Welcome to Splitcane.se
"I think the chief part of the ecstasy of fishing with the fly is to be found in the qualities of the fly rod, and if I am right in this, the more exquisite the rod the keener and more perfect the pleasure to be derived from the sport, a strong argument in favour of perfection in one´s weapon for the particular game in hand.
It may be, indeed it is, better to fish with any old rod than not to fish. But to fish with the most perfect of gear raises the satisfaction to the sublime – a thing of which those who have never handled a really perfect weapon can have no conception"
G.E.M Skues , Flyfisher´ s Club Journal, 1917
A fly rod made of split bamboo (split cane) is a dream to many a fisherman. For those who once fished with a really good bamboo rod there is no turning back.
Of course, you can be fascinated by the exclusive craftsmanship, the romantic aura around a "classic cane rod", and so on, but the fly fisher who definitely becomes a bamboo convert is he/she who recognizes the material´s merits to form the perfect trout-river fishing rod.
In order to provide you with some guidance and information on the characteristics of a good rod, this site has been created...
... But first, a brief presentation of myself:
On the wall beside me I see my first self-built, approved rod.
It was painstakingly made in 1973. No beauty for sure, not at all comparable to the Hardy Triumph I had hitherto fished. After being intoxicated by the incurable bamboo-disease a few years before, I had been struggling with procuring materials and equipment - only to find some bamboo culms took me a year of detective work, rods had to be planned after what rod-measurements I could get from understanding fishing-buddies - and books on the subject were not to be found. Well, I had Henrik Bech's little booklet "Hvordan man vaelger og laver splitcane-staenger," and by reading it I realized in all cases a split-bamboo consisted of 6 glued splints ... always something!
So, I had to manage on my own and develop methods by "trial and error”.... After considerable efforts I managed to construct a beveling machine using various scrappy parts, and with it I built rods for several years.
But manufacturing control templates for this was extremely time- consuming and opposed my desire to experiment with rod-actions. This eventually led me over to hand-planing, much more convenient when you make just a rod or two of any taper.
Mayfly on a northern river - Photo Peter Bentzer
My main interest, however, is not the actual building but action- theory, how a fly rod should work. After studying various tapers and even copied some rods I began to understand the secret of bamboo
Now I was at the starting point for developing formulas to calculate rods - how they should bend and load to give the action wanted.
Contrary to many, I believe there is no ideal action to suit everyone, and I finally came up with some 7-8 actions from which almost any rod could be successfully built on a custom basis. Even modifying an action to modify it was possible.
With few exceptions here and there, I have, since about 1980, built all my rods on these principles.
Since these days I dare say that I am in the position to build any rod a fisherman wants in terms of length, line weight and, most importantly, action.
This I am happy and very proud of.