…as of May 1. 2014 I won’t be taking any new orders for ferruled blanks until fall, I am focusing my bamboo supplys to making custom rods for my road trip and a few shows I will be doing later this year…

please read on though…I hope I can inspire you to making your own masterpiece!!!thanks…wm

“I can think of no greater pleasure and feeling of satisfaction an angler can have than

when they catch a fish with a Bamboo rod and fly they crafted themselves!”…wm…

…tying your own fly’s takes a big turn when you start to make your own rod’s too…

…wandering monk’s ferruled bamboo blanks and related services…

…click here or scroll down for my  ferruled blank & options price list…

      One of the best kept secrets in the world of bamboo fly rods and fly tying for me is how if given a “headstart” to a intermediate or better fly tyer, how easy it is for them to craft their own bamboo fly rod …not everyone has the required ability’s or network to acquire raw bamboo,  properly dry & split it ,taper the split pieces,  then accurately wrap, glue and do the final taper adjustments to their own blank...or even comfortable buying a pre made one, there are some crucial details to ferrule  alignment and general lay out of reel seats and cork. Getting these things done properly  makes a huge difference in a rods performance…some “home made” bamboo rods never got the real beginning they deserved, and never really performed properly because of details that are really quite subtle, but extremely significant.  However given some help with those precise things, any one who has already made up a graphite or similar rod, or just has the ability to tie fly’s neatly and with precision has more than enough motor skills to finish off a really nice bamboo rod. One they will be very proud of and enjoy for many years to come.

The very traditional style rod from the turn of the century with its low profile wraps , basic cork and demure hardware is probably one of the less complicated builds…of course precision and neatness being a given, if this is your goal, I can help you. The secret and elusive world of making bamboo rods can portray itself in ways that are borderline “mythical”…and do not always coincide with reality, to say the least!…the inevitable thing that generally happens is after making a first rod…is make another…when the costs are reduced to reasonable amounts the ability to have multiple bamboo rods is something within easy reach of average folk…a nice dry fly model…one made just for stack mending wet’s…even a bigger open water rod for that special trip you are planning…the limits are only the ones you make yourself!

 

 …time on the water takes on a whole new meaning when you are fishing with a rod you crafted yourself…

…especially if its a bamboo beauty!…

 

         For the same cost as making up a graphite rod with one of the new “sooper doopper generation next”  or whatever blanks the industry comes out with every year,  just to make you feel your last over priced rod isn’t good enough anymore…you can have your own “work of art”… and one with your own “John Hancock” on it!

          These “things of beauty” don’t have to be reserved for the so called “gentry” class of anglers anymore … and might just be items your kids keep their eye on knowing one day they might be theirs …LOL…maybe even be a project that can be done together! That might be “corny” for some, but is a thing I take very seriously…the “Old School” mentality of making your own gear, and bringing this all down back to earth is very appealing to me , and I think an idea shared with many others  .

        The way I got started in all this decades ago was having an appreciation for the fine some very nice handmade bamboo rods I saw …but did not have a bank account to match them. If I can help others in that same dilemma , I will consider it a very good thing!

…”simply said…the guides are easier to keep straight with”hex” shaped bamboo “…

…”If you can “whip finish” a size 12 fly neatly you can wrap a bamboo fly rod”…

               Actually a integral part of that “secret I mentioned” earlier is that wrapping a bamboo blank is really much easier than a round graphite blank…the “beauty of the inherent hex design” that is synonymous with bamboo rods is also something that really helps orientate guide placement , and the ability to make wraps even and appealing. The 6 edges on the bamboo really gives an advantage for getting guides straight and in line with one another….the edges also give a little corner to finish off thread wraps with good  perpendicular  orientation  , avoiding bulges or “angled” thread’s…simply said, the guides are easier to keep straight with”hex” shaped bamboo . If you can “whip finish” a size 12 fly neatly you can wrap a bamboo fly rod…

 

…A professional product can be had by anyone willing to take their time,

follow some basic instructions and be concerned about the finished product!!!…

…here is an excerpt from“An Anglers Story”…a page here on my site

                “I  find a great amount of pleasure , and have made many friends not only making rods for folks, but also help out those that want to try and make their own too by getting in their hands a blank that is prepped and ready to go to finish…or even help learn to tie up their own fly to catch that trout with… The thought of fish being caught in far away places by others that I helped initiate in the cycle gives me a special satisfaction and fulfillment!”

…I follow through with this by being available to help folks through the process…

…I answer all emails within 24 hours, usually sooner…

                     my bamboo rods are listed for typical use rather than actions as are graphite rods…ie. medium , fast etc… email me and I can give better descriptions as to what style of angling I would pursue with any given rod or blank I make…dry or wet fly, finesse , big water etc …

       

I am offering a special “springtime offer” any blank ordered by

 4-15-2014 gets one of my custom turned cork grip for $50.00 over blank cost…

(due to popular demand this special is being extended until further notice…wm)

…western or full wells…

…normally a $100.00 charge…50 dollar savings between now and April 15th…

…price list for ferruled blank’s, finished & prepped for final wraps and cork…

…2 piece ferruled blanks for 4-6 weight , 6 &1/2′-8′ …
.…w/ extra tip included(total 3 pieces)…………………$350.00 
…3 piece ferruled blanks for 4-6 weight , 7 &1/2 -9″…
.…w/ extra tip included(total 4 pieces)…………………..$450.00
…3 piece ferruled spey blanks 6-10 weight 11-13 &1/2 ‘…
… w/ extra tip included (total 4 pieces)……$500.00
…every blank I send out is 100% equal with any I would use myself  for my custom rods…
…all ferruled blanks have 3 coats of “hand rubbed” spar finish on them…

…waiting time for blanks is about usually 3-4 weeks …

…end of winter through fall is busier…

……shipping is $20-30.00 in US per blank, I ship USPS Priority …
…I use  PVC pipe and caps for protection in delivery…insurance at cost…
  special note: WM does not copy proprietary tapers or rod models of other or companies, current or past… and do not make “knock off’s” of classic or existing rod styles or designs…ie payne, orvis, leonard, hardy etc. I do make replacement tips for older rods along with doing repairs on them…but not for the purpose of restorations and re-sale as originals

         I am not reffering to private rod makers that use certain books or internet pages for refernce to copy “old time”tapers etc…but specifically I am remarking about people that have contacted me trying to get rods made with parts of originals and make a reproduction to be sold as an “original”…ie. butt caps , ferrules or reel seats  from old paynes or other classic rod company rods ,these can be pretty inexpensively procured…( certain old rodmakers engraved their hardware, and an old rod that is in bad shape will still sometimes have the original hardware)they can be used these parts to produce a rod that is difficult to discern as to its authenticity…wich can make telling originals and fakes hard to discern except for a true expert…

        Some dishonest traders have  wanted an old model made up with some “wear and tear” added for realism, to sell to an unsuspecting collector as an original for big $$…of course they were pretending to only want them for themselves ( yeah right!)   With the rise of fakes and misrepresented products , I don’t want to be in any way associated with that. If I think someone is “fishing” with me to see if I will assist them is such activity I will inform them of my stand on such issues, and turn away any related work. I encourage other rod makers to do the same…

          To an unsuspecting amateur collector, the reality of spending lots of money for a counterfeit is a real possibility. I recently was told of a situation where someone found out that they were ripped off in this manner, when they sent in their newly acquired rod to the” real” factory for an  appraisal & reel to find out they had been sold a “bill of goods”  …

“I will always have my small business making my custom rods, nets and cases. I am just trying to express that a fine bamboo rod can be had by someone determined to do some work , and I don’t mind helping!”

…standard ferrules chrome plated brass…
…blanks are spined and marked for proper guide placement & belly marked for reel seat etc…
…all ferruled blanks come with a hand rubbed oil finish top coated w/ a spar poly, also hand rubbed…for a more durable finish I can apply an acrylic clear coating too, this is for rods that might see much harder regular usage…
….all blanks are marked and ready for cork, guide wraps and reel seat…
…hex cross sections & taper  are measured every 5″ for accuracy within  .005-.007″ consistency…
…all blanks come with one coat oil & two cots spar poly finish…ready for wraps & cork…
…extra tip section can be “softened” upon request for additional charge…

  I offer Blanks in various stages for the folks that want to make their own bamboo fly rods…If this is something you have your sights set on I can be a significant help to you…there are a few details I can do that are a real help to the first time or beginners attempts. Determining proper spine of the blanks in its  relationship to tip tops, ferrules and reel seats is a must for best performance of bamboo rods… as far as the placement of ferrules , precise location and relationship to one another can make an incredible difference in a rods ability to cast and retrieve, also its strength and life span…the finest blank in the world, without the proper set up is anything but when it comes to its fishing ability, and longevity…

 

 

                 This whole deal is not “screw up proof”, I cant offer anything like that…but if someone has a  well thought out plan…there can be an awesome rod at the end of the cycle!…and remember…if you don’t like how the wraps come out, they can always be re-done …truth is I know there isn’t a  rod maker out there hasn’t done the same themselves…I know I have…way to much work and time invested in that blank for me to run up a white flag just because sopmething did not come out the way I wanted…epoxy and wrap material is cheap!

 

 

             The typical bamboo blank has between 12-15 “check points” between the winding check to the tip top…and also at each point where a ferruled connection is, translating into 45-60 spots for measurements to be checked to maintain the taper accurately. Deviations from all the measurements at any given cross section can ultimately have a serious effect on a rods performance…The goal is to keep measurements accurate within .005-.007″, and flow evenly from one point to another…I offer the same tapers I use in my custom line…email me with desired outcome so we can match up a blank for you…ie…small dry fly, larger dries , wet’s, streamer’s or fishing dropper rigs etc…the option of softer and faster tip sections is a real bargain when it comes to versatility!

…for me there is nothing more exhilarating than tricking a nice trout with a fly and rod I crafted myself!…

 

…here is a a”tented” bronze mallard & wrapped elk fur body and tail “spinner” I came up with…

 my most recent,  favorite angling and tying videos  

Classic angling with Bamboo rods is very much in step with doing as much in the making of the things used in the pursuit…tying your own flies, and the general “angling experience” can be really augmented as far as enjoyment when you make your own rods too..

“I can think of no greater pleasure and feeling of satisfaction than when someone catches a fish with a Bamboo rod and fly they crafted themselves!”

 

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              I offer ferruled blanks for rods from sizes and weights ranging from 3/4 weight dry fly rods 6 feet long all the way up to switch and spey rods in the 6-8weight sizes and 11-13&1/2 feet long…all the blanks I provide come with extra matched tips …

…these blanks are made from the exact same bamboo & tapers I use to make my custom rod line…

…all blanks are tempered by heat treating, glued with a phenolic resin glue for excellent longevity and flexibility…

I can supply the blank with two different tips (tapers), this was a standard practice offered by rod makers from a long time ago…it allows a very different overall action in the same basic rod…I recommend this in two piece rods that are 7ft and longer, the 7 & 1/2 and the 8footers are the best for this IMHO…with the longer tip section allowing more length for transition…(there is more length to blend the tip into the base section best result)…I also mark the different tips for the different snake guide locations, since this changes with the taper…

(all spey blanks use plated brass ferrules…for required flexing in two handers)

The standard ferrule I use is a  chrome plated brass model…with machined nickel/silver as an upgrade…however the switch and spey blanks only come with the longer chrome plated brass version due to the extra flexing requirements in the longer two handed rods…honestly the chrome plated models are just fine, the exception being someone that really wants the machined style…to the casual eye…there is no real difference, and I do not see the difference in casting characteristics…its really a matter of aesthetics’s…and those that like to follow then classic pattern…

 

               …as an added feature I can glue and turn a custom cork grip with pretty much any pattern/ accent you desire, above is a “RainMaker” grip setting up…I use a polyurethane based waterproof glue…no voids whatsoever…I have quite a few variations shown here on my site, and can reproduce any for a ferruled blank too, with or without the reel seat installed…

    …using rings  vs. the standard pre made grips is a must for me…bamboo deserves the best…I pick every ring for placement to show the natural beauty of cork…I hate the wine bottle looking stuff …it looks like plastic! …every pore and vein shows the real life and nature of this incredible material.

  …this is a recent ferruled blank I made for a customer that I also made a custom turned grip on it  for him…I also installed the reel seat so all they had to do was to tie on the guides and finish off the wraps and epoxy…this made a savings of almost $500 dollars compared top one of “my” custom rods…

 

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…I installed a ring & butt cap I carved for this special project…

…my goal is to help folks on their way to making a very special rod for sure!!…

                  I can turn custom cork grips and install reel seats, and  locate the tip tops as well, leaving only final finish & wrapping the guides etc…installing the tip tops on the tip sections can be a real help when it comes to wrapping on the stripping and snake guides properly… I  make up a measurement card  as to the perfect snake and stripping guide placement location with all blanks…I mark the area for with hardware with tape & a small black mark…also recommendations for sizing of stripping guides and snakes etc…10mm,12mm,3,5 etc…

 

 

…basic extra’s I offer…email me for exact quotes…
…custom turned spey cork grips 14″ fore grip, 6″ butt w/ Pac Bay reel seat installed…$250
…I can supply set of required snake, stripping guides & tip tops for completion of project…
…chrome, tich and black finishes also agate ring strips…email me for quote…
 …machined nickel /silver add $35 each ferrule section…
…flamed blanks add $75…
…custom turned cork installed add $100.00…( trout rods,standard 1/2 inch cork rings…
(fancier glue ups are available, contact me)
…reel seats installed $35( seats are extra)contact me for options…I use “Lemke” @55 bucks or any you provide…
…I also provides a refurbishing and repair service for bamboo rods…re-gripping , broken tips ,ferrule repairs etc…
…contact with me details of your project to see if its something I can help with…
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                 I use these guideline’s for temperature and conditions my bamboo rods should be used in, they are  as follows…on rods that have my “guide finish” applied …those can be used in wet envirinment’s, but not continued submersions…never below 38-40 degrees, or whenever ice can build up on snake guides etc…metal ferrules freeze way before bamboo does , and there can be a conflict of the two materials in very cold conditions…basic wipe down, and allowing rod to be completey dry before prolonged storage is standard…
                     On bamboo rods I make with my hand rubbed oil/spar poly finish, I recomend limiting complete sumbersion to a minimum…and suggest a wipe down periodically in the day after a “dunking”…and avoid fishing completely and casting in temperatures below 38-40 degrees…for the same reason as mentioned above, icing conditions can damage wraps on ferrules and guides…and should be avoided entirely.        “Lawn Casting” or similar should, only be done in areas that are free of obstructions and on fly lines that only have a leader tied on…

… I supply a detailed fact sheet on proper use and care of bamboo rods to all my customers…

 …all prices and spec’s are subject to change…
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