Bamboo Fly Rods

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Bamboo Fly Rods

Post by Blackhackle » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:50 pm

Is anyone aware of any bamboo fly rod makers on the North Island? I am interested in acquiring a new or used bamboo rod for small and intermediate stream fishing. Thanks for your help.

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Re: Bamboo Fly Rods

Post by Johnno » Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:35 pm

Matt Noakes in Wellington does. Iconoclast flyrods. He pops in here from time to time as OneHairyArm. Does it as a bit of a hobby; Not as active as he once was due to kids and all that goes with them I think.....

Very good rod maker. Builds them from scratch. I acquired one of his experiment blanks (8" 5wgt) and built it up - it's a very good small stream rod. Nice progressive taper

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Re: Bamboo Fly Rods

Post by fraser hocks » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:28 am

Yep 2x for Matt. Makes a beautiful blank!! Just might have to convince him to build you one.

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Re: Bamboo Fly Rods

Post by Wilki » Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:56 pm

Yep that’s a x3 for Matt!

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Re: Bamboo Fly Rods

Post by diverrider » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:42 am

I build rods in all shapes and sizes, if I may, for you, cane is nostalgic only, and therefor only get a max of a 4wt in max 8 1/2 ft, try this site, ... cane-rods/ , get a Scottie (Sharpes), they done an impregrated Tonkin Cane Rod, used their own forming planes and manufactured all the components in-house, they (John - father - Steve - son Weaver) were finally based in Uxbridge in London, and were around since before WWII, they developed the technology to impregnate Bulsa Wood for the fuselage for the Spitfire Aircraft (yes it was build out of Bulsa Wood, but pressure / heat impregnated with resin), now sadly they are no more. I must have build 100's of rods using their blanks called "in-string" blanks. If you research my comments you will get the jist of it. If you do settle on a "cheepie" I could do a rebuild for you, but, dependent on the blank. You need to carefully check it out, the old blanks were bound together every 25mm or so with binding to keep the 6 sections together (and using "glue"), this in turn added weight, and had to get a "complete" over "varnish", this "varnish" would naturally crack as the rod flexed, causing ingress of dust and moisture, and eventually degrade the rod so much that it would become "un-usable", and would have to go through a full rebuild. Another FYI for you Hope its not info overload, but useful to you. Good luck.

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Re: Bamboo Fly Rods

Post by CanuckBoy » Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:08 am

Nick Taransky from NSW is in the process of moving to north island where his wife is from. He is fabulous guy and better builder.

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Re: Bamboo Fly Rods

Post by tiggs » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:04 pm

Do you know if Nick Taransky is going to continue making rods in NZ? Tried one and it was truly a beautiful rod.

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Re: Bamboo Fly Rods

Post by iank2 » Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:24 pm

Nick is looking to move here early next year , and locate in the lower North Island. Some of his rods designed for the small Canberra streams might be ideal for you. He is looking to supply his international market for rods from NZ. His web site is

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