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Hello everyone!

The fly-fishing season 2012 on some rivers already begun and i´m already counting down the days to the opening season on my Vipava river.

But in this period i will spend more time to make a new custom-made bamboo fly-fishing rod. It will be a 2 pieces, 7 feet, line 4 rod for dry flies and smaller nymphs. I will make a slightly different model as the “Sir Darryl” special made from Wayne Cattanach. Rod makers usually made 2 tippets, i will made only one.

First of all it is obligatory to cut the bamboo pole to several pieces and regulate their straightness with fire. Because the rod will have a hexagonal shape,  we will need six pieces for each part. The pieces must be planed in special stencils with a planer, to obtain a triangular shape. All six pieces put together will made its characteristic hexagonal shape. All this work requires a lot of time and patience.

 

To be continued…

Peter

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Years ago it would be unthinkable not to start the fly-fishing season right on 1.april. But times are different and my first fly-fishing day was only on 9 of april.

I was waiting for this day since the middle of november for one reason only – testing my new bamboo fly-fishing rod. It´s a  line 4 rod which i made for small streams using light nymphs and dry flies. The d-day was planned to be on my river – Vipava.

The initial casts were lighter, just to feel the action and see the response. After the initial learning i started to improve the casts with more and more energy, till i reached my maximum power. I could say that i was surprised about the medium-fast action. Even if it´s not graphite i easily launched the line 20 meters and more.

First i used some nymphs on 10 an 12, after i tied some dry-flies because the fishes were rising. I caught some rainbows, and found a nice grayling (about 45 centimeters) dead on the bottom of the river.

In conclusion i was very excited about the results of my new bamboo rod, the fishes were not my primary goal.

Peter

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This river is situated in central part of Slovenia. It is a small river with karstic characteristics. The main reason why i mention this river is it´s big grayling population. Here you can also find brown trout, rainbow trout and danube salmon. The river is relatively calm, with some rapids. Other characteristic of this river are red coloured stones, because of its specific chemical compounds.

Because of it´s size the best period for fishing is in spring with highier water level. Light gear, bamboo fly rods with small nymphs and dry flies are the best option for this river.

Peter

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