The “Indian Summer” series of bamboo fly rods is a bridge between my standard series rods and my limited and numbered special edition models. It includes many of the finishes and detail I incorporate into the special editions. This model is based on the “blonde” or natural bamboo blank, and the combination of the honey/amber hue of sinew, mule deer antler and birch bark accents…this series rods come absolutely alive in “Sunshine”…the sinew & bamboo under the hand rubbed finish and epoxy coatings give off an incredible glow and irridescence!

 

…the sound of “Indian Summer in the Rockies”…

 

 …my “western” style cork grip I turn myself …

                       “Indian Summer” has alwas been my favorite time of the year…its the beautiful and warm days after having that first hard frost…something that usually occurs in the mountains in September…when the Aspens are in their golden glory, Elk are bugling , the flows are getting perfect and trout fishing is getting really good. The smells, sights and sounds of Autumn really get my juices flowing …the first snow and those brown trout are on a feeding frenzy before the spawn…if I could fish only one time of the year, this would be it!

…Below are some detail pictures of this series rods & a description of what is included…

…its my celebration of that special time of year.

 

 

This is an amber/blonde finish blank that has my signature antler and sinew winding check, and also includes the braided cresting I also use on my special edition rods…and all the snake and stripping guides are also wrapped in my sinew and epoxy finish.

 

 

…Here is one of the  style stripping guide’s I use…the amber ring is a very nice match with the Bamboo & sinew colors and hues…

…I also can use the  “recoil” style titanium version for those looking for something a bit more rugged,yet still very attractive …

 

…these Nickel Silver guides are handmade , silver soldered for their connecting strength and polished…

           I try to make my rods more than just functional fishing tools, by incorporating things of color and texture that really come alive in the natural environment …Sunlight & Water bring alive the organic colors of Bamboo and the other materials I use…

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…my signature “Bee Hive” winding check accent, made with w/ an antler ring & sinew wrapping under clear epoxy…

                 I include the braided sinew accents in the “Indian Summer” rods , just like I do in my special edition series…two on the base section, and two on the tip sections as well…the idea came about from the process used glueing the split bamboo strips together…this is done with cotton twine and spun on by hand  in making up bamboo blanks…after trying this out on a few of my own rods I decided to use it with the rods I make for others too…

               The texture and “hand work” effect is reminescent of the methods Native Americans crafted their implements for thousands of years…I have made several obsidian knives in the past using antler and sinew , and it is only appropriate for me to include this in my fly rods as well…for me it is a finishing touch in trying to make gear in harmony with nature and the past…

 

           The ferrule sections have the similar treatment as all the snake & stripping guides…making for not only a special look, but also a very smooth transition between surfaces…all the braided wraps have 4 coatings of an acrylic finish, under & on top , to protect the sinew from any wear experienced during use…it also adds to the reflective irridescence like the epoxy coating does too on the other areas sinew is used in my rods…

The reel seat here is the “Lemke” model, with cutom turned Osage Orange insert from my own personal stock…remnents from 25 years ago when I made long bows and recurve’s…I harvested the logs from storm damage , sawed and air dried the planks 25 years ago…they were used for laminations for the bows I made back then in a similar way to how I make my custom nets nowadays…

On the butt of the cork grip  include a 1/2″ ring I make from birch bark harvested by a friend…we traded elk fur I had for  tying flies …he got the bark from a tree in the Adirondacks from a birch tree struck by lightning…the birch bark when processed, meaning sccraped and cut into 1 &1/2″ squares ends up about .100″ thick, showing a very cool layered detail when glued up…the combination of the Osage, cork, sinew & birch bark is nothing short of incredible, especially when you add some sunshine!

…plus the bark ring is exceptionally strong and durable too!

          I love using materials I acquired through various methods over the years for my projects…there is something special about having a story for every aspect of the rod..

 

 

                Here is one of my own “organic” patterns, the Elk Fur caddis I tie for the lighter color phase of the species…the 7 &1/2 foot 4/5 model is a perfect rod for the task. The sinew wraps at the rear of the grip appear as if they are on fire here…just some more of the “sinew magic”…

…typical snake guide detail wrapped in sinew with epoxy coating…

 

…”Indian Summer” series rod, list of finishes on the series…

…standard 6 piece bamboo blank w/ extra tip section, in two or three piece models…

…custom turned cork grip, either western or full wells style…

…antler, sinew & birch bark accents on grip…

…chrome plated brass w/ ceramic ring  stripping guides standard…

…machined nickel silver ferrules on two piece models, chrome plated brass on three…

…braided sinew accents base and tip sections…

…options…

…”recoil” style titanium or silver soldered/amber agate stripping guides…

…one soft and one fast taper tip sections, vs. matched…

…spot flaming on bamboo blank…

…aluminum rod tube or custom made khaki sleeves…

…” kit” with hex wooden storage case…

…costs start at 1050.00 depending on model…

…available in 7-9 foot lengths , two or three piece models…

…weights from 4-6…

…email me with any questions and delivery dates…

…sunlight, water, bamboo, sinew  and more… 

  note: 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 fly, streamer rod etc..

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

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