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07-28-2006, 01:09 AM
Hi Im new to this forum But Ive been trout fly fishing all my life. I live in Key West Fl
But the only time I fish is only on Fresh water streams Up north or out west. I am A Bamboo Man and thats the way Ill always be. I Have over 20 Bamboo Rods in my Collection But all for trout 6wt and under. My Question is are there any Saltwater Bamboo Guys out there that have a Rod preference for Lite Flats fishing. I do Bamboo Restoration so the Vintage bamboo fits me fine


07-28-2006, 08:25 AM
You are a rare bird indeed:
Live in the keys...check.
Fly fish only for trout!?! DOIIIIINNNG!!!

I suspect that there are people that still remember which bamboo rods were popular in the Keys, and hopefully they will share what they know. I am sure that there are rod builders that are making heavy SW rods, but I susoect that you are looking for a vintage/less expensive alternative. Please share with us your experiences as you progress.

Glenora Ghillie
07-28-2006, 09:43 AM
I've got two bamboo rods that I fish and both are big wts. An ovris shooting star, 8wt., it's a beast, but fun. You can usaully find them kicking around for a few hundred.

The second is a custom rod a friend made for me, a 7'2" 7wt., really for landlocked salmon, so far it's only saltwater experience has been in maine for stripers.

I just caught a 13" perch on it this morning...It might get to go out for gar with rope flies later today. I'm on vacation in the finger lakes for a few weeks right now.

There you have it, my 2 cents....


08-10-2006, 03:46 PM

I fish mostly fly fish saltwater but I enjoy fishing bamboo for trout. I tend not to mix the two, but I have considered it. I think its a little less rare than you think, although if anything in Key West in unusual I think using bamboo there just might be it. There are quite a few cane rod makers that make rods capable of catching salmon and steelhead at about 7/8/9 weights. THe biggest problem, aside from damage from the salt, is the weight of the rods. I would suggest using rods from guys that build hollow style rods. Many of the west coast rod builders do it this way and it really lightens the load. Raine, Winston, Thramer, Reams, etc all make hollow rods for steelhead and salmon that could be used in the keys. I've been thinking about using cane on a bonefish the next time I go to Andros. Of course the rod hardware doesn't do very well in the salt, either rinse off the rod very carefully, or have one built to saltwater specs.


08-10-2006, 05:13 PM
I would think salt corrosion would be he biggest problem unless the rod was fitted with saltwater hardware.

I was wondering about climate effects but the Brits took their cane rods all over the world back in the Victorian era and they seemed to hold up well.

08-16-2006, 06:00 PM
Ive been doing alot of research and trials. I Have picked up a few heavy weigh Fixer uppers. A Heddon #10 and A HI . Ive done alot of Sailing and Boat Building so alittle West system Epoxy Might be the Way to seal it and Posssibly Speed up the action alittle. Ive been seaching for a Orvis Shooting star It will be a good choice Or the 9wt SSS Model. Impregnatd is the Way to go . Plus there are some good Titanium Ferruls Out there. so Im not worried about the Salt to Much