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Price increase on rods in 2017

Prices will increase this year on the rods I offer.  Rods ordered after August 1 of this year will be priced as follows:

 

2/2 Configuration $2500.00  This is the deluxe version

3/2 Configuration $2750.00  This is the deluxe version

 

My local Ferrari dealership has raised its prices on its 1500 km service yet again, and I am just having a tough time making ends meet.

Thanks for your understanding.

Chris

Bamboo rod making class February 2017

Prepping nodes while making bamboo fly rod

Prepping nodes while making bamboo fly rod

Roughing strips

Roughing strips for bamboo fly rod

Bamboo fly rod building

Planing strips for butt section on bamboo fly rod

Planing tip strips for bamboo fly rod

Butt strips done, and starting to plane tip strips for bamboo fly rod

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Glue up. Big Wednesday! Butt section for bamboo fly rod getting glued up!

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Cork grip for bamboo fly rod getting glued up!

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Cleaning up rod sections for bamboo fly rod

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Wrapping guides on bamboo rod section

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Completed bamboo fly rod!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8’3″ Spring Creek Special Bamboo Fly Rod gets ferruled

Size 13 Micro Ferrule 18% Nickel Silver Ferrule Bamboo Fly Rod

Size 13 Micro Ferrule
18% Nickel Silver Ferrule
Bamboo Fly Rod

Size 13 Micro Ferrule 18% Nickel Silver Ferrule Bamboo Fly Rod

Size 13 Micro Ferrule
18% Nickel Silver Ferrule
Bamboo Fly Rod

Size 13 Micro Ferrule 18% Nickel Silver Ferrule Bamboo Fly Rod

Size 13 Micro Ferrule
18% Nickel Silver Ferrule
Bamboo Fly Rod

Ferruling an 8’3″ Spring Creek Special Bamboo Fly Rod.  2/2 configuration with Micro Ferrules built in house of 18% nickel silver tubing. The fly rod is hollow built to reduce mass.  Next step is to put a water-break finish on the inside of the ferrules in order to have maximum adhesion between the bamboo rod and the nickel silver ferrule.   The Micro Ferrules reduce weight as well as providing lesser interruption of power through the fly rod when casting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Foot 2/2 “J Rod” just finished!

Just finished!  The 8 foot bamboo “J Rod” in 2 piece configuration.  Two tips.  Reams grip, deluxe finish with pale green wraps and dark tipping.  This rod features an in-house built nickel silver set, in micro configuration.  All furniture is black chromed for a subtle yet more durable finish.  Building this fly rod is always a joy.  Extremely light in the hand, with great line control.  The blank weighs in around 2 ounces due to hollow rod construction.  Available for immediate purchase.  $2300.00 which also includes shipping and insurance.

 

Splitting Bamboo: Hand-splitting the culms into strips for bamboo fly rods

Here are the bamboo culms after their initial splitting for fly rods.  All of these larger bamboo strips will be split into successively narrower strips.  The 11 bamboo culms that I started with will be split into hundreds of strips.  Those narrow bamboo strips will rigorously inspected and any strips with defects discarded immediately.  These strips will be “hand rent” in the finest tradition of bamboo rod making.  By hand splitting and then hand straightening,  the power fibers are preserved, making for a superior bamboo fly rod.  These culms have been selected for their near identical node spacing.  Builders of bamboo fly rods in the earlier part of the last century, such as Ed Payne, used this method as well.  Consistent node spacing, even heat treating and flaming gives the builder a consistent strip with which to build.

Bamboo fly rod culms being split into strips

Bamboo fly rod culms being split into strips

Flaming culms for bamboo fly rods

The 11 culms have been flamed with a large torch.  A medium flame finish has been applied to the culms.  This produces a wonderful look on the finished bamboo fly rod.  In addition, the flaming adds some tempering to the bamboo fly rod which makes the action a little crisper.  This step in building bamboo fly rods is critical.  Too little flame applied to the bamboo culms, and the finish is too light.  Too much heat applied to the bamboo culms, and the power fibers can be compromised.  During this process, the large, 200,000 btu torch is passed over the culm multiple times.  The heat is applied in a gradual fashion so that the bamboo culms will have their temperature increase gradually, preserving the integrity of the power fibers.  Too much heat, too soon, will destroy the integrity of the vascular bundle.  Not enough heat, and the plasticizing of the lignin does not occur.

Flamed Culms for Bamboo Fly Rod

Flamed Culms for Bamboo Fly Rod

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

Olson Breaks in Raine Bamboo Fly Rod

A customer of mine has sent me a picture of his Raine Bamboo Fly Rod stream-side!  Just under 21″ and right at 4 pounds!

Customer Breaking in Raine Bamboo Fly Rod

Customer Breaking in Raine Bamboo Fly Rod

 

 

Raine Bamboo Fly Rod

Hi Chris:

Your rod arrived yesterday, just in time for me to load it in the car and leave for the East Branch. When we arrived, I put a line on it, and you were right, absolutely casts beautifully, and shooting line and distance is not a problem. Then it was off to the river on a cool June night with not a lot of hatching. Around 8:30 a few pale evening duns began, and at about 8:45, I rose and land this 18/19 inch brown on a #16 PED spinner, algae and all. Not a bad way to initiate your rod. And no trouble tiring this fish out. Finally I have two rods, both from you that, cast well, fish well, and can handle large fish, traits that I never found in cane rods before! So thanks for making it for me and when my friend tries it, hopefully he will be in touch. 
 
Best regards,
 
Tony 

 

 

Brace of Bamboo Fly Rods for Sale: Nils Patraw, Maker: Rocket Scientist, IBM, DARPA

Up for sale are two hand-crafted bamboo fly rods from Nils Patraw, Rocket Scientist.  These are well-made split bamboo fly rods built by a retired rocket scientist, with several patents to his name.  As you can see from the images, both rods have mortised butt sections.  It appears that the  ferrules are CSE and the reel seats are Bellinger.  One spacer is a nice Redwood burl, and the other looks to be Amboyna burl.  Both seats are uplock, threaded barrel.  Ferrules and guides are bright nickel silver, as well as the reel seat furniture.

 

Both are two piece, two tipped rods.  Wraps are Java Beige, with translucent finish.  The longer rod is a matte finish, and the shorter rod is finished high gloss.

 

The longer rod is 7’9″ for a 4/5 weight line.

 

The 7 footer is for a 2 weight.

 

To this day, Mr. Patraw’s whereabouts remain somewhat of a mystery, however, in his own words,

Rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated! During the 80’s as a Member of the Technical Staff of HUGHES Space and Strategic Engineering Division I wrote a research paper (white paper) on subjects of Space-borne Supercomputing. I had been attempting to solve some of the technology bottlenecks that limited speed-power/propagation delay, data throughput and power consumption problems of then current supercomputing “state of he art”. My research became funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and folded into the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Most people would remember this as “Star Wars”. My patents that are generally listed are just some of those commercially applicable. As you may guess, most of it is classified. More interesting, I think, few people know that I had a one – on- one discussion (1994) with President (“just call me Bill, Nils”) Clinton just off the tarmac at Moffet Field not far from Air Force One. I was involved with guidance electronics R&D for the THAAD Interceptor Missile at Lockheed Missile Systems, Sunnyvale, California. The Democrats wanted to cut the R&D funding of this missile because of of all the criticism of earlier programs like Patriot Missile. I remember terms like Billion- Dollar-Boondoggles, etc. The President asked me: “Nils, will these missiles ever work?” I reassured President Clinton: “With the Nations continued support, rest assured Bill, THAAD Systems will become…….”. 

So long for now folks, Please do something for your country! 

Sincerely, Nils E. Patraw January 30, 2011.

Nils Patraw Bamboo Fly Rod

Nils Patraw Bamboo Fly Rod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The asking price for each rod is $995.00