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Dark Cloud

Bamboo?

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Anyone in here ever work with bamboo? I bought a "cheap" blank off the net last year and have not built the rod. Basically its borderline junk and I dont want to put the time in on the rod for it to maybe not be useable. I want to build a nice boo but dont want to spend 500-1000$ on a blank. Im not interested in building the blank from scratch yet either. I guess I should either play the lotto or start saveing pennies...

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My only boo experience has been in trying to repair the tip section of an older factory boo rod I've been fishing with. What's your questions? You would use a static distribution test to set the guide spacing, wrapping would be the same (except for using silk), finish is a bit different, you can mount handles the same if you want or file out hex holes and then mount the blank on a lathe to turn. There are a few web sites that go over most of the processes and a couple of good books on the subject.

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What's your questions?

Just bringing up bamboo as a subject. Wondering if anyone has done any, experiences, photos, ect...

Still hunting around for a reasonable blank also...

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Well, the boo fly rods sure are fun to fish with. I like the slower action most of them have as it forces you into a rather comfortable casting stroke. Lamiglas, IIRC, has a series of honey colored fiberglass blanks that are suppose to invoke a certain sense of booness and have an interesting look. It would be interesting to build a few and compare an older boo rod with a rod built on the hsolist blanks, vs some slower action fiberglass, etc.

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Dark Cloud, I sent you an email with some contact info for a guy who builds some really nice bamboo rods.

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DC,

I've got some good info for you here. We've GOT to get together!

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Hi DC

Yes I think it would be worth your time to build your bamboo rod.

Like you- about a year ago I built a bamboo rod using an "inexpensive blank" (6.5 foot, 5 Wt., 2 tips) purchased off the internet. I just wanted to see if my moderate rod building skills were up to the task of working with bamboo. Also I did not want to invest a lot of $$$ in an expensive blank and mess it up. I was extremely pleased (he said modestly) with the outcome. It is a pretty rod and it fishes really nicely.

You will learn a lot about working with bamboo, and have a quite nice rod. (A fellow can never have enough fishing rods). I am feeling brave enough now to attempt repairs on an antique rod I have saved for 30 years, and maybe build a good one someday.

Here is a HSOforum forum I found extremely helpful and informative:

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have fun-

Dan N

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