Fishing Bamboo

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Fishing Bamboo is an attempt to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about split bamboo fly rods: Who fishes them and why do they do it? Are they really better than graphite? Who makes them? Who sells them? Why do they cost so much? And what the hell are you trying to prove? One bamboo maker thinks the book will save a lot of time on the telephone. He said "When someone calls and asks, 'So, what's the deal on these things anyway?' I can just say, "Buy Gierach's book.'" There's a lot of interest in ...
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Overview

Fishing Bamboo is an attempt to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about split bamboo fly rods: Who fishes them and why do they do it? Are they really better than graphite? Who makes them? Who sells them? Why do they cost so much? And what the hell are you trying to prove? One bamboo maker thinks the book will save a lot of time on the telephone. He said "When someone calls and asks, 'So, what's the deal on these things anyway?' I can just say, "Buy Gierach's book.'" There's a lot of interest in bamboo rods, or at least curiosity about them. They've been around since before the Civil War and for much of that time almost all fly rods - cheap, expensive, and in between - were made of split bamboo. They're a large part of the tradition and mythology of fly fishing, but some fishermen are surprised to learn that they're as alive and well now as they've ever been. In fact, some of the split bamboo rods being built today are among the best ever made. Think of Fishing Bamboo as an introduction to bamboo rods and to the subculture of people who make, buy, sell, collect, and fish with them. (61/4 X 91/4, 132 pages, illustrations, chart)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585742332
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

John Gierach is the great sage of American fly fishing, an idiosyncratic philosopher whose commentaries onangling are explorations of the meaning of life. He is also one of the most widely-read angling writers inthe country, mainly through his monthly columns in Fly Rod & Reel. But his great books—Trout Bum,Standing in a River Waving a Stick, and Sex, Death and Fly Fishing, among others—continue to attractnew and younger readers. For many fly fishers, he is the voice of their sport. He lives in Lyons, Colorado.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
1 Fishing Bamboo 1
2 A Brief History 17
3 Kinds of Rods 31
4 New Rods 51
5 Old Rods 65
6 Odds and Ends 89
Bibliography 103
Appendix I Bamboo Rod Dealers 107
Appendix II Bamboo Rod Makers 109
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