The name of my company that deals with the manufacture of splitcane rods.
Based in Flevoland in the Netherlands, I found this a suitable name for my business.
More than 1,000 different bamboo species are known. Only one species has all the properties for the production of rods. - "Arundinaria amabiles" - the "lovely grass" this particular species, also called Tonkin cane, grows exclusively in the coastal areas of southern China over the Gulf of Tonkin. Only here the climatic conditions ensuring a bamboo species with such a thick cell wall that makes it suitable for building split-cane rods.
The rods I make are the classic tapers, collected and measured by contemporary American rod builders. The offer of this is enormous.
From England, the tapers of Richard Walker,did influence many rodbuilders,inclusive myself.
Especially his baitcaster and spinning rods are still at the top of rodbuilding.
My knowledge of bamboo rod building come from the Dutch rodbuilder Leen Huisman. (LH design)
Talking about the rod building, here a short report so you know how a rod was made before the fiberglass and carbon rods came in production.
Making a bamboo rod is a long process, between 50 and 60 hours concentrated labour are needed. Important is the quality of the bamboo.
First, a pole is split into two parts, the knots between are then removed and the two halves are split by hand into narrow strips.
Absolute essential to produce a first-class rod is splitting the pole manual into the smaller strips.
Doing this we dont damage the naturally grown directions of the fibres.
The bamboo splits itself into the same direction of the fibres when we help a bit with a special knife.
If the strips are cut by a machine, what is a much faster method, it will inevitably cut through a proportion of these long fibres , which are somewhat sinuous along their length, and in doing so diminish the inherent quality of resilience and strength in the bamboo.
Then the strips must made straight.
This is done by heating every strip and carefully working out the slight bends and twists by hand.
This is painstaking work and must not be hurried.
Too much heath the fibres can be damaged, too little and the bamboo will not respond to straightening.
After this the we can triangle the strips and bind them together with a crosswinding in the same way as they will be glued together later.
This process is called "primary plaining"
Now the rodparts have to be hardened by heath.
This process drives out the unwanted moisture from the fibres.
If this moisture would remain there, the action of the rod would be too soft and the fibres would nor recover properly from directional stresses.
The strips are taken in a special temperature controlled rod oven for about 2 hours.
The six strips are now planed into the right taper in a plaining form.
The six equal strips we have now can be glued together.
Most fly rods are developed between 1900 and 1950. There was a great competition between the rodbuilders during those days. The result was that there were many different models on the market. It is now only a matter of taste which one you wants to fish. These rods are timeless and are still very popular among many anglers. The fly rods I make are reproductions of these classic tapers.
Of the many rods I have made, those of Richard Walker are my favourites.
Walker, an allround fisherman , developed rods for every branch of sportfishing.
Not only the legendary 10ft carp rod, the Mark IV, but also several spinning rods for salmon and pike were most wanted rods.
Dozens of different rods designed by him, I made and I noticed with surprise how good they were.
Eric Terluin Mai 2019