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 Post subject: Building a bamboo rod.
PostPosted: March 28th, 2018, 6:50 pm 
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So I entered the world of bamboo rod building a little over a year ago, and I finally finished a few weeks ago. I had a ton of help from a friend, I don't think I could have done it with his assistance. I do have to put one more coat of varnish on the butt section, but I'll still be fishing it this Sunday! I built a Payne 102, 8' 5wt, and hollowed it. I must admit, the first few days of working on it we really overwhelming. All these numbers getting thrown around and then you start to realize how much time and work actually goes into bundling a rod, from scrscratch. It took me a lot longer then it should have, I lost track of how many hours I have in it, but I think it was 170 or so. It's not perfect, but I'm happy with how it looks, and more importantly, how it casts. The varnish went on a little thick, and kinda crinkled as it dried, but only on the thread wraps. I thought about stripping the varnish, and thread wraps off and redoing it all. But.... I'm gonna fish it and maybe strip it in a year or two, after it has some miles on it. I'm not able to post pictures here, but here's a link to my Facebook post about it.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2080649595298164&id=100000594320281&comment_id=2080662368630220&notif_t=feed_comment&notif_id=1522268209565511&ref=m_notif&mds=%2Fsharer-dialog.php%3Ffs%3D8%26fr%3D%252Fstory.php%26m%3Dpage%26sid%3D2080649595298164%26_ft_%3Dtop_level_post_id.2080649595298164%253Atl_objid.2080649595298164%253Athrowback_story_fbid.2080649595298164%26internal_preview_image_id&mdf=1

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PostPosted: March 28th, 2018, 10:16 pm 
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Peter, there is a site called "The Classic Fly Rod Forum". They have sections that answer just cane fly rod builders questions. Might be of some help in the future?


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PostPosted: March 29th, 2018, 6:51 am 
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My hat's off to you... The first time for anything takes longer but that process seems like it would take many tries to get it right. I'd say you've done very well for yourself.

It's cool enough catching fish on your own flies, but your own rod, wow!


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PostPosted: March 30th, 2018, 6:14 am 
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That's quite an accomplishment. From what I've read just getting setup takes some doing. That first fish should be quite a memory.


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PostPosted: March 31st, 2018, 8:24 pm 
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Congratulations, Peter!

Couldn't get your link to work, but I know the rod is wonderful.

Kat


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PostPosted: April 1st, 2018, 8:30 pm 
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Thanks all,
It fished wonderfully this morning, couldn't manage to find a willing fish, but the rod handled great and felt amazing.
Kathy, sorry the link didn't work for you, just have to check it out at next year's Superboo!

Peter

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PostPosted: April 3rd, 2018, 8:18 pm 
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Hey Peter -

Kudos on completing and fishing your bamboo rod. (Saw your picture in the PPH yesterday as well!)


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