Split-Cane Rods

"Everything I had heard was true. Split-cane is magic. It lives. I did not just cast the rod, I had a conversation with it. We became a team. It was like a well-bred horse. I had to be careful not to spook it with sudden jerky movements. I had to pay attention to its mood. The rod turned the line over smoothly and I watched the leader and fly land. The drift required a mend and to my surprise with a simple roll of the tip, the soft-action split-cane mended my line upstream without causing the fly to skip, backhop or make a ripple. By the third cast I had hooked an eighteen-inch rainbow. The cane bowed gracefully like the neck of a swan as I played the trout."
– Cast Again - Tales of a Fly-Fishing Guide, by Jennifer Olsson.

 

 

 

why bamboo

The bamboo that is used to make fly rods is a member of the grass family. It has been identified and named, Arundinaria Amabilis "The lovely Bamboo", by Floyd Alonzo McClure, a young botanist and plant explorer with the United States Department of Agriculture who was teaching horticulture at Lingnan University near Canton, China in 1925.*
Bamboo is strong and flexible, having lived its life in rain, wind, and sun. The natural light straw color when tempered or heat treated turns to a golden-honey brown. Everyone who has admired the grain pattern in a knife handle, the stock of a shot-gun, or a table top, will see the same kind of beauty in a split-cane rod. Add a cork grip, a reel seat with a hard-wood spacer, nickel silver ferrules and guides— wrapped with colored silk threads, and the fly rod becomes to the fly fisher what a Holland & Holland becomes to the hunter; a finely crafted tool for rugged use.
The casting qualities of split cane are unique. The bamboo fibers run parallel from the grip to the tip and give the rod strength and flexibility when casting, fishing, and landing. The inherent weight of a split-cane rod is also advantages in creating a smooth rhythmic cast with power for distance.
The fantastic bamboo is a material that allows the rod builder to design any taper; the possibilities are unlimited. When taken care of properly, a split-cane rod will last beyond a lifetime. This has made them collectors items as well as an investment. Bamboo built as early as 1920 are still excellent casting and fishing rods. Ultimately this is how we like to see a well crafted split-cane rod enjoyed...season after season, year after year, it should be cast over a favorite river, bend with the weight of the catch, held in the hand of a happy fisher.

*from The Angler's Bamboo, by Luis Marden  

Idsjöströmmen´s Fly Fishing offers split-cane rods in different lengths and line sizes built by Swedish and American rod builders.
Please call or write for information.
406-587-5140 USA (0)693-13056 Sweden

olsson@scandiwest.com

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