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FlyFishBamboo

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Hello,
I will soon be living in the Morgantown area and would like to connect with some bamboo users and makers. I'm compiling a list!
Best,
FFB

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LeeO

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I am in Charleston, but will be out of commission until I get moved into new house.
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Wetzel County here, an hour and a half west of Motown. (right on the Ohio River)
Put me on the list.  Fairly new to making bamboo rods.  I have made a few fly rods, so far all have been functional and attractive. Didn't break and have caught fish.  (so far)
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It’s been three years since I finished my last rod, I do miss it. I live in the summersville area. We had a pretty cool bamboo rod gathering here some years back. It was really neat to see some of the other guys handiwork
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I’m beginning to take an interest in bamboo rods. Live in Grafton. Include me if you have gatherings please.
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FlyFishBamboo

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At one time I wanted to do a series on historic rods, then life got too busy. I only filmed the pilot video on Granger rods. Here's a version, and it'll look better on YouTube... maybe you'll enjoy it.
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Eddy

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I live in Morgantown and am very interested in fishing bamboo, but it is spmewhat cost prohibitive for the good stuff. Are the old cheaper 'mass produced' rods you see on ebay of any account?
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FlyFishBamboo

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I live in Morgantown and am very interested in fishing bamboo, but it is spmewhat cost prohibitive for the good stuff. Are the old cheaper 'mass produced' rods you see on ebay of any account?


Eddy, It depends... Some Montagues are pretty good... others not so much. Usually Grangers, Heddons and South Bends (with 3 digit numbers) in the 5 weight sizes are recommendable and pretty good rods. John Geirach's Fishing Bamboo book is an easy read and a good education on bamboo.
It's a fun journey though...  There's a lot worse things a person could spend money on!
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Bill
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The cost of a gd bamboo rod is what drove my brother and I to start making them. I figured it was the only way I could afford to fish bamboo .
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Eddy,
 I found a bamboo 7ft HI Tonka Prince for $90.00 at a local flea market and this little bamboo rod is a blast on our trout streams in WV.  I consider myself a novice when it comes to bamboo but also have a Sweetgrass bamboo rod from Jerry Kustich so have a little experience with quality bamboo and that little Tonka Prince is a nice casting rod. The rods Bill mentioned are good choices and I would add if you're fishing for trout in WV stay under 8ft, 7 or 7 1/2 is good, as these older bamboo rods can be heavy. Do some research before you buy and decide on what models may fit your needs as some are like casting a broom handle and others a buggy whip.
Flea markets start around Memorial day in the Morgantown and Uniontown areas and can be a good resource for these types of bamboo rods plus you get to cast them before you buy. Also local antique shops often have old bamboo you can look at and get familiar with and find out first hand how they handle and feel. Ebay is fine if you know what you're looking for otherwise I would handle a few first.
You may have already taken all this into account but just my 2 cents to try and help out.

Good luck
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LeeO

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A few thoughts on older bamboo rods.  Despite what people think, there was a lot of garbage produced in the "good old days".  Old bamboo rods will have some indicators of quality that are easy to spot.  First off is length.  There were fewer rods made less than 9' and that is generally a mark of better quality. No good rods were sold in a wooden box.  No good rods were convertible between fly and spin.  While not always true, all metal reel seats are warning sign. Some quality rods had all metal seats, but they are also stamped with the company name. Sheet cork grips = bad

Other things that might tip off quality - aluminum tube, maker clearly identified, nickel silver step-down ferrules

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LeeO

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This one looks interesting.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/South-Bend-290-Bamboo-Fly-Rod-7-6-2-1-5-6-weight/323169135034?hash=item4b3e61a9ba:g:Z5oAAOSw6TRat-WF

Problem I see, is there isn't a full length photo of all sections together.  I bet one, if not both tips are short (broken).

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FlyFishBamboo

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Hello,
I will soon be living in the Morgantown area and would like to connect with some bamboo users and makers. I'm compiling a list!
Best,
FFB

Looks like I won't be moving after all. I'll remain in TN.
Best,

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Stone_Lake_Views

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Looks like I won't be moving after all. I'll remain in TN.
Best,



Sorry to hear that, especially if you were moving for a new job and for whatever reason it did not work out.  

Do you have any other connections to the Mountain State?  Have you fished any of the trout streams in our area?  I know Eastern TN has some amazing trout waters, but I also like to explore different areas in different states.

Best of luck with how everything works out.
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