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The Quasi-Religious, Damn-Near-Irrational Appeal of Bamboo Fishing Rods

To a select set of anglers, they’re what vinyl records are to music lovers.

A bamboo rod from Tom Morgan Rodsmiths in Bozeman, Mont.

A bamboo rod from Tom Morgan Rodsmiths in Bozeman, Mont.

Source: Tom Morgan Rodsmiths

Split-bamboo fly rods are better than they’ve ever been.

I first heard this observation from rodmaker John Bradford, a man not known for hyperbole, and it’s hard to argue. Today’s craftsmen have more than 150 years’ worth of collective experience to draw on, plus the advantages of 21st century glues and varnishes. For once, tradition meets high tech with a happy outcome.