Hi Larry, Well here is the first trout with your rod. Which works like a dream I have to say. It's got touch in close and surprising power when I wanted haul some line out. Absolutely love the rod man!
Larry, I received the rod and reel today in the mail. The rod looked beautiful in the pictures, of course, but the real thing EXCEEDED my expectations! It is absolutely beautiful and I love it....
What Clients are saying...Hi Larry, Well here is the first trout with your rod. Which works like a dream I have to say. It's got touch in close and surprising power when I wanted haul some line out. Absolutely love the rod man! Mike Dvorak (Robbinsdale, MN)
Hi Larry, I received your Bamboo Rod yesterday… I love the action!!!!!! You know me I like a faster rod & this is it… The quality of your work is unsurpassed to anything I have seen… Larry Madison (Bozeman, MT)
Larry, I received the rod and reel today in the mail. The rod looked beautiful in the pictures, of course, but the real thing EXCEEDED my expectations! It is absolutely beautiful and I love it. This is now my "go to" rod and, in my opinion, the most beautiful of the 3 bamboo rods I now own. You did a great job and I am so happy with the finished product. It truly honors my grandfather's memory. (6 months later a follow up note) The rod if phenomenal. It casts like a dream. It balances perfectly with the Bellinger reel. Thanks again for the great work, and someday I’ll buy another. Best regards, John Stewart (Jersey City, NJ)
Larry, It took a while to slow my cast down but once I did the strikes started. The 4 wt is perfect for the Black Hills streams.... I'm very happy with my purchase. Mark Leagjeld (St. Peter, MN)
Larry, The 7’6” 5wt is one of the best bamboo rods I have ever had the opportunity to cast. It has tons of power, tracks straight as an arrow and yet is supple enough to fish with 8 & even 9X tippet. The cane work is as close to perfect as anyone could hope it to be. I can’t wait to see the 7’9” I have on order. Great work!! John Pirrello (Enfield, CT)
Larry, Picked up the rod today. Did not get a line on it yet. Working at Ramsey Outdoor Store for 35 years I have seen my share of bamboo rods from all of the famous makers. Your workmanship and attention to detail is as fine as I have seen. From the rod to the bag to the rod tube, your finished product has surpassed my expectations. THANKS!!! Maiden voyage!! In my line of work I have cast more rods from more manufacturers than most people. I felt your rod handled a 3DT as well as a 4DT. For me the action was med. fast. It still made the Quill Gordon time frame and altho not measured, landed a Rainbow on 7X that went from the but cap to the winding on the stripping guide. It cushioned the leader yet had plenty of power in the butt to land a 20+ inch fish. The pocket sewn into the rod bag is a definite plus and as said before, reflects your penchant for details. I'll look forward to showing your work to all I feel would appreciate it. All the best. Bill Tomiello (Ringwood, NJ)
Larry, Here are some fish pics from yesterday. The brown in the last two shots was 21 inches. The big rainbow was also 21. Also had another brown just over 20. The rod fishes best with a Cortland DT4F sylk witch just happens to match the color of the rod wraps perfectly, so it looks kind of cool. The best thing I can say about the rod is that I didn't think about it at all while I was fishing. It did everything I asked. Vin Zywiec (Piscataway, NJ)
Larry, The rod is sweet! Caught this guy this morning on a Trico and 6X. Love fishing the rod! Dexter Ball, Jr. (Twin Falls, ID)
Larry, Thank you so much for sharing your talent, time and materials with the Twin Cities chapter of Trout Unlimited. Your bamboo fly rod is absolutely beautiful (to hold, as well as behold) and a testament to your skills as an artisan. As a diamond cutter for over 30 years and someone who has made several graphite fly rods, I understand and appreciate the high quality of your workmanship. This fly rod is a jewel and now I can’t wait to fish with it. My best regards, Steve Truax (Minneapolis, MN)
Larry, A charming rod. I just have to remember to s-l-o-o-o-w down and enjoy it's smooth action . . . I caught a nice 20" GB that was cruising along in about 10" of water along a grassy bank using a size 20 pmd (DePuy's Spring Creek). Your rod performed well, bending well into the butt section. Ken Shiroishi (Portland, OR)