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January 2014
Issue 55

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The January, 2014 issue of Power Fibers contains:

Fly Reels for the Contemporary Rodmaker

Depending on how you count, there are about 1,000 bamboo fly rod builders around the world. The greatest number of rods being built are 8' or less in length and 5 weight or under in line weight. There does not appear to be a proportionate number of equally fine reels to complement the finely wrought smaller rods that are being produced. So many rod makers....

Ferrule Supports

This ferrule support supports the ferrule end of the section when wrapping the ferrules. It has a hole on one end to support the male ferrule and the other end to support the female ferrule. This keeps the end of the section from theof the section.....


The GPW Mortise and Tenon Jig

In this article, we’ll discuss a different method for implementing spliced ferrules to connect mating pieces of any split cane two hand, two or three piece, salmon rod.

For quite some time I have been building two handed Salmon rods. Initially, I have used metal ferrules for connecting the two or three piece rods. I was not satisfied...

Traveling Angler:

Argentina is a country that offers many venues for outdoor adventure, eco, hunting, fishing and touring. Rich in history and tradition with the gauchos alive and well in a landscape that’s as good as it gets....

The Triangle Construction of Split Cane Rods

Some years ago I visited Egypt and saw some PAPYRUS REEDS growing in the river Nile and noticed that they are triangular in cross section. I realized that the triangle form has to give some advantages to the reed when standing in the constant river flow....

Firewood Reel Seat Inserts

While looking through a stack of firewood that my neighbor had I thought I might find some wood that would make reel seat inserts. I took some of the dry wood and gave it a try....


What is a Parabolic Rod?

This question comes up perennially in online forums. Because there are two conflicting answers to the question, confusion is the result. The story starts, as is related in chapter 14 of A Master's Guide to Making a Bamboo Fly Rod, with a meeting in 1934 called by Sparse Gray Hackle, with Charles Ritz, John Alden Knight and Everett Garrison attending. Ritz was demonstrating...

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