~ the “Indian Summer” road trip ~ 

~  wandering monk’s new shop on Etsy ~

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…my “Native Angler” series rod and “Freestone” model net in the Colorado High Country…  

~I caught and landed over twenty fish in the 20″+  category,

along with hundreds of other beautiful smaller ones with the 7 &1/2′ 4wt. “Native Angler” & “RainMaker”~

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    …a beautiful 20″ October Brown from the my local freestone in Colorado… 

…caught with my 7 &1/2′ 4wt. “RainMaker”

 

~here is a sampling of my various rod models & finishes I can make~

           ~” In my mind a custom rod means exactly that…not just a rod off my rack that has someones name or initials” inked in”…but one that is unique, and definitely a “one off” made just for you!

           ~I make totally custom split bamboo rods from 2pc. 3wt dry fly models to 12 foot speys…and everything in between , matching up the anglers style of  fishing and personal requests too…blending in my own unique style of rod making~wm…

~”Since I carve and polish all the antler fitting one at a time and strictly by hand, no two rods, even though they are the same series of models, look exactly the same…all having a personality of their own”~

~descriptions of the rods above~
 …rod #1. “RainMaker” series w/ Osage Orange insert & full wells cork…2pc. 7′ 4 wt.
…rod #2.   “Indian Summer” series w/ Osage insert and birch bark accent…2pc. 7’10” 4 wt.
…rod # 3. “RainMaker” series w/ Osage insert…3pc. 7’6″ 4 wt.
…rod # 4. “RainMaker” series “Full Wells ” cork and Elk antler details…3pc. 9′ 6wt.
…rod #5. “Native Angler” series w/ zebrawood insert…3pc. 7’6″ 4 wt.
…rod #6. “DreamCatcher” series w/ teak insert and extended butt…2pc 7’2″ 5 wt.
…rod # 7. “Talisman” series rod w/ teak insert…2pc. 7′  5wt.
…rod# 8. “DreamCatcher” series w/ teak insert…2pc 6’6″ 3wt.
~I do my own version of a western cork as my standard grip…full wells on request,
since I custom turn all cork , I can reproduce just about any style or pattern~
rods_3~here are a few various rods with teak, zebrawood & osage orange reel seat inserts…also typical elk antler & sinew accent~

~WM accepts personal checks,credit & debit cards and PayPal ~

~a special orders takes about 2 months~

 …”DreamCatcher” series

~my basic rod series~

2 piece bamboo rods …6 -8′……3-6 wt ………………$900.00

3 piece bamboo rods …7 &1/2 -9′..4-6 wt……$1000.00

…”Native Angler” Special edition series…

~my “finesse with reach” series fly rod~
2 & 3 piece rods 7-9 feet 4-6 weights…
…prices start at $1050.00…

…”Rainmaker” Special Edition Series…

~my limited edition series rods~
…2 & 3 piece rods 7-9 feet in 4-6 weights…
prices start at $1250.00

~Bamboo Switch and Spey rods~

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~please check out my line of “Switch and Spey Rods too, 11ft to 13 &1/2′ 5-10wts.~

~all with my signature accents of Elk antler , Sinew , Birch Bark & flaming~

~ a very different & unique look compared to traditional styling,

as well as very functional in their use for trout & salmon ~

 

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…standard finishes & details of my rods…

…6 wedge tapered split bamboo blanks with extra tip section included…

…custom turned cork grip in either my versions of “Western” or “Full Wells” style’s…

…wood species I custom turn for reel seat inserts…

…Osage Orange, Teak, Zebrawood, Koa, Black Walnut , Aspen & Maple…

…machined  reel seat hardware of various mfgr’s w/ my custom turned wood inserts …

… “deep style”chrome plated brass ferrules …

…stainless & black ceramic ring stripping guides…

…tich finish stainless steel snake guides…

…snake and stripping guides wrapped w/ “hand split” sinew & coated in epoxy…

…my signature antler & sinew “bee hive” winding check w/ antler butt cap on reel seat…

 

rods_1 ~Osage Orange has many variations~

 

~available extras for any of my rod models~

…amber agate ring , hand silver soldered stripping guides $40 each…

…handmade “bronze” snake guides $60  per rod…

…”recoil style”strippers, add $20 each…

…machined nickle silver ferrules $40 each…

…custom measurement/style grips per quote…(usually N/C)

…upgrade reel seat hardware per quote…(or with your hardware and insert)

…”guide” extra protective clear acrylic finish add $25…

…decorative sinew braiding, all sections  add $100…

…alternative wood species insert , per quote, or from your own blank stock…

…custom made wooden “hex” cases (price dependent on size)

see” handmade wooden cases”…

 

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     …here is an assortment of different rods I have made over the last few months in diverse series…

…2 & 3 piece ranging in weights from 3 to 6, and lengths of 6 & 1/2′ to 9’…

 

~scroll down for some more pictures and text about my rods ~

 

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~and thanks very much for looking at my site, I hope you enjoy your visit~

 ~Wandering Monk Fly Rod Company~

~organically crafted bamboo fly rods and related tackle~

~below are  links for dedicated pages on my site~

~My Special & Limited Edition Series of Custom Made Bamboo Rods  ~

…click on text for dedicated pages…

“Rainmaker”limited edition series        

“Native Angler” special edition series

“Indian Summer” special edition series

 ~road trip collection~

~also~

  ferruled blanks            switch & spey rods         wm’s galleries

 my landing  nets          wm’s wood  cases+          new fly boxes       rods in stock!   

 price list      rod gallery     table of contents        Fins & Scales

grip & seat styles      classic salmon flies    bamboo notes      catch & release

~some other items I make~

“Let the Circle be Unbroken” gallery

~my collection of hand carved elk and mule deer antler, buffalo horn & carved wood  jewelry~

   …click here for a few favorite angling and tying videos… 

~the angler’s story cont’d~

 

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~there are a few basic rules in “Wandering Monks World”~

~respect & honor the Creator, the Creation and my Customers~

…everything else seems to take care of itself when I follow those guidelines…

 

 

        The Allure and pleasure of catching a fish with a fly and a cane pole,  it’s something a bit hard to describe…the stealth, or the mastery of a tied lure made with feathers and fur… The organic nature of the material the rod is made from…the time of peace & solace found, or just the enjoyment of nature first hand while  being a participant… 

~the “Organic Rainbow” of my “Native Angler” series rods~

       Bamboo is the result of Sunshine, Water & The Earth…and  an incredible design copied, but never equaled by man…a natural substance that can be crafted into a special angling tool to experience many hours of pure fun & solace …

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      In everything I do, I try to blend in my art, be it fly rods, my other art projects or whatever…I am also a pretty functional person…wanting anything I do to be a good as it possibly can for whatever task I am pursuing…

                  ~these rods and nets have been and are regularly field tested under diverse conditions, and have always been up to the task, whether it be fishing for native brooks and cuts, to the largest spawning trout species~

…see my “Indian Summer” road trip for the most recent test results…

rt_134                   My rods & tackle have for sure have my signature on them in respect to my art...but they also are functional angling tools as well…the tapers, cork styles, rod lengths to task are all things I have done based on my experience fishing for trout over quite a few years…

rt_113         I have worked as a guide for years, but have been a regular old “FlyFisherman” since 1972…catching all species of trout with solid success…and from those years of practical time astream have come up with the line of rods and nets I personally use with excellent results…I take Catch & Release angling to, IMHO, a pretty high level…and am very proud of it…always thinking how to do it better!

native angler reel seat detail                   The “Truly Magnificent”  colors of sinew and bamboo mixed with “Sunshine” were not really anything I expected when I first started making rods this way several years ago. The first time I took a finished rod out ” in the Sun”, I knew I had found something very,very special.

rt_400~the “pre-historic” look of this spawning Kokanee Salmon,

along with its beautiful colors make the moments before release very memorable!~

…these spawning salmon love to bite anything “red” during their fall journey…

…and super  sharp hooks to get a grip on that incredible jaw!…

                  A Bamboo rod is not only something that should be enjoyed while fishing…the nuances and special feel it intrinsically has…but also something of beauty to look at and handle …I have tried to craft  rods and nets that meets all those facets …By using some new and various “Organic” materials in lieu of the more traditional ones I think I have come up with a new version of something that has been done for many years…still making an exceptional angling tool, but also making an “art” I am very proud of…

~”I get as much pleasure & fun releasing trout as I do tricking them to take my fly”~

rt_332a~a “blue cheeks” that loved this gray Rs2~

       I have made up rods with the traditional wraps and cork in the past…and always felt I was just “re doing” a style from someone else…nothing wrong at all with it, I just wanted to try and make something for myself that reflected my own style and philosophy better.

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              For anyone that loves natural highlights,  maybe  has sort of an “organic bent” , whom just enjoys time astream & is a big fan of nature itself… or as myself having a real love and admiration with Native American Culture, I think I have something special I can do for you…I have tried to blend in many components from all those spheres.”

 rt_292…I caught this beautiful 20″ Brown with my “RainMaker” 7&1/2 ‘ 3pc. 4wt…

~Bamboo is in no way relegated to catching only smaller trout!~

       

         I have been a participant in this pursuit for several decades, not only time astream, also in my shop creating gear for myself , friends & family…that includes spending countless hours at my drawing board coming up with concepts and designs…making rods, working as a guide…thousands & thousands of tied fly’s…and even catching a few fish! I indeed enjoy the “world of angling”. I am also a person that does not follow the beaten path…but like to pursue all I do as art…my rods and other items I make I think follow through on this idea.


rt_322~a post spawn “BlackTail”

            When you couple my deep respect & love for “The Creation”…and also having an  ability to think & craft “outside the box”, I think you will find these rods and their initial concept have their roots in something deeper than just fly fishing, but are an attempt to flow with nature itself…

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               When Sir Isaac Walton wrote “The Compleat Angler” over 300 years ago, he wrote,  “you can’t lose something you never had to begin with”, an attitude, or better put, an understanding shared by Native American Culture…something I wholeheartedly agree with. The goal of trying to flow and be apart of rather than controlling or owning…a concept that once adopted and put in place revolutionized my own pursuit in fly fishing.

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             I have tried to incorporate my love for the Rocky Mountains, respect for the methods and styles used by my Native American friends and their culture and my own artistic creativity into all my rods and gear.

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 ~the magic of Osage Orange is hard to describe~
…reminds me of the array of colors in some brown trout…
  above are a few rods I made for the “Indian Summer” road trip…
click here to see  some more pictures of the ,~road trip collection~
rt_26…these brilliant colors from a brown are  impossible to describe…
~what I do is try and make the angling experience a bit more…and to express my art in something that for decades has caused me so much joy and fulfillment~

sunshine brings out a special “glow” in Bamboo & Sinew …

…the rod’s, net’s and case’s I make by design are as much “art” as they are “functional angling tools”…

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…the colors of Nature inspired me with the way I finish my bamboo rods…

…a nice 20″ “Golden Tail” Brown caught with my 7&1/2′ 4wt “Native Angler”…

   

             The following pages are my attempt to portray honestly & accurately what I love doing everyday, my website makes it so you can have a peek into what goes on at my end of things…the combination of my camera and website is probably the most important tool I use to show you my world. The only better way would be if we ran into one another on a stream…got to chat and swap a few flies!

 

rt_298~I caught this beautiful 23″ 7 lb. brown trout on my recent Indian Summer Road Trip~

~I was using a “Native Angler” 3pc. 7 &1/2 ‘ 4 wt.~

~my 6 &1/2′ 3wt. dry fly rod, “DreamCatcher” series~

 

            There are many places , either in shops or other sites that offer many fine angling items…I appreciate very much the opportunity to share mine with you … You will see right off  that I take this all pretty serious…and all of this is truly a “Labor of Love “ for me…

~I truly appreciate you checking out my rods, nets, cases & other items…. wm~

 

rt_238“Native Angler” series and “Freestone” model net…

~I only use “Rubber” bags on my nets to help insure the trouts well being~

            The rods are made from split bamboo, cork, sinew, antler , wood …in a style not conventional by today’s or even yesterday’s standards…the flies I “tie up” are all made from similar materials , coming from my life in the outdoors… ~things I love to “collect and recycle”~

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       This is part of my attempt to blend my personal philosophy of the “Circle of Life” into my handcrafting of angling gear…I use only a few machines in my endeavors…the vast majority of all I do is done by hand, with what my Father used to call “a lot of elbow grease”…

...strictly "hand tied" wraps on all my rod series...…recoil style stripping guide…

       On my Bamboo rods, I wrap all the guides, ferrules and winding checks by hand only…no machine, or jigs …a bit more time consuming, but makes a special product when all is said and done…I split and “wrap under tension” all the sinew I use, making a very strong and unique finish… I do use a “rod dryer”  to allow me to get the centrifugal effect with my epoxy coatings…I just try to minimize the use of “machinery” to as little as possible…

…silver soldered frame with agate ring style stripper…

          After learning how to tie “in hand” flies from some angling & tying friend’s, I found this all very appealing and  after initially trying it out on a few basic patterns , and started to apply the practice  to my bamboo rods … It was standard procedure in times long past, to take some feathers, hooks and assorted items and stuff them in your coat, and while along the river or stream “twist up” a few “Flee’s” to trick that trout or salmon you wanted to take home for supper…

           The result of “wrapping in hand” on my rods is a finished product that is a few steps closer to a time when life was much simpler and  slower paced… it for sure gives me a real feeling of accomplishment too! do the trout at the other end of the line know it?? no , but I do…and the final “look” is for sure noticable too…

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…my nicest Wild Brook Trout ever caught with my 7&1/2’4wt.  “RainMaker”…17″…

      …one of my handmade “Hex” shaped wood carrying & storage cases I make…

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…a variation of the Brown Trout found in my local Freestone…
       

      Finishing is strictly something done with a firm grip &  a soft touch at the same time…from rubbing in my “special recipe” of oil and spar, to final  sanding ,polishing & rigging for use…all the decorative braids and similar can only be done with  human fingers…there is no machine that can replace the hand eye coordination and fingers of a craftsman and artist…

        I make every rod just a bit different…some folks want special accents to their liking, and I am more than willing to try some new uses of the raw materials I use… My Yellow Lab “Dakota” and I hunt for shed antlers every spring…many rods & nets I have made and have put accents on  are from headgear of Elk & Deer that are still roaming the wild!

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           For many of the folks I make rods for, this is the most costly item of this kind they have ever purchased. Either saving up, selling something or similar helps finance the project that goes into an investment like this…and I always keep that in mind when I am working on my rod orders.

…click here to see main page continued…

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and can be only used with permission
 photos on the site are taken by myself except on the “Fins and Scales” page,
where some friends I fish with shared some of theirs too…
DreamCatcher series,Talisman series
 Shaman , Native Angler & Indian Summer series
Golden Eagle,Chinook & Silvertip
GoodMedicine ,RainMaker,Crazy Horse & WindWalker special edition & collector series
“Let the Circle be Unbroken”  Gallery
“A Voice in the Wilderness” Productions
“Silvertip Trading Company”
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 Breac à linne, slat à coille is fiadh à fìreach – mèirle às nach do ghabh gàidheal riamh nàire.
a fish from the river, a rod from the woods and a stag from the mountain , thefts ne’er a Gael was ashamed

                           …an old Gaelic proverb from a time when a “common” man couldn’t enjoy the pleasures of the hunt or angling…something very different now!

  WM does not , and will not copy proprietary tapers or rod models of other companies, current or past…

I do not make “knock off’s” of classic  or existing rods made by others…

~I also make a “mark of refurbishment” on any rod I rebuild or repair extensively~

…so that any future buyer knows exactly what the status of a rod I have worked on is…

Way too many underhanded & crooked people out there buying up old bamboo rods in part or whole and having them refurbished and sold to unknowing folks or new comers as originals  !

~just because you have the ability to do something in no way makes it moral or honest!!!~

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