones for the planes, hand files, micrometers or dial calipers. depth gage, torch (if you wish to flame) just to mention a few. I'm sure you could probably use the wrapper you have, but keep in mind this is my first rod and by no means do I know what I'm talking about.

Grumpy, I flamed the rod and used a hand rubbed oil finish on it.

God Bless,
DWT

Grumpy
02-20-2008, 08:19 AM
btw, i love the rod sack to, a local builder makes his own sacks & there's always a history lesson on the color choices.

Grumpy

Paducahmichael
03-07-2008, 12:18 AM
Dances with Trout - that's a beautiful rod! Very striking in appearance. I really like the flaming and the really dark wraps. A fine job - and your first rod? Really? Stick with it!

diamonddave7676
03-07-2008, 08:28 PM
Wow thats a beautiful rod. I would gladly pay a good price for a rod just like that.

Dances with Trout
03-08-2008, 08:35 AM
Diamond Dave, I do intend to begin making them. Let me know if you are interested.

God Bless,
DWT

diamonddave7676
03-08-2008, 12:31 PM
yep I am interested. Email me at diamonddave7676@yahoo.com