lew parks bamboo rods

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  1. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker Active Member

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    Seeking input. Anyone own/fish his rods? I'm considering a 7' 3/2 4wt from this maker.
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    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Sorry no firsthand experience.

    I read his name every once in a while, always in reference to Dickerson tapers which he builds both solid and hollow. A properly tweaked Dickerson is a very capable rod but they do have a particular action. Some people cast them, shrug their shoulders and say "its just a fast Garrison", others go nearly catatonic with bliss. You should certainly try before you buy if possible or have a liberal return policy in place just to insure that you like the way it casts.
    I have read only good things about Lew's work and prices of both new and especially used are reasonable. The few photos I've seen show a handsome looking rod.

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    Sorry. I should have given more info. The rod has a Wanye Cattanach taper.
     
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    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Which one?
     
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    Unfortunately, all I am sure of is its hand planed and the butt and mid section are hollow to smooth out the mid/fast dry fly action.
     
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    I just bought one of his rods a couple of weeks ago. He does good work, and the rod is great. Look up his name here http://clarksclassicflyrodforum.yuku.com/
    And he does have a 3 day inspection policy.
     
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    Thanks for the link hedburner. Will do that.
     
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    Looks like a fairly smooth but fast progression until you get to the butt section which stiffens considerably but then has a bit of a hinge in it for some kick.
    If you normally fish graphite this rod should feel familiar. After spending some time with it you will learn how to use the extra kick in the butt.

    This curve is based on a #4 at 40' so it should handle a good amount of line. This rod is not a noodle. Far from it.

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    Tim's right on. lew's on the bamboo fly rod forum quite a bit. Seems like a good maker.
     
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    I don't know Lew, but I do know the rod taper. It's a 3-piece version of Wayne Cattanach's famous "Sir-D" taper, a really nice fast action dry fly rod. It's a great rod for small streams like the South Fork Snoqualmie or the Deschutes south of Olympia, where you rarely need to cast over 40' or so. The taper has a deliberate "hinge" that supposedly helps with roll casting. I really like mine, and have made a few for friends and charity events.



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    Thanks for the input. Rod arrived Thursday. Quite impressive. I'm ready to chew this cast off my arm!
     
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    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    A nearly identical taper in a #3 is in Cattanach's book. I did not realise that this was the original Sir D.

    Sir D is a variation on Cattanach's taper by the late Darryl "Sir D" Hayashida.

    In any event, it is a very popular taper and the 'fish dont care' who did what as long they see a tasty looking fly in front of them.

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    Thanks Tim. You seem to be quite learned in this field. Would you care to venture an opinion on suitable reel matches?
     
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    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    "Quite learned". Hardly. As a builder, Tom has far more to offer than I do about bamboo.

    Regarding reels. I am not all that particular about matching reels to rods. On a tip action 7ft #4, pretty much any light weight reel of a suitable size would do it for me. In terms of function all it has to do is hold the line.

    The reels I have for that weight are

    J A Forbes 3" Avon & 3" Sandstone
    J W Young 3" Valdex constricted (narrow)
    3 1/4" Hardy Marquis #6 or its counterpart S.A. System #6

    There is a lot of weight difference among those reels. If I had my druthers I would just stuff the line into my pocket and not use a reel at all.

    In summary, any light weight 3" or 3 1/4" reel that catches your interest.


    TC