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Bamboo rod critique from Glenn


Bamboo rod-making masters are rare jewels -- even with the increasing popularity of making bamboo rods. Not many makers have the time-tested knowledge and craftsmanship that the Boo Boys posses. One of my greatest joys is to spend time with the Boys, and pester them with questions. Another great joy is drinking micro-brewed beer in cans...

Not long ago, I got the chance to have Glenn cast a few rods I have been working on. One, is a salt-water capable, streamer-tossing rod that will also work well in the western wind while I throw double-streamers. It was great to see one of the Great Masters cast the rod, and get some pointers on bamboo rod-making.


"You know Zac, the next time you make a rod, you might want to put a reel seat on it."

Being in the works, I have yet to choose an insert and attach to the rod. Many makers often attach the reel seat last -- including Sweetgrass. We started with a 6 wt. line, and I didn't really like how the rod worked. Glenn cast it, and asked if I had an 8 wt. line. I did, and Glenn cast the rod again with the heavier line.


"Yep. Works much better now, Zac."

The 8 wt. line got the rod to flex more, enabling Glenn to cast with much less effort. Just to be sure we all understand how cool it is to get feedback from Glenn -- realize he worked as a biologist and fishing guide before involving himself entirely to making rods. He can cast expertly, and knows fish intimately. Heck, he even fishes often with the passion and intelligence he and the Boo Boys put in to every rod they make. Glenn doesn't B.S. or lie. I have not met many humans with such distinguishing qualities. Now, dogs are another subject altogether...


Not a bad loop, eh?! (Glenn doesn't have a Canadian accent. That's me chiming in...)


Those who have driven the highways around Portland might notice where we had brunch that day... And one small shock-wave in the line as the rod unfurls a long loop is a sign I'm not too far off on the rod design.


"You know Zac, one of these days you might be able to catch a Guppy with this thing."

Thanks Glenn, for taking a look my work in progress! Hopefully some day, I do catch a Guppy on that thing!


In Wild Waters,

Zac Sexton

The Meandering Boo Boy

P.S. All quotes are actually me being funny. Glenn had much more utilitarian and spiritual things to say about the rod, like, "This rod would keep a Monk warm if you made a fire with it...."
The Magic Stick's first field test
They were in the surface!
 

Comments 1

Guest - Jim Phillips on Sunday, 04 March 2012 07:05

Wonderful!! You put a smile on my face that kept going through the entire piece. Thank you very much! I'm sure you're going to have great fun with your new rod.

best,

Jim

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Wonderful!! You put a smile on my face that kept going through the entire piece. Thank you very much! I'm sure you're going to have great fun with your new rod. best, Jim



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