Local Bamboo gathering?

Discussion in 'Bamboo, Fiberglass & Classic Reels' started by para_adams, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. para_adams

    para_adams Active Member

    I'm becoming a big fan of bamboo fly rods. Bamboo rods are made from a material that is both beautiful and comes from a very small location from the other side of the world. Bamboo rods are fun to cast (the few I've tried so far) with a good feel of the line and a slower smoother action than I'm used to with my graphite rods. And each rod has its own cool story. Some are hand-crafted by local makers. Some were mass-produced back in the 20's, 30's, 40's or even more recently. Many had former owners and caught trout and other fish in another era and in places I can only guess at. Some bamboo rods are in original pristine condition. Some have been rescued from the junk heap and perhaps refinished into good rods. Others show the effects of many years of hard but good fishing. And they all seem to have their own feel and story. Being new to bamboo I am wondering if there are any local gatherings where folks bring their rods to show and try? Kind of like a classic car show. I'd love to see others bamboo and perhaps see how they cast. And maybe hear some great stories as well.
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  2. John Wallace

    John Wallace Active Member

    They have one I think in Oregon and they had a spey one on the Skagit River last year. You can also post about getting one going around here next year at a park or some where. There are a lot of fisherman that use or have bamboo rods.
  3. Joe Goodfellow

    Joe Goodfellow Active Member

    Come fishing with me I'm making a shorty rod now. Once I picked up bamboo I haven't looked back.
  4. Joe Goodfellow

    Joe Goodfellow Active Member

  5. Mike Monsos

    Mike Monsos AKA flyman219

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    Some of us that purchase Hancock forest permits have a bit of a liking to cane rods. We had a casual get together a few years back on a lake on the property. Here is a sample of the rods that were being passed from angler to angler.
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  6. John Wallace

    John Wallace Active Member

    By the way, Mike makes a very nice bamboo!!
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  7. para_adams

    para_adams Active Member

    Mike, your rods look awesome and your website is cool! Ron
  8. Mike Monsos

    Mike Monsos AKA flyman219

    Thanks Ron!

    Currently I'm in the process of making three tapers this winter that have been on the to do list. A Martha Marie two piece, Payne 97 three piece and a Leonard 50DFthree piece. I'm starting to play with fire now flaming the last few rods.

    For the website my good friend and fishing partner Kent Lufkin gets all that credit. By the way that's the hood of Kent's truck in the photo.

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  9. para_adams

    para_adams Active Member

    I'm working on a shorty too. Formerly a 9' Shakespeare which was very heavy and slow so it may not be much of a caster after its finished but lots of fun.
  10. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

    That was a fun day on the water. We really should do it again.

    But for those who want to try as many rods as possible, a park near some water like Tolt MacDonald park with plenty of open lawn would be better.

  11. para_adams

    para_adams Active Member

    My compliments to Kent. He really knows his lighting and overall photography and the design of the site is beautiful. Ron
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  12. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    check the latest IFFF newsletter. Seems to me that there's a bamboo rod get-together at Camp Sherman (?) on the Metolius this summer.
  13. Troutcreek

    Troutcreek Active Member

    I've attended The Metolious event in the past, and really enjoyed it. It seems that event is having a hard time getting permits or access to the site, and the last time I spoke with the people at The Camp Sherman Store they didn't have much confidence that the show would proceed. Hopefully with IFFF support the show will continue.
    I agree with John and Tim that an informal event here in Washington would be pretty cool.
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  14. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

    RE: Camp Sherman
    The last two years the event formerly held at Camp Sherman more or less moved to Sun River. http://hookfish.com/festival
    Sun River is a resort community and the festival is essentialy in a mall and included mostly non-bamboo rod related stuff. There were a total of four rod makers officially registered and a few more that I know of not officialy registered. See the exhibitors on the pulldown on the page linked above.

    I have not attended the Sun River event but have spoken at length to a few who have. I continue to hope that it returns to the Metolius. There is really no comparison between the two venues. A mall in a resort community simply has none of the attractions of Camp Sherman and the surrounding campgrounds.

    The Oregon Council IFFF newletter is from 2010.

  15. Greg Armstrong

    Greg Armstrong Active Member

    FYI; The 3rd Annual Bozeman Bamboo Bash took place in Sept.' of this year. Apparently a successful, and fairly well attended event.
    I've never been to either one of them, but thought some of you may want to know about it if travelling east next September - it's a little further to drive than Sun River or Camp Sherman for most of us probably, but they are talking about doing it again in Bozeman in 2014.
  16. If the Bozeman meet happens, I hope to attend. I taught myself to cast a fly rod around age 9 using one my dad brought back from his pacific tour in WW2. I don't remember fishing with it in Juanita Cr. where I grew up. I haven't cast one since, but just found an old Hardy and am planning to use it soon. I could use some advise on line size and type.
  17. Bonsai

    Bonsai Jerry

    I went to a fiberglass get together earlier this last year. About 14 or 15 guys showed up to show off their fiberglass rods. We had a pot luck lunch and bent an elbow or two. I would love to go to the same kind of thing with bamboo. It would be nice to have an opportunity to fish the rods at the same time. A park at a lake would be nice.
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  18. Steve Kokita

    Steve Kokita FISHON206

    I'm not a builder yet....but have re-done 28+ blue collar bamboo rods and pretty much exclusively fish bamboo 99% of the time! I'd be interested in a gathering! Where and when?
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  19. Mike Monsos

    Mike Monsos AKA flyman219

    I'd be happy to bring what I have on hand to share if someone cares to try to put a gathering together if the schedule works. To do something like this at a public lake might be a risk for those willing to share their rods. With a public lake there are too many people coming and going in my opinion to have a selection of rods available to try out. A lake fishing experience is by far the best and we had a great time on the Hancock Tree Farm on Hancock lake. No worries about outsiders drifting through, but you need to pony up $250 to get on the property. So that being said we might be able to pull off a gathering at some sort of park venue (Mercer Lid Park for example) or if someone has a large property who was willing to host the event would be even better. Just a thought if someone wants to take up the idea and run with it. I'm sure there are others who would be willing to tempt the masses to the dark side. :D

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  20. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    I had a chance to cast some of Mike's rods after meeting up Saturday at the fly show. Mike makes very nice rods and his motto should be "It's not your father's bamboo" as his rods don't feel anything like what I cast as a youngster.

    My latest itch in life is to have one of Mike's rods.
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