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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:28 pm 
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Made my first solo handmade split bamboo fly rod, a whippy little 5wt trout rod.

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I'm hoping to retire in the next year or so and need a hobby to keep me busy and, maybe, make a little money on the side.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:40 pm 
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I am not a fly fisherman, but that is one good lookin' rod.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:55 pm 
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Beautiful looking fly rod. Hope you post a pic of the first fish you catch with it.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:44 pm 
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Hi,

Looks good, Matt! Have you fished a bit with bamboo in the past? And "real" fiberglass? I learned to cast with glass, and find myself some times "overlining" one of my graphite rods to make it feel more "glass like." I've always wondered how it (glass) compares to good bamboo.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:00 pm 
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Nice looking rod. I've always wanted to try a bamboo rod.
I've fly fished for over 25 years.
What's the length? Did you make 2 tips?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:29 am 
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How can you tell it is an 5 wt? That is a good looking rod.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:08 am 
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JEALOUS! I really like the detail shot of the wraps.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:02 am 
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Looks great. I have been wanting to try fly fishing for a long time. I mostly bass fish.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:03 am 
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Matt,, that's a thing of beauty! KUDOS!

We have to see pics of the first fish caught with it,, no matter the size!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:16 am 
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Wow. Great job. We now need photos of the field test and fish.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:00 am 
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Its a beauty !


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:10 am 
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Very impressive. A fly rod should first be built to catch fish but looking at yours also makes me want to go fishing! Nice workmanship!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:32 pm 
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Nice looking outfit. What did you use to cut, glue and shape the cork with?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:05 pm 
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Thanks for the kind words. I'll try and get a fish on the rod when I get back from a Colorado fly fishing trip with my father and my son.

Rick Courtright wrote:
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Looks good, Matt! Have you fished a bit with bamboo in the past? And "real" fiberglass? I learned to cast with glass, and find myself some times "overlining" one of my graphite rods to make it feel more "glass like." I've always wondered how it (glass) compares to good bamboo.

Rick C


I don't think I've ever tried fiberglass, just graphite and bamboo. Bamboo almost exclusively over the last five years. It has a bit more controlled action in my hands. This particular rod is a slow action. I tried a guide's graphite rod after fishing bamboo for a few days straight and his rod felt like a sports car on the edge of control to me.

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How can you tell it is an 5 wt? That is a good looking rod.
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Thanks. The guy who provided the taper I used described it as such. I cast it yesterday with some 3wt line and 5wt line and it definitely feels better with the heavier line. That said, I'm far from being an expert fly fisherman.

Brules wrote:
Nice looking rod. I've always wanted to try a bamboo rod.
I've fly fished for over 25 years.
What's the length? Did you make 2 tips?


It's 6'8"...but would've been 7' if I hadn't made some errors. I've never busted a rod tip yet (knock on wood) and can now make my own replacement tips if need be, so I didn't make a second tip. If I ever get around to selling rods, that would be a standard inclusion though.

Rook wrote:
Nice looking outfit. What did you use to cut, glue and shape the cork with?


I bought the cork handle and reel seat. I don't have a lathe yet, but when I made my first rod at a class in Blue Ridge, GA with Bill Oyster, it was a pretty simple process. Used a press to glue cork discs together then used sandpaper to shape the handle on a lathe. I'd show pictures of that rod, but I mailed it to CO for a fishing trip.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:11 am 
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Badger Matt wrote:

I bought the cork handle and reel seat. I don't have a lathe yet, but when I made my first rod at a class in Blue Ridge, GA with Bill Oyster, it was a pretty simple process. Used a press to glue cork discs together then used sandpaper to shape the handle on a lathe. I'd show pictures of that rod, but I mailed it to CO for a fishing trip.


I always thought that part would be really hard to make. I'm amazed at how well the cork handles hold up to many years of use. I have quiet a few old Garcia Conolon spinning rods and the cork still looks like new on most of them.


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