Bamboo Exclusively?

Discussion in 'Bamboo, Fiberglass & Classic Reels' started by Greg Armstrong, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    [/QUOTE] Tim, I enjoyed reading the thread you shared on the other site. Learned something new about some rods I was unfamiliar with.
    There's so much to learn about this older gear![/QUOTE]

    Greg

    Those Constables represent that slippery slope you referred to in your response with pic's in the classic reel post. The process of research and discovery has been great and still continues. When I started gathering Constable rods they were low priced, especially on this continent and a little more available. Now, thanks to fools like myself sharing information like I did on a public forum, the cost is rising and there is more competition in the various venues both in the US/Canada and UK. The desire to share with like minded individuals has its cost but so be it. The thrill of the hunt is incomplete without the capture but it is the hunt itself that sustains our efforts.

    TC
     
  2. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

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    I don't fish bamboo nearly enough. I use cane for trout fishing, but I mostly fish for steelhead, and do that with graphite Spey rods. Most of my cane rods are steelhead sized, 8, 9, and 10 wt, but I've got a few nice trout rods in 5, 6, and 7 wt that I would love to fish more.

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  3. Cti111

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    Great thread! 80% of my rods are evenly split between bamboo & fiberglass. Right now, I tend to fish my bamboo when I’m wading & my glass rods when I’m fishing out of the DB/raft. I guess its because I’ve seen many more broken rods when in the boat & almost never when I’m on a wade trip. The few graphite rods I still use are mainly when I’m fishing the salt & steelhead. (just the opposite of Sg)

    My latest bamboo acquisition was made in early September. I picked up rod from Dennis Stone (who lives in OR) that he had advertised as “a new prototype 4/5wt 7'9" 3pc rod he had developed. Dennis described it as a progressive med action light trout rod that weights just 2 3/4 oz. (for a solid hex!) I’ve matched the rod up with an older Orvis Madison reel & 4wf line & saw exactly what Dennis had described as “quick loading from just out the tiptop out to about 45 to 50 ft with delicate control of the fly throughout this range”. Delicate is a very good descriptor – the fly seems to lay down on the water like you dropped it about a foot above where it lands. Out of my current small quiver I think that this rod & my FD Lyons glass will be used the most.
     
  4. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Hey, I recognize the rod on the left! Glad to see the Wallop Brook not only went to a good home, but that it's been reunited with some of it's far-flung siblings as well.

    K

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  5. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Yes, that is the one that had trouble finding a home. The one that was just too different. The one that sparked my interest in the rest of it's family.

    TC.
     
  6. lespaulrock

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    Starting fishing cane a year ago and now I own three. My fishing partner got hooked as well, just bought his second last weekend. I feel like the slower action gives my best presentations. 100% trout fishing I use cane, 100% steelhead I use glass.
     
  7. Mike Monsos

    Mike Monsos AKA flyman219

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    I'm pretty much 100% bamboo now. Since I began making my own rods I made a decision to sell a collection of Loomis rods and to committ to fishing bamboo exclusively, I haven't looked back since. I fish trout so all my rods are in the 4 to 5 wt range and from 7-7.5' at this point. The fun thing about bamboo are all the different tapers out there. The personalities of the rods are fun to get to know. Something like kids, some you love to spend as much time as possible with, and of course there are a couple that you just can't wait to see the back of their head heading out the door home. LOL Most interesting about bamboo is the people you meet who have a interest in the craft. I hope more people have a chance to see that fishing bamboo doesn't have to be a elitist type of experience. If you like to cast flies and would like to see how distinctly different two tapers can cast the same fly you really need to spend some time with a bambboo rod or six.
     
  8. Lugan

    Lugan Joe Streamer

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    I'm 100% glass below 8', all of it modern glass (Steffen, Scott, Wojnicki). I owned some modern cane rods in the past few years, and really good ones (Thramer, Mike Brooks, Bill Taylor, Eden Cane), but modern glass rods just strike a chord with me for small to mid-sized streams. I sold those to fund my glass addiction.
     
  9. Cliff

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    Agree with you wholeheartedly, Tim. And if any of you have the opportunity to meet and chat with Jerry Foster you'll find quite a character just full of information.

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  10. Greg Armstrong

    Greg Armstrong OldRodsHaveMoreFun

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    Wow. A lot of guys out there like me fishing bamboo close to 100%. That's great to hear.

    But there must be more...? Lets hear from the rest of you.
     
  11. Kenneth Yong

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    All my freshwater fishing from 3 to 7wt is done with bamboo -- a combination of Granger, Phillipson, Orvis and several British-made rods. All blue-collar stuff that gets the job done quite nicely.

    In the salt, for light work I use a Sharpes Scottie Impregnated 88 9' 6wt that has anodized hardware. For heavier stuff, I sometimes go out with an Orvis SSS 8'9", but here I admit that it gets tiring fishing bamboo especially when the wind's up and/or I'm fishing tropical flats and/or for bigger fish -- this is when the graphite rods come out to play.

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  12. Greg Armstrong

    Greg Armstrong OldRodsHaveMoreFun

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    Kenneth,

    My daughter was in Rome for a study abroad program so we went to visit her in early June this year. Beautiful rivers there, we travelled up into the Dolomites and I wish I had been there a little later after the runoff was over - everything was still quite high. I've seen others post about using bamboo for Browns and "Marble" trout in your neck of the woods and I have a goal to go back to fish there (Slovinia too) some day.
    Question I've always had; how do you acquire/transport/ship rods to Italy? Are there difficulties with getting U.S. made rods there while travelling? Greg
     
  13. Kenneth Yong

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    Greg,

    Ah, pity we weren't in contact in June, that's a great month for fishing, although I'm a little surprised by the high water in the Dolomites...still it's true that their season starts and ends a month later than ours in Central Italy, perhaps to account for the snow melting later and for a longer period up there. Tell me the next time you're here and maybe we'll check out some of the Central Italian streams if the season's right.

    To answer your questions:

    - I've always had rods shipped via USPS, never had a problem. Anything up to a 7' 2-pc seems OK, never had a package longer than that, since all my other rods are 3 piecers. I buy mainly from the Clark's classifieds or other private sellers, dealers' lists, and such like, much easier to work out prices and shipping arrangements etc. I must add that practically all my reels came from the States, I've even acquired several from WFF members.

    - I don't understand the second question. Are you asking if you could order a rod whilst you're traveling in Europe and have it shipped over? If that's the question, then yes, as long as the seller is willing to ship outside the U.S., there should be no problems. Allow for anything up to 3 weeks for delivery.

    All the best,
    Kenneth
     
  14. Greg Armstrong

    Greg Armstrong OldRodsHaveMoreFun

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    Kenneth,

    Thanks for your reply. Yeah, lots of runoff from snowmelt up north where we travelled. Be great to fish w/you if we ever make it back there - open invitation here for you as well if you ever visit our area.


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  15. Lugan

    Lugan Joe Streamer

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    Kenneth, I'm pretty sure you're the guy who regularly posts photo-heavy fishing reports on the Clark's thread "What to enjoy besides..."? Great stuff. I always enjoy reading those. Italy (my favorite country besides the US) and flyfishing (my favorite activity) seem like a great combination.