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Headwaters Bamboo rods

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I am in the market for an affordable bamboo rod and came across Headwaters Bamboo. Does anyone know of this company or fish their rods. Any opinoins would be appreciated. I am looking for a 7 ft. 4 wt.

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Posted on: 2010/6/10 13:52


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I haven't heard much on them at this point. You may want to talk to the guys at ADH rods, call Jonas at The Feathered Hook (new and used bamboo) or contact the Dietrich Bros at Dream Catcher. Good luck and tight lines.

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Another great boo resource is Len Codella (he used to own Thomas and Thomas). www.codella.com.

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They appear to be Zhus Chinese-made rods. Opinions will vary.

I own a Zhus blank with the Highland Mills name on it. I'm happy enough with what I paid, which is more than Zhus ebay store prices, but it did come with two tips.

Spend some time doing some reading, depending on your budget, you might be surprised what's within your means.

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They are in fact Zhus Chinese-made rods. Understand I am NOT even close to being an expert on bamboo so take this for what it’s worth. From what I understand, the early ones were a mess. Inconsistent tapers, poor workmanship and noodles. I had the opportunity to cast one three years ago and was not impressed. I understand the newer ones are much better however though I haven’t fished one let alone cast one.

As gfen has said, have a look around. There are some decent deals available especially on used rods. The market is soft for “blue collar” rods right now and you can pick up a Soutbend 290 with two tips for $300.00 in good condition. Jonas is a good place to start as he has an inventory available to try out and see what may or may not suit you. Len is also a good resource. Tell him what you feel you like and he’ll be happy to guide you. Don’t make the mistake of buying a rod without casting it. Bamboo is as varied as graphite. Good luck and let us know how you make out.

Rolf

Posted on: 2010/6/10 16:29


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Cabelas has a bunch of boo rods tagged "discontinued" in the bargain cave for $350 or so. don't remember the brand. i hadn't heard of it before.

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Cabelas has a bunch of boo rods tagged "discontinued" in the bargain cave for $350 or so. don't remember the brand. i hadn't heard of it before.


Highland Mills . . . they have been there for quite a few months now. They were marked at $350 a few months ago. They should have dropped since then. If not just maybe make them an offer?

*disclaimer : I know NOTHING about bamboo except I used a bamboo hardware store special between the ages of 11 and 17. I think it was $50 new and it floated a mean hopper, night crawler, cricket or whatever else I could find to impale on a hook.

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Check out R chapman and co. I bought a blank off them for less then 150 i think it was.

http://www.chapmanblanks.co.uk/specials/specials.htm

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Cabelas is where mine came from, but they were discounted in the fly cave. I paid $350 last summer, fwiw.

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What others have said is very true you really must cast bamboo rods before you buy one. The are very diffrent. You did not mention what rod you are looking for and why you have decided you use bamboo. Learn as much as you can and cast as many rods as you can before you pull the trigger. Not sure were you are from but there will be a number of builders at the upcoming Flyfishing Heritage day at allenberry in a few weeks..

Bill A

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If you want a reasonably priced cane rod, see Phil Baldachino at Kettle Creek Tackle Shop or contact Jack Mickiewicz at Jack's Tackle. Phil has a nice inventory on hand, and you can take them outside to cast. Jack's putting a new reel seat and grip on an old bamboo rod of mine, and sometime in the near future I'm going to have him build a 7'-9" bamboo rod based on a Payne taper. I casted one that he built and fell in love with it.

Either one will be very reasonable. I think around $400 for a single tip rod.

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Thanks Everyone. Good stuff.

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There's about 5 left in Hamburg, 6'9" 3 and 4wts, and 7'6" 5wts. $320.

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Just a reminder that Cabela's does not warrant anything in the Bargain Cave (to the best of my knowledge). Maybe the mfr will.

Posted on: 2010/6/20 20:37


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IIRC, its 1 year. There's $100 fee, but I don't remember if thats before or after that 1 year.

I wasn't that thrilled, but I guess that's the way probably the way all cane warranties go?

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