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Bamboo Rodmaker
Moreno Borriero Handmade Bamboo or Split cane rods
Why Bamboo rods?

I hear this question very often when I’m out guiding or at the various fishing shows around the country. Well, it’s difficult to answer but I do believe that there is something almost mystical about a handmade bamboo rod which is generated from a bulky culm of bamboo grown and harvested halfway across the globe. So what is it about bamboo rods or split cane rods? Perhaps it’s the thought of how much work goes into making one, or perhaps it’s like reliving the glorious past of fly fishing when men were men, and fish were fish? Well, I really cannot answer those questions although I’ve dedicated much thought on the matter but I can assure you that fishing with a bamboo rod whether it be a replica of the great masters of the past or a taper which has taken years of trial and error to create, gives you a magical feeling as if your were at peace with mother nature. An incredibly inspiring feeling.

When I started fly fishing in 1982, fibreglass was still going strong but was quickly taken over by graphite and Bamboo was a thing of the past. Most fishermen of my generation have heard a lot of talk about Bamboo or split cane rods but not many of us have even had the opportunity to wiggle one about! It was always at the back of my mind to own one, just to keep in touch with the past but I would never have thought that one day I would be fishing only bamboo; but the most astonishing thing is that I am actually making my own hand-planed split Bamboo rods. I owe this to my friends of the Italian Bamboo Rodmakers’ Association  - IBRA - whom I met at one of their gatherings and who later taught me the  fine art of  Rodmaking. Being part of IBRA has given me the opportunity to meet some of the finest Rodmakers in the world! So thank you Alberto Poratelli (APRODS), Gabriele Gori, and Walter Rumi, who have opened this fantastic world to me. Special  thanks also goes to my good friend William Harms who has helped with varnishing and to  Rolf Baginski who has taught me some of his “secrets”.
In the workshop

Models

Blond series


Small stream - 6’ 6” 2 piece with traditional ferrules. One or two tips. Casts a DT 3 or DT 4. Medium fast action

Chalkstream – 7’ 2” 2 piece with traditional ferrules. One or two tips. Casts a DT 3. The ultimate for dryfly fishing. Fast action

Tailwater – 7’ 6” 2 piece with traditional nickel silver ferrules. One or two tips. Casts a DT4 or DT5. Medium fast action for dry fly fishing.


Dark Flamed


Small stream - 6’ 6” 2 piece with traditional ferrules. One or two tips. Casts a DT 3 or DT 4. Medium fast action

Chalkstream – 7’ 2” 2 piece with traditional ferrules. One or two tips. Casts a DT 3. The ultimate for dryfly fishing. Fast action

Tailwater – 7’ 6” 2 piece with traditional ferrules. One or two tips. Casts a DT4 or DT5. Medium fast action for dry fly fishing.

 

 

IRP7232

This exceptional rod was devised by the Italian Bamboo Rodmakers’ Association with Roberto Pragliola – Italy’s most famous Fly Fisher, Author and inventor of the TLT casting technique, a technique and a philosophy which has conditioned all Italian Fly Fishers.

The IRP7230 has a wonderful tortoise shell flaming which is extremely good to look at. It is made with the final materials and silks and in order to be branded with the IBRA Pragliola logo each rod needs to be certified by the IBRA board which checks on the dimensions, the action and workmanship. The rod comes with a beautiful rod bag and a custom leather dark brown rod tube.  The rod has a what can be defined a modern action, it is extremely light and is excellent to cast your dry fly to a rising trout under those overhanging bushes. The rod casts a 3 weight line and comes with two matching tips.

Rods

A selection of great quality reelseats

Seats

A selection of grips and reelseats

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The Hybrid rod

This rod was developed to answer the needs of the dryfly fisherman who occasionally and in case of the necessity, need to switch nymphing. It comes in two configurations.

Dryfly configuration - a very fast powerful 7' 5" and casts a 3 or 4 weight

Nymphing configuration - an extra 30 cm piece is added when needed to the middle of the rod making it 8' 9". In this configuration it can be used for nymphing. The extra section is carried in your vest pocket and when the fish stop rising or when you see that they are nymphing, just add the extra piece. It will now cast a 5 weight. A good compromise that will save you a hard trek back to the car.

 

All my rods can be made in three pieces, making it easy to pack them in your check-in luggage. The extra tip is advisable. Not for any special reason but should you break a tip, you have an extra one in the car and you can continue fishing.

 

All my rods come with a life time warranty - my life time - for breakages or whatever nature. All I ask is for to pay for the shipping costs. Of course the whole rod will have to be shipped to me so that I can match the wrappings, the colour and the fitting of the ferrules.