Local Bamboo gathering?

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

  1. ray@montanariverlodge

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    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.
     
  2. Bonsai

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    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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  3. Steve Kokita

    Steve Kokita FISHON206

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    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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  4. Mike Monsos

    Mike Monsos AKA flyman219

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    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

    Mike
     
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  5. zen leecher aka bill w

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

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    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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  6. Troutcreek

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    I’m glad to see that there’s some interest in a bamboo gathering. I wouldn’t mind participating and could bring 8 or 10 modern bamboo rods. I’d even consider the possibly of facilitating an informal event. That said, I’m in the southern part of the state and it would be difficult for me to put something together closer to Seattle or Spokane.
     
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  7. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    I'd like to attend and can bring a small pile of unique rods.

    TC
     
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  8. Tom Bowden

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    I'll attend if the schedule fits. As an amateur rod maker for 13 years, I have a bunch of rods I could bring.

    Tom
     
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  9. para_adams

    para_adams Active Member

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    I hope this comes together! I'll bring my two beloved Phillipsons (HEH and HDH), an original 8-1/2' Southbend and my current project, a beat up 8-1/2' Monty cut down to 8' from the butt up, re-wrapped (inspired by Steve's awesome work reclaiming old "blue collar" rods). Seattle north/south would be best for me.
     
  10. Mike Monsos

    Mike Monsos AKA flyman219

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    Well I think with all the interest we really need to figure out a location to have a, talk, pass, cast and share the cane event. All we really need is a open area with some grass and about 100' by 100'. A grass football field, soccer field, pasture, county park, private pasture, heck a private lake or stream would be killer! Any ideas or suggestions?

    Mike
     
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  11. Troutcreek

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    However this works out is fine and I’ll attend if at all possible.
    That said I sure like to see an event like this on water.
    There is more to bamboo fly rods than pretty wraps. They’re wonderful fishing tools and bamboo is quite possible the best material for small stream fly rods (IMHO). Lawn casting gives a hint but not the whole story.
     
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  12. David Loy

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    I don't have any boo, but would enjoy trying a few. I do have access to Windermere Park (private), 10 blocks South of Magnuson Park, with +-240' of Lk.Wa. waterfront and a 200' dock. Summer would be tough with all of the kids swimming, but Spring is very doable. Once in a great while I'll catch SMB off the dock but I mostly use it for a casting fix. However, if another venue comes along I'd still like to attend.
     
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  13. John Wallace

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    I am in, if we get this going. Would be fun.
     
  14. para_adams

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    That sounds good to me.
     
  15. David Loy

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    The offer stands but I don't see a lot of interest.
     
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