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Fishing Bamboo: An Angler's Passion for the Traditional Fly Rod [Paperback]

John Gierach
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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press (13 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159921217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599212173
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once an angler has completely mastered the art of fishing with a graphite rod, their interest often turns to the original material used for fly rods - pliant bamboo. Until the mid-twentieth century, nearly all fly rods were made from bamboo, but by the 1970's fiberglass and graphite had taken over. However, more and more anglers are returning to the pleasures of traditional techniques and materials."Fishing Bamboo" is a philosophical guide for the angler who seeks this new "old" method, often considered the pinnacle of fly casting skill. It discusses how bamboo rods are built, how they differ from graphite rods, and how using one will change a fly fisher's approach to the sport forever.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fishing Bamboo 9 Dec 2009
This is a great book by a great author describing the strongly held views of bamboo rod makers which, of course, from time to time differ from each other.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fishing Bamboo 18 Feb 2013
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While this is a well written book I was expecting it to focus more on the aesthetics and romance/tradition of fishing with a bamboo (split cane) rod. I found it rather tedious reading about lists of makers and their history. It is obvious that the author is a great supporter and ambassador for bamboo rods but I did not feel his 'passion' really came over in this book. If you are interested in American makers and their history then I am sure you will find this book interesting, Unfortunately it has rather put me off trying any more of John Gierach's offerings
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fishing Bamboo 7 Jan 2013
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I bought this for my husband who is a passionate fly fisherman, and he loved it! Mind you he likes virtually anything that is written by John Gierach. I also fish and am looking forward to reading it once I can wrench it away from him!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Re-Release of Fishing Bamboo 29 Oct 2007
By Steven Chappell - Published on Amazon.com
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While I was hoping that the newly released version of John Gierach's original classic had been revised, I was not disappointed when I read my new copy. The first edition was an outstanding insight into the "cane mystic" and getting a new copy simply gave me a good excuse to re-read it and find out what I'd missed the first time. If you have the original, you don't need the reissue, but if you haven't read it in a while, you may have forgotten how good it was in the first place. Besides, most great literature comes out in a new package from time to time; why should John Gierach's work be excluded?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read! 25 Feb 2013
By Henry F. Shaefer - Published on Amazon.com
Anyone looking for a well grounded approach to the subject of bamboo rods, the history and the men who aka build them will enjoy this book. John G "claims he is not an expert.....AJ Foyt may not be a mechanic as well....but like AJ, John knows his passion in depth. John G has written about his true passion and it shows! A Great Book.
5.0 out of 5 stars LAST ONE IN IS A ROTTEN EGG 23 May 2014
By Robert L. Brockett - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently reread John Gierach's FISHING BAMBOO: AN ANGLER'S PASSION FOR THE TRADITIONAL FLY ROD. I guess, not unlike others, I reread books for a variety of reasons, some not worth mentioning, but mostly to see if they hold up a second (or third or fourth) time through. Of course, I have to have liked a book pretty well the first time to move it ahead of all the other titles waiting for me to finish and many will just keep waiting, I'm not sorry to say, eternally. In this particular case, though, the time was well spent. When I first bought the book, I was already contemplating making my first cane fly rod and really worrying about it. What I found in the pages of FISHING BAMBOO did little to ease my worrying. I think it made it worse. But then none of the other books I'd read before it concerning this almost supremely obscure bordering on occult craft (some say "art," something I reject out of hand; "art" is what you do with a fly rod and then only rarely) had done a thing for my confidence. Still, I collected and read and collected some more. Then I started making my own tools, no small endeavor, since many of the tools to do this are shop made only, though many are available from makers now. After agonizing almost daily over my only mentors, the fat and befuddling basic primers by Garrison, Cattanach, Maurer and Elser, Milward, and Gould, I began to range further afield, as much out of primal fear as the need to learn more. SPLITTING CANE, by Ed Engle. CASTING A SPELL, by George Black. RODCRAFTING, by Jeff Hatton. IDYLL OF THE SPLIT BAMBOO, by George Parker Holden. It went on this way for some time, as you can see, and I slowly realized that I'd spent so much money and time on books and strange tools used to make even stranger tools that I'd damn well better see this thing through, even if I had to pay in fingers (only a couple close calls, so far). It was about this time that I discovered one of my favorite outdoor writers (and writers in general), John Gierach, had also contributed a whole book to the canon. I was aware from the Engle book that Gierach fished cane, but I had no idea the depth of his disease. If passions can truly own men (thinking of Hobbes here), then Gierach has found his master. If you're like me, you'll come away from FISHING BAMBOO wondering how in hell the author managed to avoid actually making a cane rod. The breadth of his interest is very much on display here (not much choice with a title like that), the writing breezy and barroom conversational, somehow transcending his usual inimitable Twain-esque style into something more encouragingly instructive, reined in with artful consideration well before descending into the black pit of mere pedantry. You get a feeling of breathlessness here, as if Gierach couldn't wait to write the thing, he just had to get it out. (I gathered the same notion reading George Black's fine book, and the only one I would put in a class, judging purely on literary merits, with Gierach's.) It's a truly wonderful book, not knit-pick proof, by any means, and the appendices are understandably dated, but I'm still bothered by the viscera of a man so clearly and badly taken by a thing that he can still temptation for this long. So now I'm thinking of Ben Franklin: "If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." Way to hold on to your fingers, John.
5.0 out of 5 stars A short, delightful book for fly fishing enthusiasts 17 May 2014
By JW. Healy - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed reading this book and was sorry it was so short. I expect I will re-read it many times. I make bamboo rods as a hobby and love fly fishing so the book hit all of my hot buttons.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fishing Bamboo: An Angler's Passion for the Traditional Fly Rod 15 April 2014
By R L Shotts - Published on Amazon.com
First i must say i borrowed this book from the library, 2nd this book is amazing, at first i didn't think i was going to learn anything but i was dead wrong, this book exsplain's more about makers, size of rods and weights and so forth to understand the traditionalist and there bamboo fly rod, i learned so much i got this on my wish list as well as i highly recommend this book for anyone thinking to buy a bamboo fly rod or is curious about it, before you buy a fly rod made of bamboo old or new you need to read that book.
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