On the home page of this website, I mentioned that there is nothing like catching a fish on a fly you have tied yourself.  To that, I would append, “With a rod, you built yourself.” A couple of years ago, Dave Weingold and I traveled to Louisiana to attend Harry Boyd’s rod building class.  In two days, we both completed a rod blank with the ferrule attached. I thought I could build the rod, but I didn’t have the equipment necessary to make the blank. We completed the blanks with Harry’s excellent instruction and had a wonderful time. I would recommend his class to anyone who wants to build a blank or even a complete rod.

I returned home, determined to acquire the equipment to build more rods.  I now have a planning form, beveler made from a router, and binder built to the instructions in A Mater’s Guide to Building a Bamboo Fly Rod by Hoagy B. Carmichael. But there is more that I need.

Recently I found Headwaters Bamboo on the web. They sell bamboo rods at very reasonable prices.  In addition, they sell blanks with the ferrule attached for about $300. Because a bamboo culm costs about $100 and time saved, I think this is a bargain.  The picture above is my 6’6″ 3 weight.  It has two tips and cast perfectly. As I said, there is nothing like catching a fish on a fly you tied and a rod you built.

I have no affiliation to Headwaters Bamboo.  If you buy a blank or rod from them, mention my name.  You will not get a discount but I might.

On their website, you will find a link to Rolf Nylinder’s film Floating Flies on YouTube.  This is a good video, and I think you will enjoy it.

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