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July 2005 - Issue 20

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The July, 2005 issue of Power Fibers contains:


Building a Power Beveling Mill on a Budget  (By Robert Holder)

When I was starting out working on my first rod I quickly realized that my wrist was not up to the task of planing for any length of time.  So after reading several posts from members of the Rodmakers list about this neat contraption called a Morgan Mill, I went looking at them to see if the mill could help me when roughing out and building a rod.  On my small "Rod Building" budget I quickly realized...


The First Italian Rodmakers Gathering
(by Marco Giardina)

After three weeks of very nice weather the forecast predicted rainy days in Tuscany. I’ve been driving for three hours along the highway from Naples, in heavy traffic, lorries in a row, work in progress, and three car accidents at least, to block the traffic. Suffice it to say that now, one hour distant from Sansepolcro, the venue for the first Italian meeting of bamboo rodmakers for fly fishing, I realize I forgot the rack...


What’s it Worth to You??
(by Nick Kingston)

First, before I start on this article I should set out my position. For myself, any fish I catch on a fly is the end result of a rapidly narrowing set of already difficult circumstances.

A rod has had to be made, and in my case when fishing for trout, it’s a bamboo rod 90% of the time. The rod not only...


Feathering & Crowning Ferrules
(by Tony Spezio)

Feathering and crowning ferrules used to be a tedious job for me until I came up with this way of doing it. I started doing this with a drill press before getting a lathe. It is much easier doing it with a lathe than a drill press.

An arbor and inserts are used....


Rodmaking Stupidity
(by Jeff Wagner)

Ok, some time back I wrote an article about the various types of rod-builders. It was all tongue in cheek, but some folks took offense, apparently thinking I was making fun at their expense. I promised I'd write an article about my own rod-making stupidities so that people could laugh at me, and here it is.

No, this isn't an article about minor shop errors like cutting sections too short (done that!) or dropping sections into the dip tube
(ditto!). This is about colossal stupidity


Silk (The essence of Quality & Luxury)
(by Dennis Conrad)

Silk is a highly valued animal filament, comprised mainly of protein, secreted by silkworms when spinning their cocoons: it is also the name for threads, yarns and fabrics made from the filament. Cultivated silkworms, Bombyx mori, that have been fed the leaves from white mulberry trees, Morus alba, produce most of  the commercial silk. Their silk, which is made up of thin white filaments, is known as Bombyx; it is used for the production of luxurious threads, yarns and fabrics of the highest quality. Several species of wild silkworms produce  a coarse silk that is known as Tussah. Wild silkworms feed on oak, cherry, and mulberry leaves....


Canadian Cane 2005
(by Frank Paul)

Exciting, fun, informative, pleasure – all these and more describe the 2005 Canadian Cane Rod Gathering for this “new
rodmaker.”  The hosting location is outstanding, with generous space for interaction with established presenters and rod makers.  The Grand River Conservation and Bellwood Lake Conservation areas respectively, provide outstanding fishing


Classic Flies: Paramachene Belle
(by Bret Reiter & Nick Kingston)

When I first started tying flies I set out to tie every fly that was in Ray Bergman’s book Trout. Now mind you I had no idea how many flies there were in that book or how many different types of materials I would need.  I started out with real simple stuff like Leadwing Coachman, Partridge and Orange and other simple flies.  Then I stumbled onto a fly that had different colors in the wing and I thought now this is one fly I have to learn.  The red and white wing intrigued me and I thought to myself “how in the heck did they do that?”  After studying the book and reading the different techniques I though that this can’t be that hard to learn.  What the heck was marrying feathers anyway?  Try as I might the first sets of wings were always way too big for the size fly I was tying and the ends I was trying to tie down were....


RodDNA Workshop
(by Chris Bogart)

This is the first in a series of step-by-step “How To” primers for Rod-DNA. This is intended to be a series of primers that will build upon the previous one to help people master all the capabilities within Rod-DNA. Following my first overview article on Rod-DNA in PowerFibers on-line magazine, I was asked to do this series; it was initially put to me as do a “Rod-DNA for Dummies”. In reality, it is easy for people to get overwhelmed by all the capabilities of Rod-DNA. I proposed a series of short “how to” articles that will do a specific step. Hopefully, this series of articles will help remove some of the intimidation.

One of the most common initial questions...

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