SPLIT CANE BAMBOO FLY RODS

 BY

DON ANDERSEN



updated May 20/18

It has been a busy winter with a number of repairs into the shop. As well as replacing rods sold and doing some custom building, I built three rods that are "hollowed" out. While they are not hollow from end to end, I left small dams between the hollows. The hollowing idea is not new to me however. I was not convinced that there was any real advantage as amount of cane had to be increased in the rod to off-set the removal of the pith material. Further, I wondered how a "hollowed rod" would stand up. I built a Paul Young Para 15 taper two winters ago and have pounded the devil outta this rod over the past year. The rod has landed <> 700 trout with many over 5 lbs. The answer seems to be the rod held up.The rod felt a little lighter in my hand.
So I decided to built threerods last winter. Two of them are eight foot - one is a 2 peice and the other three. There is a reduction of rod weight of about 3/8 of an oz.  The other is a custom rod that is off to Australia. Three piece four weight.
The two of them just got them finished and they are listed below. The extra cost of the rod reflects the extra effort and tooling required for the hollowed out rods.


Rod Serial #029313 - 5 weight


This this the five weight version of the Edmonton Trout Unlimited Series that I featured last year.  


Length7'9"
Serial #029313
Line Weight5 wt.Pieces2 pc c/w 2 tips
Reel SeatAndersen style cap and ringInsert WoodZebra
Handle TypeCigarFerrulesClassic Super Z's
 Strip GuideMildrum CarbolySnake GuidesPerfection
Rod FinishSpar VarnishWrappingsLight Tan c/w red tipping
Fittings BluedNoFlamed CaneNo
Rod BagYesAluminum CaseYes
Rod Case Over-bagNo
Amount UsedNew


Price $1350.00



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Rod Serial # 039313 - 4 weight

This is the 4 weight version of the 7'9" Edmonton Trout Unlimited Taper.



Length7'9"
Serial #039313
Line Weight4 wt.Pieces2 pc c/w 2 tips
Reel SeatAndersen style cap and ringInsert WoodZebra
Handle TypeCigarFerrulesClassic Super Z's
 Strip GuideMildrum CarbolySnake GuidesPerfection
Rod FinishSpar VarnishWrappingsLight Tan c/w brown tipping
Fittings BluedNoFlamed CaneNo
Rod BagYesAluminum CaseYes
Rod Case Over-bagNo
Amount UsedNew

Price $1350.00
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Rod Serial # 019314 - 3 weight

This is the 3 weight version of the 7'9" Edmonton Trout Unlimited Taper.


Length7'9"
Serial #019314
Line Weight3 wt.Pieces2 pc c/w 2 tips
Reel SeatBellinger down locking Nickel Silver
Insert WoodImpregnated walnut
Handle TypeCigarFerrulesClassic Super Z's
 Strip GuideMildrum CarbolySnake GuidesPerfection
Rod FinishSpar VarnishWrappingsLight Tan c/w brown tipping
Fittings BluedNoFlamed CaneNo
Rod BagYesAluminum CaseYes
Rod Case Over-bagNo
Amount UsedNew




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Price $1350.00




Rod Serial # 017814 - 3 weight

Several years ago I was asked by a customer to work up a taper for a 6'6" rod in 3 weigth. This is the rod. Like the orginal it cast very well upwards to 50' with the ability to throw tight loops occasionally required for small stream work and pin point casting.


Length6'6'
Serial #017814
Line Weight3 wt.Pieces2 pc c/w 2 tips
Reel SeatDouble slide band of Nickel Silver
Insert WoodZebra
Handle TypeCigarFerrulesClassic Super Z's
 Strip GuideMildrum CarbolySnake GuidesHopkins and Holloway
Rod FinishSpar VarnishWrappingsLight Tan c/w brown tipping
Fittings BluedNoFlamed CaneNo
Rod BagYesAluminum CaseYes
Rod Case Over-bagNo
Amount UsedNew



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Price $1350.00




Rod Serial # 029016 - 4  weight

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

Length7'6"
Serial #029016
Line Weight4 wt.Pieces2 pc c/w 2 tips
Reel SeatAndersen style cap and ringInsert WoodZebra
Handle TypeCigarFerrulesClassic Super Z's
 Strip GuideMildrum CarbolySnake GuidesPerfection
Rod FinishSpar VarnishWrappingsTan c/w red trim
Fittings BluedNoFlamed CaneNo
Rod BagYesAluminum CaseYes
Rod Case Over-bagNo
Amount UsedNew



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Price $1350.00 

Rod Serial # 039618 - 4 weight

This rod is one of the two that were contructed "hollowed out". Utilizing a know taper that carries a 4 weight line, I made up the rod. As the rod is 3 peice, the weight savings are not as much as in the 2 pc. rods. The blank was 3/8 oz. lighter than similar blanks not hollowed. The rod cast quite well and I like it enough to make more of them during 2019 building season.

Length8'0"
Serial #049618
Line Weight4 wt.Pieces3 pc c/w 2 tips
Reel SeatCap and Ring
Insert WoodZebra
Handle TypeCigarFerrulesClassic Super Z's
 Strip GuideMildrum CarbolySnake GuidesHopkins and Holloway
Rod FinishSpar VarnishWrappingsTan c/w red trim
Fittings BluedNoFlamed CaneNo
Rod BagYesAluminum CaseYes
Rod Case Over-bagNo
Amount UsedNew



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Price $1550.00

Rod Serial # 049618 - 4 weight

This rod is one of the two that were contructed "hollowed out". Utilizing the same taper for the 3 piece rod, I contructed a 2 piece rod.The weight saving was somewhat more as the rod was of 2 piece contruction.  Took the rod for a lawn test the other day and I found it also seemed light in the hand. It felt similar to the 3 piece rod above.

Length    8'0" 2 piece rod c/w 2 tips

Reel Seat is a Cap and Ring
Reel Seat wood insert is Zebra
Handle Style is Cigar
Ferrules are Classic Super Z's
Strip Guide    Mildrum Carboly
 Snake Guides    Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish    Spar Varnish   
Wrappings    Tan c/w red trim
Fittings Blued    No    Flamed Cane    No
Rod Bag    Yes  
 Aluminum Case    Yes
Rod Case Over-bag    No
Amount Used    New



Price $1550

The "Original"



Rod Serial # 029317 - 5 weight

Just completed this rod in Feburary/17 and is ready for a home. The taper  one of two done in the 7'9" 5 wt. configuration  Over the past 30 years I've built upwards of 50 of these rods and to date this taper has comprised near 25% of all rod built.


Length7'9"
Serial #019316
Line Weight5 wt.Pieces2 pc c/w 2 tips
Reel SeatAndersen style cap and ringInsert WoodZebra
Handle TypeCigarFerrulesClassic Super Z's
 Strip GuideMildrumSnake GuidesHopkins and Holloway 
Rod FinishSpar VarnishWrappingsTan c/w brown tipping
Fittings BluedNoFlamed CaneNo
Rod BagYesAluminum CaseYes
Rod Case Over-bagNo
Amount UsedNew



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Price $1350.00 
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Rod Serial # 029615 - 3/4 weight

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



Length8'0"
Serial #029615
Line Weight3/4 wt.Pieces2 pc c/w 2 tips
Reel SeatAndersen Style Cap and RingInsert WoodSpalted Sycamore Impregnated
Handle TypeCigarFerrulesClassic Super Z's
 Strip GuideMildrum CarbolySnake GuidesHopkins and Holloway
Rod FinishSpar VarnishWrappingsTan c/w brown tippings
Fittings BluedNoFlamed CaneNo
Rod BagYesAluminum CaseYes
Rod Case Over-bagNo
Amount UsedNew

PRICE $1350.00



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Rod Serial # 019615 -5 weight

This taper is a Jim Payne Model 102 which is popular in many areas due to it's casing ability.The popularity is deserved.
I'd add the rod to my personal stable but the corral is getting a tad full of 5 weights. I'm offering it for sale.
This taper is quite stiff and dry fly guys would enjoy it a lot.

Length8'0"
Serial #019615
Line Weight5 wt.Pieces2 pc c/w 2 tips
Reel SeatAndersen Cap and Ring style
Insert WoodZebra
Handle TypeCigarFerrulesClassic Super Z's
 Strip GuideMildrum CarbolySnake GuidesHopkins and Holloway
Rod FinishSpar VarnishWrappingsTan c/w brown tippings
Fittings BluedNoFlamed CaneNo
Rod BagYesAluminum CaseYes
Rod Case Over-bagNo
Amount UsedNew

PRICE $1350.00


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Rod Serial # 049615 -5 weight

This rod is a Dickerson Model 8013 1949 series. It is somewht stiffer than other Dickersons. I test cast it with both 5 and 6 weight lines. Both performed well although I'd like the 5 weight for dry fly work. Even dealing with a cross wind, the rod cast the 5 and 6 weights over 65 feet when using a light haul. The rod features a full wells grip of slightly larger diameter than my typical handles. Two rods of this taper were built. Pictures of the other rod will appear in the Custom Builds sectiion of the home page. To get a sense of the taper, see: http://www.carlinbamboo.com/essays/deflection.htm




Length8'0"
Serial #049615
Line Weight5/6 wt.Pieces2 pc c/w 2 tips
Reel SeatAndersen style cap and ringInsert WoodRibbon Marple Impregated
Handle TypeFull WellsFerrulesClassic Super Z's
 Strip GuideMildrum CarbolySnake GuidesPerfection
Rod FinishSpar VarnishWrappingsTan c/w brown tippings
Fittings BluedNoFlamed CaneNo
Rod BagYesAluminum CaseYes
Rod Case Over-bagNo
Amount UsedNew

PRICE $1350.00



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The Cross over Rods


This taper was developed for fishing the windy areas of southern Alberta. It is a mild parabaolic derived from Paul Young tapers.  After making several of these I finally made one I was happy with. And so it was called THE PLAN.
I built two of this taper in the 2017-18 season. One is offered for sale and the other is a donation rod to the Edmonton Trout Unlimited Chapter Lloyd Shea Fund.



Length
 8'0"
Serial #
 019618
Line Weight
6 weight
Pieces
 2 pieces c/w extra tip
Reel Seat
Andersen style cap and ring
Insert Wood
Zebra
Handle Type
Half Wells
Ferrules
Classic Sporting Enterprises Super Z
 Strip Guide
Midrum Caraboly
Snake Guides
Hopkins and Holloway
Rod Finish
Varnish
Wrappings
Tan c/w dark beown tipping
Fittings Blued
No
Flamed Cane
No
Rod Bag
Yes
Aluminum Case
Yes
Rod Case Over-bag
No
Amount Used
New



PRICE $1350.00



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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 the lakes, I generally have two rods strung ready to go. One with a floating line and the other with either a floater, Hover line or a rate #2 clear camo.


Rod Serial # 029611

This is a Dickerson 8015 taper that is a new one to me and from the butt dimensions, it will and does cast  like a cannon. While I've heard that the taper is rated for a 6 weight, I would think that it could carry a 7 weight as well. The rod casts very well out to 75' or so.

Length8'0"Serial #029611
Line Weight6 wt.Pieces2 piece c/w 2 tips
Reel SeatAndersen style cap and ringInsert WoodZebra
Handle TypeFull WellsFerrulesClassic Super Z's
 Strip GuideMildrum CarbolySnake GuidesPerfection
Rod Finish Hand rubbed Oil finishWrappingsTan wrappings c/w brown trip wraps
Fittings BluedNoFlamed CaneNo
Rod BagYesAluminum CaseYes 
Rod Case Over-bagNo
Amount UsedNew

PRICE $1350.00


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Rod Serial # 049610

This rod is a personal favorite taper. The Para 15 is described as a Parabolic Taper and  I use this rod for fishing trout lakes. My personal arsenal contains 4 rods of this taper and over the past 15 years have delivered yoeman performance all over Western Canada.

Length 8'0"Serial #049610
Line Weight6 wtPieces2 piece c/w 2 tips
Reel SeatAndersen style cap and ringInsert WoodMesquite
Handle TypeWesternFerrulesClassic Super Z's
 Strip GuideMildrum CarbolySnake GuidesPerfection
Rod FinishVarnishWrappingsTan wrapping c/w brown tipping
Fittings BluedNoFlamed CaneNo
Rod BagYesAluminum CaseYes
Rod Case Over-bagNo
Amount UsedNew


PRICE $1350.00





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All the above rods are FOB my shop. Delivery is via courier with shipping anywhere in North America costing about $100.00

Note: Pricing is in Canadian Dollars. To get update currency conversion use: http://www.xe.com/ucc/


Call or email for information

Contact information:


donandersen@bamboorods.ca
403-845-2069

Don Andersen





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