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  • #5563

    MICHELQUEBEC
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    Hi, I read that some of you guys fish with Bambou rod, I would like to have one, but they are very very expensive and here in Quebec Canada, it’s almost impossible to have one, except at Orvis store.

    I fishing with a Sage Flight 8,6′ #3, I like very much this weight for trout, I own just this rod, but Bambou interest me, in the future. So do exist a Bambou rod with reasonnable price ?

    #5564

    Dark Waters
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    Hello Michel,

    They do exist, it’s hard to say what you would like, versus what I would like, etc. Rods can be pretty personal choices. I was interested in them for a few years before I finally tried one. There are many different makers, used rods, etc. The best thing is to familiarize yourself with them in person and cast them, if that is possible.

    The last two I bought are both very old rods, not in perfect condition but fine fishing rods. The first cost me half of what a new Sage or Winston fly rod costs, and the second, about the same, though some graphite rods probably cost more now.

    I had a Sage Flight 8’6″ 5wt that I really enjoyed fishing not too many years ago. It is really what got me back into fly fishing and where I am now. A very sensitive rod with a fish on.

    #5565

    Creek
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    What do you call reasonable?

    #5566

    MICHELQUEBEC
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    Reasonnable I think for me its the price near a good graphite rod, I saw on the web some rod at 2 at 3 thousand, I know that these rod are peice of art more than just a rod, I would like to have one butr … question of walet !

    Dark Waters, you have 2 bambou rod, wow !

    One day perhaps I will find a good deal and have the chance to tried one, I like the classic rod and reel!!!

    #5567

    Scotty MacFly
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    Michel, I got my rod built by Chris Lantzy in Pennsylvania. This rod is quickly becoming my favorite rod to fish with. He has three series of rods, and will make you a rod in any taper you want.

    The three series are the Prudential, Classic, and Custom. You can get a Prudential series rod in the mid $500 in US dollars. Mine is between the Classic and Custom series, so it cost a little more. Here’s his site if you’re interested.

    http://flyrods.weebly.com/

    Also, look at the Classic Fly Rod Forum. It’s basically bamboo enthusiasts, and they always have rods for sale. Some members there do make rods and sell them at reasonable prices as well, so not all rods costs $1000’s. There are many rod builders who have very affordable prices.

    http://classicflyrodforum.com/forum/

    #5570

    MICHELQUEBEC
    Participant

    WOW the web site of Chris Lantzy is beautiful, simple, good design, beautifull photos (I know I’am a graphic designer), Is web site inspires confidence.

    I Like the Prudential and the Classic, His rod seem to bee well done, wth precision and beautifull finition,
    I thing my next rod will be one of these. I dont know when, but I will have a good reason to save my (fishing) money.

    Thank you Scotty for these lot of information very appreciate !

    #5571

    Scotty MacFly
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    You’re welcome. Chris is a great guy to work with, and he will be making my next rod. But again, there are many great builders out there who offer prices like these, but it takes time to find them. I was lucky. Read all you can on Chris’s web site if that’s who you do decide to go with so you get a jump on what to expect. In fact I’ll be e-mailing him tonight, because I’m sending him a box of flies just to say, “thank you.”

    #5572

    MICHELQUEBEC
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    I live in Quebec Canada, and I think he live in Pensylvania just below NY state for me going to is place it’s possible, I think is about perhaps 6 hour of traveling, I go sometime at NY state to Ausable river near Willmington for fishing trout.

    I dont know the guy but just seeing is website, normaly a well done web site reflect the quality of is work and is rod.

    Ok its expensive for me, with canadien money it cost me 25% more than is price list, plus shipping , plus custom fee., I have no choice because here we dont have bambou rod maker.

    Its great of you to send him a box of fly for thanks…bravo !

    #5573

    Scotty MacFly
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    Before you make a trip, e-mail him and talk to him. Like I said, he is a pleasure to work with, and he will always answer any and all of your questions. And if he seems good to you, make the trip down.

    Here are some Canadian bamboo rod makers, but they are on the west side of Canada.

    http://bamboorods.ca/

    Here’s a list of makers here in the U.S., some are expensive, but some are not so bad. Maybe you can find one closer to you, and if you do, ask if you can try casting some. If you do visit Chris Lantzy, I know he will let you try some out.

    Click on Rod Makers in the top left corner.

    http://www.bamboorodmakers.com/links.html

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by  Scotty MacFly.
    #5575

    MICHELQUEBEC
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    Thank Scotty I will write to this group to know if they are some Bambou rod maker in Canada,, I find one in BC Vacouver.

    http://www.jmreidbamboo.com

    Thanks

    #6288

    Bamboo46
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    4# is my favourite from 6ft to 7ft9′, you can probably tell from my user name bamboo is the material of choice for my rods . I do have a 3# 6ft6 rod for fishing small streams in England . I generally prefer 4# rods for smaller rivers and streams I love to fish In Australia ( where I live). I do like 5# and 6# rods for larger rivers but my real passion is fishing small freestone rivers and streams with dries . I like the versatility of the 4# light enough for small fish but with enough backbone for windy days and larger fish. I don’t think you get that in 3# or lighter rods + I return all I catch and therefore like to get my fish in quickly so I can get them back to the river in a healthy state .

    #6289

    Bamboo46
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    Try Marshall Gregory for a lovely rod ,very reasonable priced ,in my opinion his rods are worth more than he sells them for I’ve seen and cast rods that aren’t as nice as his but sell for 3 times what Masshall sells his for .

    #6290

    Scotty MacFly
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    I only have the one bamboo rod that’s a 4wt. I think you are right about the 4wts being versatile because where I am at in Colorado with all the creeks and mid sized rivers, the 4wt is the ticket.
    I am considering a 3wt as well in a fast action because of the winds, but a 3wt is a 3wt, and 3wts don’t do well in wind at all from what I have experienced. But I do love ultralight gear for the smaller water. I can’t afford a quiver of boo rods, so my selections have to be precise and final. I like softer rods for my 3wts personally, so going for a fast 3wt is out of the norm. I guess I could get a medium action 3wt and just use the 4wt when wind does pick up.

    Oh, by the way, welcome bamboo46.

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    #6293

    Bamboo46
    Participant

    Thanks for the welcome Scotty , if a 3# bamboo rod is what you want have you considered a glass rod instead,very robust, full flexing and cheeper than boo ,well worth considering . Perhaps hold off until you can save enough for that special bamboo rod, that’s what I would do . I’m saving at the moment for another 4# stick ,this time next year I’ll be able to get the exact rod I want built to my specifications. Somethings are worth the wait .

    #6294

    MICHELQUEBEC
    Participant

    Hello just to let you know, that finaly I find, by a great hazard a beautifull little bambou rod, Its rod make by a guy ( Michel Lajoie) here in Quebec (Canada). The rod is like new, never use often. I buy this rod just for 100$ super bargain and the rod maker sell these rod 800$. It’s a 7 feet #4, I put a Cortland 444 double taper on it, I just try it a little on the grass but not in a river. I think I will be very happy with this rod !!!

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