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    Well I'm a fisherman, and that is first class work.

    I had a couple split bamboo fly rods as a kid. One got broke by a big ol' catfish, the other by a largemouth bass. Twas my own fault for using them improperly.... Or maybe they just weren't up to the task that I put them to. Like the wrong weight rod, for the application of larger flies and poppers, for bass, pike, and steelheads.

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    Stunning craftsmanship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolodave View Post
    Beautiful work.
    Good split bamboo rods make razors look cheap. 30 years ago, a "nice" one was $800.

    Does he sell them?
    Occasionally he will sell one. It is not a business but rather a hobby for him that has been going on for 20 years now.
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    By the way, each of the leather rod tubes/bags is made for a specific rod's length . Thus no sloppy movement.

    If you want to contact him just send me a PM.
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    Yes, amazing work. As a leatherworker i can really appreciate the craftsmanship of those tubes. I there a seam the length of them? Nice rods too BTW,
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    Your brother is an incredible craftsman, Randy (as are you-it must run in the family). To master numerous materials and crafts like that is just amazing. Though I have fly-fished for years, I never tried bamboo, only modern graphites. As I like slower rods, I'm sure I would love bamboo.

    I'd be afraid to carry one that nice into the streams I fish, which often require bushwhacking (with the occasional broken tip over the years).
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    Quote Originally Posted by tintin View Post
    Yes, amazing work. As a leatherworker i can really appreciate the craftsmanship of those tubes. I there a seam the length of them? Nice rods too BTW,
    Yes, there is a seam the entire length. I apologize for not taking a pic of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScoutHikerDad View Post
    Your brother is an incredible craftsman, Randy (as are you-it must run in the family). To master numerous materials and crafts like that is just amazing. Though I have fly-fished for years, I never tried bamboo, only modern graphites. As I like slower rods, I'm sure I would love bamboo.

    I'd be afraid to carry one that nice into the streams I fish, which often require bushwhacking (with the occasional broken tip over the years).
    My brother will appreciate your comments. He has mastered my different skills and that pleases me a whole bunch. I cannot compare with him on that but thanks for the compliment.


    Just out of curiosity, what weight rod do you use? 3 wt, 4 wt etc? and what kind and size of fish do you go after?
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    Great to see these old crafts kept alive.
    They are a work of art.
    Fly fishing is really popular in New Zealand and the old split bamboo rods are very collectible.
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    That’s pretty amazing Randy. Thanks for sharing.
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