Jointed Fly Rods
WHEN you have decided upon the material for your rod there remain a number of mechanical details of construction, in addition to various questions of length, weight and the like, to be considered. We will take it for granted that you have decided to get a fly-rod of six-strip split bamboo. A visit to the tackle shop or the consultation of the tackle catalogue of a large dealer will show you that you have still to decide about the number of rod joints; style of ferrules and hand-grasp; form of handle or butt, whether integral or independent; the form of guides and windings; and the style of reel seat. We will first take up these latter details and then consider the matter of length and weight of the rod.
Fly-rods are usually made with three joints, the butt, middle joint and tip or, as the last are, however, variations of construction in this regard. For obvious reasons the one-piece rod, that is a rod with spliced joints, is the ideal rod; but is called in England, the top. There fly-rods of one piece are not commonly procurable. Such a rod has, of course, the very great disadvantage of being difficult to transport. The next form is the two-piece rod which also has obvious disadvantages and is not common. The standard fly-rod, as we have said, is made in three joints, an extra tip being always furnished with the rod; and for ordinary purposes this is by far the most desirable form. For the angler who makes long trips on which the duffle must be reduced to a minimum various kinds of combination, tourist and trunk rods are made.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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