Culms prepared for next series of bamboo fly rods

Here is a group of bamboo culms selected for next series of Raine Bamboo Fly Rods.  The majority of these culms were purchased in 1998.  These were high-graded over the years, and should yield quite a few very nice bamboo fly rods!  These culms have been selected for their straight power fibers.  They started out as 12 foot culms, and were meticulously matched up for node spacing and depth of power fibers.  All of my bamboo has been purchased 50 to 200 culms at a time, assuring me that I have a great deal of material to choose from.  Not all culms are created equal when it comes to making bamboo fly rods!  I don’t let a third party tell me that what is being sent to me is an “A” or “B” grade culm.  Frankly speaking there are no “A”, “B” or “C” grades of culms.  Let’s put that to rest.   The only way to truly grade bamboo culms for their use in bamboo fly rods is to take them through the complete build process, culm to finished strips.   Some culms may be eliminated right after I put the check split in them.  Other culms may be discarded due to non-standard node spacing.  Occasionally bugs bore through the enamel of the culms making them useless for bamboo fly rods.  The list goes on and on.  What is important to remember is that my QC process goes all the way through planing the bamboo fly rod strips down to final dimension, and only then is a strip truly “A” grade.  And only those go into my bamboo fly rods.

Bamboo fly rod culms cut to length

Bamboo fly rod culms cut to length

Posted by on October 19th, 2016

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