The 2015 Pleasanton, CA Fly Fishing Show

I just got back from The Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton, CA last weekend where I had a booth.  There were a few other bamboo rod guys there, Joe Bradley, Robert Bolt, TC Robertson, and it was great to catch up with them.  I didn’t pay too much attention to what the graphite guys were showing off but I did notice that Echo is coming out with a line of fiberglass rods.  I got a chance to cast their new fiberglass switch rod….it has  the classic feel of a fiber glass rod…definitely not like bamboo but it was fun to cast.  It’s nice to see something else out in the industry other than ultra-fast graphite.  Here is a photo of me at my booth at the show:

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Another Bamboo Switch Rod Heads Out The Door

I just finished another bamboo switch rod this week that will be heading out to a client next week.  This is a 10′  6″  5 wt Hollow Built rod that effortlessly throws a 300 to 350 grain Scandi Line.  My light switch rods have been getting quite a bit of interest from trout anglers who enjoy two-handed casting and have been looking for a bamboo switch rod for casting streamer flies and soft hackles.

A 10'  6"  5 wt Hollow-Built Switch Rod

A 10′ 6″ 5 wt Hollow-Built Switch Rod

Fishing on the Metolius River

I got a chance to wiggle some bamboo rods two days ago on the Metolius River with my good friend Chris. My weapon of choice was a 8′  3″  5 wt medium fast action rod.  It was a cold and cloudy day on the Metolius but there were a few BWOs out. Saw a few fish rising around 1:00 PM in isolated spots and picked up a small rainbow on a #18 BWO Cripple. I also picked up a nice 12″ rainbow on a #12 Tellico Nymph drifted along the bottom…what a great fly for winter trout fishing here in Oregon.  And, because this fly is relatively unknown around here, I’m sure the educated trout in the Metolius River have never seen it. Here is Chris drifting nymphs through a popular run and one of my fish.

Fishing the Metolius River in Central Oregon.

Fishing the Metolius River in Central Oregon.

A nice Metolius River rainbow that took a Tellico Nymph.

A nice Metolius River rainbow that took a Tellico Nymph.

First Fish Of 2015 On The Crooked River

Mary Ann and I hit the Crooked River yesterday for some January trout action.  It was a chilly 32 degrees but the sun shining brightly…you gotta love winter trout fishing in central Oregon!  The water level in the river was abnormally high due to some recent dumping from the reservoir but we were hoping the fish would still cooperate.  I chose an 8′  3″  5 wt bamboo rod for my day on the river.  There were no bugs out of any kind so it was time for nymphs with a EuroNymphing setup.  While my standard go-to zebra midges and bwo nymphs were of no interest to the rainbows in the river, I managed to pick up a few decent fish on a #12 Tellico Nymph.  The Tellico Nymph is a great imitation for a small golden stonefly nymph.  Here is my first fish of 2015, a nice feisty 12″ rainbow!

A Crooked River Rainbow in January

A Crooked River Rainbow in January – My First Fish of 2015!

The beautiful Crooked River

The beautiful Crooked River

Hand Planing Bamboo for Switch Rods

It’s been a very busy past several days for me in the rod shop.  I’ve started two 10′  6″  5 wt switch rods and have been planning the bamboo strips for the butt, mid, and tip sections of both rods.  It always amazes me how much bamboo shavings come off these thin strips from the planning operation…a mountain of shavings!  And, using a small block plan to do this isn’t exactly an ergonomically friendly process so I take breaks often.  I finished the planning this morning…here is what it looks like!

Hand Planing Bamboo

Hand Planing Bamboo

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