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Brown Trout, Schliske Bamboo, Punk Rock, and Beer. Sweet!

The above title = ‘Nuff said. Check out the reel-scream at 01:48! Go see Matt’s amazing rod builds at www.bamboo-fisher.com. Like I said, sweet!

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Bring The Noise!

Last Sunday saw me back up on the headwaters for yet another ass kicking. After preparing my gear the night before everything looked set for a fantastic day out, then Mother Nature went and dumped a deluge of water onto the Brecon Beacons (like the sneaky bitch playful scamp she is) while I was sleeping. […]

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New Trout Season to Center Stage Please

It’s finally here. The long winter of forced abstinence has lifted and we’re once allowed back onto the small streams which we love so much. The excitement, in all honesty, had been building since the previous October, but the final week had been an almost torturous affair, with time grinding to a halt seeming to […]

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The Split Cane Project: Beauty Arrives

IT’S ARRIVED AND, BY GOD, AM I IN LOVE!!! John Gierach made an interesting remark in one of his books which sums up the joy of having a custom made, and hand built rod created for you: Waiting a year or more for someone to make you the rod you want is an interesting exercise […]

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New Photo Gallery (The Split Cane Project)

See the gallery by clicking here or by clicking the ‘Photo Gallery’ tab at the top of this page and selecting the ’09/2009 – The Split Cane Project’ gallery. Turning one of these… …into one of these…

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The Split Cane Project: Completion

After an amazingly quick 41 days, the new stick is complete and, as you can imagine, I am now stupidly ever so slightly excited for the rod to arrive…the next 5-7 business days (while the rod makes it’s way across the Atlantic) are bound to be the longest days ever. It should arrive just in […]

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The Split Cane Project: Phase 9 – Inscriptions

Report and all images courtesy of Robert Farrand of Split Cane Blanks. Another quick update: Now that I have taken care of other business, I am back working on Gareth’s fly rod. I have both tips wrapped and I am putting on some of the final touches before I finish the threads and the whole […]

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The Split Cane Project: Phase 8 – Thread Wrapping (Part II)

Report and all images courtesy of Robert Farrand of Split Cane Blanks. Just a quick update: I have wrapped the base and one tip and have one more tip to wrap. Wrapping very fine silk can be slow and time consuming, it would be much easier to wrap with standard nylon thread, but it would […]

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The Split Cane Project: Phase 8 – Thread Wrapping (Part I)

Report and all images courtesy of Robert Farrand of Split Cane Blanks. After I ferruled and fit the blank, I dipped the blank for the first time in marine grade spar varnish as this helps to protect the blanks from the ambient moisture in the work area and give me a good base to wrap […]

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The Split Cane Project: Phase 7 – Reel Seat

Report and all images courtesy of Robert Farrand of Split Cane Blanks. Having cut the ferrule station on the base section and installed the female ferrule, I am waiting for the epoxy to cure before continuing the ferruling. This will give me time to concentrate on the reel seat. Gareth indicated to me that he […]

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