Local Bamboo gathering?

para_adams

Active Member
#1
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.
 
#2
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.
 
#8
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.

Mike
 

Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
#10
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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.

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.

TC
 
#11
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.

Mike
My compliments to Kent. He really knows his lighting and overall photography and the design of the site is beautiful. Ron
 
#13
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.
 

Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
#14
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.
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.

TC
 

Greg Armstrong

OldRodsHaveMoreFun
#15
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.
 

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