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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 or bamboo ferrules. One or two tips. Casts a DT 3 or DT 4. Medium fast action

Freestone      - 7’  2 piece  with traditional or bamboo ferrules. One or two tips. Casts a DT3 or DT4. Excellent for dry fly fishing. Fast action

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

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


Dark Flamed


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

Freestone      - 7’  2 piece  with traditional or bamboo ferrules. One or two tips. Casts a DT3 or DT4. Excellent for dry fly fishing. Fast action

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

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

 

 

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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Coming Up

A presentation rod in a handmade wooden show case.