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    Bamboo Rod Article

    Which so much interest in bamboo rods on here, a Maine newspaper article on bamboo

    OUTDOORS: Fly fishermen hear the call of bamboo

    By Deirdre Fleming dfleming@mainetoday.com
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    SOUTH PORTLAND -- Bamboo fly rods run upward of $1,500 and $2,000. That's not the kind of cottage industry that would make it in a poor economy. Unless you're in Maine.


    Recently, four of Maine's most prolific bamboo fly rod makers gathered to teach, talk and maybe preach bamboo fly rod making at Maine's first Fly Fishing Show. And convert after convert stopped at their display tables to ask about the naturally grown material that forms the rods, the silk thread that colors the guides, the process that takes up to 40 hours to produce a beautiful and effective fishing tool.


    "His waiting list extends beyond his life span," said Kathy Scott, wife of bamboo fly rod maker David Van Burgel.
    It's a hobby for these craftsmen who are dentists, engineers, teachers and yes, fishermen.
    But it's a calling more than a pastime. Their work is both part of the thread of history and a celebration of their sport.

    "It's like a disease," said Joel Anderson of Auburn, who made his first bamboo fly rod in 2006.

    Van Burgel estimates there are upwards of maybe 40 bamboo fly rod makers in Maine, but less than a dozen who build rods for clients, as do he and fellow artisans Anderson, Tom Whittle and Scott Chase.

    "Often clients buy a rod and want another to fish for something else," said Scott, a fishing author. "But they're all in demand, which lends itself to them working as a community. Word travels fast about who makes them. We don't have a website. We don't do any marketing."
    The history of their craft runs back into the 1880s, back to the 1900s when Percival P. Baxter cast a bamboo fly rod into Kidney Pond, and to the 1930s when nationally known fly rod makers lived throughout Maine.

    Today, the disciples are historians who own original rods and admire the original masters.
    "A lot of them started as gunsmiths around 1865," Whittle says with a smile.

    "But the bottom fell out of that market. They knew they had to find something and they met these guys fishing in Maine. There is a long history of fly rod making, and it's still here."

    They also appreciate that today's bamboo fly rods cast, handle and perform better. Rod makers can control the taper and adjust it for rods that target different fish, be it small brookies or King salmon.

    They also can be geared toward certain flies: wet flies, streamers or dry flies.

    It's art that's engineered.

    "We use space-age epoxy, is one difference," Van Burgel said. "The old rods were slow and sluggish and would be used for trolling. These are precise. When you cast, you can feel the transmission of the line. You don't get the whip of the old rods."
    Chase, of Scarborough, a fly rod maker for 12 years, made a name for himself nine years ago after building a rod for President George H.W. Bush.
    "He never wanted another. So I'm not sure he used it," Chase said.

    Chase still donates a rod a year to The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, the classic gesture among bamboo fly rod makers.
    Tom Whittle, an engineer, moved to Boothbay Harbor from Pennsylvania but often calls home the New York Catskills, where he is something of an artist in residence at the Catskills Fly Fishing Museum and Center. He's made as many as 15 bamboo fly rods a year, but usually makes about half that many.

    Van Burgel usually makes about four to five a year.
    "I don't like to rush it," he says.
    None of Maine's four avid fly rod makers feel the need to explain the time, devotion and, at times, even money that goes into this craft. It gives them pleasure, even defines their spirit.

    "It's been said if fly fishermen are a fringe group, bamboo fly rod makers are the lunatic fringe," Van Burgel said.




    OUTDOORS: Fly fishermen hear the call of bamboo | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME

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    Re: Bamboo Rod Article

    Link Farmer Alert. A.K did you get permission to publish this piece article???


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    Re: Bamboo Rod Article

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Utah View Post
    Link Farmer Alert. A.K did you get permission to publish this piece article???
    You are the biggest CRY BABY this site has seen in a while.

    Grow up jerk.


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    Re: Bamboo Rod Article

    Quote Originally Posted by AKSkim View Post
    You are the biggest CRY BABY this site has seen in a while.

    Grow up jerk.
    Im sorry were you talking to yourself?


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    Re: Bamboo Rod Article

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Utah View Post
    Link Farmer Alert. A.K did you get permission to publish this piece article???
    Johnny, I'm gonna try to explain this if possible.

    If you go to a yankee game, and bring a case of soda and a few dozen hot dogs and sell em, you'd get kicked out.

    I'm not saying it's right...

    But the reason there are 60,000 hungry people ready to buy your dogs is because of the brand that the Yankees built.

    Same goes here.

    You post links here bc NEFF attracts a large audience.

    The NEFF brand took 10 years to build.

    You can self promote here within reason.

    Just use common sense.

    But don't free ride on the neff brand name: either post the whole story here or nothing at all.


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    Re: Bamboo Rod Article

    So what your saying John, is that its ok for people to post links to promote other people and other peoples sights, but self promoting isnt allowed. Doesnt make much sense. But ok.


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    Re: Bamboo Rod Article

    Quote Originally Posted by AKSkim View Post

    "It's like a disease," said Joel Anderson of Auburn, who made his first bamboo fly rod in 2006.


    "It's been said if fly fishermen are a fringe group, bamboo fly rod makers are the lunatic fringe," Van Burgel said.




    OUTDOORS: Fly fishermen hear the call of bamboo | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME
    So very true. Nice article



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    Re: Bamboo Rod Article

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Utah View Post
    So what your saying John, is that its ok for people to post links to promote other people and other peoples sights, but self promoting isnt allowed. Doesnt make much sense. But ok.
    Johnny...

    Let's say I own a sports bar.

    You come in and distribute Free tickets to tue Yankees game.

    That's cool.

    But let's say you come in to my bar.

    With a flyer that says they can get free tickets to the Yankees game at your place.

    All my business gets up and leaves.

    That sucks for me, no?

    I don't have a problem with you giving away tickets, but either give el all away at my place, or nothing at all.

    So long as you don't lead people away from my establishment, do whatever you want on your own website...

    But it ain't fair to promote at my place and take my business away, is it?

    No.


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    Re: Bamboo Rod Article

    Quote Originally Posted by golden beetle View Post
    Johnny...

    Let's say I own a sports bar.

    You come in and distribute Free tickets to tue Yankees game.

    That's cool.

    But let's say you come in to my bar.

    With a flyer that says they can get free tickets to the Yankees game at your place.

    All my business gets up and leaves.

    That sucks for me, no?

    I don't have a problem with you giving away tickets, but either give el all away at my place, or nothing at all.

    So long as you don't lead people away from my establishment, do whatever you want on your own website...

    But it ain't fair to promote at my place and take my business away, is it?

    No.

    I don't know why you even bothered the second time.

    Johnny Jerk is simply thick headed.

    One dimensional mind.


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    Re: Bamboo Rod Article

    Id rather be a thick head jerk then a hypocrite, A.K.. Dont worry ill continue to call you out on YOUR link farming. Its only fair. I mean i didnt like having to click that link to read the full article. Sound sorta familiar? Hypocrite.


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    Re: Bamboo Rod Article

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Utah View Post
    Id rather be a thick head jerk then a hypocrite, A.K.. Dont worry ill continue to call you out on YOUR link farming. Its only fair. I mean i didnt like having to click that link to read the full article. Sound sorta familiar? Hypocrite.
    You are so blinded by your hurt feelings little boy you fail to see the difference.

    You link to your blog, then on the shout box sell flies.

    DC asked if you are going to link and make a profit, then he should be compensated for you using NEFF to conduct business.

    Unlike you I don't have a blog, and I don't have any merchandise that I wish to sell via NEFF.

    I linked a newspaper article on bamboo rods I found of some interest, that I must say a goodly number of the members of NEFF have a slight interest in.

    So Pinhead how is my link and your link related?

    You want to put money in your pocket at the expense of DC's board, that costs him time, money to maintain and operate, and you want to make money using it, but not willing to pay for that privilege.

    As far as you outing me, you are totally delusional.

    Unlike you, I didn't try to hide the fact I wanted to make money off NEFF and pay the owner his rightly share, I have nothing to sell.

    As far as clicking on any link I put up, because you didn't go and read that article... you hurt my feelings.

    Lastly, the more you post the more you sound like KLG Neighbour.


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    Re: Bamboo Rod Article

    A.K your whole wrap is BULLSHIT! I dont solicited people. I was asked and i answered. Im not here on neff to sell anything. I dont link to make profits you moron. My Postings are not to try and sell flies either. I link and post fly tying tutorials because i enjoy sharing fly tying information. I am positive you can ask anyone and they will say that i dont solicit. Im sick and tired of assholes like you that think i only post for my own self gain.

    I will no longer post any fly tying information here. Everyone can thank you for that.

    You dont have anything to sell is correct. You give your dignity away for free.


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