Bamboo Bonzai

The Split Cane Fly Rod
(Excert from Part III: Research and Technique)
A Fly Fisher's Life (1959)
By Charles Ritz
Our sincere thanks to Crown Publishing Company

August 31st, 1998

Publishers note: Since this publisher is older than dirt, it occured to me that some may never have seen many of the older books. From time to time, we hope to excerpt interesting segments from our personal library to enlighten, entertain and perhaps amaze our rod building friends. Some things are older than you might think. Most of these books are long out of print, and if we spark an interest in you, check out the used book stores, or one of the mail-order book sellers. We previously ran a series on bamboo from Ring of the Rise, (check the archives) which I understand is now available in reprint. Your suggestions and comments are always welcome.~DB

The Split Cane Fly Rod, Part Four
(Excerpt from Part III: Research and Technique)
"The Uniformity of Cane Rod Tips"

"In order to test this, take the male ferrule in the left hand, the ring end in the right and bend the tip, turning it in your fingers: if one of the facets shows any serious weakness, you will feel it at once. Then flick the rod tip with a brisk movement of the wrist and you will be able to tell quite easily, by comparing them, which are the most rigid and which the most pliant in relation to their diamenter.

If you have to choose between several similar, or almost similar, rods mount them and place the ends of the tips on the edge of a table, placing all the butts in line so that the alignment is perfect, then the weight of each rod will slightly curve the tip near the end, the degree of curve will show the precise comparative difference in the strength of the rod tips. Half an inch or so is sufficient to show a disparity in strength. Make this experient on all six facets to determine the rod's homogeneity. In rods of first class quality the difference should not be more than about an inch.

You are now in a position to judge of a cane rod as well as the experts can; you may nevertheless find that it has faults the first time you use it in practice." ~Charles Ritz

Next time,Malformation, weakness in bamboo rods.

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