Fishing Tips - Bamboo Fly Fishing Rods
Beyond a doubt the best fly fishing rod material is good bamboo
properly selected, cured, split, glued, and correctly
proportioned. It possesses strength combined with lightness,
resiliency, pliancy, power and balance in greater degree than
either steel or solid woods.
Formerly anglers and rod makers could draw fine distinctions
between male and female Calcutta and Tonkin " canes," but under
present conditions good Calcutta is very rare and the word "
Calcutta " is be¬coming merely a trade term. Good bamboo of all
kinds is more difficult to obtain and a good piece of Tonkin is
better than an indifferent one of Calcutta. Male Calcutta,
however, is supposed to be superior to either the female or
Tonkin. The cheapest split cane is known as steel vine or
African cane. It is light colored and makes up into good,
inexpensive bamboo fly fishing rods.
Six Strip and 8 Strip Bamboo Fly Fishing Rods
We assume that you know that bamboo is split and then glued
together in order to utilize the hard outer enamel and reduce
the diameter of the pieces. Some rods are made of bamboo split
into six sections (hex¬agonal) and some in eight (octagonal) but
the six strip construction is more often used. Some makers claim
that the eight strip, being more nearly a true cylinder,
possesses better action but this seems to be more theoretical
than practical, while the tiny tips of an eight strip rod are
likely to be " soft" due to the comparative amount of glue
necessary to hold the pieces together. Eight strip rods cost
more than the six strip and if the angler wants a round bamboo
fly fishing rod they are preferable to the six strip planed down
as planing certainly must injure a rod. As a general rule a
well-made six strip rod leaves little to be desired.
Special Feature Bamboo Fly Fishing Rods
A novelty in bamboo fly fishing rod making is what is known as
the " double built " rods which are made of two layers of split
and glued bamboo, one within the other. They are heavier and
strong, and it is claimed, hold their shape better, than
ordinary rods and are popular for sea and salmon fishing but
unnecessary, I believe, in single hand fly rods. An English
innovation is the steel center rod which consists of a fine
piece of well-tempered steel running as a core through sections
of regular split bamboo. The makers claim this construction
gives a rod of superior casting power with only of an ounce
added weight. Friends who possess rods of this kind are
enthusiastic admirers of this construction for heavy fishing.
An American maker supplies a rod of " twisted bam¬boo " which
he claims equalizes the strain and pro¬duces better action. I
have never tried a rod of this type so am unable to pass on its
merits, but Perry Frazer, in his " Amateur Rodmaking," speaks
well of it.
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Will M has been fishing for over 10 years and picked up a lot
of good tips for catching many types of fish
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Will M has been fishing for over 10 years and picked up a lot of
good tips for catching many types of fish
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