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 for you.
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.
rodmaking video is done!
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Updated Sept. 1/22
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