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Born a lucky, and sometimes ramblin’ man…

Shit. So I have had an entire plan for a blog on ferrules. Something technical and real rod making stuff. Well last weekend I got in a bar fight on Saturday night, which left me mentally unable to write about … Continue reading

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One mans rusted junk, another mans treasure…

When you first begin amassing the tools for rod making, all makers have differing opinions on what is essential to completing a serviceable rod. Countless internet sites provide tool lists and contraptions, while published books attempt the same. One tool … Continue reading

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Plane

My favorite step in the process. Words coming Sunday.

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Glue

UNIBOND is the replacement for the classic URAC 185. Most makers are still working from their own supply of URAC and have yet to experiment with other options. Jim Downes taught us to use URAC, obviously before it was discontinued. … Continue reading

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Go West

Almost a half year into marriage and I’m being forced to become a grown man. Like a round peg being shoved into a square hole, I’m resistant. It is uncomfortable, but with compromise bearable. I’ve taken a stand that before … Continue reading

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Best Damn Man

From the time my brothers and I began exchanging gifts on Christmas and birthdays my mother has accused me of buying them something that I want. Not nessacarily denying this accusation, but I hope my groomsmen gifts for the wedding … Continue reading

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Cool article and video on maker Jim Downes

http://www.centredaily.com/2013/05/04/3604977/casting-call-jim-downes-artfully.html

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Bound and Baked

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Roughing it.

  When showing someone the rod making process, it’s the transition of an 8ft long, 3inch around stalk of bamboo and transforming it into equal triangles 1/16th its original size that provokes the wide eyed look. Once the culm is … Continue reading

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Ed Engle; Still “Splitting Cane”

Modern day fishers of bamboo fly rods, credit the writing of John Gierach with having sparked the interest in cane rods. Fueling the desire to search the internet, hide away a considerable amount of money from the wife and purchase … Continue reading

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