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Bamboo fly rod blanks
Posted by: Bruce Creel (---.msy.bellsouth.net)
Date: January 21, 2020 09:11PM

I just completed my 4th rod build and wanted to try a little something different. I have been looking at Bamboo fly rods and would like to build one for trout. I have located several bamboo blank sellers but I am a little worried about the quality of the blanks. You can pay $85 to $500 and they all seem to have the same description. Does anyone have some advice or suggestions on a good quality blank.

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Re: Bamboo fly rod blanks
Posted by: Mark Talmo (---)
Date: January 21, 2020 10:23PM

Bruce,
At the risk of sounding remote or uncaring, LET THE BUYER BE WARE! In most cases, a blank that seems too good to be true, probably is! But that is not to say to not try the $85.00 blank. When one considers the amount of time required to produce a hexagon, split cane, bamboo blank, that $85.00 seems quite reasonable. Johnny Kuehn (RIP) of Angler’s Roost supplied affordable bamboo blanks to the rod building world for quite a few years. Due to the (low) price, I can only assume they were manufactured in China. As you, I was intrigued with building a cane rod and employed Johnny to supply such. While the quality was adequate, I am certain the $500.00 examples you referred to (let alone the $3000.00 offerings) are superior, possibly by quite by large margin. May I suggest, at your novice state, to start with an affordable cane blank, build it, fish it, critique it and then decide if you want to peruse cane rods further. I was so intrigued cane blanks that I considered purchasing or building all the fixtures and equipment to fabricate my own; all that is presently on the back burner but embers remain.

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!!

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Re: Bamboo fly rod blanks
Posted by: Phil Ewanicki (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: January 22, 2020 10:54AM

If you, like 98% of today's anglers, have never casted a bamboo fly rod you should consider casting one, or better yet, fishing with one before you invest too much time, money, and effort into building one.

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Re: Bamboo fly rod blanks
Posted by: david taylor (---)
Date: January 22, 2020 11:16AM

Hook and Hackle and Swift (Epic) have very decent looking blanks and kits and are highly reputable retailers.

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Re: Bamboo fly rod blanks
Posted by: Vic Kennard (---.dynamic.acsalaska.net)
Date: January 23, 2020 09:57PM

Only from my own perspective..Now that I find myself a mere step away from 80, a good fly rod that lacks a 6 sided circumference just doesn't handle the same..
However, what ever you find comfort in and become accustomed to will bring you decades of pure enjoyment..

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Re: Bamboo fly rod blanks
Posted by: Dale Thompson (---)
Date: February 01, 2020 04:00PM

Ye Olde English Fly Shop

yeoldeenglishflyshop.com

I agree with Vic! Fly fishing with bamboo is great

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