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October 2006 - Issue 25

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The October, 2006 issue of Power Fibers contains:

 

Rodmaker Profile:  Bill Fink  
(By Tom Smithwick)

Bill Fink began building bamboo fly rods in the early 1960’s. At the time, he could already claim 25 years experience as a fly fisherman, and was also an accomplished water fowler and upland bird hunter. Bill worked for RCA as an engineer at the time, and wanted the challenge of seeing if cane rods could be improved by the use of modern building techniques, and scientific analysis of the rod tapers. Bill credits the books...

 

Hex Hits Grayrock: Grayrock 2006
(by Tim Cammisa)

Depending on how you read this  story’s title, a couple conclusions can be drawn.  Some see “Hex Hits Grayrock” and immediately call to mind the Bamboo Gathering held this summer in Michigan.  Others fondly reminisce of the prolific Hexagenia hatch found on certain Michigan rivers, such as the Manistee and Au Sable.  A few lucky people, including myself, were fortunate enough...

 

Ferrule Making with Nickel/Silver Tube
(by Alan Kube)

Making ferrules from nickel silver tubing consists of basically three steps.  First, make the female ferrule.  Second, make two male ferrules and third, lap the males to fit the female.  The female ferrule consists of a male ferrule soldered into a sleeve to accept another male ferrule and a welt soldered onto the sleeve of the female to reinforce the end of the female ferrule.  It is a relatively simple process and, except for the shortage of nickel silver tube, should be considered by all rodmakers who have access to a lathe.  Other than the self-gratification of making most of the parts on your rods, the benefit..

 

Classic Taper: Divine Fairy Rod
(by Doug Easton)

Fred Divine was always known as an innovative rod maker.  He began advertising lancewood rods in 1882 and began making split bamboo rods shortly thereafter. Unfortunately he was killed in a freak factory accident in 1900, meaning that most of the production of Divine fly rods occurred after his death.

Michael Sinclair, author of the book, Fishing Rods by Divine, divides the production of the Fred D. Divine Rod Company into three periods: the early period....

 

Lament for the Makers
(by Tom Goodmann)

George Black has been a journalist and editor for many years, writing on international relations and human rights issues for The New York Times, The Nation, and numerous other publications, and is the author of several books.  He also edits OnEarth magazine, the publication of the National Resources Defense Council.  Two years ago he published The Trout Pool Paradox, one of the best recent studies in environmental history, exploring why....

 

First Swiss Rodmakers Gathering
(by Phillip Sicher)

Rodmaker gatherings have a long tradition in the United States. Discussions are always the best occasions for progress. Europe has been rather undeveloped in this matter so fare. Most often only small groups have met for experiences exchange.  But the American rodmaker scene has always been followed carefully by the Europeans. It’s of great need to exchange experiences in bamboo rod building that these gatherings occur. Due to this fact, the idea came up to organize the first international meeting....

 

Low Cost Reel Seat Mortiser
(by Tony Spezio)

When I turned my first reel seat I needed to cut the mortise. Not having a setup to do this, I thought I would improvise with what I had lying around the shop. I had a couple of inexpensive trim routers, a 11” X 12” piece of plywood, some oak strips and blocks and a length of 3/8" steel rod. I had purchased a "Finger Nail" bit, part #1215 a while back on a trip to Grizzly Tools in Springfield. It cost about $15.00.  The text and photos shown in this article are past and present versions of this setup.

The 11” X 12” piece of plywood made the table. The oak strips made the fence....

 

RodDNA Workshop:  The “Golden” 30 Feet
(by Chris Bogart)

In RodDNA, as with HexRod and other programs that use the Garrison Stress Curve calculations, users really do not comprehend the stress curves and they really don’t understand the stress curves. There is a lot of misunderstanding, bunk and just plain falsehoods out there on stress curves. It is a complex topic that leaves most people scratching their heads. This article will stir the pot a bit and start to explain what I have learned about using Garrison Stress Curves in Rod Design and Analysis (RodDNA). It wasn’t until I did Beta Testing for Max Satoh’s DynaRod that I had the tool to prove what I knew to be true. Then everything came together and I can now present the case for using the Golden 30’ in Rod Design.

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