Split Bamboo Fly Rod
It may be stated at the outset that, in the opinion of expert rod makers and rod users, fly-rods of split bamboo, or split and glued cane as they are sometimes called, are unquestionably Qualities the best. This is because the split-bamboo rod possesses in a greater degree than rods of any other material or combination of materials the essential qualities which any rod must have to distinguish it from a mere “fish pole." These qualities are: Lightness, pliancy, resiliency, strength and balance.
In addition to the fact that good sportsmanship demands the use of a light rod, such a rod is in many ways the most desirable. The advantages of lightness in the fly-rod are so obvious that it is hardly necessary to enlarge upon them. Moreover, if you wish a heavy rod you will have to build it yourself or import it from England. Generally speaking, all American rods are light. One advantage of the light rod is the resulting comfort of the user. The angler whose fishing days are few and far between likes to hit the river early in the day and stay with it as long as he can see his flies. It is hard work even with the lightest rods.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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