This is awesome
Used dark Tonkin instead?
The little ... very little ... I know about fly rod making includes the notion that "Tonkin cane" is better than other varieties, but it comes only from a small area in southern China, and shortly after the Communist take-over in 1949 became "unobtanium". I believe it again became available toward the end of the 20th Century, and am curious as to how available it is now, and whether the OP is using it for his rod in this thread.I have a great mentor who I call many times a week in a panic about how I must have goofed up, and he talks me through the process.
Thanks for sharing this process! I have never fly fished, only using floating bait with a cheap old Zebco for the most part. I am amazed at how TINY the tip must be. Color me impressed my friend. Wow!