Solid Wood Rods Vs. Split
Solid Wood Rods Vs. Split
Those who use solid wood rods are divided into as many classes as there are kinds of wood and each defends valiantly the wood of his choice, but the users of wood rods are in the minority. The largest number of anglers in this country pin their faith to the built-up rod of Calcutta bamboo. These rods have each section made of six triangular strips of bamboo, fitted perfectly their entire length and glued together so that they form a six-sided strip, with the hard outside part of the bamboo on the outside of the stick. After gluing the wood is wound tightly with a cord and when dry the ferrules are fitted and the sticks are wound at close intervals with silk thread. This makes a rod much stronger than any solid wood rod and it is exceedingly springy and casts accurately. But it will be seen that such a rod, if faithfully made requires a lot of labor and this naturally makes it expensive. Carefully made, of first class materials it makes the best kind of rod for any kind of fishing that money can buy, but if poorly constructed or made of second grade material it is likely to prove less worthy than the solid wood rod. For this reason it is advised that when the purchaser can afford to pay well for a rod he get the split bamboo, but if he cannot put plenty of money into it he will be wise to select a solid wood rod, for he is more likely to get a good greenheart or lancewood rod at from three to five dollars than a good split bamboo at twice as much.
The illustration showing the construction of a split bamboo rod and the cross section of bamboo and wood rods shows plainly why a built up rod, if well made, is stronger than a solid wood rod. In the bamboo rod the grain parallels the center on every side. For this reason it must have equal strength and backbone, and the same action, no matter which way it is turned. In addition to this the material composing it is harder and stronger than any wood. The solid wood rod has the grain running directly across the strip, all in the same direction as shown. It is bound to be unequal in action as the rod is turned, and less strong than the bamboo.
One New York City firm is making rods of what is called steel vine. They claim it to be a very strong material and the rods are built up of six strips, the same as the bamboo, but are rounded afterwards instead of being left in the hexagonal form.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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