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#1 mrbamboo

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:53 PM

I would like to introduce myself. 

 

In 1970's I was introduced to flyfishing in a High-School Fly-Tying class, where we learned to tie flies,built a Fenwick Fiberglass Fly rod,and learned how to cast.  I purchased fly tying materials in a small Walnut Creek shop located under a freeway until I graduated HS.  After that I built Bamboo Fishing rods and rolled glass rod blanks (thus mrbamboo), until I sold that business off in the late 1990's.  After that I found a gentleman in Kenya who sold me flies for 5 cents apiece, so I purchase many of them (about $5,000 worth). Now I am retired and have quite a bit of fly tying materials and equipment, and now have the time to fish.

 

Paul



#2 tjm

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 04:51 PM

welcome, Paul

I always wanted to build a cane rod. Did you make the blanks or is there a supplier?



#3 mrbamboo

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 05:33 PM

I made blanks in both bamboo and glass.  I sold most to japan.



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Posted 12 January 2019 - 05:53 PM

I always imagined Japan sold blanks to the US companies. 



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Posted 12 January 2019 - 08:57 PM

Welcome to the site, Paul.  I hope we can provide some entertainment value. 

Sounds as though you don't need much advice, but I hope you're willing to give some.


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#6 Poopdeck

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 09:13 PM

I think Tonkin bamboo from china is the preferred bamboo for fly rods. I can see that being a big deal in Japan.

Welcome to the site and retirement. I officially retired last week.

#7 mrbamboo

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 06:06 PM

Thanks everyone for the welcome.  Congratulations on retiring, you will find out life gets busier!



#8 Reel Assassin

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 12:16 AM

Hi, fellow retiree and fellow new member!  Have a great day and the best day of fishing you have ever experienced! 





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