Bamboo or... Seahawks?

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  1. Jim Speaker

    Jim Speaker Active Member

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    I'm not sure what I'm more excited for... kickoff in a few minutes, or this arriving on Saturday...

    Six weight parabolic 8 footer built in 2010 was bought/built new in 2010 for $800. If I like it, after a week, I pay $400 for it. It's a thing of beauty and the 5/64 wet tips are going to swing classic wets like a freakin' dream as I understand it. It's going to be one of my first "finer things in life" - especially once I move from an additional Lamson HA II spool to a Hardy Perfect once I can drop a little more coin. At that point I'll move the 6 weight Wulff triangle taper from there to the Hardy... but until then I think the Lamson will balance well on it.

    Complete rod with both tips (both 5/64 wet, to be alternated).
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    With fish (ie mojo):
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    Anyways... really excited - even more than I thought given Wilson just connect a bomb on the second play. Cheers
     
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  2. Doug Lee

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    Beautiful rod and photos. Who built that one?
     
  3. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    That is a unique looking color for bamboo...certainly not like those I've seen. Is it ton-kin cane or something else? As to your question, the rod.... definitely the rod.
     
  4. Jim Speaker

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    Jim Speaker Active Member

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    It's deeply flamed. Thus the deep coloration ala Paul Young.

    Yes, the rod. :D
     
  6. matalpa

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    Bamboo fly rods and the Seahawks..........

    One of those things will never let you down.
     
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  7. Jim Speaker

    Jim Speaker Active Member

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    When you're a real fan and have been since the club formed, neither will let you down.
     
  8. Greg Armstrong

    Greg Armstrong OldRodsHaveMoreFun

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    Very nice... good score!
    On both counts ;)
     
  9. David Loy

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    It purdy. I'd be excited too.
     
  10. John Wallace

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    NIce looking rod. Nice deal on it too!
     
  11. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Very nice. Which PHY taper is it based on?
    It sounds like you are already prepared for some adjustments to your stroke. That's a good thing because you might need it. If you're lucky you will take to it right away. It all depends on just how para it really is. I have a number of parabolics from extreme to mild and have found that most of them respond well to a long belly WF. Becoming proficient with a para will improve your casting across the board. They really are a marvelous invention. If you don't take to it right away give it some time, be persistent and soon the magic will happen.

    TC
     
  12. Jim Speaker

    Jim Speaker Active Member

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    I'm not sure, Tim. My knowledge of bamboo will grow with the ownership of this rod. What I do know is it's full-parabolic, and thus, my timing has to be on the money to keep my loop from collapsing. I am told that a Wulff triangle taper line works great with this particular rod. I will have five days to check it out before I commit.

    Here's the link and the write up re this 8015.
    http://caneclassics.com/Page_2.html

    MODEL 8015 PARABOLIC 15 -- 8'0" -- 6 Wt. -- All around big water rod available with two wet fly tips or one
    wet / one dry fly tip. Handles a 6 or 7 weight line with the wet fly tip, a 5-6 with the dry fly tip.
     
  13. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    This should be a powerful rod. A line launcher of the first order. Think of your backcast as cocking a powerful spring that is a bit slow to react. A stiff wrist is important. The old ten o'clock and two o'clock was never more important. Hard stops and a deliberate pause both fore and aft are also important to allow this rod to do its part. This all sounds like regular casting stuff and it is but certain things are a bit more pronounced.

    TC
     
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    I will let the rod teach me. It seems that any rod properly loaded lets a person know, as long as one listens.
     
  15. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Excellent. With that approach you are sure to unveil the rod's quirks and capabilities. Let us know what you discover after spending some time with it.

    TC