Fished my bamboo rod today

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Re: Fished my bamboo rod today

Post by Jimbo Roberts » Tue May 10, 2011 3:07 pm

Got to love Google Search.....
http://flyanglersonline.com/features/re ... /rc150.php
So IHI is a .020"/.025"/.020" tapered flyline.
Standard weights associated with flylines and their construction.....
http://www.flyfishusa.com/lines/choose-line-home.html
others.....
http://www.activeangler.com/flyfishing- ... nes1.shtml
But noone seems to say when number systems were universally adopted over lettering systems. Other than the mention of the committee which met in 1959 to set a standard for flylines. I guess that generally different rod makers accepted the standard at their own pace. I seem to remember my first borrowed flyrod had a letter designation, but my first fiberglass fenwick rod had a number designation. Again I bet Ron Knows!
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Re: Fished my bamboo rod today

Post by Ron Mc » Tue May 10, 2011 3:17 pm

you won't get off that easy, Jimbo
throw in old British line Grades (Grade 2 is about a modern 6/7)
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all compounded by the fact that modern lines are porking up compared to the original AFTMA weight scales, and modern fly rod manufacturers are trying to fool us all by under-rating their designated line weight to make us think they're really fast and high tech.

Like my signature on Clark's board: the rods are never obsolete - the marketing is.

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Re: Fished my bamboo rod today

Post by Jimbo Roberts » Tue May 10, 2011 6:14 pm

I loved the link from the previous page Ron. Very nice Leonards presented there. I can only imagine their worth!
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Re: Fished my bamboo rod today

Post by mickmcco » Tue May 10, 2011 7:17 pm

Orvis also produces one for their bamboo rods:

http://www.orvis.com/intro.aspx?subject=2875
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Re: Fished my bamboo rod today

Post by Ron Mc » Wed May 11, 2011 12:53 pm

Jimbo Roberts wrote:I loved the link from the previous page Ron. Very nice Leonards presented there. I can only imagine their worth!
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this will astound you, Jimbo,
Check out the mortised rods Yukihito Okawa makes in Ashikaga, Japan
http://clarksclassicflyrodforum.yuku.com/topic/34305
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Re: Fished my bamboo rod today

Post by Jimbo Roberts » Wed May 11, 2011 8:19 pm

Those rods are over the top!
I just finished going through Fishing Small Waters on the previous link, 24 pages of bliss!

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Re: Fished my bamboo rod today

Post by Ron Mc » Thu May 12, 2011 10:16 am

Clark's board is inhabited by published authors, accomplished and published outdoor artists, many of the best cane rodbuilders, bench reelmakers, tackler brokers, collectors, and great, great amateur photographers - all over the world.
It's the No. 1 fly fishing site on the internet, with 30M hits/yr (45,000/day)
http://www.michaelsimonanglingart.com/
http://clarksclassicflyrodforum.yuku.co ... st-PROJECT
http://paducahmichael.u.yuku.com/
Hoagy Carmichael, A.J. Thramer, Mike Brooks, John Pickard
Gierach has even posted a couple of times, and his buddies at his favorite fly shop - Mike Clark, South Creek Fly Shop - are regulars. They're selling signed copies of his new book in the classifieds.
http://clarksclassicflyrodforum.yuku.co ... -Good-Days
even some world famous in Bulverde
http://bulldog1935.u.yuku.com/

As Mick mentioned, the classifieds on Clark's board is The place to get the best price on a quality used cane rod, or match up with a builder - vintage, contemporary. Look for sellers with a solid number of posts and you can't go wrong.
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Re: Fished my bamboo rod today

Post by Jimbo Roberts » Thu May 12, 2011 11:53 am

What can I say, these are all fabulous links!
Now if I was just a Boo Freak, I could fit in with the rest of these guys like a comfortable old easy chair!
Nonetheless, I think we have much in common, an appreciation of all things flyfishing and the places we ply our passion.

Ron your page of rods, reels, and restoration services is amazing. Great photography of the rods, reels, and before and after restoration are so beautiful! Very impressive!
I also love the pictures in the sidebar, and I am honored to be included fishing Seco Creek. We are going to have to talk to the owner and get permission to fish there again when it is flowing. That was a memorable day.

I also like the link to Chris H. (?) and his hand build reels along the lines of the Hardy Perfect.

Thanks again for the links. They almost make me embarrassed that I fish modern graphite.
Oh and I just ordered JG's new book "No Shortage of Good days".

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Post by Ron Mc » Thu May 12, 2011 12:21 pm

Chris used to be the repairman at Alnwick for Hardy, so machining parts for antique Perfects was already his bread and butter.
His made-from-scratch brass-faced Perfects are phenomenal.
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Re: Fished my bamboo rod today

Post by mickmcco » Thu May 12, 2011 1:17 pm

Just took delivery on a gorgeous rod that I found on the Clark's board. It's a Wright & McGill Granger Victory 8642. It has been carefully and gorgeously refurbished by Scott Whitman of Missouri. Had it out in the front yard briefly for some test casting and it is sweet. Can't wait to try it on the Guad.
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Re: Fished my bamboo rod today

Post by Jimbo Roberts » Mon May 16, 2011 8:40 pm

It is a small world.....
My book "No Shortage of Good days" came in the mail today. Along with it came an application to attend the "Colorado Cane Conclave". I checked out the website which lead me to South Ceek Ltd, a site for the bamboo rod maker Mike Clark. I was looking around his site and there at the top of the testimonials was something that caught my eye......
http://southcreekltd.com/about/about6.cfm

The first thing I saw was "Guadalupe River", and that stopped me. I read the testimonial and it was Stephen Bell from Austin Texas.

Hey Mike, I just wanted to share a fishing story with you! I was fishing the Guadalupe river the other day( Feb 23rd) with the 8'9" 6wt rod you made for me. Well I was fishing a #24 midge larva under a #18 egg pattern without a strike indicator when the line stopped dead. I figured I was hung up on the bottom. I wasn't! I lifted the rod to dislodge the fly and got a head shake! I knew the midge was on 6X so there wasn't a lot I could do to get the fish moving. So I shuffled down below the fish and put as much pressure on him as I dared. He took off up stream into some fast water and held there for few minutes! When I got up beside him and applied pressure he rolled on the surface and took off down stream to his original holding spot. Well this went on for about 15 minutes, playing him down in the butt section of the rod, and pointing the rod at him when he ran. When he finally came to my net we were both worn out! A hook jawed 27" rainbow! I have hooked fish close to this size before on graphite rods ,but never brought them to the net( they always broke off). The rod performed magnificently, just the right amount of power and authority but with that forgiveness only bamboo has! I still can't believe I didn't lose this fish. The hook held (the #18 egg) my knots held and the rod played the fish to the net. I did have the awareness to turn the rod over and put it behind me to bring him to the net! I am happy to report no set in the tip! I released him then sat on the bank for a while admiring the rod, then went home for a large scotch! Thanks for a great fishing tool!
Stephen Bell, Austin, TX

Seems the rods he makes are well received as one angler sayd that he prefers it to his to many famous names.....

"As you know, I have been a collector of fine split cane bamboo fly rods for sometime now. This collection consists of a variety of rods and includes Paynes, Leonards, Paul Youngs, Dickersons, etc. I fish the majority of these rods. Over a year ago, you built me an 8-foot-6 5-weight rod along the lines of John Gierach and A.K. Best s rod and I have fished it constantly since. I thought you would like to know that notwithstanding my collection, this is the rod that goes with me on every fishing trip and that I fish it almost to the exclusion of the others. It is my rod of choice."
Steven Binder, Golden, Colorado

Man this stuff just sucks you in and never lets go !

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Re: Fished my bamboo rod today

Post by Ron Mc » Tue May 17, 2011 7:22 am

Steve's description of the rod Mike Clark built for him is a perfect tailwater/big-Guadalupe-trout rod. I prefer a 5-wt. but break out a 6 when the wind forces it.
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Re: Fished my bamboo rod today

Post by mickmcco » Tue May 17, 2011 7:23 am

You missed your chance, Jimbo. A Mike Clark-made "John Gierach taper" bamboo just sold on the Clark's site with an asking price of $2000.

That photo looks familiar, Ron!
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Re: Fished my bamboo rod today

Post by Ron Mc » Tue May 17, 2011 8:22 am

you're a good photographer, Mick.
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Re: Fished my bamboo rod today

Post by mickmcco » Tue May 17, 2011 8:38 am

I just remember how cold we all were that morning. I was glad I was the one with the camera in my hand and not standing in the water.
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