[Qor UOTE="Steve Kokita, post: 1192423, member: 10853"]Very nice! Gotta love fishing/casting bamboo.....[/QUOTE]
Yep, in trout size in small to medium water there is nothing better. Of course that is my tainted opinion....
This rod and most of my rods are fluted. My gut feeling is that the scalloped method allows for thinner wall thickness, fluting is (at least for me) more versatile. Using a Morgan Hand Mill allows experimentation with internal tapers easier than the Powell scalloping method. Both have a long track record of success. Even though I mentioned the overall weight, reduced weight is not the primary focus. Subtle modifications to the rod taper with added benefit of reduced swing weight is the goal.
The taper is one I've been working on for several years and I'd guess I'd call it my own. That said, like most of my rods it's based on E.C. Powells B taper formula.
Thanks for all the positive comments. I built this rod for myself after a trip to Kelly Creek. It replaced a similar 8'er. Like Tim stated above the design of rods greater than 8' is more challenging. That said 8'3" seems to be a sweet spot and the same rod at 8'6" is very different.
Thank you again,
Thank you, The rod was donated to a Trout Unlimited auction and I never fished it. That said I've made several others with the same taper and they turn out to be medium progressive. I'm working on a new rod as a replacement which should be ready in a week or 2.
Hollowing well into the tips seems to be the key for the longer light line rods.