The substance and character of these split cane fly rods serve to enhance your overall fly fishing experience. Each bamboo fly rod is made from the finest aged Tonkin bamboo. Using our extensive library of tapers we are able to build rod actions which suit your preferred casting style, whether delicately presenting small dry flies upstream or whether you prefer to mimic modern carbon rod line speeds for casting streamers.
My First impression is, Wow, some objects have a life of their own that extends beyond its main purpose, this defines the first thoughts on looking at the whole outfit. You and your team should be very proud of what you have achieved.
"Fly Fishing Rod of a Lifetime"
The 4wt 3 piece custom split cane rod was all I ever dreamed and hoped for. You really executed on the design and building of the fishing rod of a lifetime. Easy to cast all day, delicate in the presentation of dries in the 12 - 24 size range. The rod handled short and long distances, and presentations that needed to be straight, or with the leader bellied for braided currents, and side-casts into tight quarters
under the branches, or the roll cast.
"Smooth Casting Action"
Once held, a Chris Clemes fly rod will be the rod for the true fly fishing enthusiast, as they will immediately understand their pure quality; the balanced weight; the smooth casting action; even their smell. These qualities give these beautifully refined fly rods a substance and character that can only improve the overall fly fishing experience
Editor of FlyFisher Magazine
"Power and Beauty"
The quality of the finish is obvious with each custom rod being split, planed, straightened and finished by hand. The delicate eyes and guides set against the honey coloured blank made it a pleasure to hold the rod before even casting a line. I managed to cast short accurate lines and then strip some line off the reel to lay a whole line out in front of me so the rods appear to have power and beauty.
The finest split cane rods and reels are now on a special limited offer with 10% off all purchase until May 30th.
Each Chris Clemes bamboo fly rod is hand split, planed and elegantly styled in the English tradition by our highly experienced expert rod makers. Split cane fly rods have a wonderful action and smooth casting ability that make them the ultimate implement for fly fishing in the traditional realm of streams and rivers.
Whatever your choice, you will find that split cane fly rods offer improved casting efficiency, a more delicate presentation and an aesthetic handling that is not possible with modern carbon fly rods. Tonkin bamboo has long captured the imagination of traditional bamboo fly rod makers and this tradition lives on in our workshops. Given its natural beauty, Tonkin bamboo has remarkable strength and resilience which results in a unique, personalised split cane fly rod that feels and looks as good as it casts. Our rod makers promise to tailor each fly rod to individual requirements so that each is a masterpiece in itself.
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’