Bamboo Spey rods

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by John Wallace, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. John Wallace

    John Wallace Active Member

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    I saw on another site that James Reid and a couple others are going to have they bamboo spey rods and reels at the gathering at Fall City under the bridge tomorrow Dec. 7 from 9am to 12. He makes awesome rods and you can try them. I don't know if I can make it, but going to try. Don't miss out.
     
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    I'd love to, but it's a 1 1/2 hour drive for me in good conditions. Since I had a skiff of snow in the driveway and on my road this morning, I think I'll sleep in instead. Say hi for me if you go.

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  3. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    I'm hoping to make it one of these days! Bamboo rods, though; wow! I'd really love to have a bamboo Spey. Maybe someday Headwaters Bamboo in Oregon will have them at a price I'm I'm willing to pay!
     
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    There is something very sexy about the very idea of a two-handed bamboo rod.
     
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    ...I sold mine years ago, a 13.5 footer that I bought in Herefordshire in 1980. I still miss it, but I'm keeping all my Hedons.
     
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    Boo Speys are pretty darned expensive, you'd be hard pressed to pay less than $1,500 for a 'NIB.' The one exception to this, if your a rod builder, is 'Angler's Roost' that sells all the bits as a DIY.
     
  7. John Wallace

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    Redwing fly rods make a bamboo 11' 7/8wt that has splice ferrals. Looks nice.
     
  8. sourdoughsmitty

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    chimig in a wee bit late on this but my current 2 hander is a montague manitou "grilse" throws a pretty mean #9 line good for a workout smitty
     
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    You won't blink when you write the Cheque.
     
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    are there any other woods to make fly rods out of besides bamboo??
     
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    There certainly are, greenheart was the first but my research suggests there are a lot of other, very similar straight grained wood that could be used. Spliced joints are likely the best option.

    I have some of this wood but my lathe isn't long enough, either that or I don't know what I'm talking about...I certainly don't but think I do.
     
  12. sourdoughsmitty

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    ash is annother wood that was used
     
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  13. Pat Lat

    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    Bamboo is not a wood, it's a grass. Kinda like how you are not a forum member, you're a troll.
     
  14. RogueBum

    RogueBum Spey casting for Steelies year round

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    I have a friend here in Southern Oregon who purchased a custom built 4-sided bamboo spey rod from a local builder. We took it to the Deschutes, along with my Beulah, for a two day guiding trip last October. The rod looked beautiful... it was art, but he couldn't cast it for his life. He has been spey casting forever and he just couldn't get the timing down. It was very slow in its action and it surprised me at how heavy it was. Of course, I'm used to graphite composite rods so that's not saying much ;)

    Since then, he has gotten a lot better with it, but there is definitely a learning curve!
     

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