NEW SPLIT CANE BAMBOO FLY RODS

BY

DON ANDERSEN

   Updated December 24, 2020


Here's hoping you and yours are well. Its been a scary time for us all. Keep well and we will seen you on the water!


                                A recap of the year past and a glimpse into the future. This year was marked by a very slow spring resulting in off colour and high waters till nearly August. That was
                                followed by a harsh reminder of winter with snow and very cold temperatures in October. All this resulted in the poorest success rate I've had for the past 45 years
                                according to my fishing log. For that reason the rod building season held on later and started earlier than normal resulting in four rods presently in various levels of finishing.


Rod Serial # 019314

 This a 3 weight version of the 7'9" Edmonton Taper.

Length
7' 9"
Serial #
019314
Line Weight
3 weight line
Pieces
2 pc c/w 2 tips
Reel Seat
Bellinger Downlocking Nickel Silver
Insert Wood
Impregnated Walnut
Handle Type
Cigar
Ferrules
Classsic Super Z's
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Perfection
Rod Finish
Sapr Varnish
Wrappings
Light Tan c/w brown tipping
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New



                                       


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                            Price $1500





Rod Serial # 029016 - 4 weight

                                          This is one of two rods built in 2016 utilizing the Jim Payne model 100 taper. Lawn cast, it is smooth and will reach out to 60' readily. It is a joy to cast.

Length
7'6"
Serial #
029016
Line Weight
4 wt.
Pieces
2 pieces c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Andersen style cap and ring
Insert Wood
Zebra
Handle Type
Cigar
Ferrules
Classic Sporting Super Z
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Perfection
Rod Finish
Spar Varnish
Wrappings
Tan c/w red trim wraps
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
No


                                           

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                                            Price $1500



Rod Serial # 039618 - 4 Weight

                                            This rod is one of the two that were "hollowed out". Utilizing the same taper for the 3 piece rod, I constructed a 2 piece rod. The weight saving was some more ass the rod was 2 piece

                                            construction.   Took the rod for a lawn test and it seemed very light in the hand.


Length
8'0'
Serial #
039618
Line Weight
4 weight line
Pieces
2 piece c/w 2 tips
Reel Seat
Bellinger downlocking nickel silver reel seat
Insert Wood
Walnut
Handle Type
Cigar
Ferrules
Classic Super Z's
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Spar Varnish
Wrappings
Tan c/w brown trim
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New

                                           

                                           

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                                            Price $1650      




Rod Serial # 017816 - 2 Weight 

                                           Many years ago I cast a two weight rod which set off a search for a 2 weight taper for those small cutthroat streams I enjoy. Five rods were constructed till I got one I liked. This rod will cast

                                            about 55 feet without a lot of effort but that is not what the taper was all about. The rod was designed to cast #12 and smaller dry flies which it does very well.                                          

Length
6'6"
Serial #
017816
Line Weight
2 wt.
Pieces
2 pieces c/w second tip
Reel Seat
Double Slide Bands
Insert Wood
Zebra
Handle Type
Cigar
Ferrules
Classic Super Z's
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Spar Varnish
Wrappings
Dark Red
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New

                                              

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                                              Price $1500




Rod Serial # 029615 - 3/4 Weight                              

                                            This taper was provided to me by one of the most inventive eastern US bamboo rod builders - Tom Smithwick. This is a honey of a taper. I have test cast this rod with both 3 and 4 weight double

                                            taper line  and they work very well. Last year with Tom's consent, advice and support I made two similar rods. One butt section supported two tips is  a one weight tip and the other a two

                                            weight tip. The other butt section a three and four weight tips.  Both rods found good homes immediately. Rather than attempt another 1/2 weight rod that would be seen by many as a novelty,

                                            I chose to build the original  3 weight taper. Tom cautioned  me that he found the rod carried a 4 weight as well and he's bang on right.


Length
8'0" Serial #
029615
Line Weight
3/4 wt. Pieces
2 peices c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Andersen style cap and ring Insert Wood
Spalted Sycamore Imprenated
Handle Type
Cigar Ferrules
Classic Super Z's
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Spar Varnish Wrappings
Tan c/w Brown Tipping
Fittings Blued
No Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overebag
No Amount Used
New


                                       

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                                            Price $1500


Rod Serial # 029319  - 3/4 Weight. Hollow Construction

                                           I finished this rod in 2019 and I really like the it with a 4 weight line. However, it also cast a 3 weight well. The rod was accurate at all distances out to about 65'. The rod is a 3 piece hollow

                                           construction using  0.070" side walls. The rod feels light in the hand as one might expect.                                          

Length
8'0" Serial #
029319
Line Weight
3/4 wt/ Pieces
3 piece c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Andersen Style Cap and Ring Insert Wood
Zebra
Handle Type
Cigar
Ferrules
Classic Super Z's
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Sapr Varnish
Wrappings
Tan c/w burgundy tipping
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New

                                           

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                                            Price $1800



Rod Serial # 029020 4/5 Weight

                                            This is 7'6" rod that casts both 4 or 5 lines equally well. I had a lucky accident with this taper. Several people has cast the rod and they all agreed, they cannot tell the difference between

                                            the 4 or 5 weights.  I fish dries and nymphs equally well on a similar rod I have in my rod stable. The rod has been used with success in both the Ram & Oldman system.

Length
7'6" Serial #
029020
Line Weight
4/5 weight Pieces
2 piece c/w an extra tip
Reel Seat
Andersen Cap and Ring Insert Wood
Maple Burl
Handle Type
Cigar
Ferrules
Classic Super Z's
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Sapr Varnish
Wrappings
Tan c/w ruby red tippng
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New

                                           

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                                             Price $1500   -   SOLD


                                                       CROSS OVER RODS


Rod Serial # 019618 - 6 Weight

                                        This taper was developed for fishing the windy areas of southern Alberta. It is a mild parabolic rerived from the Paul Young tapers. Aftger making several of these, I finally made one I was happy with.

                                        The rod after so much playing around was called THE PLAN. I've built tow of this taper for the 2017-18 season. One is offered for sale and the other became a donation rod to the Edmonton

                                        Trout Umlimited Chaptere Lloyd Shea Fund.


Length
8'0" Serial #
019618
 Weight
6  weight
Pieces
2 pieces c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Andersen Cap and Ring Insert Wood
Maple
Handle Type
Half Wells Ferrules
Classic Sporting Enterprises Super Z
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Spar Varnish
Wrappings
Tan c/w dark brown tipping
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New

                                                                                      

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                                              Price $1500

Heavier Trout or Lake Rods


                              This is a series of rod tapers that have been designed to cast 6 weight lines. Personally, the 6 weight lines covers all my needs.

                              When I fish lakes, I generally have two rods strung ready to go. One with floating line with either a floater, hover or 

                              rate 2>6 sinking line.



                            


Rod Serial #029611- 6 Weight

                          

                            This is a Dickerson 8015 taper that is a new one to me and from the butt dimensions, it and does cast like a cannon. While I've heard  the taper is rated for a 6 weight, I would

                                   think a 7 weight would work as well. The rod casts very well to 75' or so.

Length
8'0"
Serial #
 029611
Line Weight
6 weight line
Pieces
2 piece c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Andersen Cap and Ring Insert Wood
Zebra
Handle Type
Full Wells
Ferrules
Classic Super Z's
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Perfection
Rod Finish
Hand rubbed Oil Finish
Wrappings
Tan wrapping with brown trim
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New


                                          

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                                            Price $1500                        


Rod Serial #049610 - 6 weight

                            This rod is a personal favourite taper. The Para 15 is described as a Parabolic taper and I use this rod for fishing trout lakes.  My personal arsenal contains 4 rods of this

                                           taper and over the past 15 years have delivered yoeman performance all over Western Canada.             

Length
8'0"
Serial #
049610
Line Weight
6 WT.
Pieces
2 pieces c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Andersen Cap and Ring
Insert Wood
Mesquite
Handle Type
Western
Ferrules
Classic Super Z's
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Perfection
Rod Finish
Sapr Varnish
Wrappings
Tan wrapping with brown tripping
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New

                                                                             
                                                            

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                                        Price $1500



Rod Serial # 029919  - 6 Weight

                                            This taper was developed by west coast angler John Bokstrom. Johns' taper was designed for cutthroat fishing on the Harrison River and sloughs of the Fraser River when the Coho fry emerge. The

                                            rod throws a 6 weight line with authority. The first rod of this taper I built was a request from Mrs. Denny for a rod for her husband. The Denny's ran the best fly shop I've ever been into. Some years later,

                                            I was contracted to build another rod for a family member of the Denny's. I'd forgotten how much I like this rod so this year I made three rods of this taper. Two of them have already found homes.



Length
8'3'
Serial #
029919
Line Weight
6 weight line
Pieces
2 peices c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Down Locking Reel Seat
Insert Wood
not sure
Handle Type
Western
Ferrules
Classic Super Z's
Strip Guide
Hopkins and Holloway
Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Spar Varnish
Wrappings
Tan wrapping c/w red tipping
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New

                                                

                                   

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                                        Price $1500


                                        All the above rods are FOB my shop. Delivery is via courier with shipping anywhere in North American costing about $140 CDN.

                                        All pricing is in Canadian Dollars. To get an updated currency quote use: http://www.xe.com/ucc/

                                        Note: A price increase was necessary. I've held my prices for the last 20 years while all the materials required to build them have increased.  As a result, my base price is increasing to $1500 with 3 piece rod

                                                 adding another $150 and hollowing construction a further $150.