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About: : a lot of inserts and links : Italian page with a lot of links. : A very extensive page with a lo of surveys, inserts and links. Schwiss association. (European Rodmakers Gatherings, Agate Guides 1 and Agate Guides 2 )                 

Frank Neunemann’s Web-site : E.g. Heat Treating by Hot Air 1, Heat treating by Hot Air 2, , SplittingMeasuring Strips. IBRA (Italian Bamboo Rodmakers Association).

Rod Making: : Step by step :

Rodmaking Process (Marcelo Calviello)

Guide Spacing & Size Chart (Tom Morgan)

The Global Fly Fishers Guide to Building Bamboo Fly Rods: Part 1 – 7

Ib Olsen (Perben Torp Jacobsen)

The Global Fly Fisher: Ib Olsens Bamboo Rods  (Preben Torp Jacobsen)

Mehrfach-Gespliesste Ruten (Kurt Zumbrunn)

Tri-Hex Rods (Lee Koch)

Tycoon Laminated Splitcane Rods 

Der Bau einer Gespliessten Fliegenrute (Kurt Zumbrunn) – about 13-split rods

Bamboo under the Microscope (Wolfram Schott)

A few remarks about Silk Lines (Wolfram Schott)

Einige Bemerkungen zu Seidenschnüren (Wolfram Schott)

Rod Tapers:

Tom Smithwick: A Look At Bamboo Rod Tapers – The Basics (USA): Tapers from many of The Old Masters: Garrison, Dickerson, Leonard, Payne, Powell, Young and many more.

DynaRod Taperliste

RodDna (USA): Database and program to calculate tapers and stresscurves.

Hexrod (USA): Database and program to calculate tapers and stresscurves . Hexrod uses the engineering stress analysis developed by Everett Garrison as described in his book, “A Master’s Guide to Building a Bamboo Fly Rod”. Wayne Cattanach implemented the analysis in the BASIC language and named it Hexrod and Frank Stetser  made Hexrod simple to use.

Frank Stetser’s Hexrod Taper Archive :

“European Rod Tapers”  by Wolfram Schott, – a.o. about Spey Rods, Grant’s Greehart Rods, Hardy, Pezon et Michel, Hørgård, Sharpe, and tapers of 24 Onehands- og 25 Twohands Rods.

David Ray’s Taper Library Tapers from Italian Rod Builders The IRP7232 (taper from IBRA)

iTAPER – Rod Design Software, from Markus Rohrbach (in German)

Building a PHY Para14 Spey Rod, by Ron Grantham


Where to find it: 

The Anglers Bamboo Company (USA): Importer of Tonkin-Bamboo from China to USA and Europe (Springforelle , Berlin, Germany).

The Bamboo Broker  (USA): Importer of Tonkin-Bamboo from China to USA and Europe. (USA): Link to Suppliers.

Bellinger (USA): Reel Seats, Bamboo Rodmaking Machines & Equipment. Rodmaking Supplies, Instruction.

R. Chapman & Co. (UK): Splitcane blanks, Nickel Silver ferrules from: REC (USA), Classic Sporting Enterprises (Bailey Wood) (USA) and Pezon & Michel (Fr), Stripper Guides, Tip Top Guides, Snake Guides, Real Seats, cork etc. Tonkin-bamboo from The Bamboo Broker.

Cork4us (Portugal): Cork from Portugal.

Gary Dabrowski (USA): Rodmakers Findings – But caps, nickel silver, aluminium

Charles H. Demarest (USA) : Importer of Tonkin-Bamboo from China to USA.

Dick (De): German Tool-dealer: Planes from Lie-Nielsen, Veritas, Kunz, Stanley and Anant, Hock blades, Grinding-tools, Japan-sawes and a lot more.

GoldenWitch (USA):

Hopkins & Holloway (UK): e.g. Stripper Guides, Tip Top Guides, Snake Guides (Seymo), Brass ferrules (e.g. for renovation of older Rods)

Landmark Components (USA): Cork Grips, Rod Tubes, Reel Seats.

Mudhole (USA): Guides, Reel Seats, Ferrules etc.

Pacific Bay (USA): Rod Wrappers, Rod Dryers, Reel Seats, Cork Grips, Guides a.o.

Peakbamboo (USA): Importer of Tonkin-Bamboo from China to USA.

Quinchat Rods (USA): Machines for makers of Bamboo Fly Rods.

REC components (USA): Guides, Reel Seats, Ferrules etc.

Bret Riter (USA): Green Highlander Fly Fishing – Bamboo Ovens, Cork Presses a.o.

Rush River Rods (USA): Ferrules, Reel Seat Hardware, Nickel Silver.

Springforelle (Germany): Importer of Tonkin-Bamboo from China to Germany / Europe.

Larry Swearingen (USA): Swearingen Planing Forms

J. D. Wagner (USA): Wagnerrods – Planing Forms, Lathes, Rod Binders, Splicing Block, Hock Blades, Ferrules and Guides.

JWFlyRods (USA): Roughing Bevellers, Rod Wrappers, Binders, Block Plane Levelers, One Pass Finish Mill, CNC Finish Mill.


Magazines, Periodicals:

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The Planing Form”, – American “newsletter”

Published 6 times a year.

Subscription: Kirk Brummels,,

Cost of a yearly subscription is $30 for US residents, $35 for Canada residents, and $45 for those who reside outside of the US or Canada.

Back issues from Jan/Feb 2015: Kirk Brummels,,

Back issues until Nov/Dec 2014:

The Planing Form Newsletter… The First 25 Years. Now available; a DVD with all 150 back issues, year 1990 to 2014 and a 174 page, hard copy index, organized in a 6 category table of contents. Search more than 1500 pages of rod making history by dates, titles, authors, tapers, ads and places/events!

All for $75.00 with shipping included to the CONUS. Add $15.00 shipping and handling for orders outside the USA.

For more information or to order contact: Ron Barch at or


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Power Fibers Online Magazine” – American online periodical.

Published 4 times a year.

Power Fibers Online Magazine is up and running again, Next issue: January 2018.  

Latest issue (Issue 57, October 2014) is still to be downloaded, to read, to save on your PC or to be printed out.

Backissue Index,     Backissue Descriptions.




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”Bamboo Journal”IBRA Online Newsletter. Italian online magazine, published by IBRA (Italian Bamboo Rodmakers Association).

To be read and downloaded in Italian and English.

All issues are available.

Collecting, Historical:

Angling Auctions (UK) – Neil Freeman Auctions, London

Classic Antique Fishing Tackle (UK)

Classic Angling Magazine (UK)

ClassicVintageFishingTackle (UK)

Len Codella’s Sporting Collectibles (USA) – Used Vintage Bamboo Fly Rods


Fly Fishing History by Andrew Herd

Hildebrandt’s – German Auction – William (Streamer) Abrams, (USA) – New and used Rods

Mullocks Vintage Tackle Auction (UK) – Vintage Fishing Tackle

Northeastflyfisherman (UK) – Second Hand Hardy Cane Rods

Hardy – The Past the Present and the Future” – (Short passage about Splitcane Fly Rods)

“Asbjørn Hørgård A/S”  by Dr. Wolfram Schott

The Jordan-Mills Rod Co. (USA), Carmine Lisella – Classic and Vintage Fishing Tackle.

Pezon & Michel – History of a Century.

Pezon & Michel – The Story

Reel Antique Angling (UK), Antique and Vintage Fishing Tackle

Redwing Fly Rods (USA), Bamboo Fly Rod Restoration & Sales

“The legendary Hardy CC de France rod” fra The Fishing Museum Online (UK)

J.D. Wagner: “A Brief History of the Bamboo Flyrod”, Vintage Fly Rods.

Vintage Fly Tackle (USA)

Paul H. Young Rod Database

The Ultimate Bamboo Fly Rod Library” – has not been updated since 2003. The page is not active, but can be found at

Forums :

The Classic Fly Rod Forum (USA) : UK forum. – “Rodbuilding” also about split-cane/bamboo fly rods..

Le Forum de Gillum (France)

Rodbuildingforum (USA)

Rodmakers List-Server (USA)

The Bamboo Rod Forum : (USA)


Gatherings :

The Catskill Rodmakers Gathering (USA)

Corbett Rodmakers’ Gathering (Canada): May 12-15, 2016

Eastern Sierra Rod Makers Gathering (USA), September 23rd & 24th 2016

European Rodmakers Gathering (Switzerland), 21th to the 23th of October 2016

European Rodmakers Gathering, Earlier European Rodmakers Gatherings

The Southern Rodmakers Gathering (USA),  October 20, 21 & 22, 2016



Bookstores, Publishers : (USA) (EU) (USA)  (UK) (UK): (USA): (USA)

Coch-Y-Bonddu (UK): New and used books, and Publisher. (USA) (UK) (Germany) (USA) (USA)

Powell’s Books (USA): New and used books

The Whitefish Press (USA): Publisher of books related to Rodbuilding, Rodbuilders, Flyfishing etc. + “Fishing for History – Magazine” – latest issue to be downloaded.


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