"Power and Beauty"
We understand that a custom fly rod is a highly personal item and one which we are sure will soon become your favourite fishing companion.
Split cane fly rods, also known as bamboo fly rods, are often viewed as beautiful keepsakes, too often stored behind glass cases and admired rather than fished with. However those that have fished with them, know that this could never be farther from the truth.
Each Chris Clemes fly rod is hand split, planed and elegantly styled in the English tradition by our highly experienced expert rod makers. Most importantly each rod which leaves our workshops is built to be fished, and to last for many years to come.
The inherent design of a bamboo rod means that they are solid in nature, the methods used manage to concentrate the power fibres of a bamboo culm into a single fly rod blank. This gives them a wonderful action and smooth casting stroke that make them the ultimate implement for fly fishing in the traditional realm of streams and rivers. Bamboo fly rods are also adaptable, fishing lighter or with a silk fly line given their lower wind resistance will tend to quicken your cast, while a heavier line weight, or plastic line, will tend to give you a slower cast whilst the rod loads in the hand..
The substance and character of these rods will serve to enhance your overall fly fishing experience. Using our extensive library of tapers we are able to build rod actions which suit your preferred casting style.
Whether you preference is for delicately presenting small dry flies upstream, or if you prefer an action which mimics modern carbon rod line speeds for casting streamers and larger flies cross current, we will build a rod which meets your ideal specifications.
Our Split Cane Fly Rods have featured in a range of publications. For more information have a look at our blog.
“This is not an impulse purchase. The firm makes only 20 to 30 bespoke split cane fly rods a year, and 20 reels at a time.”
Emma Crichton-Miller - FT Magazine ‘How to spend It’