SweetRock RodSmiths


The Bait Caster

September 16, 2010

The Bamboo Bait Caster is for those who like Bass fishing. There are two styles that come in 6' length. The light weight is for the small mouth and other light weight fish. The heavy weight is, well for the heavy weight fish "use your imagination". This one is Handcrafted from solid Honduras Mahogany with a fitted hand triger grip. Inlaid with 14 kt.gold and Mother of Pearl.


About SweetRock RodSmiths:

MasterWoodSmith-Bruce Smith


Since 1962, learning from the elders and self-education

Became Grandmaster Woodsmith July 16, 1994 at age 45

As a fisherman and fly tier, the facination of bamboo rods became an affliction! Countless years of investing every spare $$$ from my humble viewpoint, building up tools, equiptment and hand making the tools of the trade, and learning the trade. The dream from the Origins of Angling Traditions, the honor of creating Handcrafted Splitcane-Bamboo Fishing Rods came true!

Why Bamboo?

Elegance and Artistry


Tonkin Split-Cane Bamboo or "Arundinaria amabilis"-"The Lovely Reed". Handcrafted by Rodsmiths, each Clum goes through preparational phases of spliting, roughing, heat treating, tapering, laminating, sanding, varnish, installing hardware and the final inspuction.

demoBamboo fly rods, going back to the 1920's in China, are reawakening within the fly fishing community for obvious reasons. The distinction and tradition of Heirloom quality craftsmanship is for a lifetime and passes to the next generation!

Frequently Asked Questions

Type in your Search Term

  1. How do I Determine which Rod to purchase?
  2. Determining the Right Line Weight?
  3. Hey, is my rod done yet?
  4. Determining the Rod Weight?
  5. Figuring out the Right Rod Length?
  6. What Grip, Hardware, and Reel Seat to get?
  7. How to Tell a Quality Fly Rod from a Cheap Rod?

How do I Determine which Rod to purchase?

  • First, figure out what you will be fishing for. Once you know that you will than know what fly line weight to use. Now it is just a matter of matching the fly line with the right fly rod, which is simple. So, if you are using a fly line weight of, for example 5 to fish for trout, you will want a fly rod that is a 5 weight. They should match precisely.
Back to Top

What Grip, Hardware, and Reel Seat to get?

  • This is mostly personal preference in custom orders. Standard models are what you see in the rod photos, along with pricing. The Tube, Sock, Shipping, Handling, and Insurance are included in Standard Packages.
Back to Top

How to Tell a Quality Fly Rod from a Cheap Rod?

  • Fly Rods come in Quality, Good, and Cheap Models. First look at the Stripping guide, does it look cheap or does it look jewelery grade. Be really careful if it came from China. Know exactly who the maker is, research the maker. A production company uses cheap bamboo and hardware, etc. A Quality maker will have their supplers and products listed with item descriptions. QUALITLY Fly Rods: Usually have a least one guide per foot, not including the stripping guide and sometimes two stripping guides. Ex: a 9' rod will have ten guides, not including the stripping guide. GOOD Fly Rods: Usually have one less guide CHEAP Fly Rods: Generally have fewer guides. Will not cast long lengths due to developing a belly affect between the guides, loss of line movement, causing a motion and energy loss. You will not obtain that 50-60 foot cast. ROD POWER is simply stiffness or resistance to bending.
Back to Top