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January 2006 - Issue 22

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The January, 2006 issue of Power Fibers contains:


Winston Bamboo, A Farewell  (By Joe Byrd)

As the sun rises over the picturesque Ruby Valley on February 1st, 2006, it will also set on 77 years of rod making history. 

This morning, the bamboo rod shop will be cold.

There will not be any sounds of laughter or any sounds of bamboo strips...


Mortised Rods, The 12 Strip Butt
(by Jeff Hatton)

Long held to be one of the secrets of the rod maker’s art, the 12-strip butt section or the mortised rod is one area of rod making that has not been fully explored. The inclusion of the six additional strips of hard or medium to soft woods changes the action and appearance of the rod. This style of build can be traced back to the 1870s.

Makers of the earliest mortised rods include such notable names as Hiram L. Leonard and George I. Varney, Conroy...


Another Path to Mortised Rods
(by Robert Kope)

I assume there are as many ways to make a mortised butt as there are rodmakers making them.  I think that, like Jeff, most of us had to try to figure out how to do it ourselves and we came up with different solutions.  I realized that the spaces between the bamboo strips were square, or rectangular, but I never thought to insert a dowel into the butt...


The Bellinger Experience
(by Dan Dixon)

We’ve all heard of the term “Trout Bum.”  Well, I guess I am what you would call a “Bamboo Bum.” For goodness sakes, I’ve probably read Gierach’s Fishing Bamboo about a dozen times in the last five years. Bamboo rods just have that infectious way of getting into your blood and leading you down a path from which you will never return. I purchased my first bamboo rod twelve years ago....


Getting It...
(by Todd Enders)

Rodmaking is one of those activities that, by its very nature, produces a certain amount of "introspection"...  You decide you want to make a rod, start collecting the equipment, read the books, etc., and slowly start to question your sanity and whether a mere mortal can actually do this.  So, after some soul searching, and/or encouragement from someone who is already a maker, you jump in and make a run...


Classic Taper:  Trade Rod by Edwards
(by Doug Easton)

The rod featured in this article is a prime example of the continued quality work of the Edwards family.  In the four decades they were active in rod making, these men refused to compromise quality. Many of the rods they made, including the one featured here, were sold under the names of other firms. Even though these rods didn’t carry the Edwards name....


Fall Bamboo Fishing Fantasy
(by Chris Bogart)

Every now and then there is a set of circumstances that come together to produce a memorable experience of a lifetime. Looking back on the pictures I could see it was truly a Fall Bamboo Fishing Fantasy that could not have been anticipated nor planned. It was the result of many circumstances happening....


Dip Tube Construction
(by Bill Felter)

Every now and then there is a set of circumstances that come together to produce a memorable experience of a lifetime. Looking back on the pictures I could see it was truly a Fall Bamboo Fishing Fantasy that could not have been anticipated nor planned. It was the result of many circumstances happening....


Early Western Fly Fishing
(by Peter Dallman)

Our forefathers discovered many thousands of years ago that there are very few things on earth quite as enjoyable as spending the day luring a wily fish out of his stream with a rod, line, and a fly tied to a hook. The invention of the rod was probably the first step in making fishing into a sport rather than just a means of catching fish for food. Let’s face it; you can catch a lot more fish, faster, with a net. Like bows and arrow, rods and lines are not likely to have survived for thousands or even hundreds of years, although smaller objects....


On the Use of Stress Curves
(by Bob Norwood)

Stress curves for bamboo flyrods, developed by Mr. Garrison in his book, “A Masters Guide to Building a Bamboo Flyrod,” seems to be a never-ending source of confusion. Some makers use them to modify and design their rod tapers and tout the praises of stress curves as something sent from on high for all to use to examine rod tapers and understand their every twist. Others try to use and understand them looking at each, comparing them and finally throwing up their hands....


Product Review:  Weldy Hot Air Gun
(by Chris Bogart)

For rodmakers, a good heat gun is an absolutely indispensable item. It is as an important item as his plane and forms. When I first started rodmaking, it took me less than an hour to burn up the old Black and Decker heat gun I had. I quickly went through the Milwaukee and Wagner (which makes the Milwaukee) brands in a search to find a good heat gun. My search ended when I found the Stienel brand of heat guns. They had everything I needed and then some. They have become the standard....


Testing...Testing...Nodes, That Is!
(by Gary Marshall)

The subject of nodes is one that has featured in many discussions on the rodmakers site and unless you are going to cut them out they remain a significant item to deal with in the rod making process.  The exact details of every rodmakers process will doubtless vary but the two basic camps appear to be those that just sand off the humps and those that....


The Art of the Gathering: 
Penobscot 2005
(by Bob Milardo)

They came.  I can’t say I’m completely surprised, but then back in May when the planning began I did wonder.  Planning a gathering of cane rodmakers is much like casting a dry fly when there is no hatch on.  Some years ago on the Madison, my first visit to the Barnes Pools, I met an old gentleman who was carefully wiping off his cane spey rod, an old Leonard.  As he explained it, he was practicing a bit of casting in preparation for the fall spawning runs of brown trout, big brutes that summer in the rich waters of Hebgen Lake.  We chatted a bit about the usual topics....


Classic Flies: Montreal
(by Bret Reiter & Nick Kingston)

The trout flashed in the pool as it dug deep trying to dislodge the hook stuck in its jaw.  Up and down he ran bending the South Bend 290 bamboo rod into the handle and making the Pflueger Gem reel ratchet in protest.  After what seemed an eternity to 2 young boys the fly fisherman finally slid the net under the fish and brought him to hand.  Eighteen inches of rainbow lay there in the net.  The fly fisherman went on to catch several other trout that day but none more magnificent than that rainbow.  That night would be a fine meal of fresh trout and morel mushrooms. .

That fly fisherman was my father and the 2 boys were my older brother and me.  I can still look back to that time in the late 50s....


RodDNA Workshop
(by Chris Bogart)

In this lesson, we will go over a few simple basics that will help you better utilize RodDNA. First of all, I got a call from someone who was having a problem with the last lesson. It concerning something that did not work the way I described it and he was trying to figure out what was wrong. As it turns out, he had an older version...

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