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Bamboo Fly Rod Project

EB Newfarm

Cane? I'm Able!
I based it on a Payne 98 taper with a little bit of a stiffer and longer butt section. It seems like a 4 or 5 weight depending on the line I'm using, and is 7'6". I em enjoying the process of getting to know it on small stream dry fly and soft hackle presentations.
 

EB Newfarm

Cane? I'm Able!
shoelessjoe,
Thanks for the info and the comments, I just came across your Winston set-up and photos at the classic bamboo rod forum. I have a long way to go and your kind encouragement is appreciated!
 
Thank you for the kind words, @EB Newfarm. Truth be told, there are folks on that forum who in the past 5 minutes have forgotten more than I will ever or could ever hope to know about bamboo rods. It is a wonderful forum, though it can get a bit heady & stuffy from time to time.

“...I have a long way to go...”
No, you are already there, sir - i.e., the joy is in the journey. There is no destination ... it’s not about the knowing or the having; rather, it’s about just plain ol’ being.
 

Doc4

Stumpy in cold weather
I have a long way to go and your kind encouragement is appreciated!

I can take someone who has never fished before, spend one afternoon at the lake, and teach him all he needs to know to be a good spin-casting fisherman. But getting someone to be good at fly fishing ... that is the study of a lifetime!

Methinks fly rod making is somewhat the same, in that there is always more to learn, skills to further enhance and hone, mastery to ever pursue. Congratulations and keep at it!
 
I can take someone who has never fished before, spend one afternoon at the lake, and teach him all he needs to know to be a good spin-casting fisherman. But getting someone to be good at fly fishing ... that is the study of a lifetime!

That's what has always kept me from fly fishing - but now that I'm going to be living a 5 minute drive from a pond in PEI that has 15lb rainbow trout and methinks its time to start the process of learning!
 

Doc4

Stumpy in cold weather
That's what has always kept me from fly fishing - but now that I'm going to be living a 5 minute drive from a pond in PEI that has 15lb rainbow trout and methinks its time to start the process of learning!

I may have overstated it a bit. It doesn't take decades to achieve any level of competence ... you get a handle on a few basics pretty soon ... but there's always something more to learn, always refinements on what you already have ... always new challenges and ways to get better.
 
I may have overstated it a bit. It doesn't take decades to achieve any level of competence ... you get a handle on a few basics pretty soon ... but there's always something more to learn, always refinements on what you already have ... always new challenges and ways to get better.

Yeah. I've been watching some videos online. Definitely think I can "get the hang of it" but will have plenty to keep learning
 
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