So last weekend I got a new and my first ever bamboo rod it's a 7 9 5 wt made by Ron Bennett I understand he past not too long ago and honestly it is the most beautiful fly rod I've ever put my hands on. It is hod Payne model. If any one out there has any info or tips please let know
A few tips :
1) Don't fish "BB shot" on the rod.
2) Make sure rod is dry when you put it in tube. Store rod in tube with lid removed during off season.
3) Don't yank on rod when you get a snag. (aim rod at snag and pull line)
4) Keep ferrules clean.
bamboo rods are great, that's all use. I have one custom, 1 vintage rod that's been refurbished, a 1935 Shakespeare, and a 1952 Heddon. I also use the old Pflueger Medalist reels. I fish everything from panfish to steelheads with them and really enjoy them.
a nice rod. He tweaked many original tapers to come up with possibly a better casting rod. I once cast many of his rods- liked some.... I employed him for some scarfing of tip sections of rods I was working on and was happy with his quality... Rich R. is correct with his tips. I'd like to add the fact that you CAN fish them in a downpour, extreme cold or hot temps with little worries. I cover the rod tube with blankets or clothing in the hot summer to prevent the varnish on the extra tip from melting in your car. I NEVER walk through a door with the rod assembled, as the door closes much quicker than you think!! NEVER twist the sections like you do when you assemble/disassemble graphite rods. You'll fracture the bamboo right at the ferrule joint IF you twist! Straight in, straight out when you line up the guides. Never use a snake guide as a hand stop. Hold the rod under your arm pit with one hand while pulling straight out with your other hand while in an open area. Assemble tip to mid first, THEN mid to butt section. Opposite when taking it apart. Your rod should be the LAST thing you do before going fishing. Put the rod away FIRST when done fishing. There's no sense leaning the rod against a tree while you undress. Badd juju happens, boss.....
PM me your address and email. I'll send you a pamphlet of the "Do's and Don'ts of caring for bamboo rods. I've restored/refurbished over 400 'boo rods, so I have a little clue as to what they need! )