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Cane Rods

I began building split bamboo rods in the early nineties mainly because I couldn't afford to buy one. I picked up a copy of Hoagy Carmichael's book on Everett Garrison's method of building cane rods and began the journey to build my own bamboo fly rod. Almost a year later and with enough invested to probably buy two, I finally turned out my first cane fly rod!  It was a six foot nine inch Garrison taper three weight, and I have that rod to this day. I still consider that particular fly rod taper to be possibly the most perfect small stream dry fly tool ever created!

My rods are hand split and hand planed, no power tools touch them from start to finish. While perfectly good, even great, bamboo rods were created on milling machines I don't build rods for a living, and I'm not concerned with production time. To me, owning something built for you, by one person, totally by hand in this day and age is a rarity, and something to use with pride. And hopefully pass on to future generations to carry on the tradition.

I've built a lot of rods over the years using different tapers, lengths, and line weights, and I strongly feel that the real strength of bamboo belongs in shorter, lighter rods. Most rods I make these days are in the 6.5 to 7.5 foot range and will serve you admirably on most any trout stream. You may want to stretch that out to 8 feet if you mainly fish big tailwaters and need more rod length. Line weights are generally in the 4 to 6 weight range. Hardware is all nickel silver, blued or left natural finish. Cork is flor grade, wraps are silk, rods are then dip finished in a durable polyurethane high gloss coating a minimum of three times to produce a smooth even finish and protect the rod from the elements.

If you are intersted in owning one of my rods give me a call or shoot me an email. I build around 4 to 6 a year in the off season and the cost is probably less than you think, only slightly more than a new Sage!