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aracane

Member Since 23 Jun 2006
Offline Last Active Jan 09 2014 12:49 AM
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In Topic: Recommendations For First Bamboo Rod

08 January 2014 - 07:19 PM

QUOTE (kbproctor @ Jan 8 2014, 04:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I only looked at Amazon, Ebay, and at the bookseller at the show. Looks like another "be patient" item.


Sometimes you find someone at a gun show selling old bamboo rods. Usually they want too much for them. If you find an old bamboo at a gun show or flea market and it's 8 ft or shorter buy it as bamboo in lengths shorter than 8 ft work the best . Most will be 4 or 5 wt lines and often 3 pieces. I had someone come into my shop. He had bought 5 rods over a period of time. One was marked browntone on the NS reel seat. I restored it and it is his go to rod. Be patient and look around.

Cheers!

Arne

In Topic: 1 or 2 wt Recommendation?

28 December 2013 - 12:31 PM

There really aren't too many true 1 wt. bamboo rods out there. But there are quite a number of 2 wt. I have a very nice 6 ft. 2 wt. that I have built both as a 2 piece and 3 piece. The 2 wt. with a cork reel seat and butt cap and sliding ring really is a sweet rod for those headwater streams full of little cutties. And the 3 piece is very transportable.

Cheers!

Arne

In Topic: 3 wt length

07 December 2013 - 11:30 AM

Typically bamboo rods work best in 8 foot and shorter lengths. If you want a 7 ft 6 in 3 wt rod I wouldn't hesitate recommending a Caenis by Thomas and Thomas. There are also some very nice 3 wt's in shorter lengths. My personal favorite is a 6 ft 9 in I made in 3 sections. I had a rod tube for a 4 piece plastic rod so I looked at what would fit the tube in a 3 piece bamboo. I took a Cattanach taper for a 6 ft 6 in and a 7 ft 3 piece rod and adapted it for 6 ft 9 in. Basically I have a butt from the 6ft 6 in and the tip from the 7 ft and the mid is a prorated version of both. It produced a sweet casting 3 wt that I use on the headwater streams in my part of the world. I have made 4 like it and another rodbuilding buddy copied it and makes it one of his regular rods he makes for sale.

If you want the taper let me know.

Cheers!

Arne

In Topic: Greenhear rod restoration

12 November 2013 - 02:26 PM

You might want to check the snakes as they are probably British twist which is opposite what we use on modern rods. Hopkins and Holloway also carry both English twist and American patterns. The old guides may be tool steel and not stainless. You may use the black chrome instead. And they will not rust. Good luck and have fun refinishing and using them

Cheers!

Arne

In Topic: Guide size on bamboo rods.

07 November 2013 - 02:17 PM

You can use either 8 or 9 guides on a 7 ft 6 in rod. Typically on a 7 ft 6 in 4 wt rod I use 3 #1/0, 2 #1, 2 # 2 and an 8 mm stripping guide. I feel that large guides make the rod look unbalanced. I also believe in graduating the size from small to large makes sense because the rod increases in diameter as you go from the tip to butt. Aesthetics are an important part of a bamboo rod.

Cheers!

Arne