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~the “Native Angler” series has been tested in diverse situations with outstanding results!~

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~a recent trip to Cheesman~

…a series that has a special look all its own that can handle 20″+ fish with no problem…but still has the finesse required to pitch dry flies with accuracy and perfect presentation…I call it my “Finesse with reach” series…

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~the native angler fished well this day~

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~an 18″er at this spot is a trophy for me, especially with this old school wet fly!~

…sight nymphing takes on a whole new meaning with a 4wt. bamboo at cheesman canyon!…

…the “Native Angler” series, my three piece 7 &1/2 -8′ 4-5 weight,

“my finesse with reach” rod models…

~available in either my “High Country” or “Purist” finish~

…”Native Angler” series with “High Country” finish…

      

                   In the pic above you can see how one of the “hex” wedges that constitutes the bamboo rods construction recieved the flaming when the bamboo was in a more “raw state”…showing off the incredible design that is intrinsic to bamboo fly rods…

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                  The “Native Angler” series of rods has a more subtle approach of my signature accents of antler and sinew…the wraps are all “hand tied” to a very low profile, with a single coating of clear epoxy…I split the sinew by hand very fine to get this effect. The Bamboo is spot flamed sparsely, to give an added color of darker amber to compliment the natutal beauty of the bamboo.

                  This series is a mix of some of the finishes I use on my “RainMaker” special edition series, and the same taper  I use with my “DreamCatcher” series rods…not parabolic, but definetely flexing well to the rear of the ferruled sections… I am focusing on  three piece versions since they are so popular with folks more accustomed to 4 pc.  footers in graphite. These rods are easily transported, and have actions and responses so close I cant really distinguish from my two piece rods..

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                I prefer to use the longer connection style chrome plated brass ferrules since they add almost 1/4″ in the union…however I can also use the nickel/silver machined ones for those that like them…I’ve just found the longer ferrules to be more durable and “user friendly”…

               My rods are of course made in an attempt to be as attractive in their styling as possible, but if they don’t fish as effectively and hard as I do they aren’t at all what I want…of course they are not as rugged as a graphite counterpart in certain settings…I accept that with the trade off  in  performance achieved…they are not made just to be traded or looked at and admired, but used for my favorite pastime…pursuing 20″ trout!

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              This series rod is a great caster for sure…the taper I make them with is very subtle…capable of pitching flys down to size 20 with finesse…but still able to fish size 12-14 wets too…the real beauty of these models is that you can fish a 4 or 5 weight line…both in their own appropriate time…on my own model I can use a 4wt. wullf tri-t or payne wff, and be able to drop small dry’s quite gently…and then go with a 5wt supra or shark and stack mend 15+ yards wets quite easily as well. If I have ever made an “all arounder”…this is it!

 …”High Country” finish is similar to the “RainMaker” series…

              The “Native Angler” series is geared for various angling assignments , from purely dry fly to wet and even hopper dropper rigs and light nymphing…their design though is really to “pitch” dry flys beautifully , from size 12 to 22 in style! its shorter overall stored length of 30-32″ depending on the model and its “softer” taper make this rod series a great “all around” rod for someone “crossing over” from strictly graphite rods.

            The first thing most folks new to bamboo ask is…are they durable enough for me? actually bamboo is incredibly strong…the “extra tip” concept is really something that goes back a long way…one of the aspects of it was in older times many rod makers offered two different taper tips with a rod…not because they were so prone to breakage.

            I look at it this way…anything I have spent considerable money in gets some special attention from me…for someone that understands the “pride in ownership” concept, owning, fishing and caring for a bamboo rods is no different than any other object that I give some special attention too…

           The only time I put my bamboo back in the case and take out the old graphite rods is when its raining  really hard…or ice conditions(and I’m usually not fishing then all that much anyway)…other than that I fish them at no thought of care or concern…I do like to travel to spots on a hike with my rods cased…but I do that with my graphite too.

 

                The winding check here on the cork grip is similar to my “RainMaker” series, just a bit less pronounced & elongated…I use three colors of cork in the grips I custom turn. All the cork rings are glued onto the bamboo blank for starters, and not pre turned and then installed…in my opinion  giving a much better connection , also allowing me to put the rings in place under pressure together,  while at the same time glueing them to the bamboo thoroughly. I cut the accent rings to thin sections to make for a really subtle contrast…really bringing alive the antler and sinew.

…winding check on a “Native Angler” model…

              I like to use the cork rings that have more “character” than many popular rod makers use…the “super perfect” type used by many have a fake appearance for me…something akin to the stoppers used in modern day wine bottles…losing the intrinsic organic beauty that cork truly has.

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…until we meet again…

                All my wood inserts are custom turned out of some very select woods I have in my shop  or harvested & processed myself…for this rod I used zebrawood to draw out the colors of the burnt cork accents and spot flaming.

            The antler used here is from an Elk & Deer sheds my yellow lab “Dakota“and I find on our ranch and other spots…all the accents are hand carved from centers of the Elk or Mulr Deer antler, showing the growth pores prominently…

           The wood I use for reel seat inserts on both finishes and the accents on the “Purist” finish are all woods I like especially for their unique colors and hues. The “Organic Rainbow”  of colors found in nature, specifically colors of animals, and trees I love…Buffalo, Elk, Deer, Antelope and the colors of September trees in the mountains, the Pines and Firs…ambers, golds,tans & browns …

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             The picture above shows two variations of flaming I do on my rods…the top rod is what I call “spot flamed”…below is more completely flamed with touches of blonde showing through.

           All the woods I use for inserts are North American except for the Zebrawood , Teak & Koa… wood’s I became familiar with a few decades ago while I was making traditional bows. Osage, Teak, Walnut, Myrtle, Maple, Koa  all share many of the hues the flaming I do on the bamboo…

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           The “Blonde” rods I make like the  “Indian Summer” & “DreamCatcher” series have no flaming at all … only the amber color of bamboo…  I can “turn” other seat insert wood and carve accents from other woods as well for folks…I try to match the intrinsic hues and shades of wood I use for inserts with the color of sinew and color of bamboo, flamed completely, slightly or not at all .

             I go from an 1/8″ slice of dark burnt cork behind the antler, then to a medium burnt ring the same size to make a very subtle , yet gradual transition from one material to the other. I put a coating of epoxy over the union to bring out the colors a bit more…I call it my “organic rainbow”…with colors reminding me of sunshine and aspens in the sinew coated in epoxy, then Elk & Buffalo, two of my most prized fly tying materials with their hues of brown. These varous ring shades match perfectly with the wood species I use too.

                This rod, a 3pc. 4 wt. balanced and cast very well with a 3″ diameter 4 & 1/4 oz in weight reel…I like the rod/reel combination to balance when fully rigged at the precise point the cork meets the bamboo to about 1″ behind…and this did perfectly with both reels I tried …the “vintage” reel weighed about 1 &1/2 ounces more and balances about 1″ farther back…right in that “sweet spot” area.

…the “vintage” replica reel balanced & performed  very well on this rod…

I offer several style stripping guides…here is a “recoil” style, very durable and has an very cool appearance too!

…Here is an “amber agate” ring guide I offer as an option that is hand silver soldered…

…my standard stripping guide is a stainless frame in “tich finish” w/ ceramic ring insert…

 …The zebrawood grain hues and colors  is a really nice compliment to the burnt rings and antler…

 

The finely split sinew I use for the wraps is time consuming, its all done by hand…the result is something that allows the workmanship to be visible long after the rod is completed. The natural variaton of width and colors show through in the prismatic effect the epoxy coating gives it…sinew is about 5-10 times stronger than typical threads, but something I chose more for its natural beauty than the side effect of its great strength.

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                  A well balanced rod and reel combination can make a huge difference in a rods capabilities and overall performance, something mony times overlooked by folks…a proper match up makes for the possibilities of using a more divers assortment of lines…in this rods case, a 5wt. Wulff and a 4 weight sharkskin both perform excellent. As guide Isaw many times how folks would give up on a  wonderful rod thinking it “wasn’t any good” only because they bought a reel that they liked, but just did not match up to their rod properly. I would much rather have a balanced combo, than one based entirely on the “cool factor”…this is something that really shows up when pitching dry’s…not so much “high sticking” or nymphing…

…”The Monk” is for sure into beauty and coolness…but it has to work too!…

       

               Purist” finish done in “Osage Orange”…I “hand carve” the wooden accents for this finish like I do with antler…no pre bought rings or pieces…I fit them to the blank and reels seats  “one at a time”…making every single one I do a bit different and unique.

I can carve accents and turn an insert in several woods…my favorite ones are Osage Orange (shown),  CurlyKoa, a special batch of wood from Hawaii, or Zebrawood …all get a hand rubbed finish of spar & tung oil.

 …a “question of balance”…

                 You can see the this “match up” of a 4 &1/4 ounce machined reel plus the line and backing hits the “sweet spot” on this 7 &1/2 foot ” Native Angler”… resulting in a nice combination for the best possible performance…something entirely overlooked by many anglers…the heavier “vintage” style reel that weights 6 ounces balanced back about 3/4″ farther back… for myself & my style casting/gripping a better match, especially with smaller flies and longer leaders…

On a full wells style, I like to get it as close to the pivot point(if there is one) at the fore end…thats how I turn mine..sometimes a longer cork is required to get the balance right…or adding weight to the reel seat insert, which I dont like to do…once I get  a recipe that works I stick with it.

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                     The combination of the sinew and the spot flamed bamboo creates a beautiful contrast that starts and stops in a very subtle way. Since the flaming on each individual segment of the hex shape, it gives that actual component pieces of the bamboo a special dimension.

              I also make a line of “hex” shaped carrying cases for these models… 32-34″ to accomadate either my 7 &1/2 foot or 8′ 3 piece rods……wandering monk’s custom made “hex” wood carrying cases…

         

…”Native Angler”series bamboo fly rods…

                This is my newest series of rods I am offering, these are made in the same styling as my other series rods, and have my signature accenting of hand cvarved antler and woods. I have done a few finishes differently to accomadate the three piece lighter weight rods better…with many features from my “RainMaker” and “DreamCatcher” series…The wraps are all still done as my other rods by hand with no jigs or machines, only as implied…with my own two hands…

The winding check is similar to my other rods, but has a “mini” hive…the wraps are extra “low profile” since I split the sinew down to the smallest size I can “hand wrap”…the reel seat wood is available in multiple wood species…I love Myrtle & Zebrawood for example…I also have my signature Osage Orange available too for this series along with American Black Walnut, my two favorite North American hardwoods. I turn all the inserts for the reel seat hardware for all these rods like my others.

The tapers and design in this series I am emphasising on the three piece lighter weight rods , but two piecers are for sure available from 6-8 foot…I am just trying to accomadete the 4pc. graphite folks with a classic rod that is in the size parameters they are used to. I have a 3 pc.  71/2 foot  4 wt, and a 3 pc. 8 ft. 5 wt. that are my special sizes I am making available in this series…my prototypes came out great…and for someone that has always sworn on the two piece versions of bamboo rods…well I am doing some serious reconsideration after finishing up a few of these rods!

            They cast and feel nothing less than great!

These rods , like all my others , are art & functional angling tools at the same time.

 …this line is areasonably priced alternative for the discriminating  angler…

…”Native Angler” series dry & wet fly rods…
 
~”High Country” & “Purist” versions~
3 piece bamboo rod …7 & 1/2 ‘-8′ 4-5 wt….$1050.00
~Native Angler series, “High Country” version w/antler & sinew finishes~

…wrapped in “fine split”sinew  , under waterproof epoxy finish…

…spot flamed or blonde blank finish…

…anodized aluminum uplocking reel seat hardware w/ my own custom turned wood insert…

… from Zebrawood, Myrtle, Osage Orange , Black Walnut & Teak wood’s…

…tich finish  snake , stripping guides w/black ceramic ring…

…western or full wells style cork grip…

…oversize “tip-tops” for good  line clearance…

… hand carved  antler, reel seat,  butt cap & matching winding check ring …

…my “Organic Rainbow” glue up in cork of natural, medium & dark burnt rings…

…hand rubbed oil/poly finish 4 coats…

~Native Angler series wood accent “Purist” finishes~
~this is my more “traditional” style version~
…same as “High Country”, but with the following exceptions…
… osage, teak, walnut or zebrawood  seat, insert and winding check accents…
…more “demure” style cork grip, western or full wells styles, all natural cork rings…
…available in  three piece models 7 &1/2 – 8′, 4-5 weights…

~available extras for both versions~

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

…bronze snake guides $60  per rod…

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

…machined nickle silver ferrules $40 each…

…figured “Colorado Aspen” seat insert & accents add $40…

“RainMaker” & “Indian Summer” series style decorative braiding add $100…

…custom measurement/style grips N/C…

…upgrade reel seat hardware per quote…

…”guide finish” clear acrylic over coating N/C…

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

see” handmade wooden cases”…

…custom sewn rod sleeves see above link…

…I also can make special display “Wall Racks” for these like I do my other seres rods…

 WM does not , and will not copy proprietary tapers or rod models of other or companies, current or past…I do not make “knock off’s” of classic or existing rods…

 

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