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    Re: Larry Donahe

    Congratulations on your new boo GB. Hope you have many years of enjoyment with it.

    As per tomfly's suggestion; I like the idea of building a bamboo from a blank since I don't have the time to split cane until I retire.

    Does anyone know about the quality of bamboo blanks available?

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    Re: Larry Donahe

    Larry pretty much documents the whole build for his clients...


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    Re: Larry Donahe

    Quote Originally Posted by Barleywine View Post
    Congratulations on your new boo GB. Hope you have many years of enjoyment with it.

    As per tomfly's suggestion; I like the idea of building a bamboo from a blank since I don't have the time to split cane until I retire.

    Does anyone know about the quality of bamboo blanks available?
    J.D. Wagner sells high quality blanks at very reasonable prices.

    He'll be at Somerset for sure.


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    Re: Larry Donahe

    For what you pay to have a custom handmade Bamboo Flyrod made. You should always get a quality rod sock and Tube as well as documentation on paper signed by the rodmaker. Beetle I reallly like the green/black thread wraps.Not so sure about Green Agate stripper. But this rod is very attractive. Since it is a hollow built, is it also a parabolic action? What are you going to line it with? getting a new reel for it?


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    Re: Larry Donahe

    Quote Originally Posted by Lonewolve View Post
    For what you pay to have a custom handmade Bamboo Flyrod made. You should always get a quality rod sock and Tube as well as documentation on paper signed by the rodmaker. Beetle I reallly like the green/black thread wraps.Not so sure about Green Agate stripper. But this rod is very attractive. Since it is a hollow built, is it also a parabolic action? What are you going to line it with? getting a new reel for it?
    The rod sock is custom embroidered and absolutely beautiful, and it does come in a rod tube of course.

    As to the action of the rod, I plan to fish it on the Swift next weekend, weather permitting, and I'll post a report!!!

    You seem to know your fair share about boo rods!

    I've cast a few "parabolics," and can't honestly distinguish that class of rod from others.

    The idea behind hollow building is to remove the core fibers, which are pith and don't provide the power to the rod.

    Power fibers are not removed during the hollowing process...

    So the strength to weight ratio is improved...

    As to line - no idea!

    But I may get an Ari Hart reel to match it!!!


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    Re: Larry Donahe

    Ari Hart? How about a nice Saracione , Peerless, or a Hardy St Aidan,maybe a Bougle.IMHO click n pawl is the way to go on most fly rods. Drags are not necessary unless you fish the bigger rivers like: Delaware and it branches,Lehigh,West Branch of the Penobscot,Kennebec,Androscoggin.

    Recently I have become a big fan of the Wulff Triangle taper, also I understand alot guys like the Cortland Sylk lines on their boo as well as the Triangle taper.


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    Re: Larry Donahe

    Quote Originally Posted by Lonewolve View Post
    Ari Hart? How about a nice Saracione , Peerless, or a Hardy St Aidan,maybe a Bougle.IMHO click n pawl is the way to go on most fly rods. Drags are not necessary unless you fish the bigger rivers like: Delaware and it branches,Lehigh,West Branch of the Penobscot,Kennebec,Androscoggin.

    Recently I have become a big fan of the Wulff Triangle taper, also I understand alot guys like the Cortland Sylk lines on their boo as well as the Triangle taper.
    I don't like click and pawl reels unless I'm fishing for the smallest brookies.

    The Donahe bamboo is an 8' 5 weight, and I plan to fish it on the D.

    Classic click n pawl reels are not my thing!

    I prefer fishing bamboo, and that's why I buy it.

    Disc drag for me on any reel designed for 4 wt line and above.


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    Re: Larry Donahe

    LW, here's the Ari Hart reel I'm thinking about...


    It has a sealed disc drag.

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    Re: Larry Donahe

    Congrats on the new boo, looks great. Love the agate stripers on bamboo rods.

    I've never casted a bamboo rod. Afraid I might like them too much and go bankrupt buying a few.


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    Re: Larry Donahe

    Nice rod, love the green wraps. Good luck with it, post some fish pics with the rod.

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    Re: Larry Donahe

    Quote Originally Posted by Zonk View Post
    Congrats on the new boo, looks great. Love the agate stripers on bamboo rods.

    I've never casted a bamboo rod. Afraid I might like them too much and go bankrupt buying a few.
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