SPLIT-CANE FLY RODS
If you just stopped in and already know about bamboo fly rods, what
I’m about to say you already know but for those that are
attempting to understand the mystery of cane read on...
First you must answer the question of why you fish. If
you fish like I, approaching each pool and run, studying the currents,
determining the best cast and lie, presently the fly to where your
logic and experience suggests a trout may lurk, bamboo is for you. If
you have the time to glance around seeing the marsh marigolds, the
hills and wildlife, feeling the breeze, taking the time to just sit on
the bank and access your part in the grand scheme of things, bamboo is
But if you transpose your everyday world into how you
fish, casting quickly and rushing off to the next place, measuring each
day by how many miles of trout stream you’ve covered, miles
driven or other fishermen seen, perhaps bamboo is not for you.
Bamboo fly rods are about cadence - the cadence of life
itself. Each cast is slower and deliberate, forcing you to slow down
and become one with the setting around you. But if your temperament is
running and gunning, bamboo isn’t for you.
Some years ago, I was asked to build a bamboo fly rod
for a young fellow who just hungered after the next/greatest rod. While
I could have built the rod, I told him that he was about 20 years too
soon. He had to learn to slow down, become part of the world around him
when he fished and then and only then would he appreciate what the
bamboo rod was all about. So if today, you think that it’s
time that your fishing becomes less of a aerobic exercise and more of a
contemplative union with nature, bamboo is for you. After all, it is a
natural material, one with nature.
The rodmaking video is done!
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada
Updated August 14/17
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