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How to Choose a Bamboo Rod

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: I need to get a bamboo rod, but a couple hours of Internet research has left me as confused as when I started. How do you know which one to get? Joe F., Los Angeles, CA Answer: First of all, whom are you kidding? You don’t need a bamboo rod; you want a bamboo rod. I’m...

Thomas McGuane in "Trout Grass"

This clip from "Trout Grass" features author and fly fisher Thomas McGuane tying flies and discussing the merits of bamboo rods with fellow author David James Duncan. "Trout Grass" is an elegantly crafted tribute to building and fishing bamboo rods, and features extensive footage of master craftsman Glenn Brackett and discussing the process of creating rods...

Choosing Cane

WRITERS AND ENTHUSIASTS have been so busy describing the recent "resurgence" of bamboo in the fly-fishing world, it's easy to forget that cane rods never actually went away. The truth is, there is no more versatile rod-building material than bamboo, which is why it's been so successful. The stuff's been ripped, planed, and glued together into fly rods since...

Casting a Spell: The Rod That Won the East

EUSTIS'S INNOVATIVE use of heat had the effect of turning bamboo a deep, dark brown, right to the core, and his neighbor and onetime partner soon began advertising rods of the same color. But Fred Thomas's "Mahogany" model only looked the same. "The Mahogany rod was just stained brown on the outside," Streamer [Bill Abrams] said. "It took Thomas another...

How It's Made: T&T Bamboo Fly Rod

THE BASICS of factory-made bamboo fly rods, shot at the Thomas & Thomas shop.