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January 2002
Issue 6

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The January, 2002 issue of Power Fibers contains:

JW Flyrods - JW Bamboo Mill

Several issues back I reviewed the JW Rod Wrapper for you, and since that time I have had several folks contact me about the rod wrapper: wanting to know if I was still satisfied with it. And to make my answer to all of you “short and sweet” I am extremely satisfied with it. Satisfied enough that I use my other wrapper only for turning blanks....

Displacing Nodes

When I made my first rod, I just sanded off the nodes. I thought it would be the easiest way to handle them. The rod turned out well, but I wasn’t happy with the large nodal areas on the finished rod.

Then, I started doing the nodes dry and pressing them...


The Reiter Bamboo Oven

I have long been searching for the ideal way to heat treat and temper my rods. I have tried flaming, air gun ovens, flaming on both pith and enamel sides and building nodeless rods with the heat treating being done in my kitchen oven. I have never found flaming only to deliver...

The Wolverine Creek Rod

This issue’s rod is called Wolverine Creek. It is an 8 1/2’ three piece 9wt rod. I designed the rod for salmon fishing in Alaska. It is also a great rod for our great lakes steelhead. It is a much modified Dickerson 8615 7wt. First I changed the rod....

Barb-B-Que Your Way to a Perfect Rod

Somewhere after fly tying and all the related stuff that goes along with it, you know the point where some room in your house contains feathers and carcasses...

Building Wooden Planing Forms

Building your own wooden planing forms is not difficult but it is time consuming and exacting work. Having the proper tools available is helpful. Some tools you can get by without, and extend the building time, however I don’t see how you can do this project without...


Silk vs. Plastic Lines: Casting and Line Splash: A Practical Analysis

Two of the aspects of using silk line vs synthetics with bamboo rods has always been the reputed ease of casting and the “stealth” capability of silk. My limited experience with the medium confirms these claims, and being an engineer I started looking for reasons behind those characteristics. Now you can look...


The Dilemma of Heat-Treating Cane for a Bamboo Fly Rod

Getting the straight answer on how to heat treat cane can be a confusing and laborious task. Everyone has a method; some will hold back key information. Many rodmakers claim to achieve good results by using 375 degrees for 7 minutes or so. Others do not heat treat at all. Well when I attempted some of the methods...


Ferrule Making 101

One of the more expensive pieces of hardware that goes on a bamboo rod is the ferrule. With a little practice, good ferrules could be made at home at a fraction of the cost. The ferrules I make are built on the SuperZ specification invented by...

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