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    Hey Brad,

    Well, I can only say that it would be really difficult to make a decent PMQ as a first rod if you lacked basic hand tool skills and attempted it without help. Others have commented on the care needed to straighten sections which I have verified is a challenge.

    If a kit of pre-planed parts was available it might be a possibility but there is a LOT that can be underestimated in making a decent PMQ.

    No free lunch out there, is there?

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by K7zb View Post
    Hey Brad,

    Well, I can only say that it would be really difficult to make a decent PMQ as a first rod if you lacked basic hand tool skills and attempted it without help. Others have commented on the care needed to straighten sections which I have verified is a challenge.

    If a kit of pre-planed parts was available it might be a possibility but there is a LOT that can be underestimated in making a decent PMQ.

    No free lunch out there, is there?

    Bob
    No free lunch for sure. To make any type of bamboo rod...PMQ, hex, true quad, is an achievement and takes a bit of skill for sure. Say nothing of the specialized tools that make the job less of a chore.

    By the way, the rod of mine that you cast was straightened with a regular clothes iron on a flat surface. Try it sometime...it may surprise you!!

    Brad
    "A woman drove me to drink and I didn't even have the decency to thank her."
    -W.C. Fields

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    The little 2-strip quad in action on the Ausable River in the Adirondacks...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf6gdsoeqMo

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    Another very short video look at the 2-strip quad on the Ausable River near The Hungry Trout:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RL0lXH8vX7g

    I was really curious about the accuracy of a 2-strip rod. Many have mentioned the tendency for them to twist during casting which impairs accuracy - hence the butt cross-section has been widened incrementally along its length to compensate.

    Here's how it turned out...

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    Now that the shop is cleared from the early summer rod making, it is time to determine what to make for other family members... that would be our son-in-law, daughter and my wife.

    Joining us was my good friend and mentor Mark, his wife and daughter. Mark will be making their daughter a rod, too.

    To do that we held a "Castorama" - a cookout with a lawn-casting session with about a dozen bamboo fly rods. Everyone cast all they wanted until they found their 'sweet spot'.

    That turned out to be a Driggs for SIL, Gillum 7', 3-pc, 4/5 wt for both of our daughters and a Digger Degere "Big Eddy" 6' 4", 2-pc 4 wt for my wife.

    Here are a few photos highlighting our event:


    A1Castorama crew.jpg

    A2Castorama Em and grill.jpg

    A3Castorama rods.jpg

    A4Castorama mayhem.jpg

    A5Castorama conclusion.jpg

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    The rod queue is beginning to stack up!

    My oldest brother Tom, a fly fisherman for over 50 years now, would like a rod. A Midge, 6' 3", 2-piece, 4 weight, and he would like it flamed as dark as I can get it. Well, I know what that does to the bamboo, thanks to Bob Milward and Dr. Wolfram Schott, but for Tom, I'll give it a try.

    The little video here shows my first flaming attempt. You can interpret that several ways - they're probably fitting whichever you choose:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvBFE1Q7ZTc

    And yes, we wet down the dry grass before I started flaming. And no, we didn't for my friend's flaming when we started... that was more interesting but not a good time to be videoing. Glad it was his yard.

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    Bob
    You need one of these.....

    http://www.harborfreight.com/propane...ter-91037.html

    Brad
    "A woman drove me to drink and I didn't even have the decency to thank her."
    -W.C. Fields

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    Hey Brad - yeah, Mark had one there today when he flamed his. Compared to my little lighter that thing is a bonafide flame thrower! It does the job quickly... just couldn't trust myself to HF for that little item, though.

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    Our son Jon is starting his first rod now after the western forest fire season has ended...

    Jon rod #1 DRS collage.jpg

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    I just sent a Midge out to my brother Tom in Pennsylvania and he gave it a shot - on the Yellow Breeches near Carlisle:

    TPH Midge trout.jpg

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