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July 2010
Issue 40

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The July, 2010 issue of Power Fibers contains:

A New Use for Your Unwanted Bamboo

There is a small manmade lake near my home in Albany, NY, called the six-mile waterworks. It is within walking distance and right smack underneath the I 87 Northway and next to the major toll booths connecting to the I 90 NYS Thruway. It is reputed to once have had some good sized fish in it.

Sounds like an unlikely place to fish but trout are stocked each spring even though the big fish...

Classic Taper: 8’6” WeberKraft by Heddon

John C. Frost, a Stevens Point Wisconsin man, learned fly fishing in the East and brought his tackle to Wisconsin in the late 19th century. He was not a fly tier and his supply soon ran out. He found it necessary to order his flies from England, which was in many ways unsatisfactory. Fortunately for Frost, his daughter, Carrie taught herself to tie flies, and by 1896 she was tying flies professionally. This initiated an industry which prospered in Stevens Point...


Little Hollowing Jig with a Dremel

A simple but useful construction for hollow building rods in fluting or scalloping style.

Tools and materials needed...

Rodmaking 101, Part III

In the last issue we were ready to plane the inner apexes. Before we get into that I want to show a simple way to bind the sections if you do not have a binder. I use both the Garrison type and the four string binders seen....

Sharpening Bevel Up Irons

Bevel up irons have been traditionally restricted to blocks planes, shoulder planes, and a very few larger planes. The historical failure of these large planes to become more popular is puzzling in light of their apparently very good performance...

A Jig for Scallop and Dam Hollowing

It is useful to consider hollow construction for a bamboo fly rod to reduce its overall weight, and to reduce its swing weight or longitudinal moment of inertia. At the point in the construction where I would do this, I have split the bamboo into strips, straightened them, dealt with the nodes, rough beveled, and planed them to final taper. This is a lot of work. The possibility of ruining a strip...


Classic George Halstead Style Ferrules

In the previous articles, we have laid the groundwork for looking at what I call the gold standard in ferrules. This article captures our presentation at this year's Rodmaker’s meeting at Corbett Lake...


Wood Planing Forms, Part I

For those that plan on making just a few rods or can't invest in metal forms, why not make a set of wood forms. If you have access to a thickness planer and a router, it can be done for a very reasonable cost.

In this article, I will try to show how I would do it. I prefer flush screws on each side of the forms. Photo 1 shows the forms with flush screws and....


Joe’s Rod Shop Tutorials - Getting the Most out of Pen Blanks

Well, as we all know there are a bunch of nice pen blanks out there. Many of these are some of the most beautifully figured burl woods available at a good price, or maybe not such a good price. How about if you could get them for half the price? Well if you get two reel seats out of one blank, isn't that just what you have done? In my strange way of thinking...

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