The best concise description of a split bamboo fly rod.

"a useful thing, beautifully made"
-Hiram Hawes

tirsdag 25. oktober 2011

Some hard work.

There are quite a few sticks to be planed. So it's good to get started.

The cane stick ready for action.

Some sticks ready for the glue.

Well....the season has just ended but I still dreaming of the next one.

onsdag 19. oktober 2011

Setting up the tip.

Sharpening the plane blades.  

The tools ready for action.

 Morgan 7' 4 wt tip, laid out on the workbench.

Dressing the rough pith side so the sticks are ready for planing the splice.

Here is a little video from the river I planning to visit next spring with some new cane rods.

fredag 14. oktober 2011

Chopsticks and Singel malt

When you are going to heat treat the bamboo there are different ways to do it.
You can just take the cane sections as they are, I like to split them in to chopsticks
and heat treat them in the kitchen oven for 10 minutes at 360 degrees.
A slight colour change and a lovely smell of cane cooking and they are done.

Chopsticks ready for baking in the oven.

Bamboo sticks and canerod.

After the job is done it's nice with a reward. 

I store the bamboo in an airtight box, just to avoid moisture re entry.   



tirsdag 11. oktober 2011

Building bambooflyrods.

With so many different and exciting tapers that are made by different builders, it's not easy to choose which rod to build. If you check the web you will find several interesting sites with lots of information about the different tapers. Some good sites are - This winter I have decided to build three rods. The first rod is a Pezon & Michel, Ritz Super Parabolic PPP Colorado, 7' 7" 5wt 2 pc and two rod's from Tom Morgan, the first rod is a 7' 3wt 2 pc. The third rod is the same rod that I built last winter a 7' 6" 5wt 2 pc, i liked the rod so much that I decided to build one more with a different reelseat and guides.  My plan is to post about the building throughout the winter. Hope maybe someone will find it interesting.

 It is a long process to build a rod, so it's nice to get started.
Here I have cut the twelve-foot long pole in two.


Since I'm going to build all the rods nodeless I need to cut away the nodes.


The nodes are removed from the pole.

The powerfibers that makes it possible to build a rod.

Tomorrow it's time for baking some cane.


torsdag 6. oktober 2011

Some pictures from the summer of 2011.

Just have to realise that the season for hunting after browntrout with the dryfly is pretty much over.
The weather forecast predict that the winter with snow and dark nights will soon be her.
 It's time to welcome the new season, the making bambooflyrod season.