Many kinds of native woods have been experimented with but for light rods nothing has been found equal to the woods imported for this purpose, and commonly used. Of all solid wood rods those made of lancewood are most common in this country. They are cheaper than others and the wood is lighter than bethabara and greenheart, also softer. but it is a very good wood. Greenheart is an excellent wood, more pliant than lancewood and also harder and heavier. It is not used in this :country as much as lancewood, and it is said that for some reason good greenheart cannot be imported, or if it is, it gets bad here in our climate. Of this I do not know, but greenheart is the favorite rod wood in England and the English greenheart rods are fine ones, though heavier than the American rods, usually.
Bethabara is a fine wood but is not so common. It is more resilient than either of the others. The wood is dark colored and very hard and close grained. It is very strong and springy and makes excellent rods. Another wood used by a Canadian firm is called kaliki. This is a native wood, coming from British Columbia. It is said to make very good rods.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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