The best concise description of a split bamboo fly rod.

"a useful thing, beautifully made"
-Hiram Hawes

lørdag 3. september 2016

River Hemsil.

Been a while since the last post. Starting up again with a couple of images from river Hemsil in Norway. Beautiful scenery and fish with some nice colour, this is from July this summer.

lørdag 9. mai 2015

Busy last month.

The same thing happens every year, April month surprises me with it's arrival, and it's time to make this winters bamboo rods ready for the upcoming season. And with three coats of varnish applied, the first rod is ready for the stream. So here are some pictures of the first rod out, a sweet little 7' 4wt based on a Payne 98 taper. I've used cork as the material for reel seat's on several rods and think it works great, cork is light, durable and will, when combined with a butt cap and sliding band, hold any trout reel firmly in place. Wrapping the guides I'm using primrose Gossamer silk, with one turn of Gossamer brown silk for the trim wraps.

torsdag 19. mars 2015

Some soft hackle midge patterns.

A friend asked me if I could tie a selection of north country flies for him for the upcoming season, and since that's just another good excuse to tie some spider's...I'm happy to do that. And since midges are the first thing we're probably will see, I selected some patterns that I think will do well when the midges arrive .

The first fly out is one of several 
versions of the Little Black....

Nice "greenish" glow on that magpie rump feather....this is the first time I'm using this feather.

Hook: Partridge L3A # 18
Thread: Gossamer purple silk
Body: Magpie rump feather
Rib: Purple silk
Hackle: Starling neck feather

The next one is the Black Magic, had some really nice evenings last summer with this fly when the trout were steady on midges.

Hook: Partridge L3A # 18
Thread: Gossamer black silk
Body: Black silk
Thorax: Peacock herl
Hackle: Shold probably use black hen feather, I don't have that feather so I'm using starling neck on this one.


The third one is Sylvester Nemes
midge pattern.....Syl's Spider.

Hook: Partridge L3A # 18
Thread: Gossamer black silk
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Partridge

mandag 16. mars 2015

A new book.

Received my signed copy of Robert L Smith's book "The North Country Fly" a couple of weeks ago, and I must say it's a great book. I am completely surprised by all the information  that's in this new book. I tough that the books I have on North Country Flies were pretty complete. In this book you will find old list's of north country fly patterns from fly fishers living and fishing several hundred years ago in the many different dales of Yorkshire. Really got inspired reading this book and made me even more want to take a trip to the dales of north Yorkshire.         

The Little Black, one of the many patterns you can find in this great book about North Country Flies.                                                                                                                                                                     

onsdag 14. januar 2015

Fresh start to the new season

First fish of the new year was a sea run brown, caught on a grizzly soft hackle pattern. The fish was one of those nice fat ones that probably did not bother to swim up in the the river this fall to fool around, much better to be out in the sea were the food is. The other fish I caught looked like it have had some fun in the river this fall, but the silver color was back and the fish was very strong although it was thin after this fall spawning.

fredag 12. desember 2014

Dressing Nodes

Freshly splitt bamboo strips.
No need to get the bamboo strip perfectly straight before the planing process, but there is one thing that's very important and that's the job you do with the nodal areas before you start planing the strips. Warm up the nodes with the heat gun, straighten them in the wise, and sand down rest of the hump that remains. Many use a belt sander for this task,  but I like to do it by hand using a 350-grit  sandpaper, feel that I have good control using this method, cutting as few of the power fibers as possible. This is a part of the building process that means a lot for the final result later on. If I don't do a good job here, I can end up with glue lines, and that's one thing I don't want. The goal is to get the nodes flat, straight and I think they should be as short as possible after the sanding is done. 
And it's always interesting to check out the node-work on other rods done by other makers, I try to get a sneak peek if possible, many have put some effort into this and done a great  job dressing the nodes, smooth and short, the sign of good craftsmanship.

Take your time when sanding the nodes.

Some heat and patience and the nodes are ready.

søndag 16. november 2014

Another Garrison on it's way.

Mid november and the days are getting shorter, its dark at 4 o'clock in the afternoon and quite chilly. Still possible to go fishing but it's time to start making some new bamboo fly rods for the next season. After building the lovely 209 and 202E models based on Garrison's many tapers, I felt the need to try another one from his book " A Masters Guide to Building a Bamboo fly Rod " a book he wrote together with Hoagy B. Carmichael.

After asking which rod Carmichael had as his favorite, I got a very friendly reply were he told me that his favorite for trout fishing  is the mod 204E. A beautiful  7' 3" long rod, casting a 4 and 5 weight line like a dream, so I just had to build this rod for the next summer. 

Splitting the bamboo into strips with that special cracking sound, and stagger the nodes using the 3x3 method. Cutting the strips to the right length. And ones again have a nice odor spreading around in the workshop just like freshly made popcorn while I use the heat gun to warm up the nodes so they are pliable and ready to be straighten using the wise.