BAMBOO OR BAMBOOZLED?
I admire bamboo fly rods created by exceptional craftsmen of yesterday and today. I have owned some and coveted more. But, I think it is time to tell the truth about bamboo fly rods.
Photo Trophy Rainbow Trout Caught Near Tooele County
Using A Composite Fly Rod
Oooooops, The Bamboo Fly Rod Bent...Permanently
Recently, I happened to run across two articles about bamboo fly rods; the first described how to “straighten” a bent bamboo rod and the second rhapsodized about the joy of fishing with the “Stradivarius” of fly rods.
If You Like Your Fly Rod To Function Like A Wet Noodle Then Bamboo Is For You
There is a very good reason why many fisherman of my generation do not fly fish: Bamboo Fly Rods. Back in my youth, just about every store sold these contraptions. They usually came in a fancy case or bag. They were anywhere from 12’ – 16’ long and were little more than a long noodle. Like lures designed to catch fishermen rather than fish, these rods were designed more to be sold, rather than actually fished.
Casting A Bamboo Fly Rod Was Torture, Unless Your Were The Marquis De Sade
Photo Nice Big Rainbow Trout Caught In Winter Near
Salt Lake City Without A Bamboo Rod
didn’t notice. In the meantime, if you hadn’t dozed off waiting for it to alight, you were generally so distracted that when and if a fish actually took your dry fly, you struck. Several seconds later, the force of your strike actually moved your fly and jerked it a few micro millimeters; long after the fish had disappeared forever.
The Crook In My Bamboo Gives It Character