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Handcrafting Bamboo Fly Rods

Cattanach, Wayne

ISBN 10: 155821769X / ISBN 13: 9781558217690
Published by Lyons Press, 2000
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224 pp. Detailed, comprehensive guide to all aspects of making fine bamboo fly rods. Entire process is detailed, from hard, raw bamboo to beautiful finished rod with clear, step-by-step instructions. Includes: best supplies, tools & materials, heat treaters, rod taper, weight, stagger bamboo strips, mount reel seat, ferrules, tip top, + much more. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 190015

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Title: Handcrafting Bamboo Fly Rods

Publisher: Lyons Press

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: Revised Second Edition First Printing

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The bamboo fly rod represents the pinnacle of the fly-fishing art: its apparent simplicity and delicacy belie the craftsmanship and strength that are the hallmarks of all great rods.

Wayne Cattanach begins in the Kwangsi and Kwantung provinces of China, where Tonkin bamboo takes about eight years to develop the qualities that distinguish it from all other materials: a tensile strength akin to steel, light in weight, with the flexibility that gives all bamboo rods their relaxed action.

He describes the process that will take anyone from lengths of hard, raw bamboo to a beautiful finished rod with clear, step-by-step instructions, including how to: find the best supplies; select tools and materials; make and use heat treaters and binders; select rod taper, weight, and action; cut culms; straighten bamboo strips; primary and secondary planing; stagger bamboo strips; give proper heat treating; bind strips; apply finish; mount the reel seat, ferrules, and tip top; and much more.

Scores of illustrations and line drawings demonstrate crucial techniques that before this book could only be guessed at, and Wayne's years of experience with pupils and bamboo are brought to bear at every step as his invaluable tips not only instruct, but also explain how to avoid common beginners' mistakes. This is surely the most thorough book available for those who want to have the pleasure of making, and fishing, their own bamboo fly rods.

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The bamboo fly rod still represents the pinnacle of the fly-fishing art: its apparent simplicity and delicacy belie the craftsmanship and strength that are the hallmarks of all great rods. A growing number of people have tried to learn the art of making bamboo rods from a shrinking number of secretive craftsmen. The revised and expanded Handcrafting Bamboo Fly Rods is the definitive reference for beginners and experts alike. Wayne Cattanach begins by explaining the qualities that distinguish bamboo from all other materials: it has a tensile strength akin to steel, yet it is very light.

He describes the process that will take anyone from lengths of hard, raw bamboo to a beautiful finished rod with clear, step-by-step instructions and illustrations, including how to find the best supplies, select tools and materials, make heat treaters and binders, cut culms, straighten bamboo strips, plane and stagger strips, bind strips, apply finishes, mount the reel seat, ferrules, and tip-top, and much more.This is surely the most thorough book available for those who wish to make and fish their own bamboo fly rods. (8 1/2 x 10 3/4, 224 pages, b&w photos, diagrams, charts)

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