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    Default Steve Pennington cane rods

    As I have finally sold my five weights and have my last rod a Loomis east fork on the sale site I have added a little money to look at a cane rod and saw and read some on these Steve Pennington cane rods at the 500.00 price range.I also saw some on eBay at 299.95 made in one of the northern states.Anyone have one , remarks on cane rods and upkeep,problems or anything else.

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    Thomas,

    Steve Pennington is a master bamboo fly rod builder. He buys his own Tonkin cane in bundles. He has been making bamboo fly rods for well over a quarter of a century. He lives in Ankeny, Iowa. I personally own one of his rods. Many of my friends have ordered rods from him after casting my rod. You can't go wrong with a Steve Pennington split bamboo fly rod. I will PM you his email and phone number. By the way, he and his wife, Diane, will be at the FFF Fly Fishing Fair this late September in West Yellowstone. I plan on buying another one of his rods to give as a gift.

    Larry ---sagefisher---

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    I have seen his rods and they are finished very well. I have never cast one though. Usually he has better deals at the shows he attends. Like around $350.00

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    look for a firm called Coldwater Collectibles online. Pennington rods are available there. yesterday I counted 4 on sale and 4 marked sold--gives you some idea of their popularity.

    i also own one, bought from the master himself in 2007. he was at the (then) FFF gathering in Bozeman and paying for the trip with the rods. i had no business buying one, being the most basic of beginners, but he urged me into the parking lot, put it into my hand, and the rest was quite predictable--it just suited my casting style down to the ground. now that I know more, i know what I have, especially because more than one bamboo rod lover/maker has expressed great admiration for it.

    put it this way: if a good graphite rod is a wonderful tool, a Pennington rod is a violin. JMHO...
    fly fishing and baseball share a totally deceptive simplicity; that's why they can both be lifelong pursuits.

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    Bamboo rods are not fine china. They are built to use, There is a lot of sweat a builder puts into the construction of a bamboo rod. I have not cast one of Steve's but I will say if he sells them for that price he is not making minimum wage.

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    I know Steve Pennington and have and fish one of his 7' 4wt 2 tip bamboo rods. I am not a bamboo rod expert by any stretch of the imagination. But, I don't think you'll find a better rod for the money. As already been mentioned, Coldwater Collectables does sell some of Steve's rods, but Steve sells alot of rods at various shows that he attends. Besides the 7' 4wt he also builds a 7 1/2' 5wt and an 8' 5wt. And maybe even a 6 1/2' 4wt. You've got the information on how to get in contact with him, Your best bet is to either send him an email or give him a call.

    Dave
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