Trying out some custom bamboo rods, interested?



So I've been talking to James, also known as Cane caster on speypages.

James builds grass rods with I believe two or three different tapers..

He asked me if anyone who would be interested in trying some of his rods out would like to meet up near the end of this month..probably on the fish and swing some of his boo rods?

If interested post here..


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Pan, Oh the blasphemy....

I'm in, just let me know where and when. Have been following his builds/posts on SP.

Don't know how well they cast a float, lead and bead.... but I do make a nice 9.5' pin taper for chrome ;)

Hi guys.
Thanx for the interest, it's more than I would have thought and I am looking forward to putting faces to names as it seems that there are alot of speypages regulars on this forum too. Although I was not expecting a post on the WFF site, maybe this will work out cool anyways. I am thinking about the weekend of the 21-22 on the Skagit. I have never been to this river or area before so that will be cool in and of itself. Any good local camping to be had? Close to good water? I am also open to other areas although i think this is pretty central to most, and not too far for me.
I will be bringing 3 of my rods with me (TroutSpey, Summer Run and Winter Run... these rods will give guys an idea of the different feel between tapers and all tapers can be made in a few different lengths and line wts and still retain the same feel) a few vintage Sharpes rods a Milwards 12' 7wt and a host of lines and reels as well as single hander or 2. For anyone thinking of coming out to meet up, if you have lines.... bring em, can never have 2 many.
Disclaimer.... this will be a completely UNorganized, informal, shoot the shit, have a beer by the river and talk rods, tailgate B.S. meet and greet kinda thing, Nothing too serious, BYOB. :)

This is something I have wanted to do for a while now, so thanx to Paul and Eric for the jump start.

Any questions feel free to either post them here or email me directly.


J.M. Reid Bamboo Fly Rods
North Vancouver, BC
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Ian Broadie

Flyfishing is so "Metal"
I totally wasn't paying attention yesterday... I would love to check them out, I'm really interested in the 9.5' pin taper as recently been bit by this bug as well. :)
Ian. Sorry man I don't pin fish so I do not own one of these rods, just built them for local guys in the past. I could bring along a 9' and 8.5' steelhead casting rods that you could slap the pin on just for feel if you like? these 2 rods are heavier and slower than the ones I have made, but it would at least give you an idea if you have never cast a Bamboo pin rod. Do you pin reel down (westcoast) or reel up (english)?

Eric, we'll talk.
Homebrew? as in brewed by you at your house, or from a U-brew place?



steelhead park in rockport has camping, right on the water and a great place to try rods and b.s.

Anyone think of anywhere else?
I am so in!

And I wonder if anyone would be interested in trying an authentic English 15-foot greenheart spey rod? I'm not trying to steal James' thunder. It's not for sale, and probably too heavy for practicality. But as long as we're expanding our experience with rods of natural materials...


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Being we now know the Skagit will close for sure at the end of the month perhaps we can call this a small gathering in honor of a few of our sport's departed luminaries. Just a suggestion, perhaps on the 29th.

I just read all of the posts here and see the dates of 21 & 22 suggested. Works for me.