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Forum: Rod Building 03-04-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Ragen
Really nice job canepole. I always look for old...

Really nice job canepole. I always look for old bamboo rods at garage sales and thrift shops. Never thought about repurposing them to a different rod though. Might have to rethink that.
Forum: Rod Building 02-19-2018, 09:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 851
Posted By Ragen
Back to working on these rods

These rods are based on a Payne 101 taper. The rods are 7'6" rods. The rod sections are each 45". The blanks are actually a little less once we take into account for the ferrules. For now 45" works...
Forum: Rod Building 01-21-2018, 10:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 851
Posted By Ragen
Split bamboo

Got the culm halves split and was just able to get enough tip strips for two tips for each rod. As I go through the process of making the rods I hope it stays that way... You just never know with...
Forum: Rod Building 01-16-2018, 09:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 851
Posted By Ragen
Flamed the culms

I've been busy with work and other home projects but I finally had a chance to finish the pre-flame node work. I flamed all 4 culm halves today. I used a Bernzomatic torch nozzle and MAP gas to do...
Forum: Rod Building 01-08-2018, 11:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 851
Posted By Ragen
In selecting the culm photo above what you’re...

In selecting the culm photo above what you’re looking at is the end grain of the culm. A bamboo culm consists of 3 parts. The enamel, the power fibers, and the inner pith. The enamel is just like the...
Forum: Rod Building 01-07-2018, 01:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 851
Posted By Ragen
Node work

Worked on the nodes for these culm halves. Of all the steps to make a bamboo rod I think this is one of the more important. If I don't get the nodes filed and smoothed correctly from the start I'll...
Forum: Rod Building 01-06-2018, 11:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 406
Posted By Ragen
Thanks almostlost. I actually prefer a simple...

Thanks almostlost. I actually prefer a simple blond rod with a no-frills cork grip. Transparent silk thread with no fancy wraps or color preserver. In the case of this rod it was what the new owner...
Forum: Rod Building 01-06-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 851
Posted By Ragen
Selected and cut the culm

I got a chance to select the culm of bamboo for the rods. I needed a culm with at least 6" of circumference around the top of the 12' culm. 2 rods with 2 tips each with 6 strips to a tip. 24 strips...
Forum: Rod Building 01-05-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 406
Posted By Ragen
Stripper guide and wraps

This is the only other photo I have of this rod. This photo was taken after the guide was epoxied but before it was dipped in the varnish tube.
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Forum: Rod Building 01-05-2018, 01:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 406
Posted By Ragen
Reel seat

Here is the finished reel seat that was on this rod
http://www.azflyandtie.com/photopost/data/500/image5.jpeg
Forum: Rod Building 01-05-2018, 07:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 851
Posted By Ragen
Yeah... Some folks think that info shouldn't be...

Yeah... Some folks think that info shouldn't be shared and that there is only one way to make a rod. In fairness it wasn't maker(s). It was "A" maker that was being a BH off site.
Forum: Rod Building 01-05-2018, 07:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 406
Posted By Ragen
The rod is complete and is already being fished...

The rod is complete and is already being fished by its new owner. I'll post an updated photo of the reel seat once I get a chance.
Forum: Rod Building 01-04-2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 406
Posted By Ragen
Just finished this grip and rod

Just finished this 7' 6" 5wt blond rod with birch bark and cork grip.
http://www.azflyandtie.com/photopost/data/500/image4.jpeg
Forum: Rod Building 01-04-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 851
Posted By Ragen
Beginning a couple of new rods

A couple of friends were recently married. They are just getting into fly fishing and spend time on the streams up north together. I was asked if it were possible to make them fly rods from bamboo...
Forum: Rod Building 01-03-2018, 07:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 337
Posted By Ragen
For Lee's I'd think you'd want a 5-6 wt in a 8'...

For Lee's I'd think you'd want a 5-6 wt in a 8' to 8.5' there are lots of tapers to choose from but I'd stick with the classic tapers.

I order 12' long culms of Tonkin cane in bundles of 10 culms....
Forum: Rod Building 01-03-2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 337
Posted By Ragen
What size/weight rod are you thinking about? How...

What size/weight rod are you thinking about? How are you expecting to use it? Fish species? Flamed or blond? "Generally" flamed has a little faster action... But some rod maker research shows that...
Forum: Rod Building 01-03-2018, 04:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 337
Posted By Ragen
The best way is to cast as many as you can until...

The best way is to cast as many as you can until you find one that fits your casting style and the water you like to fish... I split, glue, and taper my own blanks. Because I make my own bamboo...
Forum: Fly Chat 12-13-2017, 12:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 522
Posted By Ragen
UV Light

Don't want to hijack someone else's thread so I'll start a new one. I have used uv epoxies for awhile now. I originally started using Clear Cure Goo to get away from mixing 2 part epoxy and having to...
Forum: Fly Chat 12-13-2017, 11:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 642
Posted By Ragen
Spey Guy sent you a PM. I had already picked up a...

Spey Guy sent you a PM. I had already picked up a scorpion light. Tried it with Clear Cure Goo, Bug-Bond, and Loon. My old Bug-Bond light took awhile to cure the UV epoxy. The new UV scorpion light...
Forum: Fly Chat 12-07-2017, 10:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 642
Posted By Ragen
Actually this brings up a question that I have...

Actually this brings up a question that I have about UV lights. I have an old UV epoxy setting light that I need to replace. My current one is 6 or 7 years old and doesn't set the epoxy as well or as...
Forum: General Discussion 11-27-2017, 03:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 369
Posted By Ragen
There is a fly shop in Montrose (CJ's) which is...

There is a fly shop in Montrose (CJ's) which is about 20 miles or so from Delta. Whenever I'm in the area on business I always stop there. One reason is because its a mom and pop store and even if I...
Forum: Rod Building 11-10-2017, 07:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 539
Posted By Ragen
The Sir "D" taper is a Darryl Hayashida...

The Sir "D" taper is a Darryl Hayashida modification of a Cattanch 7' 4wt which itself is a cross between a P. H. Young Midge and a Cross Sylph. Darryl's new taper resulted in kind of a crossover...
Forum: Rod Building 11-10-2017, 03:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 539
Posted By Ragen
Here is a photo of the stripper guide for a rod...

Here is a photo of the stripper guide for a rod I'm currently working on. It's a 7' 4wt "Sir D" taper. Green agate stripper guide with Pearsall's Gossamer Jasper for the main wrap and Pearsall's...
Forum: Rod Building 11-08-2017, 08:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 539
Posted By Ragen
Rod photos

I want to get some better photos of the bamboo rods I make. I did a search here on the site and couldn't find much on rod photography. It's a little different then just doing a macro shot of a fly as...
Forum: General Discussion 10-20-2017, 10:47 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 214
Posted By Ragen
Single Handed Fly Casting book

Just ordered Jason Borger's new book "Single Handed Fly Casting". I'm really looking forward to reading and learning from the casting master. For those who don't already know Jason was the double for...
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