A Resurgence in Classic Split Bamboo Fly Fishing Rods

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The art and craft of split bamboo fly rods is making a comeback. Since the demise of traditional manufacturers starting in the 1940s, there has not been a practical modern alternative for split bamboo fly rods until now. The Headwaters Bamboo Rod Co. makes these rods available to the contemporary fly fisherman.

The art and craft of split bamboo fly rods, thought lost to fly fishermen, is experiencing a strong resurgence. The bamboo rod, standard fly fishing gear in the first half of the 20th century, dwindled in use starting in the 1940s with the introduction of new materials—first fiberglass and then carbon fiber graphite and boron. These new materials have never captured the wonder and awe that is inherent in the elegant split bamboo fly rod. Since the demise of traditional manufacturers, there has not been a practical modern alternative for split bamboo fly rods until now.

The Headwaters Bamboo Rod Company has re-invented the production bamboo rod shop and brought it into the 21st century. Rather than an individual maker building a single rod from start to finish with a long wait time, the Headwaters rods are built by a collection of specialists focused on creating the best value standard fly rods. The rods are consistent in quality, immediately available, and reasonably priced.

What is the allure of a split bamboo fly rod? The answer is in its make and material. Each rod is painstakingly hand-crafted, requiring detailed hand work. Split bamboo rods are created by splitting, tempering, hand planing, and gluing together six triangular tapered sections of bamboo, forming a hexagonal shaped rod. The craftsmanship is exquisite.

The material is just as unique—a bamboo species known scientifically as Arundinaria Amabilis (the Lovely Reed) or commonly as Tonkin cane grows only in a 48,000-acre mountainous region in southern China’s Guangzhou province. The species contains the most dense and strongest of bamboo fibers—power fibers—making it ideal for fly rod action.

Fly fishers that want to connect with the fly fishing past can now get a split bamboo fly rod that in every way is a rod of distinction. Once a rod is in hand, the wonder and awe that is split bamboo becomes immediately apparent. Gibbs Milliken, Product Editor for the Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine states “the new rod I tested truly comes alive in your hand.”

Headwaters bamboo rods are available for ordering on line at http://www.split-bamboo.com.

For Information Contact:

David J Rogers

Headwaters Bamboo Rod Co.

2809 NE Jackson School Road

Hillsboro, Oregon 97124

Phone: 503-809-9375


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