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  1. Planning to Redo a Bamboo fly rod I purchsed off of ebay

    After being out bid on many Bamboo rods on ebay. I was finaly triumphant and recieved the rod today. I was working on $50.00 budget. You may ask; why so cheep? This is the first Rod that I am attempting to do. So if I destroy the rod although disappointing it would be. It would not hurt so much economicly. I have full undersatanding of the daunting task that I am about to partake in. The rod I bought is a Shakespeare Bamboo Fly Rod model A1305B-9'. Not an overwhelming sought after fly rod. But I ...
  2. Catch & Release Vol 1

    The Evolution of a Flyfisherman

    I have been fishing for almost 37 years. I started out as I guess most fisherman do. I had my spincasting rod and reel with a bucket of worms, some eagle claw hooks, a bobber, and a dream. Over time I upgraded my equipment, my outlook, and my options for fishing. A reel spinning rod, ultralight reel, lures, moving water an hour from where I lived. Ultimately I evolved as I believe many fisherman have to the most noble of all art forms..Flyfishing. ...
  3. Building a single hand graphite rod - start to finish.

    I am not a professional rod builder, but was taught by one and I am sure there are many different ways to do these steps. This process starts after I have assembled the reel seat. I am using a pre-made cork grip. The reel seat and cork are being put on a 10' 4wt rod. The following posts (finding the spline, thread wraps, epoxy, etc.) will be on my Sage 99.

    The first step is to properly ream the inside of the cork grip. The most effective tool I have found is the Batson Reamer. JS Fly Fishing: Rod Building, Fly Tying: Batson Enterprises Dream Reamer ...