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.
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!
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.
Bamboo 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
- How do I Determine which Rod to purchase?
- Determining the Right Line Weight?
- Hey, is my rod done yet?
- Determining the Rod Weight?
- Figuring out the Right Rod Length?
- What Grip, Hardware, and Reel Seat to get?
- How to Tell a Quality Fly Rod from a Cheap Rod?
- 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.
- Recommended line weights:
- 1-3: Small trout, panfish, and other small fish.
- 4: Small to medium trout and other medium sized fish.
- 5-6: A very versatile weight that fishes well for everything except the smallest and the largest trout, also small bass and pirch.
- 7-8: For large trout, also bass, as well as other species.
- 9-13: Very large fish.
- Recommended rod weights:
- 1-3: When casting small flies for short casts.
- 3-4: For casting small to medium flies in short to medium-short casts.
- 5-6: For small, medium, and large flies (not streamers). Allows for longer casts, also preforms fairly well for short casts.
- 7-8: For large flies and streamers. Excellent for long casts, not to good for short casts or smaller flies and fish.
- 9-13: Mostly for trowling, saltwater, Salmon and Steelhead >
- Personal preference come into play here!
- Recommended rod lengths:
- 1-3: 6', 7'.
- 3-4: 7', 7'6", 8', 8'6".
- 5-6: 7', 7'6", 8', 8'6", 9', 9'6".
- 7-8: 8'6", 9', 10'.
- 9-13: Varies from 6' to 12' depending on what you are fishing for.
- 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.
- 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.