Bamboo rods for the rest of us.
Fish-Tested fly rods.
This web site contains information about building, buying,
owning, fishing, and caring for bamboo fly rods.
The Shop Cat
|About the Rods
Fish-Tested bamboo fly rods are hand planed from Tonkin bamboo. Each step of the building process requires attention to detail. Only a few tapers that have proved to be popular with fly fishers are built. Each rod is tested and approved by fish before it's sold. Rods are warranted for defects in workmanship or material. Custom hardware and grips may be ordered to specification.
Modern Bamboo rods are the grandchildren of fly rods by such builders as Gillum, Payne and others. Almost all modern tapers start with the taper of one of the golden age fly rods. They're a direct link to our fly fishing heritage. However, most modern rods aren't just copies of successful rods of the past. Nor will you find the old 9 ft "willow branch" that were so commonly mass produced. New material, new techniques and new understanding make today's fly rods some of the best bamboo ever rods built. Although some Salmon and Steelhead rods are being built, most rods are shorter, crisper, "dry fly" designs.
Fish-Tested rods owe their feel to a combination of the tapers of the old masters and the demands of the modern fly fisher. Fish-Tested rods are meant to be fished, all day, every day.
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All fly rods, whether made of graphite, fiberglass, steel, greenheart, Ironwood or bamboo have a "feel" about them. Bamboo is said to have one of the best "feels" of any material. Bamboo is lighter than many traditional rod building materials but still has '"body." It's possible to feel the rod as it flexes. And while there are a limited number of mass-produced graphite rod tapers available, there are an infinite number of tapers available to the bamboo builder. Some find bamboo a link to fly fishing's rich history. But the main reason is, bamboo rods are just fun to fish.
"Why don't the BIG BOY'S make bamboo any more?"
"Why do bamboo rods cost so damn much?"
"I notice that your fly rods are much less expensive
than other rods. Why is that?"
"Most modern bamboo rods seem to be 8 ft or
less. Why aren't bamboo rods as long as graphite
"Isn't it true bamboo rods are slow and hard to cast?"
"Aren't Bamboo rods much more likely to break than
"Where's the hook keeper?"
If you want a hook keeper, let me know. they're
inexpensive and I can include one at no charge.