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Used equipment for sale1

Ron Kusse Leonard Mills fly reel.  With red sock.  No box.  No papers.  Appears unfished.  Some minor markings on reel.  $395.00 plus shipping.

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Used equipment for sale!

James Green 8’3″ 4 weight 3/1 Fiberglass rod.  James’ “Original” taper.  This is one of several James provided me some years ago.  Cast, but unfished.  This is less than his “A” blanks with regards to straightness in the tip.  It finished out nicely, with a Bellinger uplock slide band reel seat, an Arguello agate stripper size 8, and a James Reams Full Wells grip.  With sock and tube.  $395.00 plus shipping.

8'3' 3 piece 4 weight James Green blank

8’3′ 3 piece 4 weight James Green blank

8'3' 3 piece 4 weight James Green blank

8’3′ 3 piece 4 weight James Green blank

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