If there is no interest in this, I can take it off list.
The rods most of us now make are all hand crafted and not machine made like 
most of the older bamboo rods. We also heat treat to what we think is the best 
to temper the bamboo, this makes the bamboo stronger and more lively. To get 
the rod to bend where you want it to bend, the taper is adjusted for that. If 
you want a rod with a faster tip, the tip section is thinned down. If you want 
it to be a medium action, then the mid section is adjusted, If parabolic then 
the butt section is thinned down. There are a lot of proven tapers that are 
available. I use mostly use tapers by Paul Young and  Garrison the tapers that 
have been modified. The Sir D, 7' 4wt and the Anderson 7/9 7'9" 5 wt are my 
favorite tapers. Long story on the Sir D will tell you about that when I see 
you in March. Will let you cast mine and my 7/9..
>From what I read, we now make some of the best casting bamboo rods made. That 
>does not mean that some of the old rods don't cast good. Some are exceptional 
>some are dogs. Computers are used to work out tapers and improve the old 
>tapers. Working by hand has more control in planing the strips. It takes me 
>approx 60 hours to make a two tip 7' rod.
Tony

--- On Thu, 10/7/10, Wayne Blake-Hedges <wayneb22...@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Wayne Blake-Hedges <wayneb22...@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [VFB] Fiberglass rods now bamboo
To: vfb-mail@googlegroups.com
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2010, 10:44 AM

Hi Tony;
 
I have a feeling the rods you make far exceed the quality and capabilities of 
an Old South Bend.  I'm not saying the South Bend is a bad rod, just that the 
rods you make are of higher quality, and are craft made one at a time.
 
Wayne
 

--- On Thu, 10/7/10, Anthony Spezio <bambot...@yahoo.com> wrote:


From: Anthony Spezio <bambot...@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [VFB] Fiberglass rods now bamboo
To: vfb-mail@googlegroups.com
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2010, 11:13 AM






I had one and a bamboo rod dealer talked me out of it for 300.00. He resold ot 
for a nice profit. It is not "just" an Old South Bend. It is a sweet casting 
rod. Wish I would of kept mine.
Tony

--- On Thu, 10/7/10, Alan Di Somma <phxflyt...@cox.net> wrote:


From: Alan Di Somma <phxflyt...@cox.net>
Subject: Re: [VFB] Fiberglass rods now bamboo
To: vfb-mail@googlegroups.com
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2010, 8:48 AM



It is just an old South Bend 7 ½ footer.
 
Thank you,
Alan Di Somma 
 
You know your a redneck when:
 
You burn your yard, instead of mowing it...
 

http://www.azflyfishing.net/

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To: vfb-mail@googlegroups.com 
Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2010 5:21 AM
Subject: Re: [VFB] Fiberglass rods now bamboo





What make and length.
Tony

--- On Wed, 10/6/10, Alan Di Somma <phxflyt...@cox.net> wrote:


From: Alan Di Somma <phxflyt...@cox.net>
Subject: Re: [VFB] Fiberglass rods
To: vfb-mail@googlegroups.com
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 5:57 PM





My favorite rod for small streams that are over grown is my Bamboo rod.
it was the first one I bought about 25 years ago and I still love it.
This is one that I will be passing down to one of my grandsons.
 
 
Thank you,
Alan Di Somma 
 
You know your a redneck when:
 
You burn your yard, instead of mowing it...
 

http://www.azflyfishing.net/

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Anthony Spezio 
To: vfb-mail@googlegroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2010 8:29 AM
Subject: Re: [VFB] Fiberglass rods










Bamboo is sweeter yet.
Here is a message I got from a list member on another list
Tony


Sir D Rod

I have just returned from a weekend on the Blue River near Tishomingo OK where 
I did extensive fishing with this beautiful little rod that you both had a hand 
in creating for me (blank and finish-out). 

Let me tell you that I was pleased and impressed most thoroughly. I fished 
overgrown backwater crick areas where roll casts were the only possible way to 
move a fly. I fished the main channel where I was booming out sixty foot casts 
to put the fly in a pocket of water in an overgrown bank while the wind 
whistled. 

In all these scenarios the rod did exactly what I needed it to. Fought some 
decent fish as well. 

So thank you Don and thank you Tony for this lovely section of bamboo and art. 

Tight
 Lines




--- On Wed, 10/6/10, Joyce Westphal <westpha...@gmail.com> wrote:


From: Joyce Westphal <westpha...@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [VFB] Fiberglass rods
To: vfb-mail@googlegroups.com
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 8:05 AM


I agree. My very favorite small stream rod is a 5 wt fiberglass 6 foot rod that 
I built myself. That was years ago and it has more than paid for the parts in 
my enjoyment. Joyce


On Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 1:49 PM, <glw...@gundluth.org> wrote:

I know there are some fans of the glass rods here.  Personally for small
streams with
little wind I they are more enjoyable to fish than the high modulus carbon
rod.




http://thefiberglassmanifesto.blogspot.com/2010/09/first-look-cabelas-cgr-series.html

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