Who Fishes Wood?

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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by letumgo » Wed Aug 26, 2020 6:41 pm

John & Phil,

I loved looking thru the photos of your trip. Thank you very much for sharing them with us. This is fly fishing at its best. Good friends. Good food. And even better fishing. Nirvana.

I hope to meet you both someday, under similar circumstances. ;)
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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by dj1212 » Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:31 am

I've pretty much always fished bamboo. I'm not sure I'd feel right fishing anything else. lol
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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by Theroe » Fri Aug 28, 2020 6:30 am

Really nice photos of your guys adventure - Thanks for the ride!

Also: You’re Orvis Battenkill is probably one of the very best bamboo rod values to be had. Good luck with it!

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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by Tom Smithwick » Fri Aug 28, 2020 7:50 am

This was posted at the classic fly rod forum, but for the benefit of those who might not have seen it, the "Trout Grass" video has been restored and is available to view online for Amazon Prime members. The film goes a long way to explain why many of us have such strong feelings about bamboo fly rods. I took special note of the industry of the Chinese people who grow the stuff, and also the dedication of the importers who must travel there and spend time with the growers to select the best poles for those of us who build. Also some interesting sequences of Glenn Brackett and the Winston rod shop. A lot has changed since the film was made. Glenn is no longer at Winston, and Andy Royer is regrettably no longer with us, but the cane is still grown as it has been for centuries, it's still an arduous process to get it here, and it still requires a craftsman to turn it into a fly rod.
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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by letumgo » Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:01 pm

Tom,

Excellent! Thank you for sharing that link. I hope to watch the movie this weekend. Definely looking forward to it! ;)
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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by letumgo » Fri Aug 28, 2020 5:39 pm

“Bug puppets and duct tape” :D :lol:

Outstanding! I enjoyed the movie VERY much. Thanks Tom.
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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by Hankinsfly » Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:11 pm

I just watched it as well. Very insightful. It’s true- think of all the hands that culm of bamboo passes through and all the miles. All the hands that pass over that same bamboo after the maker and then those who admire and fish it.

These are made to fish and not sit and collect dust, right?
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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by Mike62 » Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:55 am

Our TU chapter got a couple of copies of the film when it first came out, wonderfully done. I'd watch or read anything that David James Duncan had a hand in. If you haven't read his "My Story as told by Water" you should give it look. Well worth it.
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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by driftless » Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:35 am

+1 on David James Duncan's book.

If you don't fish your bamboo rod, you've wasted the maker's time & talent and your own money.
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