NEW SPLIT CANE BAMBOO FLY RODS

BY

DON ANDERSEN

May 28, 2022

 

Good Morning,

Here is hoping you and your family are well. Sandy and I are both  boostered and doing well with no virus infections so far. We avoided a couple of close calls over Christmas by staying

       home rather than visiting family where both our daughter and her daughter were infected Christmas eve and our son and his daughter several days later. They all have recovered with no apparent

                                         lasting effects.

Now to the rod building.

It been a year of contrasts. I finished a 9’0” 3-piece scalloped hollow built for a 2/3 weight this fall. Took it for a lawn test where I liked the 2 weight better. However, as the rod was designed

for the European method of nymphing where a extremely heavy nymph is lobbed rather than cast, lines are rarely out of the rod enough bend the rod. I was hoping to test run it on flowing water

but the great fall fishing on lakes and ponds got in the way. Also, on the bench are a number of rods.This include a 6’0” 3 piece 2/3 weight, a 7’0” 2 piece 3 weight, a 7’6” 3 piece 4 weight, 7'9" 5 weight and

a 8’0” 3 piece 4 weight. Three of the 4 are scalloped hollow build design. The rods are done and as soon as they can be test cast, all will be listed on the site.

 

Keep well all,

 

Don

                        

          

  Rod Serial # 017222H -  2/3 weight

 This taper was a chase to develop a light line rod for fishing tiny creeks with dry flies. I cast a 2 weight perhaps 25 years ago and liked the idea although the rod was a tad bit slow for my liking. After building 5 rods in the 2 weight configuration, I finally arrived at the taper presented below. It has severed me for many years catching trout up and down the eastern slopes of Alberta. As there seems to be a tend towards multi piece rods, the rod was created a a 3 piecer. Further, the rod was scalloped hollowed to further reduce both rod weight and swing weight. I tend to like the 2 weight line on the rod although in a test cast last week, a 3 weight worked very well.

                       
Length
6'0'
Serial #
017722H
Line Weight
2/3wt.
Pieces
2 pieces c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Double rings
Insert Wood
Zebra
Handle Type
Cigar
Ferrules
Classic Sporting Super Z
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Spar Varnish
Wrappings
Tan c/w burgundy trim wraps
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New


                                    

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                                                          Price $1800 - SOLD

 

Rod Serial # 018421 – 3 weight

I was looking for a shorter bamboo rod for those little streams we all like to fish. Starting with a

Payne 98 taper, it was modified for the scalloped hollowing process and the taper was smoothed

slightly. The rod casts a 3 weight great in my lawn test the other day.



Length
7'0'
Serial #
018421
Line Weight
3wt.
Pieces
2 pieces c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Double rings
Insert Wood
Zebra
Handle Type
Cigar
Ferrules
Classic Sporting Super Z
Strip Guide
Hopkins and Hollowary ceramic bridge guide
Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Spar Varnish
Wrappings
Tan c/w burgundy trim wraps
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New

                                                        




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                                                          Price $1650

 

Rod Serial # 029016 – 4 weight

This is one of two rods built in 2016 utilizing the Jim Payne 100 taper. Lawn cast, it and smooth and wil reach out to 60’ readily. It is a joy to cast.



Length
7'6"
Serial #
029016
Line Weight
4 wt.
Pieces
2 pieces c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Andersen style cap and ring
Insert Wood
Zebra
Handle Type
Cigar
Ferrules
Classic Sporting Super Z
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Perfection
Rod Finish
Spar Varnish
Wrappings
Tan c/w red trim wraps
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
No


                                                      

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                                                    Price $1500 - SOLD


Rod Serial # 019022H – 4 weight

Utilizing  a known taper of Jim Payne’s 100 series, I modified it slightly for the scalloped hollowing process. The rod was built in a 3 piece rather than it’s two piece parent.

Like all Payne tapers, it cast quite well with accurate casts over 50’ without a lot of effort.


Length
7'6"
Serial #
029022H
Line Weight
4 wt.
Pieces
3 pieces c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Bellinger Downlocking Nickel Silver
Insert Wood
Imprenated Burl
Handle Type
Cigar
Ferrules
Classic Sporting Super Z
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Spar Varnish
Wrappings
Tan c/w red trim wraps
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New



Click on above for larger image

Price $1800 - Sale Pending - SOLD

                                    



Rod Serial  # 019615  - 5 Weight.

 

Today was a lucky find. Decided to check the web site reality against the rods in storage and I found a rod that I’d built in 2015 and never put up for sale. So out to lawn it went after checking the “build sheet” for the taper. It was a Payne 102. Did a quick net search and found several people who thought the rod was a medium fast 5 weight. After casting it for some time, I can only agree. 20>60’ casts with ease. A great taper.


Length
8'0"
Serial #
019615
Line Weight
5 wt.
Pieces
2 pieces c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Andersen Cap and Ring Style
Insert Wood
Zebra
Handle Type
Cigar
Ferrules
Classic Sporting Super Z
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Spar Varnish
Wrappings
Tan c/w brown trim wraps
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New

                                                       

                                                    

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Price $1500



Serial Number 019622H - 4 Wight

This rod was a delightful experiment. Utilizing my popular 7’9” 5 weight taper extending it 3” and slimming the taper resulted in a fine 8’0” 4 weight rod. Like other rods I’m building presently, this rod is scalloped hollow built in a 3-piece configuration.



Length
8'0'
Serial #
019622H
Line Weight
4 weight line
Pieces
3 piece c/w 2 tips
Reel Seat
Bellinger downlocking nickel silver reel seat
Insert Wood
Imprenated Maple Burl
Handle Type
Cigar
Ferrules
Classic Super Z's
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Spar Varnish
Wrappings
Tan c/w orange trim
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New



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Price $1800







Rod Serial # 039618 – 4 Weight

This rod is one of two that were “scalloped hollowed”. Utilizing the same taper for a 3 piece rod, I constructed a two piece rod. The swing weight saving was

More than the equivalent the 2 piece construction. The rod was lawn cast and seemed very light in the hand.


Length
8'0'
Serial #
039618
Line Weight
4 weight line
Pieces
2 piece c/w 2 tips
Reel Seat
Bellinger downlocking nickel silver reel seat
Insert Wood
Walnut
Handle Type
Cigar
Ferrules
Classic Super Z's
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Spar Varnish
Wrappings
Tan c/w brown trim
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New

                                           

                                                       

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                                                    Price $1650      

                            

Rod Serial # 029615 – 3/4 Weight

This taper was provided to me by one of the most innovative eastern US bamboo rod builders. – Tom Smithwick. This is a honey of a taper. I have test cast this rod with both 3 and 4 weight double taper lines and they work very well. This year, with Tom’s consent, advice and support I made two similar rods. One butt section supported two tips, a one weight and the other tip, a two weight. The other butt section had also two tips, one in a 3 weight and the other in a four weight. Both rods found good homes immediately. Rather than attempt another 1/2 weight rod that would be seen as many as a novelty, I chose to build the original 3 weight taper. Tom cautioned me that he found the rod carried a 4 weight as well and he was bang on.

                                        
Length
8'0" Serial #
029615
Line Weight
3/4 wt. Pieces
2 peices c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Andersen style cap and ring Insert Wood
Spalted Sycamore Imprenated
Handle Type
Cigar Ferrules
Classic Super Z's
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Spar Varnish Wrappings
Tan c/w Brown Tipping
Fittings Blued
No Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overebag
No Amount Used
New


                                                      

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                                                        Price $1500 - SOLD

                            

                                

Rod Serial # 019321H 7’9” - 5 Weight

This is a 3-piece configuration of the very popular 7’9” 5 weight rod of which I have made about 50. The blank is scalloped hollowed to reduce swing weight. The hollowing requires a slight compensation in the taper. The rod was lawn cast and feels very light in the hand. I made several casts >60’ and the rod tracks very accurate.





Length
7'9" Serial #
019321H
Line Weight
5 wt.
Pieces
3 piece c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Andersen Style Cap and Ring
Insert Wood
Zebra Hardwood
Handle Type
Cigar
Ferrules
Classic Super Z's
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Sapr Varnish
Wrappings
Tan c/w red trim wraps
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New
 
                                                      

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                                    Price $1800




Serial Number 019322H 7’9” – 5 Weight

As I had some time this past winter, I decided to build another 7’9” rod similar to the one above. It seems like I cannot keep this rod in stock. This rod follows a near 40 year history with over 50 of it’s ancestors somewhere fishing.




Length
7'9" Serial #
019322H
Line Weight
5 wt.
Pieces
3 piece c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Bellinger Downlocking Nickel Silver Reel Seat
Insert Wood
Impregnated Burl
Handle Type
Cigar
Ferrules
Classic Super Z's
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Sapr Varnish
Wrappings
Tan c/w red trim wraps
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New


                                                      



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                                      Price $1800


                                                       CROSS OVER RODS



Rod Serial # 019618 – 6 Weight

This taper was developed for fishing the windy areas of southern Alberta. It is a mild parabolic taper derived from Paul Young tapers. After making several of these, I finally got a taper that I was happy with. The rod was named after a lot of playing with the taper. It is called THE PLAN. I have now built two of this taper for the 2017-18 season. One is offered for sale and the other became a donation rod to the Edmonton Trout Unlimited Chapter Lloyd Shea Fund.


Length
8'0" Serial #
019618
 Weight
6  weight
Pieces
2 pieces c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Andersen Cap and Ring Insert Wood
Maple
Handle Type
Half Wells Ferrules
Classic Sporting Enterprises Super Z
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Spar Varnish
Wrappings
Tan c/w dark brown tipping
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New

                                                                                              

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                                              Price $1500 - SOLD

Heavier Trout or Lake Rods


                              This is a series of rod tapers that have been designed to cast 6 weight lines. Personally, the 6 weight lines covers all my needs.

                              When I fish lakes, I generally have two rods strung ready to go. One with floating line with either a floater, hover or 

                              rate 2>6 sinking line.



                            

Rod Serial # 029611 – 6 Weight

This is a Dickerson 8015 taper than was new to me and from the butt section dimensions, it should and does cast like a cannot. While I’ve heard this taper is rated for a 6 weight, I think a 7 weight line would work as well.  The rod casts very well to 75’ or so.


Length
8'0"
Serial #
 029611
Line Weight
6 weight line
Pieces
2 piece c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Andersen Cap and Ring Insert Wood
Zebra
Handle Type
Full Wells
Ferrules
Classic Super Z's
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Perfection
Rod Finish
Hand rubbed Oil Finish
Wrappings
Tan wrapping with brown trim
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New


                                                      

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                                            Price $1500  - SOLD                       


Rod Serial # 049610 – 6 Weight

This rod is a personal favorite taper. The Para 15 developed by Paul Young many years ago is described as a Parabolic taper. I use this rod for fishing trout lakes. My personal rod quiver contains 4 of these rods and over the past 15 years have delivered yeoman performances all over Western Canada.

          
Length
8'0"
Serial #
049610
Line Weight
6 WT.
Pieces
2 pieces c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Andersen Cap and Ring
Insert Wood
Mesquite
Handle Type
Western
Ferrules
Classic Super Z's
Strip Guide
Mildrum Carboly
Snake Guides
Perfection
Rod Finish
Sapr Varnish
Wrappings
Tan wrapping with brown tripping
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New

                                                                             
                                                                        

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                                        Price $1500 - SOLD

Rod Serial # 029919 – 6 Weight

This taper was created by west coast angler John Bokstrom. John’s taper was designed for cutthroat fishing in the Harrison River and sloughs of the Fraser River when the Coho fry emerge. This rod throws a 6 weight line with authority. This first rod of this taper I  built was a request for Mrs. Denny for her husband. The Denny’s ran the best fly shop Ive ever been into. Several years alter I was contracted to build another for a family member of the Dennys. I’d forgotten how much I like this rod and made three of this taper. Two of them have already found homes. I use two of them for lake fishing.



Length
8'3'
Serial #
029919
Line Weight
6 weight line
Pieces
2 peices c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Down Locking Reel Seat
Insert Wood
not sure
Handle Type
Western
Ferrules
Classic Super Z's
Strip Guide
Hopkins and Holloway
Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Spar Varnish
Wrappings
Tan wrapping c/w red tipping
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Overbag
No
Amount Used
New

                                                      

                                   

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                                        Price $1500


                                               All the above rods are FOB my shop. Delivery is via courier with shipping anywhere in North American costing about $140 CDN.

                                All pricing is in Canadian Dollars. To get an updated currency quote use: http://www.xe.com/ucc/

                                Note: A price increase was necessary. I've held my prices for the last 20 years while all the materials required to build them have

                                increased.  As a result, my base price is increasing to $1500 with 3 piece rod adding another $150 and hollowing construction a further $150.