You will find a lot of material on the internet searching for Bamboo flyrods / Splitcane fly rods, on web-pages, YouTube, Facebook etc. Here are some Links I find interesting.

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Rod Making:

Bamboo Archives (USA) –

Bamboo in the Laboratory (2006) –  Some observations on heat-treating of bamboo
for rod making purposes. – (Wolfram Schott) :  – a lot of inserts and links : Italian page with a lot of links.

Bamboo under the Microscope  (2006) –  Some observations regarding Arundinaria amabilis as a rodmaking material – (Wolfram Schott).

Der Bau einer 13-Gespliessten Fliegenrute (Making the 13-split Rod step by step). Mehrfach-Gespliesste Ruten . The Rose. – (Kurt Zumbrunn). : A very extensive page with a lo of surveys, inserts and links.

The Common Cents System – (Dr. William Hanneman) – “The World’s First Objective System for the Relative Measurement of Rod Action, Power and Frequency”, originally published in Rod Maker Magazine.

Determining the line weight of a bamboo fly rod – (Dave Dozer) Schwiss association. (European Rodmakers Gatherings, Agate Guides 1 and Agate Guides 2 ).

Guide Spacing & Size Chart – (Tom Morgan)

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

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

Building the F.I.B.H. Ferrule – Part 1   –  Building the F.I.B.H. Ferrule – Part 2     –  Fries Integrated Bamboo Ferrule. – (Bjarne Fries).

Depth Gauge System (2018), – (Wolfram Schott)

Ib Olsen – (Preben Torp Jacobsen)

IBRA (Italian Bamboo Rodmakers Association) – Italian Association. Articles, Tapers, “Bamboo Journal” and more than 30 rodmakers listed.

Frank Neunemann’s Web-site : E.g. Heat Treating by Hot Air 1, Heat treating by Hot Air 2, , SplittingMeasuring Strips.

Les cannes á mouche de Daniel Brémond

Location of guides – that deals with the taper and the bend of the rod  – (Dennis Skelmose Jensen).

Making the (almost) all-bamboo fly rod on the Morgan Hand Mill – (Robert Kobe)

Mortised Rods. The 12 strip butt. A short history, a story and a how to (Jeffrey L Hatton). IBRA – (Italian Bamboo Rodmakers Association). : Step by step :

Rodmaking Process – (Marcelo Calviello)

Triangle Cane Rod Making – (Tapani Salmi)

Tri-Hex Rods (Lee Koch)

Tycoon Laminated Splitcane Rods 

A few remarks about Silk Lines (2007), – (Wolfram Schott)

Einige Bemerkungen zu Seidenschnüren (2005), – (Wolfram Schott)

Southern Rodmakers Gathering, Blogspot:

Streamlined Bamboo Ferrules  (SRG 2014), – Bjarne Fries, Christian Strixner, Bo Hermansen and Alberto Poratelli.


Rod Tapers:

A Look At Bamboo Rod Tapers , The Basics – (Tom Smithwick).

BambooRodmakingTips-Taper-Archives – Taper Archives from: Chattahooche Rods, Frank Neunemann, Frank Stetzers Hexrod, George Herters Book, Rodmakers, RodDna and Woxnan. (USA): Tapers from many of The Old Masters: Garrison, Dickerson, Leonard, Payne, Powell, Young and many more.

DynaRod  (USA) : DynaRod is the tool for who want to design one’s own bamboo rod. Taper-list

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

RodDna Update – (Chris Bogart & Larry Tusoni)

FlexRod (USA): FlexRod is a taper analysis tool developed by Jim Utzerath in the late 90’s. All the components of FlexRod are self contained in a single Microsoft Excel (version 2003) workbook.

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 (2006) – (Wolfram Schott) – About Spey Rods, Grant’s Greehart Rods, Hardy, Pezon et Michel, Hørgård, Sharpe, and Tapers of 24 One-Hand- and 25 Two-Hand Rods.

Two_Hand_Tapers  (2018) – (Wolfram Schott) – including 95 Two-Hand Rod tapers.

David Ray’s Taper Library

Pezon & Michel, Parabolic Sawyer Nymph 8’10” taper 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 – (Ron Grantham).


Where to find it:, (USA): Spare parts for Stanley Planes and others. Basic Stanley Block Plane Comparisons – (What are the basic differences between the No.9-1/4, 9-1/2, 9-3/4, 15, 15-1/2, 16, 17, 18, A18, S18, 18-1/4 & 19 Block Planes?).

Norman Agutters, (UK): Rod Fittings, Handles, Reel Seats, Guides, Agate Stripping- and Tip Guides.

The Anglers Bamboo Company (USA): Dave Serafin. – 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): Super Swiss and Super Step Down (standard and truncated), Pezon & Michel (Fr), Stripper Guides, Tip Top Guides, Snake Guides, REC Reel Seats, Cork, Rod Tubes, Rod Bags 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. (UK): Planes from Lie-Nielsen, Veritas and Clifton, Hock Plane Blades, Sharpening products, Japan-saws, and a lot more. (Germany): Planes from Lie-Nielsen, Veritas, Kunz, Stanley and Anant, Hock Plane Blades, Grinding-tools, Japan-saws, and a lot more.

Ecork (Portugal): Cork from Portugal (Germany): Dieter Schmid. Planes from Veritas, Kunz, Juuma, and Clifton, Hock Plane Blades, Sharpening tools, Waterstones, Japan-saws, and a lot more.

GoldenWitch (USA):

Grey Hackle Rods (USA): Lee Gomolchack. – Snake Guide Maker, Bamboo Saw Jig, FerruleHone. (USA):  Hock Plane Blades, “The Perfect Edge” book by Ron Hock, and more.

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.

Morgan Hand Mill, (USA): Tom Morgans Hand Mill, MHM.

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

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

Perfect-europe (Poland): Agate stripping guides, agate tip/top guides.

Proof Fly Fishing (USA): Matt Draft. – Ferrules, Agate Stripping Guides, Guides, Reel Seats, Grips, Bamboo Restoration Supplies a.o.

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.

Rodbuilder Supplies (Canada) –

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

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

Snake Brand (USA): Mike McCoy. – Ferrules, Agate Stripping Guides, Guides, Winding Check, Reelseats.

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.

Tony Young (Australia): Ferrules, Reelseat.


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. Is up and running again.

Current Issue.

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:

A Brief History of the Bamboo Flyrod,  J.D. Wagner.

Angling Auctions (UK) – Neil Freeman Auctions, London

Antique Rod & Reel (USA) – Library: Rod manufactures, Reels, Winding Checks, Ferrules, Reel Seats (a lot of photos). Rod &Reel Exchange. Research Section. Databases: The Orvis Database. The Leonard Database.

Antique Vintage Fishing Tackle (UK) (USA) – A lot of old and very old books to be read directly. A lot of new and older web-sites, video, audio and more.

Bamboo Archives (USA) –

Classic Angling Magazine (UK)

ClassicVintageFishingTackle (UK)

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

Coldwatercollectibles  (USA) – Classic Bamboo Fly Rods – The Dickerson site – Dedicated to the work of Michigan rodmaker Lyle Dickerson.

Explanation of AFTM numbers and compared with the old system, HEH etc. (From the 1963 Hardy Catalogue).

Feathersfliesandphantoms (UK) – Aberdeen tacklemakers from 1820, including David Duguid, Playfair: Grants Vibration Rods, William Garden Greenheart Rods, J.S. Sharpe.

Hildebrandt’s – German Auction

Historic Rodmakers – 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)

Hardy Bamboo Rod Manufacturing Dates

The legendary Hardy CC de France rod (Andrew Herd), from The Fishing Museum Online (UK)

Hardy’s Greenheart Rod Numbers

Asbjørn Hørgård A/S  by Dr. Wolfram Schott

Irelands Antique Fishing Tackle

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

Lang’s Auction (USA), “The World’s Leading Fishing Tackle Auction” –

How Orvis Builds a Bamboo Rod –  From the Orvis Spring 1975 Catalogue.

Pezon & Michel – History of a Century.  (Pierre Chavagnac)

Pezon & Michel – The Story  (P. Potocco, S. Potocco and S. Cassoni)

The Split-Bamboo Rods of Pezon et Michel (Pierre Coursaget and Laurent Sainsot)

Pezon & Michel Produced Fly Rods and Rod Dating

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

Silk Line Ratings to Modern Fly Line Equivalents

Split-Cane Revival,   Sporting Classics Daily

Thomas Turner Fishing Antiques, (UK)

History of Winston –  From the Winston 1996 Catalogue.  (UK)

Vintage Fly Tackle (USA)

WestSlopeClassicFlyTackle (USA)

Whiteadder’s Virtual Fly Fishing Museum (UK) – American RodsBritish Rods.

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 Bamboo Rod Room : (USA)

The Classic Fly Rod Forum (USA)

Fliegenfischerforum (Germany)

Flyanglers Online (USA) – Forum: Rod Building: Cane and Graphite : UK forum. – “Rodbuilding” also about split-cane/bamboo fly rods..

Le Forum de Gillum (France)

Rodbuildingforum (USA)

Rodmakers List-Server (USA)

The Traditional Fisherman’ Forum (UK) – For The Discerning Cane Fisher


Gatherings :

CanadianCane (Canada): May, 29 – 30. 2021

Carolina Cane Gathering (USA): April, 17 – 18, 2020.

Catskill Rodmakers Gathering (USA): September, 11 – 13, 2020.

Colorado Rodmakers Reunion (USA): July, 16 – 18, 2020, and list of other actual Gatherings

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

Cressy Cane (Australia): March, 19. – 21. 2021.

Eastern Sierra Rod Makers Gathering (USA), September, 21 – 23, 2018

European Rodmakers Gathering (Italy), May 21 – 24, 2020.

European Rodmakers Gatherings, Earlier European Rodmakers Gatherings

Rodmakers at Greyrock, (USA): June, 25 – 27, 2020.

Northern Rodmakers Gathering, (USA): September, 18 – 20, 2020.

Southern Rodmakers Gathering (USA): October, 15 – 17, 2020 – including earlier Gatherings.

Cressy Cane (Australia): Oct. 2014, Oct. 2015, Oct. 2016, Oct. 2017, Oct. 2018.


Bookstores, Publishers : (USA)

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

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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