March 24, 2018

Bamboo Fly Rods

bamboo-fly-rodPurists will tell you there’s nothing like a bamboo fly rod.  The action, the feel, the finesse a bamboo rod provides are unmatched by anything synthetic.  So why don’t more people use them?

There are several reasons.  First, they’re expensive.  You will pay $500 to $2,000 (or more) for a new, hand-made bamboo fly rod.  Used ones will fetch even more (although some used ones in poor condition can be had for less.)

They require more care.  You have to treat this tool like the thoroughbred it is.  You can’t just toss it in the back of the truck and go bouncing off down the road.  As a natural material, bamboo is subject to changes in humidity and temperature.   So you must give a bamboo rod a little extra TLC.

Finally, they’re harder to come by.  Because of the expense and care bamboo fly rods require, they aren’t available just anywhere.  You can’t go to Wal-Mart and find on on the shelf.  You have to go to a reputable shop and buy from someone who knows.  Like buying any fine piece of equipment, it’s best to find a salesman who uses bamboo and knows how to sell it.  Getting the right rod is much more important with bamboo than with synthetics.

If you’re the kind of fisherman who believes that fishing is something much more than just a way to “waste” a couple of hours, you owe it to yourself to try a bamboo rod.  Just be sure, before you do, that you have some money saved up.  Because once you try bamboo, whatever you’re using now is going to seem pretty inferior.


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