Fine Rods Built From the Perceptive Perspective
What is it about bamboo?
What is it about bamboo rods that continues to have such allure after all these years?
By many measures, it makes no sense,
really. It was elbowed aside by technology long ago as the requisite raw material for fly rod construction.
Yet bamboo endures.
As a material, it is difficult to work with. It requires time, patience, intuition, instinct, skill, finesse, experience, and a bit of
magic to turn a culm of bamboo into a fine fishing instrument. All are qualities that seem wholly out of step with the dynamics
of instant gratification and market-driven merchandising so prevalent today.
Perhaps Vince Marinaro said it best in his landmark
book In The Ring of The Rise:
"Bamboo, being a natural product, like flesh and blood, can establish a greater affinity
with its owner than with any other material. There can be a powerful personal bond between them, an identification, that lets the
caster feel that the rod is an extension of his own personality. It goes beyond mere pride of ownership."
"Building a rod that
provides you with that "powerful personal bond," is what it is all about for me."