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Monaro 45 6'9" #4/5/6 for Frank Hickling

This recent rod was commissioned by retired Chief of Army, Frank Hickling.

Frank grew up fishing the Monaro streams around Cooma. His favourite flies were featured in the original "Australia's Best Trout Flies" book. For this rod, he wanted a lightweight, low flash rod to suit the sight fishing requirements of the large, educated browns of the region.

The rod features:
- Monaro 45 taper in 6'9" 3-piece configuration
- Semi hollow construction
- Lightweight brown mallee burl and cork-core reelseat
- Low flash Tung Oil hand rubbed finish
- Lighweight TiCH stripping and snake guides
- Lightweight, extra short Hariki Step-Down truncated ferrules
- Blued reelseat hardware and ferrules
- Clear wraps with dark green tipping
- The rod is inscribed with "Ubique" (everywhere), the motto of the RAE (Royal Australian Engineers)

And most importantly, true to name, it has been Christened on some lovely fish, including a 4lb Monaro brown trout!

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taransky bamboo japanese theme

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Japanese Dragon themed rod - "The St Patricks River"

This rod was commissioned to combine the owners love of the iconic St Patricks River in Tasmania and love of Japanese swords and design. It incorporates a Japanese Dragon theme, including engraving on a Peerless 1A Reel.

The rod features:
- Payne 97 taper (7' #4) in 3-piece configuration
- Matching engraving on reelseat hardware and Peerless reel, feturing a dragon chasing a mayfly dun
- Vintage Japanese Kimono fabric rod bag
- Japanese Karin (Quince) burl reelseat
- Japanese Hariki reelseat hardware and blued Step-Down Truncated Ferrules
- Clear wraps
- Tortoise-shell coloured agate to blend in with the tones of rod and reel
- TiCH snake guides
- Small Full Wells grip

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Taransky Bamboo Madake Cane

Taransky Bamboo Madake Cane

Taransky Bamboo Madake Cane

Taransky Bamboo Madake Cane

Taransky Bamboo Madake Cane

Taransky Bamboo Madake Cane

Madake Bamboo prototypes

On my travels in Japan, I was intrigued to see the use of Japanese Madake bamboo as well as Tonkin Cane. Madake is lower modulus than Tonkin, and lighter in weight, producing rods with very smooth, fluid action. I have been able to source some very large Madake culms, which I have had seasoning for several years in my workshop. Recently I've begun to make some rods with this bamboo. My methodology has been to use tapers that I have made and know well in Tonkin, to compare the difference in the types of bamboo.

The prototypes pictured at left feature:
- Tapers based on Payne 97 and PHY Midge actions
- Un heat treated cane (execpt heat used in straightening processes)
- Small cigar grips with silk bound up over the cork
- Translucent lemon wraps to balance the blonde cane
- Yellow Box Burl ang Huon Pine Birdseye Burl to match the cane
- Lightweight TiCH guides
- Japanese "foot" measurement marked on the rod for (shaku - 尺) for catch and release reference
- Pygmy Possum engraving on the rod butt cap
- Vintage Japanese Kimono cotton fabric rod bags
- Seamless scarf ferrules

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Taransky Bamboo Pentaquex quad hex hybrid

Taransky Bamboo Pentaquex quad hex hybrid

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Pentaquex Prototype

This prototype is some R&D I have been doing into different rod geometries. My own feeling is that nearly all bamboo rods are made in solid, hex configuration for good reason, but the only way to test that is to make rods in different configurations. I've made rods in hex and quad configurations before, but I realised that I could make a penta rod using a mix of 2 x quad and 3 x hex strips. On top of that, the resulting penta could be assembled in two alternative configurations (pictured left). I have made prototypes in both of these shapes.

Making these rods has been an interesting experience. The taper dimensions need to be adjusted such that:
1) The internal faces of the bamboo meet to form a closed pentagon
2) The overall cross sectional area is the same as the equivalent hex or quad taper (for comparison purposes).

An additional challenge comes when sanding the flats of these rods, as the flats neither line up with an opposing flat, nor a corner, some leaning and careful sanding technique is required (particularly on the tips)!

The testing of the actions of these rods has been an interesting experience too! Watch this space for more...

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Yadake Bamboo Fly rod from Taransky Bamboo

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Yadake Bamboo Prototype

Another species of bamboo used in Japanese rodmaking is Yadake.

I have sourced some locally grown Yadake in Australia, and have begun making some prototype rods. They are very lightweight and crisp, not dissimliar to graphite.

Pictured left is a rod featuring:
- 6' #4/5 action
- Integrated whole culm grip and reelseat
- Graphite spigot ferrules
- Hariki Japanese rod bag
- Madake Bamboo whole culm rod tube
- TiCH stripper and guides

Rodmaking Overview

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Hardware Choices/
Engraving Plans

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Completed Rod

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girls fly rod from taransky bamboo girls fly rod from taransky bamboo

girls fly rod from taransky bamboo girls fly rod from taransky bamboo

girls fly rod from taransky bamboo girls fly rod from taransky bamboo

girls fly rod from taransky bamboo girls fly rod from taransky bamboo

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A Special "Bush Creek" Rod for Judith Oliver

I recently completed a rod for Judith Oliver. Judith is a lovey lady, and long time client of Master Caster and guide, Peter Hayes. After much study and hard work, Judith became a IFFF Certified Casting Instructor in 2013, and to celebrate, she treated herself to a bespoke fly rod! After she tried several rod tapers, she decided on a "Bush Creek", in 3 piece configuration, which has proven a popular and effective rod for small, tight Australian streams.

On top of the performance of the rod, Judith and I spent quite a bit of time developing the details on what was always going to be a "girl's" rod. It was really nice to do something quite original for me, and collaborate on something which combined feminine and traditional looks. The photos at left show the rod taking shape, as well as some of the ideas that went into the engraving and other design choices.

I'm really happy with how the rod turned out, and I think Judith is too.

 

 

The completed rod features:
- Bush Creek 6'6" #3/4/5 taper
- 3 piece configuration
- Medium/light honey gold flamed cane
- Rich red/pink red mallee burl reelseat spacer
- Pink/clear agate from Joe Arguello
- Delicate full wells grip made with fine peach unbleached 1/4" cork rings
- Pale lavender guide wraps over bright snake guides
- Fine pink and turquoise tipping on signature wraps (to match the flowers on Judith's Willow reel)
- (A matching red mallee handle was fitted on the reel)
- Deep cherry red ferrule wraps
- Red mallee burl ferrule plugs to match the reelseat and reel handle
- Exquisite engraving on the ferrules and reelseat hardware by Dick Chapman

It was a lot of fun putting this rod together, and it was touching to see how much of herself Judith put into this very special rod. I look forward to seeing it christened in the Catskills and being fished for many years to come!

 

 

impregnated and oil rubbed finish on taransky bamboo rod

impregnated and oil rubbed finish on taransky bamboo rod

impregnated and oil rubbed finish on taransky bamboo rod

impregnated and oil rubbed finish on taransky bamboo rod impregnated and oil rubbed finish on taransky bamboo rod

impregnated and oil rubbed finish on taransky bamboo rod impregnated and oil rubbed finish on taransky bamboo rod

Impregnated and Oil Rubbed Finish Rod

Most of my rods are finished in a traditional gloss spar varnish with multiple dips. This brings out the deep golden colours in the bamboo and also protects the bamboo with layers of varnish. I rub the high gloss finihs back after the final dip and then buff it gently by hand up to a rich semi gloss. This finish is traditional and durable, and smells nice too!

For several years however I have also been working on a dual marine epoxy impregation traeatment of the bamboo, combined with a traditional Tung Oil rub on finish with a final wax coating and polish. The impregnation penetrates into the bamboo and makes it resilient to water ingress. Several coats of tung oil are then applied, which slightly penetrate into the bamboo, and then form a thin protective coating over the surface of the cane. These form a high satin, low flash finish, with low flash, and retain some of the texture of the surface of the natural bamboo. A final coat of wax is buffed on by hand to further protect the bamboo against moisture.

Shown at left is a recently completed rod with this finish. The rod also features:
- Rich flamed finish
- Blued CSE Ferrules
- Clear wraps over TiCH guides, with fine double black tipping
- Brown Mallee Burl reelseat spacer, with blued CSE Nickel Silver Hardware
- Custom fitted cotton rod bag
- Brushed aluminium rod tube with Japanese Hariki Brass caps_
- Tapered cigar grip from fine Portuguese cork
- Blued, hex forged Winding Check

taransky bamboo nets

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New Landing Net Designs

For several years I've been making landing nets, using 3 to 6 ply laminate Tonkin Cane hoops, and handles of Australian hardwoods and Banksia Pods. I've made quite a few prototypes, in different shapes and sizes, and had friends and other respected anglers try them out. The design has been based on Japanese style nets, with an asymmetrical/offset shape. The Japanese do many things so well, to be honest, it's very humbling to follow their path when it comes to both form and function.

My goal has been to come up with a range of nets that are aesthetically pleasing, but also be hard wearing, and have a feel that makes them intuitive to use when landing fish in the heat of the moment.

Over time I've come to like a slightly angular, offset teardrop shape, as shown in the pictures of the shaping forms at left. I've settled on four sizes. The smallest is for tiny streams and little jewels of fish. This size is more of an accessory for photos to do the beauty of small fish justice, when layed next to the net and a small rod and reel. The next size up is a functional small stream net, which looks nice with fish, and will also help to net larger small stream fish when they invariably appear (when least expected). The second largest size is for medium streams and rivers, and is designed with a net bag to cope with most fish encountered in Australia. The largest sized net will (hopefully) cope with the largest Australian fish, as well as being a functional net for New Zealand rivers and fish.

I'm still putting the final touches on the shapes and design, but I hope to have some nets available for sale before long.

Taransky Bamboo Rod with Tom Sutcliffe artwork, Dick Chapman Engraving, for Alan Meyburgh

Taransky Bamboo Rod with Tom Sutcliffe artwork, Dick Chapman Engraving, for Alan Meyburgh Taransky Bamboo Rod with Tom Sutcliffe artwork, Dick Chapman Engraving, for Alan Meyburgh Taransky Bamboo Rod with Tom Sutcliffe artwork, Dick Chapman Engraving, for Alan Meyburgh

Taransky Bamboo Rod with Tom Sutcliffe artwork, Dick Chapman Engraving, for Alan Meyburgh

Taransky Bamboo Rod with Tom Sutcliffe artwork, Dick Chapman Engraving, for Alan Meyburgh

Taransky Bamboo Rod with Tom Sutcliffe artwork, Dick Chapman Engraving, for Alan Meyburgh

Taransky Bamboo Rod with Tom Sutcliffe artwork, Dick Chapman Engraving, for Alan Meyburgh

Taransky Bamboo Rod with Tom Sutcliffe artwork, Dick Chapman Engraving, for Alan Meyburgh

Taransky Bamboo Rod with Tom Sutcliffe artwork, Dick Chapman Engraving, for Alan Meyburgh

Taransky Bamboo Rod with Tom Sutcliffe artwork, Dick Chapman Engraving, for Alan Meyburgh

Taransky Bamboo Rod with Tom Sutcliffe artwork, Dick Chapman Engraving, for Alan Meyburgh

Taransky Bamboo Rod with Tom Sutcliffe artwork, Dick Chapman Engraving, for Alan Meyburgh

Taransky Bamboo Rod with Tom Sutcliffe artwork, Dick Chapman Engraving, for Alan Meyburgh

Taransky Bamboo Rod with Tom Sutcliffe artwork, Dick Chapman Engraving, for Alan MeyburghTaransky Bamboo Rod with Tom Sutcliffe artwork, Dick Chapman Engraving, for Alan Meyburgh

Taransky Bamboo Rod with Tom Sutcliffe artwork, Dick Chapman Engraving, for Alan Meyburgh

 

 

The "Delegate"

This is a very special rod who's story began in 2008, when expat South African, Alan Meyburgh, contacted me from his new home in Western Australia. He visited me here in the Snowy Monaro region, where we fished together, and talked about making him a rod for Australian conditions. Alan and I hit it off right away. I could see that he shared the passion that my close friends and I have for the beauty of trout and the waters that they live in, and the challenge of catching them, small and large, regardless of the size and numbers of fish.

During his visit, Alan mentioned that I HAD to look up the work of Tom Sutcliffe, renowned author and artist (among other things!). Tom is the author of several books, based on a fly fisher's life in South Africa. Alan presented me with a copy of the iconic "Hunting Trout", which paints a wonderful picture of trout fishing in South Africa, from a technical, geographical, but above all, a spiritual, pont of view. For all the subtle differences in the fishing between South Africa and Australia, there are far more similarities: flowing streams, the company of friends, beautiful fish, campfires, cabins and escape from the hustle of day to day life. Tom's style is his own, but maybe he carries the essence of a John Gierach or David Scholes, where you read a lovely story about a day on the water, and realise at the end of it, that you have learnt some new ideas about how to fish, without having them rammed down your throat. As well as being an acclaimed author, Tom is also an accomplished artist, in watercolour, pencil and other media, where he brings the South African landscape and trout to life.

Alan visited again in 2011, where we shared some company and stories, and though didn't manage to get onto the water together, we talked more about his rod. It wasn't going to be something to rush, but let come together when the details felt right. During his visit, I loaned Alan and his friend Lee some bamboo rods to try out on the water. Alan liked the powerful "Monaro 45" #4/5/6 taper as a basis for his rod, in the 6'9" 3 piece configuration.

Alan wanted the rod to be named the "Delegate", after the region of Southern New South Wales where we first "wet a line" together. Apart from that, he left many of the aesthetic choices to me, but was very keen to have engraving based on a photo of a wombat incorporated into the rod. He had taken the photo on the river, in the Delegate region, on our first day together on the stream. He had never seen a wombat before, and asked if I saw them often. "Like that one?", I asked, as one ran across in front of us. We laughed, and followed it to its hole, where it stayed at the entrance, instead of disappearing, so Alan took several photos.

To complete the rod, I asked Tom if I could use a pencil sketch of his to use as a panel around the butt cap, to which he generously agreed, and so in 2015, the rod finally came together.

Photos of the rod are at left, including Alan's wombat photo, and Tom's drawing. It features:
- Monaro 45 taper - 6'9" #4/5/6
- Dry fly action with swelled but
- 3 piece configuration with two mirror matched tips
- Richly flamed cane, with lighter contrasting nodes
- Highly figured brown mallee burl reelseat
- Banded golden-yellow agate stripping guide to blend with the bamboo
- TiCH snake guides and tiptop
- Clear guide wraps to melt invisibly into the rod
- Traditional blued ferrules and winding check
- Dark (almost black) ferrule and signature wraps
- Hexagonal split bamboo ferrule plugs
- Highest grade Portuguese cork grip
- Exquisite engraving by Dick Chapman
- Custom sewn rod bag
- Classic brushed aluminium rod tube with Japanese Hariki Brass Caps

Meeting Alan, and corresponding with Tom has left me yearning for a visit to South Africa - to fish, watch a Cricket Test Match in Capetown, and see the other sight of South Africa that I have read about and seen in pictures and on TV. Thinking of a vibrant trout fishery and fly fishing community in South Africa reminds me of a small torn off magazine cutting that I saw in Japan, on the wall of the studio of leading Tiemco tackle designer, Kenshiro Shimazaki. It read "Man's passion whirls on the other side of the beautiful world". I really can't but it any better than that. We fly anglers are a lucky breed, sharing a passion that spans the globe.

Tom Sutcliffe has a wonderful website called "The Spirit of Fly Fishing", which captures the essence of our sport. It is accompanied by a regular email based newsletter of the same name, that you can subscribe to on the site here:
www.tomsutcliffe.co.za

Alan Meyburgh is a talented sculptor, who has worked in a wide range of media and scale. His recent work has been based on the extinct Megafauna of Australia. Some articles and photos can be seen here:
Yahoo News
Margaret River News

 

Three generation family tree taransky bamboo fly rod

Three generation family tree taransky bamboo fly rod

Three generation family tree taransky bamboo fly rod

Three generation family tree taransky bamboo fly rod

Three generation family tree taransky bamboo fly rod

Three generation family tree taransky bamboo fly rod

 

Bespoke "Three Generation" Family Tree Four-piece rod

This bespoke rod was commissioned by a father to connect three generations of a fly fishing family: grandfather, father and son.

The rod was made to match a Hardy Princess fly reel, which had been passed to the owner by his father.

The rod features ferrules with the initials and birth dates of the three generations engraved along each ferrule, to link each of the rod's connections with a generation. The rod's Arne Mason case also has the initials of each generation in the family embossed on the case.

Other features of the rod are:
- Gumleaf/gumnut engraving on the ferrules
- Wattle engraving on the reelseat hardware
- Kookaburra engraving on the butt cap
- Spring green guide and ferrule wraps tipped with subtle lemon/gold wattle tipping
- Yellow/gold banded agate stripping guide
- Highly Figured Brown Mallee Burl Reelseat Spacer
- Traditional Ferrule plugs from Classic Sporting Enterprises

mugla seat on taransky bamboo fly rod

mulga on taransky bamboo fly rod and peerless reel

mulga on taransky bamboo fly rod and peerless reel

mulga on taransky bamboo fly rod and peerless reel

Mulga Reelseat, Ferrule Plugs and custom Peerless Reel Handle

A recent bespoke rod inclued Mulga timber provided by the owner to be. The desert wood was given to him by his father, which made a lovely connection between father, son, the rod and fly fishing.

The wood contained a mixtured of rich, dark heartwood, and light contrasting sapwood. These different tones matched the flamed cane and lighter nodes on the rod, so I made a couple of seats - one from the heartwood only, and on which included heartwood and sapwood. The mixed seat looked so good that it was chosen for the rod. There was still enough of the timber left to make a matching pair of ferrule plugs, and a handle for the Peerless 1A reel that went with the rod.

 

Matched pair of blonde and flamed 3 piece rods from taransky bamboo

Matched pair of blonde and flamed 3 piece rods from taransky bamboo

Matched pair of blonde and flamed 3 piece rods from taransky bamboo Matched pair of blonde and flamed 3 piece rods from taransky bamboo

Matched pair of blonde and flamed 3 piece rods from taransky bamboo Matched pair of blonde and flamed 3 piece rods from taransky bamboo

Matched pair of blonde and flamed 3 piece rods from taransky bamboo Matched pair of blonde and flamed 3 piece rods from taransky bamboo

Matched pair of blonde and flamed 3 piece rods from taransky bamboo Matched pair of blonde and flamed 3 piece rods from taransky bamboo

Matched pair of blonde and flamed 3 piece rods from taransky bamboo

Matched pair of blonde and flamed 3 piece rods from taransky bamboo Matched pair of blonde and flamed 3 piece rods from taransky bamboo

 

"The One Gun Man" - Three Piece Pair

Several years ago I was commissioned to make a matched pair or 7' #4 two piece rods - one golden blonde and one flamed - under the theme of "The One Gun Man". These rods were intended to be ideally suited to small waters, both streams and stillwaters. The goal was to make a rod that could be fished all of the time on these intimate waters, such that the owner could develop an intuitive relationship with them. This is a concept that is close to my heart. When you use one rod for all, or nearly all, of your fishing (and a good deal of lawn practise), the rod itself becomes an extension of your thoughts and movements. Details on the making of this pair of rods are featured below on the gallery - click here to read more about the project to make the original two rods.

Well, the owner is very happy with the original two piece versions, but he aproached me to make a second pair of identical rods, but this time in three piece "airline friendly" travel versions.

The same principles were used for the making of the 3 piece matched pair. Again, one rod was to be in a light "P&M" Gold, and the other richly flamed. Both rods were made from the same culm of bamboo, and each features 3 mirror matched tips.

The overall look of the rods was to be understated and elegant, with:
- Blued ferrules (Japanese Hariki ferrules for lightness)
- Finely banded golden amber and clear Brazilian agate stripping guides
- Matching Brown Mallee Burl Reelseat Spacers
- Clear wraps on both rods, with fine black signature tipping on the Darker rod and P&M Green and Red tipping on the lighter rod.
- A butt swell, concealed beneath the top of the grip, to retain a crisp action, but maintain the fine aesthetic lines on both rods
- Matching light and darker ferrule plugs turned from the butt sections blank offcuts
- Finely engraved reelseat hardware by Dick Chapman, featuring a Mayfly Lifecycle and a Brown Trout
- Leather rod case made by Arne Mason

The Build

As with all Taransky Rods, these include:
- The highest grade Tonkin Cane, hand graded and selected for each taper and rod configuration
- Hand split and hand planed cane to optimise the best cane in each culm
- Mirror matched tip sections
- Nickel Silver ferrules with finely hand tapered/crowned ferrule tabs
- Brazilian agate stripping guide with nickel silver frame
- Gunsmoke TiCH Snake Guides
- Ground/tapered and hand finished guide feet
- Guide wraps in fine Japanese silk, transparent after varnishing
- Hand fitted hex forged winding check
- The highest grade Portuguese cork
- Australian hardwood burl reelseat spacer with Nickel Silver hardware
- Multiple dip coat varnishing with hand rubbed finish
- Hand turned and fitted bamboo and cork ferrule plugs
- Custom fitted rod bag

Again, additional features of the build of these three piece rods included:

Culm selection: Two candidate culms were selected from the highest grade stock of over 200 culms, including over 50 AA Culms. The final culm was selected on colour, density, node spacing and straightness. This culm was huge - allowing enough cane to produce three tips for each rod (six tips in total, plus a number of spare strips). The node spacing was such that ALL the nodes on the tips and mid sections could be staggered to place the nodes directly under a guide, providing additional reinforcing of the nodes.

Flaming/Heat Treating: To ensure that both the lighter and darker rods retained the same feel, the culm sections for the lighter rod received more flaming on the inside than the darker ones, as well as additional heat treating later in the process (before final planing).

Alternate butt bamboos by nick taransky

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Leonard 39DH taper with alternative staggered short butt

I've had this 7'6" #4 for some time as a demo rod. It's a classic Leonard taper, ideal for long leaders and light tippets in Spring Creek sort of water. Its fine tips always felt like they would work on a shorter butt section, resulting in a tighter actioned 6 footer that would still fish a #4 line. This would mean you could travel with both tips and both butts, and have two different rods to cover open, larger water with the longer configuration or smaller, more confined water with the shorter configuration.

The rod is wrapped in rust silk, with TiCH shakes and stripping guides, with blued Hariki ferrules with black wraps.

The original Leonard butt features
- Red mallee reelseat spacer
- Blued medium size CSE downlocking cap and ring hardware
- 6" tapered cigar grip
- Swelled butt

The alternative short butt features:
- Banksia nut reelseat spacer
- Blued "baby" sized CSE downlocking cap and ring hardware
- Swelled butt
- 5" tapered cigar with overbound front transitioning into the butt swell

6'9# #6-8
saltwater bamboo fly rod from taransky bamboo

saltwater bamboo fly rod from taransky bamboo

8'5" #8-10
saltwater bamboo by nick taransky

saltwater bamboo by nick taransky saltwater bamboo by nick taransky

Saltwater Bamboo Prototypes

I've recently made and tested some saltwater bamboo rods in the #6-10 weight range. They've all caught fish, including bonefish, giant trevally, queenfish and several other species, but at this stage they are still a "work in progress" for me.

Pictured at left are:

A Fast Actioned 6'9" #6-8, based on the Monaro 45, Featuring:
- Alternative tips - a "light" #6/7 and a "heavy" #7/8
- Sea Green wraps
- Integrated fighting butt reelseat with Yellow Box Burl spacer
- Hard saltwater reisitant marine epoxy impregation and tung oil finish

An 8'5" Scarf ferruled #8-#10, featuring:
- Alternative tips - an #8/9 and a #10
- Ocean Blue Wraps
- Hard saltwater reisitant marine epoxy impregation and tung oil finish
- Titanium Reelseat
- The scarfs on the butt and #10 tip have an additional thin laminate of bamboo to reinforce the scarf

** The fly box pictured was a lovely gift from Judith Oliver, given to all the members of the group who made the trip to Christmas Island i 2014. Thanks Judith!

The reels pictured are Tibor Billy Pates. I've recently acquired a Tibor Dealership, so please contact me if you would like to purchase anything from the USA made Tibor range of reels.

 

Darkly Flamed and golden blonde cane rods from Taransky Bamboo Darkly Flamed and golden blonde cane rods from Taransky Bamboo

Darkly Flamed and golden blonde cane rods from Taransky Bamboo

Dark Chocolate and Melted Butter

Most of my rods are flamed to a rich, medium gold colour, but from time to time I make rods both darker and lighter. These two recent rods show the full contrast that is possible with this incredible material. The dark cane looks like dark chocolate, while the very lightly flamed rod has the colour of melted butter.

It is worth noting that the lighter rods can still receive a significant amount of heat treating (required to drive our moisture and tighten the action of the rod). This is achieved by additional flaming INSIDE the bamboo culm, which tempers the bamboo without significant colout change at the surface (outside) of the rod.

Taransky Bamboo

Monaro 45 6'9" #4/5/6 3/2 with clear wraps

In some ways the Monaro 45 has become my "signature" taper. Available in 6'6" and 6'9", it is a fast, tight actioned rod, that still has a bamboo feel, but is accessible to anglers who are used to fishing with stiffer graphite rods.

Darkly Flamed and golden blonde cane rods from Taransky Bamboo

Darkly Flamed and golden blonde cane rods from Taransky Bamboo

Gum Leaf colour scheme Taransky Bamboo

Gum leave colour scheme on a 6'9" #4/5/6 3/2 Monaro 45

It can be nice to connect the aesthetics rod in some way to the environment that it is fished in.

The wraps on this Monaro 6'9" Monaro 45 reflect the colours of red stemmed gum (eucalypt) leaves found throughout the Australian bush. The leaf colour is achieved with lime green silk, which, when varnished, becomes transparent and is modified by the warm golden flamed bamboo underneath.

The reelseat on this rod is brown mallee burl (a eucalypt), which completes the theme, with the colours of the burl picking up on the tones of the flamed bamboo, including the lighter accents of the nodes.

N A Taransky Bamboo Rod with Banksia Spacer

N A Taransky Bamboo Rod with Banksia Spacer N A Taransky Bamboo Rod with Banksia Spacer

N A Taransky Bamboo Rod with Banksia Spacer N A Taransky Bamboo Rod with Banksia Spacer

N A Taransky Bamboo Rod with Banksia Spacer N A Taransky Bamboo Rod with Banksia Spacer

N A Taransky Bamboo Rod with Banksia Spacer N A Taransky Bamboo Rod with Banksia Spacer

N A Taransky Bamboo Rod

N A Taransky Bamboo Rod

N A Taransky Bamboo Rod

 

Four piece "Monaro 45" - The "River Queen"

This rod was commissioned as a tribute to the Arctic Grayling - "The River Queen"

Built on a Fast Actioned 6'6" #4/5/6 "Monaro 45" Taper, this rod features:

- Swelled Butt
- Rich, golden flamed bamboo
- Upsliding Reelseat with Custom turned and stabilised Banksia Nut Spacer
- Exquisite Grayling engraving by Dick Chapman
--- Leaping Grayling on the butt plate
--- Grayling scale pattern on reelseat slideband and ferrules
- Brass and leather case by Arne Mason with embossed owner's initials and luggage handle
- Tartan rod bag, reflecting the rainbow colours of the Arctic Grayling's fins
- Fine Flor Plus Western Style grip to match the flared reelseat and tapering into the swelled butt
- Mirror matched tips
- Nodes on tips and mid section aligned under guide wraps
- Clear wraps with fine black tipping
- Banded black and white agate with blued frame
- Hard wearing TiCH gunsmoke grey Snake Guides
- Custom blued, hexagonal Winding Check
- Peerless 1 1/2 Reel, with leather case to match and balance the rod

And most importantly, the rod has now been Christened on some fantastic Tasmanian brown trout with leading guide and casting instructor Peter Hayes!!!! As Peter would say - "SENSATIONAL"!!!

4 piece fly rod for Mike Stevens by N A Taransky Bamnboo Rods, engraving by Dick Chapman

4 piece fly rod for Mike Stevens by N A Taransky Bamnboo Rods, engraving by Dick Chapman 4 piece fly rod for Mike Stevens by N A Taransky Bamnboo Rods, engraving by Dick Chapman

4 piece fly rod for Mike Stevens by N A Taransky Bamnboo Rods, engraving by Dick Chapman 4 piece fly rod for Mike Stevens by N A Taransky Bamnboo Rods, engraving by Dick Chapman

4 piece fly rod for Mike Stevens by N A Taransky Bamnboo Rods, engraving by Dick Chapman

4 piece fly rod for Mike Stevens by N A Taransky Bamnboo Rods, engraving by Dick Chapman

4 piece fly rod for Mike Stevens by N A Taransky Bamnboo Rods, engraving by Dick Chapman

Four piece "Monaro 45" for Michael Stevens

This rod was completed recently for Michael Stevens. Mike is a publisher of many fly fishing books, and Tasmanian Fishing and Boating News magazine. His passion for Australian Fly Fishing history is also behind the Australian Fly Fishing Museum.

Mike liked the idea of the 4 piece Monaro 45 prototype (see "The Water Dragon" below), but other than wanting an "understated" look, left the rest of the cosmetic details to me.

As the rod was to be presented in an Arne Mason case, I decided to blend the warm tones of the leather through matching guide wraps, into richly flamed bamboo. I also liked the fact that these colours are found in the signature fish of Tasmanian fly fishing (and fly fishing in general) - the brown trout.

A deep tortoise-shell colour agate, highly figured brown malle burl reelseat spacer, and dark chocolate ferrule wraps were chosen to give subtle accents within the theme.

A mayfly lifecycle is engraved by Dick Chapman around the butt cap, and the bottom of the butt cap features a brown trout rising to a hatch of duns. I love that on this small canvas, Dick has managed to capture the character of a large, old trout from a small stream - the sort of fish that we dream about. The reelseat hardware has been lightly blued, in keeping with the overall look of the rod. The slideband is engraved with a classic scroll theme.

The lightly blued ferrules have been fitted with dark chocolate colour ferrule plugs, to match the ferrule wraps. The rod is fitted with dark gunsmoke TiCH snake guides.

To allow the swelled butt to flow into the rod, other than a fine band of brown and (brown trout coloured) gold at the winding check, there are no additional signature wraps.

Two mirror matched tip sections are distinguished by a single band of gold on one, and red (again from the colours of a brown trout) on the other.

The custom fitted bag (and hanging loop) are both made from Blackwatch Tartan. The grip is made from high quality fine (1/4") cork rings.

A unique feature of this rod is that it is both nodeless and spliceless! Using a culm with rarely found internode lengths, the four piece configuration allowed the sections to all be made without any nodes. Nodes are a natural characteristic of bamboo, and their proper care and placement (or removal through splicing) is important in making a resilient rod. It's not often that an opportunity arises to leave them out of the equation all together!

Matched pair of cane rods from taransky bamboo

Matched pair of cane rods from taransky bamboo

Matched pair of cane rods from taransky bamboo, engraving by Dick Chapman

Matched Pair of "Bush Creeks" for father and son

This pair of mirror matched 3 piece Bush Creek rods was made for a father and son, to celebrate the son's 21st birthday. I really enjoy projects like this as a maker. Both rods are made from a single culm of bamboo, with the tips, mid sections, and butts mirror matched to each other.

Other details of the rods are also matched, including twin swimming platypi engraving by Dick Chapman, and Arne Mason rod cases. The rods feature:

- Brown Mallee reelseat spacers
- Lightly blued reelseat hardware and winding checks
- Blued ferrules
- Spring Green Wraps, tipped in Wattle Lemon
- Custom sewn rod bags, made to the exact rod length
- Bamboo and cork ferrule plugs
- TiCH snake guides and stripper
- Arne Mason Rod Cases
- Matching Peerless 1A Traditional Fly Reels

 

4 piece bamboo fly rod from taransky bamboo

4 piece bamboo fly rod from taransky bamboo

4 piece bamboo fly rod from taransky bamboo

4 piece bamboo fly rod from taransky bamboo, engraving by Dick Chapman 4 piece bamboo fly rod from taransky bamboo, engraving by Dick Chapman

Four piece, three tip "Monaro 45" #4/5/6 prototype - "The Water Dragon"

Although three piece configurations can work very well for bamboo rods (particularly shorter ones), this tends to be the limit in regard to the maximum number of sections. Beyond that, the weight of the ferrules often impairs the action of the rod. It has been a challenge of mine to seek out tapers and materials that will produce a four piece bamboo rod that is simply a good rod in its own right.

The 6’6” Monaro 45 is a fastest action rod that I make, so using this as a starting point, and utilizing extra short, step down lightweight Hariki ferrules, I’ve been very happy with the resulting action.

The theme of this rod is “The Water Dragon”. Since I was young I've been captivated by reptiles and other wildlife from the Australian bush. As a kid, many weekends were spent catching and admiring skinks, geckos and dragons. One nice feature of our Water Dragons is that, like the platypus, they share the rivers with trout.

This rod features:
- Four piece configuration, with lightweight Hariki ferrules
- Rod sections under 20" (51 cm)
- Three alternative tips (light, medium light and standard)
- Brown mallee burl reelseat spacer
- Tonkin cane Rod Tube
- Water Dragon engraving, by Dick Chapman, including exquisite scale pattern**

** Note, for the engraving detail to be fully appreciated, it should be pointed out that the size of the butt cap on which the dragon is engraved is a approximately the size of a thimble!

Madake bamboo fly rod made by Ushu Nakamura for Nick Taransky

Master Japanese Rodmaker Ushu Nakamura

Madake bamboo fly rod made by Ushu Nakamura for Nick Taransky

Madake bamboo fly rod made by Ushu Nakamura for Nick Taransky Madake bamboo fly rod made by Ushu Nakamura for Nick Taransky

Madake bamboo fly rod made by Ushu Nakamura for Nick Taransky Madake bamboo fly rod made by Ushu Nakamura for Nick Taransky

Tonkin Cane compared to Madake Bamboo

Madake bamboo rod made by Japanese Master Maker Ushu Nakamura

On my 2012 visit to Japan, it was inspirational to meet several master craftsman (click here to see more photos from Japan, and here for the PDF of my Flyfisher article on Japanese rodmakers).

One of the rodmakers I met on my visit was Kiryu based Ushu Nakamura. I was very honoured when Nakamura-san agreed to make a rod for me. I recently took delivery of the rod, and it has exceeded my hopes and expectations.

Nakamura-san uses a range of bamboo varieties for his rodmaking. The rod he made for me utilises Japanese Madake bamboo, which is a lower modulus than Tonkin Cane, creating an incredibly smooth, fluid rod action. Madake has a very fine, compact powerfibre structure at the surface of the culm. (See the lower picture for a comparison between Tonkin Cane - on the left, and Madake - on the right.

The rod is a gorgeous lemon blonde, 7'9" #4, with a smooth, full action which presents the fly delicately, accurately and with deceptive power.

Features of the rod include:
- Exquisite bamboo ferrules, including bamboo ferrule plug and cap
- Bamboo Reelseat which blends in with the colour of the rod
- Brass uplocking threaded reelseat to blend in with the colour of the cane
- Snake guides hand made by Nakamura-san
- Tiptop made by Nakamura-san which is bound onto the rod
- Clear wraps to fully reveal the bamboo with minimal interruption
- Stunning fine ink calligraphy Kanji inscription on the signature wraps
- Compact contoured cigar grip
- Brass and aluminium rod case with rod details engraved on the cap

I am incredibly grateful to Nakamura-san for this rod, as well as Tomonori Higashi and Kenshiro Shimazaki for their help in coordinating it. どうもありがとうございました。

Sharpes of Aberdeen Scotty Featherlight gift from Michael Youl to Nick Taransky

Sharpes of Aberdeen Scotty Featherlight gift from Michael Youl to Nick Taransky

Sharpes of Aberdeen Scotty Featherlight gift from Michael Youl to Nick Taransky

Sharpes of Aberdeen Scotty Featherlight gift from Michael Youl to Nick Taransky

Sharpes of Aberdeen "Scottie", 8 1/2' #6, a gift from Michael Youl

On a recent visit to Tasmania to spend a week with Master Casting Instrcutor and guide, Peter Hayes, I was presented with a wonderful surprise by Michael Youl. Michael is the great-great-grandson of Sir James Arndell Youl, who brought the first trout over to Australia from England in 1864 (see The "Norfolk" rod below for more details on this story). Michael is on the committee of the Australian Fly Fishing Museum. On top of all that, he is an accomplished and experienced fly angler and lovely guy to boot!

Knowing my passion for bamboo, Michael very kindly gave me his 8 1/2' #6 Sharpes of Aberdeen "Scottie" Featherlight. These impregnated rods have a tight, powerful action. My plan is to fish this rod on my first outing of each season in tribute to the introduction of brown trout to Australia, and more importantly, Michael's overwhelming generosity.

The rod is pictured at left, with some of the books that document the introduction of trout to Australia:
- Angling in Australia, by Bob Dunn
- Salmon at the Antipodes, by John Clements,
- The Austrlalian Trout, by Jack Ritchie, and
- Flyfisher Japan magazine, which included a feature article on Michael Youl and the story of brown trout coming to the Southern Hemisphere

The last photo is of (left to right) Don Urquhart, Ricky "Fishboy" Sutherland, Michael Youl and Peter Hayes, sharing an evening in Peter's shack on the Shannon Lagoon.

The Norfolk Rod For AFFM - Taransky Bamboo

The Norfolk Rod For AFFM - Taransky Bamboo

The Norfolk Rod For AFFM - Taransky Bamboo

The Norfolk Rod For AFFM - Taransky Bamboo

The Norfolk Rod For AFFM - Taransky Bamboo

The Norfolk Rod For AFFM - Taransky Bamboo

The Norfolk Rod For AFFM - Taransky Bamboo

The Norfolk Rod For AFFM - Taransky Bamboo

The "Norfolk"

The Australian Fly Fishing Museum is an exciting project taking shape in Clarendon, Tasmania. Opening on the 4th of May 2013, the museum will celebrate the history of Australian fly fishing. I have made and donated a rod to assist with fundraising and the launch of the Museum. Below are the details of the rod, and the story of the "Norfolk" which it is dedicated to.

In making a rod to celebrate the launch of the Australian Fly Fishing Museum, I thought that it would be fitting to make a rod that brought together the origins of trout in Australia, along with elements of what has become to me a very Australian style of bamboo fly rod.

I believe that anyone that fishes for trout in Australia, should reflect on the the story of the "Norfolk", when they catch their first brown trout of the season. It was on this clipper, packed in moss and ice, that the first brown trout ova arrived in Australia from England in April 1864. The vision, passion and hard work of Sir James Arndell Youll (who it is understood loaded the ova himself, as well as bringing the whole project together), sowed the seeds of the fishery that we share and treasure today. In Hollywood style, the ship nearly set sail before the ova could be loaded, and was finally delayed for a day to allow for both Salmon and Trout to make the journey. In a sense, the trout were almost "stowaways", with the more acclaimed Salmon being the original focus of the efforts. The "Norfolk" anchored in Port Phillip Bay on 15 April 1864, having left London on 21st January 1864, a speedy 84 day voyage resulting in survival of the precious cargo. The story is told in much greater detail in both "Trout at the Antipodes" (John Clements) and "The Australian Trout" (Jack Ritchie).

The "Norfolk" rod features engraving (by Dick Chapman) of the ship at sail on the butt cap.

Other cosmetic features of the rod reflect the English origins of our fishery:
- "British Twist" snake guides, made in England by Hopkins and Holloway
- Traditional "Rust Red" guide wrappings
- Blued ferrules with black ferrule wraps
- Agate stripping guide with blued frame, as featured on many English rods
The Australian elements of the rod are:
- Brown Mallee Burl reel seat (with a natural "wave" pattern through the timber, to reflect the Nautical them of the "Norfolk's" voyage)
- Monaro 45 taper (6'9" #4/5/6, 3 piece version)

The Monaro 45 was chosen as the taper primarily as I feel it is a versatile action for fishing in a wide range of Australian conditions. This taper, however, has a little history to it too. The Monaro 45 evolved from the English "Partridge of Redditch" FA6345 (Fast Action 6'3" #4/5), which was my first bamboo rod. These rods were used and promoted by an early mentor of mine, Ray Brown, who used them to great effect on the small overgrown streams of South Australia, as well as the Blue Ribbon Monaro region of New South Wales, which he visited frequently. Though, as a Partridge, it was an English rod, it displayed more characteristics of rods from the golden era (1940-60) of American bamboo - short, fast, dry fly action for accurate, "fishing range" presentations. The Monaro 45 retains the essence of the Partridge FA6345, but with a little more length, slightly finer tips, and a swelled butt. Our trout share the genetics of their ancestors, but I feel that the geography of Australia has resulted in a unique fishery. Low rainfall creates small streams, with low flows, and fish that spook easily. Ancient weathering has flattened our land, so high plains streams are often unprotected from the elements, meaning that wind of some description usually has to be contended with. Along with the trout, our predecessors brought blackberries and gorse, to supplement tea tree and a range of other indigenous fly and line snatching streamside vegetation! All of these elements present their own challenges, and a short, dry fly action rod like the Monaro 45 is an effective tool to tackle them.

I hope that whoever the rod goes to can "close the loop" and connect with a brown trout whose ancestors voyaged to Australia on the "Norfolk"!

N A Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod N A Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod

N A Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod N A Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod

N A Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod

A Pair of 3 piece rods and matched Landing Net

This pair of rods was commissioned for a 50th birthday gift. Both 3 piece configuration, on is a Bush Creek Taper (6'6" #3/4/5) and the other based on a Paul Young "Martha Marie" (7'6" #6). Both rods feature paired cosmetics, and included is a matched red mallee burl handled Japanese style bamboo landing net.

The rods feature:

- Golden Flamed Cane
- Uplocking threaded seats from Bellinger
- Red Mallee Burl Realseat spacers
- Fine hand engraving by Dick Chapman, with
> a Water Dragon on one rod, and
> a Gang Gang Parrot on the other
- Antique Gold Guide Wraps with Spring Green Tipping
- Japanese Hariki Ferrules

5th Wedding Anniversary Cane rod from Taransky Bamboo 5th Wedding Anniversary Cane rod from Taransky Bamboo

5th Wedding Anniversary Cane rod from Taransky Bamboo 5th Wedding Anniversary Cane rod from Taransky Bamboo, engraving by Dick Chapman

7' Fast #4/5 2 piece for a 5th Wedding Anniversary gift

This rod was commissioned for a 5th Wedding Anniversary.

The taper is a fast 7' #4/5, and features:
- Antique gold wraps with fine dark chocolate tipping on the signature wraps
- Golden flamed Cane
- Banded agate to match the wraps and flamed bamboo
- Figured brown mallee burl seat to blend with the wraps and cane
- Blued hardware and Hariki ferrules
- Hard wearing, slick, TiCH snake guides, matching the rod hardware
- Brown trout engraving on the butt cap by Dick Chapman

Payne 200H nodeless hollow built cane rod from taransky bamboo

Payne 200H nodeless hollow built cane rod from taransky bamboo Payne 200H nodeless hollow built cane rod from taransky bamboo

Payne 200H nodeless hollow built cane rod from taransky bamboo Payne 200H nodeless hollow built cane rod from taransky bamboo

 

Nodeless Hollowbuilt 8' #4/5 3/2

This rod was commissioned by an upper Delaware angler from the Catskills. It features:
- Taper based on a Payne 200H
- Nodelessconstruction, with all splices on the mid and tip section staggered and additionally reinforced under the guide wraps
- Hollow construction on the butt and mid section for a lighter 8 foot bamboo rod
- Clear guide wraps
- TiCH Snake guides and matching light TiCH Stripping guide
- Cork reelseat spacer for additional weight reduction
- Blued ferrules, reelseat hardware and winding check to match the guides
- Bald Eagle engraving on the butt cap by Dick Chapman.

Taransky Bamboo Bantam Fly Rod

Taransky Bamboo Bantam Fly Rod

Banty Fly Rod - "Salmo sardinius"

"Banty" rods have long had a following among some bamboo rod fishers. Many were originally made from the top 2 sections of longer 3 piece rods. 4'4" was believed to be the shortest functional rod length for a number of reasons.

This rod is a 4'4" #4/5 2/2, in keeping with that tradition. The short length requires a short, assertive casting stroke, and fast casting rhythm. It defies the "slow, relaxed" casting style usually associated with bamboo rods, and a compact double haul also helps to further load the rod to produce high line speed and tight loops. With some practise, it can be a highly effective tool in the most overgrown waters. It was christened "Salmo sardinius", after streams with small trout, as referred to by two of my fly fishing mentors, Ray Brown and Paul Bourne.

This rod features:
- Blued ferrules and reelseat hardware ,with lightweight cork reelseat spacer
- Burgundy wraps, with fine intermediate wraps in the tradition of classic English rods
- Transition wrap up over the top of the small cigar grip, as a tribute to American classic rods.

Taransky Bamboo Spey and Parabolic prototype rod

Spey Rod / Parabolic Single hand prototype

This 3 piece Spey Rod was made as the prototype for the rod commissioned for Peter Hayes (see further below). As a 3 piece #6 (330-390gr) Spey, with scarf ferrules, this taper is a realexed, but powerful two hander. The butt pictured at right, is a hollow built, single hander, which utilises the same tips as the tips of the Spey rod. This allows it to be configured as a 2 piece, 8'4" #6, or the original 3 piece Spey. The 2 piece single hander, because of the hollow built butt, is a smooth but powerful #6. This provides the flexiblity of fishing a two handed Spey, or single handed rod, depending on the conditions, and your mood, with the same tips and as a versatile travel package.

Yadake Bamboo Fly Rod

Construction

Yadake Bamboo Fly Rod - raw blank Yadake Bamboo Fly Rod - graphite spigot ferrule

Yadake Bamboo Fly Rod - blank and components Yadake Bamboo Fly Rod - initial clear ferrule wraps

Completed Rod

Yadake Bamboo Fly Rod Yadake Bamboo Fly Rod

Yadake Bamboo Fly Rod - black ferrule over wraps Yadake Bamboo Fly Rod

Yadake Bamboo Fly Rod Yadake Bamboo Fly Rod - bind on tiptop

Yadake Bamboo Fly Rod Yadake Bamboo Fly Rod

Yadake Whole Culm Rod

On my recent trip to Japan, I had the honour of meeting Japanese Master whole culm rodmaker, Sao-Naka. He very generously gave me a culm of Yadake bamboo to bring back to Australia, and complete as a #4 fly rod.

Photos of the rod are at left. I will be writing more about this style of rod in future issues of Flyfisher magazine.

Whole culm rodmakers are highly respected in Japan. To become a fully recognised craftsman involves a 25 year apprenticeship under an existing master maker.

I finished the rod at left without the supervision of a master, or access to some of the materials traditionally used (such as Urushi lacquer), but it was a very interesting project to work on.

Some elements of the build are:
- graphite spigot to bamboo ferrule
- black bamboo/ferrule wraps to give the look of black Urushi lacquer
- green guide wraps for "bamboo leaf" colour
- sleeveless bind-on tiptop guide
- name signing in Japanse lettering (Katakana)
- dip varnish finish

The rod is light, and has a smooth, delicate but crisp action, possibly more similar to a light graphite rod than a Tonkin Cane rod of the same length (7'2").

 

Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - Overview

Culm Selection & Flaming
Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - Culm Selection AA Extra Large
Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - Flaming cum inside and out

Splitting/Straightening
Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - Splitting Strips Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - Individually hand straightened strips

Planing
Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - Rough planed strips prior to final planing Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - final hand planing of strips

Blank Glueup
Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - Strips ready for glueing Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - glued blank prior to sanding
Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - sanded blank

Scarf Ferrule Formation
Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - forming scarf ferrules Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - forming scarf ferrules
Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - completed scarf ferrules

Grip Construction
Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - Cork selection Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - grip before assembly

Engraving and Guides
Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - Green agate and engraved hardware Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - Snake guides before and after foot tuning

Completed Rod

Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - Arne Mason Case

Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - Completed rod showing scarf ferrules Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - Impregnated with Tung Oil surface finish and antique gold wraps

Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - scarfs in position for assembly Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - Dick Chapman Engraving

Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - Engraved Winding Check Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - 24 inch signature wraps

Prototype Field Testing
(Bintoro "Bin" Tedjosiswoyo)

Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - Bin field testing Taransky Bamboo Spey Rod for Peter Hayes - Bin field testing

 

Spey Rod for Peter Hayes

This rod was commissioned for Australia's first and leading Master Casting Instructor, Peter Hayes 50th Birthday. For such an individual rod, I took some photos of it being made. Many of the processes and techniques shown are used in making all of my rods. A few are particular to the construction of such a large Spey rod.

The rod is a 12' 3 piece scarf ferruled #6 Spey. To ensure that I was happy with the final rod, I made a full prototype for field testing by our Two Handed Casting Maestro "Bin" down in Melbourne. With a positive report from Bin, I proceeded with the rod for Peter. Below are some constrcution notes that relate to the photos at left. Note - some videos are available on YouTube as well:
Slideshow of Rod Construction
Prototype Field Testing with Bin
Scarf Ferrule Assembly

Rod Construction

Culm Selection & Flaming
A huge, dense Culm (over 4kg/9lb) was selected from stock of AA Culms. Shown at left is the selected culm next to a "standard" culm (still superb quality for making normal single handed rods). The massive culm allowed full depth of powerfibres through the rod, even at the large diameter butt. It also provided minimal curvature on the outside of the culm, allowing the bamboo strips to be dressed flat without removal of surface powerfibres in the middle of the strip.

The culm was flamed inside and out to stiffen the fibres, and also provide a warm golden colour to the bamboo.

Splitting/Straightening
Strips were individually hand split from the culm, and then heat straightened to align the powerfibres and to provide the best platform for hand planing each of the 6 splines that form each rod section.

Planing
As for all my rods, each strip was hand planed to the finest tolerances possible. Hand planing allows care to be taken to form the best splines from the best strips.

Blank Glueup
The planed sections were glued, bound, set and then sanded into the sections of the rod blank. To keep the rod's weight down, rather than the normal dip varnish finish, the rod was semi impregnated in marine primer and then further finshed in multiple coats of hand rubbed Tung Oil.

Scarf Ferrule Formation
Because Spey Casting applies massive torque to the rod, flexible taped scarf joins are generally used to connect Bamboo Spey rod sections, instead of normal Nickel Silver ferrules. This provides a smooth transition of power through the rod. The scarfs were planed into each section of the rod on a scarfing block.

Grip Construction
The finest cork available is used on my rods. There is some irony in the fact that the cork used on a rod costs more than the bamboo! Even more so on a Spey rod, with the long dual grips for two handed casting. In addition to the normal raw cork, reinforced compound cork was used at the bottom of the grip, for durability. Matching fine chocolate compound cork was added to the end of each grip to match the butt.

Engraving and Guides
The rod was given a NZ theme, so Dick Chapman exquisitely engraved the hardware in a Maori motif. Even the winding check was engraved with a wave pattern. The reelseat timber was made from Rimu heartwood. Two green agate strippers were used to match NZ Greenstone.

As on all my rods, the guide feet were individually hand ground and tapered for a smooth transition of flex, and for an elegant look on the wraps. Shown at left is a TiCH (Titanium Carbide) snake guide before and after finishing. A properly tuned guide should also stand up on its feet when placed on a flat surface as shown.

Completed Rod

The finshed rod is shown at left. Additional features of the rod are:
- Antique gold wraps to match the bamboo and reelseat
- Signature wrap in Gold and Green at 24" for Catch and Release
- Leather and Brass Arne Mason Rod case with carry handle and embossed initials
- Blackwatch Tartan rod bag

Prototype Field Testing

Bintoro "Bin" Tedjosiswoyo did a great deal of field testing of the prototype, including trialling a huge range of line weights and tapers on the rod. He also provided advice and guidance on grip shape and design and other elements of the rod. Thanks Bin!

 

Agates guides - Taransky Bamboo Agates for a Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod

hand split and straightened tonkin cane strips - taransky bamboo

Taransky Bamboo Fly Rods

Some rodmaking photos
- A selection of the agate guides in stock to choose for your rod
- Hand split and straightened strips, prior to planing
- Blanks - ready for ferruling

Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod

Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod

Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod

This engraved presentation rod is for a Catskills angler, based on the West Branch of the Delaware River. The rod is a swelled butt Bush Creek 6'6" 3/2 #3/4/5, featuring:

- Fully engraved hardware, with scroll on the ferrules and reelseat, with the owners initials on the butt cap
- Upsliding reelseat, with Tasmanian Fiddleback Blackwood Spacer
- Clear guide wraps, with fine black tipping
- Black Ferrule Wraps

Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod

Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod with Brown Mallee Burl Reelseat Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod

Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod with platypus engraving

Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod

 

"Tranquillitas"

A recent Monaro 56 7'3" 3/2 #5/6, featuring:

- Antique Gold Wraps
- Engraving - Platypus on the butt cap, with a Mayfly Dun and Klinkhammer Fly on the slideband, with the owners initials on the locking nut
- Downlocking mortised Brown Mallee Burl threaded barrell reelseat
- Banded Brazilian Agate
- Lightly Blued Ferrules
- Presented in an Arne Mason leather case with handle and carry strap
- Paired with a 2A Peerless Traditional Fly Reel

The Crackenback - A Thredbo rod from Taransky Bamboo Brazilian Agate Stripping guide on a Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod

Kangaroo Engraved on a Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod Platypus Engraved on a Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod Wombat Engraved on a Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod

"The Crackenback"

This rod was made for a local angler who's favourite river is the Thredbo (or Crackenback). Made on a Monaro 56 7'3" 3/2 #5/6, it features:

- Scroll Engraved Ferrules
- Fiddleback Blackwood reelseat spacer on an uplocking mortised seat
- Kangaroo, Platypus and Wombat engraved on the reelseat slideband
- Green Wraps with Red Tipping (go Rabbitohs!)
- Fine Red banded Brazilian Agate stripping guide

Overview
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Rod butt/wraps
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Grips
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Agates
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Wraps
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Ferrules
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Reelseats
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This pair of rods was made for Glenn Eggleton, author of Life and Flies, the biography of pioneering Tasmanian guide, Noel Jetson.

It's nice to compare these rods side by side, as they are complementary in both action and aesthetics.

The first rod is a 7' #4/5 2 piece, 2 tip rod, made from a Jeff Wagner-modified PHY Driggs River taper. This is a smooth casting, semi parabolic action rod, which has deceptive reserve power. The cosmetics of this rod feature:
- Blued Nickel Silver reelseat hardware, winding check and ferrules, with the ferrule tabs bound in black silk
- Brown Mallee Burl reelseat spacer with a mixture of dark heartwood and light sapwood
- Translucent Chinese red wraps tipped in black silk
- A red/gold banded agate (with blued frame), to match both the flamed cane and guide wraps
- A 6" tapered cigar grip

The second rod is a 6'6" #4/5/6 3 piece, 2 tip rod, made from my Monaro 45 taper. This is a fast, tip action rod, ideal for making rapid, accurate presentations in sight fishing siutations. This rod features:
- A rapid butt swell to accentuate the tight rod action
- Bright Nickel Silver reelseat hardware, winding check, and ferrules, with the ferrule overbound in gold/brown silk to blend in with the rod.
- Brown Mallee Burl reelseat spacer with a mixture of dark heartwood and light sapwood
- Translucent Antique Gold wraps, which add a subtle highlight to the flamed cane
- A gold/clear banded agate (with blued frame), to match both the flamed cane and guide wraps
- A compact 5 1/2" cigar grip

It's interesting to note that although these rods have very different actions (probably at the extreme end of the scale offered by bamboo in these lengths), by changing casting action, both can generate a similar line speed and accuracy. Both are very versatile small stream rods. More details on these and other tapers are available on the "Rod Range" page.

taransky bamboo fly rod

taransky bamboo fly rod

taransky bamboo rod

taransky bamboo fly rod

taransky bamboo fly rod

taransky bamboo fly rod with clear wraps

walnut stock

"The Big River"

This rod was made for Dan Flynn, of Flynn Silver (see below for another of Dan's Rods).

This rod is named "The Big River", after a river in Victoria. The rod includes some unique features provided by Dan.

The bottom of the butt cap has on it an 1860's Gin bottle seal from the Dutch Van Den Bergh & Co. The bottle was found by John Pilkington, on the river at Enoch's Point, at the old school site. John has written about the Valley in "From Geehi to Great Lake"**, and introduced Dan to the River in 1969. Dan gold plated the reelseat hardware and winding check for a touch of "bling".

I turned the reelseat and ferrule plugs from some Dargo walnut that Dan supplied. The same wood was used for the gunstock in the picture at bottom left.

Other features of the rod are:

- 3 piece, 2 tip configuration, based on a PHY 8' #6 Boat Rod Taper
- Clear wraps with fine black tipping
- TiCH Snake Guides and Stripper for maximum durabilty and performance
- Overbound ferrules to match the gold plated reelseat hardware

** Geehi to Great Lake is an anthology of stories from the Victorian Fly Fishers Association Newsletter. It is published by, and available from, Stevens Publishing.

campbell bamboo fly rod from taransky bamboo

Campbell Cetlic engraving on taransky bamboo fly rod engraving

Campbell fly rod from taransky bamboo Campbell Fly rod at Taransky Bamboo Brown Mallee Burl Reelseat

Campbell fly rod from taransky bamboo Cruachan Campbell fly rod from taransky bamboo tartan wraps

Campbell fly rod from taransky bamboo

"The Campbell" 4 piece rod

This rod is a 4 piece design, with two different tips - a light and medium. It is a 6'6" #3/4/5, which I've christened "The Swagman" due to it's compact, travel friendly nature - it packs down to under 21" (53 cm).

This rod is is themed on the Campbell Clan. It features:
- Campbell Crest and Celtic Band engraving by Dick Chapman
- Green and Blue wraps in honour of "Blackwatch" Campbell Tartan
- Matching Blackwatch Tartan Cotton Bag
- "Cruachan" - the Campbell war cry, inscribed on the butt of the rod

Other features of the rod are:
- Swelled Butt
- Small 5" Wells Grip formed from fine, 1/4" Top Flor Cork, without reelseat check for comfortable hand placement
- Hariki ferrules for lightweight 4 piece action, over-wrapped in silk
- CSE Reelseat hardware with Brown Mallee Burl timber spacer
- Fire red Agate Stripping Guide with blued Nickel Silver Frame
- TiCh Snake Guides and Tiptop

 

salmo trutta taransky bamboo fly rod brown trout theme

salmo trutta taransky bamboo fly rod brown trout theme engraving salmo trutta taransky bamboo fly rod brown trout theme engraving

salmo trutta taransky bamboo fly rod brown trout theme engraving

salmo trutta taransky bamboo fly rod brown trout theme salmo trutta taransky bamboo fly rod brown trout theme

salmo trutta taransky bamboo fly rod brown trout theme

salmo trutta taransky bamboo fly rod brown trout theme agate guide

"The Salmo trutta" 4 piece rod

A matching rod was made for "The Campbell" above. Also a 4 piece 6'6", this was based on the fast action "Monaro 45" #4/5/6. It was made with 2 alternate tips - a light and a standard.

This rod is themed on "Salmo trutta" - the Brown Trout, and features:
- Brown Trout engraving by Dick Chapman on the reelseat hardware - a trout on the bottom of the butt cap, brown trout spots around the butt cap side and slide band, and a panel with "Salmo trutta" on the slide band.
- 5" Cigar grip formed from fine 1/4" Top Flor Cork Rings
- Hariki ferrules for lightweight 4 piece action, over-wrapped in silk
- Hariki Reelseat hardware with Japanese "Karin" (Quince) white/blue timber spacer from T-Craft
- Tartan rod Bag in blue, green and red
- Matching green wraps with red tipping on the signature wraps
- A connection to "The Campbell" rod, with the Campbell motto "Ne Obliviscaris" (Forget Not) inscribed on the rod butt.
- A finely banded Agate Stripping Guide with blued Nickel Silver Frame
- TiCH Snake Guides and Tiptop

As this rod was made as a matched pair with "The Campbell" above, all of the sections of these two rods were made to be interchangable, in the event of an "accident" during travels.

taransky bamboo fly rod made in Australia from tonkin cane

taransky bamboo fly rod made in Australia from tonkin cane

taransky bamboo fly rod made in Australia from tonkin cane

Bamboo Ferrule Wrap Cracking after extended use

ray brown fishing a Monaro 45 fly rod on the Monaro

ray brown fishing a Monaro 45 fly rod on the Monaro

ray brown fishing a Monaro 45 fly rod on the Monaro

Ray Brown - Onkaparinga Trout Flies

 

 

 


Pictures of an Old Friend!

"The Monaro 45" Fast Action 6'6" #4/5/6 - 3 piece

Theres only one thing more satisfying than finishing a rod and seeing it being used and enjoyed, and that's seeing a rod you've made that's been fished for years and is still being used and enjoyed!

I recently had one of my first "Monaro 45" rods back (for a repair) from Ray Brown, so I took a few pictures of it while I had it here. Ray was a huge influence on my early fly fishing, and played a big part getting me started with bamboo rods.

Ray has been a leading commercial fly tyer in Australia for decades, selling through tackle stores under the "Onkaparinga Trout Flies" name. He continues to tie wonderful flies that we are proud to offer for sale (see the "Other Products" page) and take custom orders as well, at:
onkaray@gmail.com

The Monaro 45 was developed around the style of fishing that Ray practises - stalking and fast, accurate sight casting of dry flies to (often large) fish working on a beat. You can read more about (and from) Ray and my development of the Monaro 45 in two upcoming columns (Issues 12 and 13) of Flyfisher magazine.

This rod has been fished extensivley since 2004, and I'm told has caught around 3,000 trout - in South Australia, the Monaro (pictured left), and Tasmania.

The rod has had a few repairs along the way after minor mishaps on the stream, but still looks pretty good after all that use. The picture of the ferrule shows slight cracking in the varnish on the wraps, something normal after sustained use over years (and thousands of fish)!

It's also nice to make the point that minor signs of wear and tear like this, or a scratch here and there, just give the rod character, and reflect the use and life that it has had. (Thats not to say that you shouldn't treat it with respect or do your best to look after it of course)! Even an accidentally broken section can be replaced and keep a rod fishng for many years. I look forward to seeing this old rod back after it's landed 6,000 fish!

 landing net from taransky bamboo - brown mallee burl japanese style landing net from taransky bamboo - brown mallee burl japanese style

 landing net from taransky bamboo - brown mallee burl japanese style  landing net from taransky bamboo - brown mallee burl japanese style

 landing net from taransky bamboo - brown mallee burl japanese style brookie tail  landing net from taransky bamboo - brown mallee burl japanese style brookie tail


Landing Net - "The Brookie"

While selecting brown malle burls for reel seats and landing net handles, one piece struck me as resembling the patterns on a brook trout, which could be incorporated into a nice one of a kind landing net. The heartwood became the body, and the sapwood and textured outside of the burl became the tail. The hoop is hand planed tonkin cane, and the netting is naturally tea dyed knotless mesh.

alternating flamed blonde taransky bamboo fly rod alternating flamed blonde taransky bamboo fly rod

alternating flamed blonde taransky bamboo fly rod alternating flamed blonde taransky bamboo fly rod

alternating flamed blonde taransky bamboo fly rod alternating flamed blonde taransky bamboo fly rod


"The The 50th Anniversary Edition"

This rod was commissioned for a 50th Anniversary. This powerful eight-foot, three piece #6/7, features:

- Alternating flamed and blonde strips, with matching components
- Ferrule plug made from flamed and blonde strips
- A brown mallee burl reelseat with light and dark figuring
- A banded gold and clear agate
- Bronze snake guides, wrapped in antique gold, tipped in royal blue
- Hardware engraved with scroll, mayfly lifecycle and a brown trout
- A cowhide and kangaroo leather case


Japan Flyfisher Magazine
Tohoku Relief Donation

Japan Fly Fisher Tohoku Relief Donation from Taransky Bamboo

Brown Mallee Burl Reelseat with blued CSE slideband

Split Cane Rod Tube

hariki ferrules

4 piece rod with clead wraps tipped in red

Swelled Butt

Wild River Brown on 4 piece bamboo

brown mallee landing net

brown mallee landing net from taransky bamboo

brown mallee landing net from taransky bamboo

 

 

 


Japan Flyfisher Magazine - Tohoku Relief Fundraiser

The scale of suffering and devastation that has occurred in Japan as a result of the recent earthquake and tsunami has been difficult to come to terms with. There will be many people left homeless and in need of help for months, maybe years to come.

My good friend, Tomonori Higashi helped the Japan Flyfisher Magazine to organise a tackle fundraiser to assist with the relief effort. Angling identities from around the world contributed to the fundraising through donations of their own tackle.

The auction reaised approximately $40,000 which went directly to Red Cross Japan.

**Attached here is the moving letter from Japan Flyfisher Editor in Chief, Kensuke Yagi, which was sent out about the fundraising.**

As part of the Japan Flyfisher Magazine fundraiser, I was honoured to donate:

My 6'3" #3/4 - 4 piece bamboo rod (see below), featuring:
-- Nodeless, spliceless construction
-- Two mirrir matched tips
-- PHY Midge based taper with a swelled butt
-- Japanese ferrules, made by Toshiyuki Hariki
-- Overbound ferrules and blued reelseat hardware
-- 1 5/8" Bamboo Rod tube, with brass caps
-- Clear wraps with red tipping
-- Light TiCH Snake and Stripping guides
-- Heartwood/Sapwood Brown Mallee Burl Reelseat Spacer
-- Fine marks for catch and release measurement
** The rod has been on the water a few times (as you can see!), and is in excellent, lightly fished condition. It has a very smooth, easy action, that will roll a 12 foot leader off the tip, or comfortably cast a longer line in stream fishing situations.

My Brown Mallee Burl curved handle Landing Net, with:
-- Figured Brown Mallee Burl handle
-- Laminated Tonkin Cane hoop
-- Natural Tea Stained Catch and Release Net

A New Peerless 1A Traditional Trout Reel

A New DT #4 Terenzio Artificial Silk Line

** Update. Some more pictures, and description (in Japanese) of my donation and the items from others are on the Japan Fly Fisher Official Blog and :
Auction Round I
Auction Round II

"The One Gun Man"

CULM SELECTION

Bamboo Stock at Taransky Bamboo Extra dense heavy bamboo culm from taransky bamboo Extra large bamboo culm from taransky bamboo

Tonkin Cane Powerfibres Powerfibers Powerfibres powerfibers showing rod section profile

FLAMING

Light and dark flamed cane (both flamed on the inside) Light and golden flamed cane (both flamed on the inside)

BLANKS

Bamboo rod tip sections tiptops fitted to light and dark bamboo blanks finely crowned ferrule tabs on taransky bamboo rods

COMPONENT FITTING

the one gun man in the making the one gun man in the making matching heartwood sapwood brown mallee burl reelseats

winding check before and after forging

hand ground snake guide feet guides with feet hand tapered ground agate and snake guide feet

pre varnish filled snake guide feet white japanese silk turns clear after varnishing

VARNISHING

varnish dip coating 3 coats of varnish

THE ONE GUN MAN
(Completed Rod)

the one gun man matching mallee burl reelseats on the "One Gun Man" hand turned bamboo ferrule plugs

snake guide with clear wraps banded brazilian agate with clear binding matching brazilian agate stripping guides with clear wraps

Dick Chapman engraving on taransky bamboo rod - "The One Gun Man" Dick Chapman engraving on taransky bamboo rod - "The One Gun Man" Dick Chapman engraving on taransky bamboo rod - "The One Gun Man"

Dick Chapman engraving on taransky bamboo rod - "The One Gun Man" Dick Chapman engraving on taransky bamboo rod - "The One Gun Man" Arne Mason Cases for Taransky Bamboo Rod "The One Gun Man"

Taransky Bamboo Rod "The One Gun Man"

 


"The One Gun Man"

This matched pair of rods was commissioned by an experienced fly angler, who I think would be happy to be referred to as "uncompromising".

There is a saying along the lines of "Beware of the man with one gun, because he probably knows how to use it". The wisdom in this can apply apply to shooting, fly fishing and life in general. (As an interesting side note, during the process of making these rods, John Gierach mentioned this principle as part of a wonderful piece called "First Fly Rods", in Fly Rod and Reel Magazine).

This customer wanted a classic bamboo fly rod, in a taper and line weight that would fit in with this philosophy: a rod with the versatility to fish the diverse streams and smaller stillwaters of the South East of the Australian mainland (and streams elsewhere). It would of course also need to suit his casting and fishing style. He chose a medium-fast action seven foot #4/5, in 2 piece configuration. It's no coincidence that this is the same taper on which Snowy Monaro guide, Paul Bourne has caught hundreds, if not thousands of fish.

A matched pair of these rods was ordered, to hold one in reserve for the future, or to cover any unforseen circumstances! Though they were to be made to fish identically, the rod cane colours were requested to be cosmetically contrasting. One rod was to be finished in classic flamed cane, while the other one, for seintimental reasons, was to be a lighter gold, reminiscent of the French P&M rods fished by the angler's father.

The overall look of the rods was to be understated and elegant, with:
- Blued ferrules (Japanese Hariki ferrules for lightness)
- Finely banded golden amber and clear Brazilian agate stripping guides
- Matching heartwood/sapwood Brown Mallee Burl Reelseat Spacers
- Clear wraps on both rods, with fine black signature tipping on the Darker rod and P&M Green and Red tipping on the lighter rod.
- A butt swell, concealed beneath the top of the grip, to retain a crisp action, but maintain the fine aesthetic lines on both rods
- Matching light and darker ferrule plugs turned from the butt sections blank offcuts
- Finely engraved reelseat hardware by Dick Chapman, featuring a Mayfly Lifecycle and a Brown Trout
- Matching leather rod cases made by Arne Mason

The Build

As with all Taransky Rods, these include:
- The highest grade Tonkin Cane, hand graded and selected for each taper and rod configuration
- Hand split and hand planed cane to optimise the best cane in each culm
- Mirror matched tip sections
- Nickel Silver ferrules with finely hand tapered/crowned ferrule tabs
- Brazilian agate stripping guide with nickel silver frame
- Gunsmoke TiCH Snake Guides
- Ground/tapered and hand finished guide feet
- Guide wraps in fine Japanese silk, transparent after varnishing
- Hand fitted hex forged winding check
- The highest grade Portuguese cork
- Australian hardwood burl reelseat spacer with Nickel Silver hardware
- Multiple dip coat varnishing with hand rubbed finish
- Hand turned and fitted bamboo and cork ferrule plugs
- Custom fitted rod bag

Additional features of the build of these rods:

Culm selection: Two candidate culms were selected from the highest grade stock of over 200 culms, including over 50 AA Culms. The final culm was selected on colour, density, node spacing and straightness. This culm was huge - allowing enough cane to produce three tips for each rod (six tips in total, plus a number of spare strips). It is pictured left (butt and tip ends) next to a typical large 55mm AA culm. The node spacing was such that ALL the nodes on the tips, plus the first node of the butt section, could be staggered to place the nodes directly under a guide, providing additional reinforcing of the nodes.

Flaming/Heat Treating: To ensure that both the lighter and darker rods retained the same feel, the culm sections for the lighter rod received more flaming on the inside than the darker ones, as well as additional heat treating later in the process (before final planing).

 

Pictured left are various stages of the build, and aspects of the completed rod.

 

Bamboo Nets from Taransky Bamboo - mallee and banskia nua bamboo landing nets from taransky bamboo

Brown Mallee Burl
"Two Spined Blackfish"
brown mallee burl blackfish landing net from taransky bamboo

Brown Mallee Burl
brown mallee landing net
brown mallee landing net from taransky bamboo brown mallee landing net from taransky bamboo

Red Mallee Burl
red mallee landing net from taransky bamboo red mallee and brown trout - taransky bamboo

BANKSIA NUT
banksia nut and bamboo landing net from taransky bamboo
banksia nut and bamboo landing net from taransky bamboo
banksia nut and bamboo landing net from taransky bamboo banksia nut and bamboo landing net from taransky bamboo
banksia nut and bamboo landing net from taransky bamboo

Nets!

I made these Tonkin bamboo hoop landing nets recently. As well as being handy, a landing net can also help to create a lovely picture on the stream with a fish.

The hoops on these nets are formed from 3 to 5 layers of laminated Tonkin Cane strips, which is incredibly strong. The bamboo is hand planed into thin strips which are then soaked to make them more supple for shaping. They are then steam/heat shaped onto a form. I like the look and feel of the offset Japanese style. This shape and the contoured handle make these nets comfortable to hold and use.

An extra strip of bamboo is laminated inside the hoop after it is glued to the handle. This further reinforces the strength of the net, and completes the continuity of the look of the hoop.

The soft catch and release nylon netting is naturally dyed with tea, and hand stitched into a full, round bottomed bag.

The handles are made from a variety of materials, including Brown and Red Mallee Burl, and slices of Banksia Nut.

The burls are selected and cut to feaure the intense figuring in the wood. The brown mallee nets shown have retained some of the (lighter) sapwood, and natural exterier of the burl at the base of the handle.

One brown mallee burl had a rounded lump on the outside, which reminded me of the tail of the native Australian River Blackfish and "Two Spined Blackfish" (see the "Cotter River" rod below). The colour and pattern also looked a bit like a blackfish too (to me, anyway)! The burl was cut and shaped to feature the sapwood "tail" and a slender tail-wrist. Not the spitting image maybe, but hopefully you can see the likeness. It feels nice in the hand too.

The last series of pictures shows Banksia Nut Handled Nets including the sequence of steps between a raw Banksia Nut and completed nets. The seed pod holes go all the way through the handle of the finished net, which looks interesting I think.

Nodeless quadrate bamboo rod from Taransky Bamboo Nodeless Quad Splice from Taransky Bamboo

Taransky Quadrate Rod Taransky Quad

Taransky Quadrate Bamboo Rod Quadrate Bamboo Rod

Nodeless Quadrate

This rod is a Nodeless (nodes removed/spliced out) Quadrate (four sided, in comparison to the traditional hexagonal six sided rods).

Quadrate rods have been popular among some bamboo rod fishers for many years. These 4 strip (4 sided) rods have a unique look. I have made a number of these since buying a set of quad forms from Jeff Wagner several years ago.

Similarly, nodeless rods, with the nodes spliced out of each strip are a long time variation on traditional rods containing staggered nodes.

Both Quadrate and Nodeless rods are available from Taransky Bamboo on request.

 

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flyfisher rod subscription prize taransky bamboo flyfisher rod subscription prize taransky bamboo

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flyfisher rod subscription prize taransky bamboo

"Bush Creek" Bamboo Fly Rod - "Flyfisher" Magazine SUBSCRIPTION PRIZE!!!

To Celebrate Issue 10 of Flyfisher Magazine, I am offering this Monaro Series "Bush Creek" Fly Rod as a subscription prize in a competition open to all 3-year subscriptions and renewals. Full details are available in the magazine.

This rod is a 2 piece, 2 tip, 6'6" #3/4/5 "Bush Creek", featuring:

- Flamed Cane, with Blued Ferrules and Reelseat Hardware

- Brown Mallee Burl reelseat spacer

- Antique Gold wraps with a matching honey gold Agate stripper

- 5 1/2 inch cigar grip

- Black Drill bag and Brushed Aluminium tube with Brass Caps

To complete the rod, Flyfisher Editor, Trevor Hawkins, has painted a Red Tag and Wattle adjacent to the signature wraps.

Taransky Bamboo Bush Creek Fly Rod

hand bamboo fly rod planed by nick taransky

bamboo fly rod engraving on taransky bamboo rod

engraved ferrules by dick chapman on taransky bamboo fly rod

brazilian agate on taransky bamboo fly rod

 

Collectors Grade Engraved "Bush Creek"

This 3 piece, 2 tip "Bush Creek" taper is a recently completed rod for a Victorian customer. This Bush Creek is made with a rapid Butt Swell for a little more drive and distance.

This rod features:

- Flamed bamboo for crispness, with lighter contrasting nodes for colour highlights.

- 5 1/2" tapered cigar grip.

- Stunning scroll panelled engraving on the reelseat hardware and ferrules from Dick Chapman.

- A finely banded Brazilian Agate stripping guide.

- A highly figured brown mallee reelseat spacer and matching ferrule plugs.

Custom Engraved Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod Taransky Bamboo

Bespoke fly rod by Nick Taransky Select grade Brazilian Agate Stripping Guide

Taransky Bamboo Taransky bamboo fly rod with engraved ferrules by Dick Chapman

Amboyna reelseat on Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod Taransky Bamboo with Dick Chapman Engraving

Collectors Grade Rod for a good friend and customer

It was a pleasure to make another rod recently for a good friend and customer who has a number of my rods.

This rod, a 3 piece, 8 foot, #4/5, based on a Payne 200H taper, features:

- A smooth, light, easy casting action with fine tips and a mild butt swell for accurate, delicate presentations

- Golden flamed cane, with lighter contrasting nodes

- Select grade banded Brazilian agate stripping guide

- Clear wraps, tipped in fine dark green

- Matching green ferrule wraps

- Amboyna reelseat spacer with belled fighting butt

- Ferrules and reelseat hardware, engraved with original design by Dick Chapman

- Chocolate flamed Garrison Style ferrule plugs

 

 

 

Three new rods
Three new rods - see below for more detail

Water Dragon Engraving

The Trout Pistol Bush Creek Taper

Clear wraps and light gold agate Tiger pattern brown mallee burl

Clear wraps showing tapered guide foot Blued hexagonal winding check

snowy mountains brown trout on a Taransky Bamboo Bush Creek

 

The "Trout Pistol"

This Monaro Series rod is for a passionate Snowy Mountains small stream angler. The rod is a 3 piece "Bush Creek" 6'6" #3/4/5 taper, featuring:

- Engraving of a Water Dragon, found on (and in) some of the mountain streams!

- Clear wraps, over a pale gold agate stripper and TiCH snakes

- Brown Mallee Burl reelseat spacer featuring a "Tiger" pattern

- Blued Ferrules and winding check, bound in black

- CSE downlocking cap and ring reelseat hardware

The name arose when Troy was discussing the rod with his son, who came up with "Trout Pistol". As a stalking, point and shoot rod it fits perfectly I think!

NEW - And what a fish to put it to the test on! This massive Snowy Mountains brown was taken on the rod on its second time on the water!

The Cotter River

Bush Creek Taper 3 piece rod Fiddleback Blackwood Spacer

blackfish

River Blackfish Engraving

Trout Cod Engraving Macquarie Perch Engraving

 

The "Cotter River"

This Monaro Series rod is for a fisheries biologist, who commissioned some local native fish engraving on the reelseat hardware:

The rod is a 3 piece "Bush Creek" 6'6" #3/4/5 taper, featuring:

- Engraving of a Trout Cod on the butt cap, with a Macquarie Perch and Two-Spined Blackfish around the slide band

- Clear wraps tipped in green, over a TiCH stripper and snakes

- Exquisite Fiddleback Blackwood Reelseat spacer and Bellinger uplocking Nickel Silver hardware

- Overbound Ferrules in Silk to match the cane colour

- Flamed bamboo with lighter contrasting nodes

Monaro Series Fly Rod by Nick Taransky

Antique Gold Wraps tipped in Green on a Driggs based taper Brown Mallee reelseat spacer

Banded Gold Agate

Monaro Series Fly Rod

This rod, for a VFFA member, is a 3 piece Monaro Series. The rod is a 3 piece 7' #4/5, with the taper from the Jeff Wagner modified Paul Young "Driggs River". As a Monaro Series rod, it features

- Crafting from a single culm of bamboo, selected to suite the taper and configuration from a stock of over 200 culms

- Each strip split out from the culm and hand planed to final dimensions

- Flamed bamboo with lighter contrasting nodes

- 2 tips, mirror matched from the same part of the bamboo

- Antique Gold Wraps, with green tipping on the signature wraps

- Ferrules overbound in silk to match the bamboo

- Finely figured brown mallee burl reelseat spacer with CSE downlocking cap and ring Nickel Silver Hardware

- Stepped, hexagonal winding check, broached to fit the rod perfectly at the top of the grip

- Brazilian agate Stripping guide - a finely banded gold here to match the wraps

- Bamboo and cork ferrule plugs with lanyard

- Custom made Cottton bag to fit the exact length of the rod, aluminium tube with brass end caps

 

rod for leading guide paul bourne

swelled butt

dry fly action bamboo rods with clear wraps

rod for guide paul bourne

fish bamboo with snowy monaro fly fishing

Custom Rod for leading Snowy Monaro Guide, Paul Bourne

This rod was commissioned by leading Snowy Monaro Guide, Paul Bourne. Having caught several thousand (yes, really!) fish on his 7' 2/2 #4 fast dry fly action rod (which is still going strong), he decided it was time for another one. This is a slightly lighter action 7' #4, featuring:

- Clear wraps tipped in dark green

- Blued ferrules and reelseat hardware

- TiCH Stripping gude

- Uplsiding Bellinger reelseat with Brown "Tiger" Mallee spacer

- Swelled Butt

- Light Pen Markings to 24" for catch and release fish measurements

Paul even let me have a cast with it! Here it is with a lovely Snowy Mountains small stream rainbow (Paul Bourne photo).

brown mallee seat

blonde cane

green agate

Custom Blonde Rod

This recent rod is finished in blonde cane, lighter than my standard flaming. To maintain a crisp action, the raw culm was given additional flaming on the inside, as well as oven treating. The taper is a 6'6" #3/4/5 Bush Creek with a swelled butt. The rod features:

- Light Green wraps with dark green tipping, with matching green agate

- Blued ferrules and reelseat hardware

- Brown mallee reelseat spacer

3 piece travel rods

matching figured brown mallle burl reelseats

red and green tipping

select grade brazilian agate

blued ferrules - antique gold wraps

 

Two Small Stream Travel Rods

These two travel rods were made for a customer who wanted two compact 3 piece rods for fishing small streams. The first is a light 6'3"#2/3, with a swelled butt. The second is a Bush Creek 6'6" #3/4/5 with a swelled butt for extra reserve power.

The Rods feature:

- Matching figured Brown Mallee Burl Reelseat Spacers

- Antique Gold Wraps (one tipped Chinese on the siganture wraps, the other Spring Green)

- Select Grade Agate strippers

- Blued ferrules and CSE reelseat hardware

- Light TiCH Snake Guides

- 5 1/2" tapered cigar grips

- Matching Split Cane and Cork Ferrule Plugs

 

Four Piece Swagman

Brown Mallee Burl Reelseat with blued CSE slideband

Split Cane Rod Tube

hariki ferrules

4 piece rod with clead wraps tipped in red

Swelled Butt

Wild River Brown on 4 piece bamboo

 

Four Piece Prototype

This is a prototype for a future Presentation Rod. Rods above 3 pieces can become clumsy - as John Gierach says - you can end up with a Nickel Silver rod held together with little pieces of bamboo... By using light Hariki Japanese extra short Step Down Ferrules, additional impregnation, nodeless (and spliceless!) construction, this rod has retained a smooth, tight action in a configuration that packs down to 19 inches (50cm)! I will be giving this rod a solid workout this Season. The Presentation rod will feature the same basic design as the prototype, but with additional engraving, exquisite agate stripper and other enhancements.

This rod features

- A taper based on the classic PHY Midge, but with a swelled butt to provide some reserve power in the 4 piece configuration.

- Extra Short Japanese Hariki Step Down Ferrules, overbound in bamboo coloured silk to maintain continuity of tone along the rod

- Clear wraps, tipped in fine Chinese Red

- TiCH Stripper and light TiCH SNakes

- Brown Mallee Burl Spacer with blued CSE Cap and Ring Hardware

- Nodeless (and spliceless) construction with strips taken from a 1 in 1,000 culm with massive internode spacing

- Lightweight Split Cane Rod Tube with Brass Caps

Pictured at left is a wild stream brown taking on this rod (Paul Bourne photo).

Presentation Monaro 56 blonde cane rod Engraved hardware on Bellinger Reelseat with Custom Fighting butt Fish scale engraved ferrules

Antique gold wraps Exquisite banded agate

Engraved hardware Brown trout engraved butt cap

 

Collectors Grade Rod - "Paradise Stream"

This rod, a swelled but Monaro 56 2/2 for a Swiss customer, features:

- Blonde cane - lighter than my normal flamed finish, but retaining a fast, crisp action

- Brown Mallee Burl reelseat spacer with custom turned butt cap

- Exquisitely banded agate

- Antique gold wraps, blending the colours of the agate and bamboo

- Beehive turned split cane ferrule plug

- Engraving
* fish scale on the ferrules
* Mayfly/Caddis/Grasshopper on the reelseat slideband
* Mrs Simpson flies around the locking nut
* Brown trout on the butt plate

Classic presentation rods, fully engraved Fiddleback blackwood spacer from Andrew Lowe

Presentation Rod, FE Thomas Taper Presentation Rod, Leonard Taper

Green wraps with red tipping Exquisite banded brazilian agate

Lowe boxes with engraved buttons Engraved brass button

Engraved Celtic Ferrules Celtic Engraved Slideband

Engraved rose Engraved Scottish thistle

 

Celtic Collectors Grade Rods

This pair of rods was commissioned by a customer for himself and his lucky partner! Both configured in 3 pieces, one was based on a 6'8" FE Thomas #3, while the other on a Leonard 7' #2 Catskill.

The rods were made from a single culm, both with mirror matched tip sections. Each feature a Fiddleback Blackwood reelseat (with timber supplied by Andrew Lowe), with matching Lowe Fly Box. Each fly box is adorned with a brass button engraved by Dick Chapman.

Further engraving is featured on the rods - a celtic strapwork theme onthe ferrules and reelseat slideband, with a Rose on one butt cap, and a Scottish thistle on the other.

The wraps are done in green with red tipping, inline with the customer's family Tartan.

Each rod features an exquisitey banded Brazilian agate stripping guide to complement the colours of the cane and red wrap tipping.

Each rod is presented in a Kangaroo and cowhide leather case, made by Ivan Hrabanek from Benowe.

 

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

custom reelseat presentation grade rod

A new rod, made for Dan Flynn, of Flynn Silver. The rod is a 6'6" 2/2 "Bush Creek" #4/5. The rod hardware was customised by Dan, casting a button for the butt cap from the dress jacket worn by the "Major" who taught him to cast a fly. The reelseat hardware was then gold plated, to match highlights in the cane. The reelseat spacer (and matching ferrule plug) was turned down from a WWII Spitfire antenna assembly, provided to me by Dan. The wraps are clear tipped with black, over gunsmoke TiCH snake guides and blued stripper, with blued ferrules. An agate was chosen with dark stone to match the guides, with a splash of gold to match the cane and gold hardware. Dan also had a knife made with a matching handle from the Spitfire antenna assembly. The bottom picture shows the reelseat, knife and another antenna (with the metal peeled back to reveal the wood).

Visit the Flynn Silver website to see some of their other magnificent work - http://www.flynnsilver.com.au

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

A new custom, engraved Collectors Grade rod for Master Casting Instructor Peter Hayes, featuring:

- 6'6 #3/2 #4/5 taper

- Clear wraps tipped in dark green

- Engraved ferrules and reelseat hardware

- Dark banded agate stripping guide and TiCH gunsmoke snake guides

- Brown Mallee Burl Reelseat

- Matching offset Japanese style landing net with hand planed 5/6 ply bamboo hoop and Brown Mallee Burl handle

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky**1

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

years of testing**2

"The 78 Special"

This is a prototype Saltwater Rod, a 7'8" #7/8, featuring

- (See **1) - Integrated bamboo ferrule (the female is formed in the butt section to allow different action tips to be easily constructed). The female ferrule is bound in clear silk (double bound at the end), and reinforced with marine epoxy. The female is additionally reinforced at the start of the swell with a guide and guide wrap. The male ferrules (on the tips) are bound in clear silk and reinforced adjacent to the slide with marine epoxy as well.

- Double built butt AND tip sections for additional power

- Swelled butt

- Detachable extended fighting butt, in cane and brown mallee burl to match the reelseat spacer and rod.

- Saltwater resistant black anodised reelseat fittings from Bellinger

- TiCH guides for hard wearing saltwater use

- Impregnated with marine primer used below the water line on wooden marine boats, finished in wax, for lightness, durability and maximum power.

(See **2) - The last picture shows a destruction tested bamboo ferrule. A test ferrule was made, and the two sections subjected to exteme pressure until something had to give. The ferrule stayed perfectly intact. While the tip section showed some fatigue and started to splinter, the butt section actually broke before the ferrule join!

- I took this rod out to the ACT Casting competition on the weekend, and threw my longest ever measured cast: 35.51 metres (116.5 feet).

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

A rod made recently for renowned innovative Melbourne fly tier Rick Keam. The rod is a 6'3" medium/fast #4/5 3/2, featuring:

- Flamed Cane

- Verigated balck and orange jasper silk (without colour preserver)

- Matching "tiger" brown mallee burl reelseat sapcer and striped agate stripper

- Rick Keam "Polyhopper" engraved on the reelseat slideband

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

This new collectors grade rod, the "Osprey", is a 7'3" Monaro56 3 piece #56 travel rod for a customer in Colorado, USA. The rod features::

- Osprey engraved on Butt Cap

- Mayfly lifecycle on the reelseat slideband

- Scrollwork engraved on the ferrules

- Alternating blonde and flamed strips, with matching light/dark brown mallee burl reelseat, ferrule plugs and agate

- Antique gold wraps tipped in blue

 

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

This new collectors grade rod, "Haunted by Waters", is a 8'0" 3/2 #4/5 Monaro Series, for a customer in Alaska, USA. The rod features:

- Green agate, with pale green wraps tipped in dark green

- Scollwork engraved on the ferrules

- Mayfly lifecycle on the reelseat slideband, with Mrs Simpsons around the locking nut

- Rich, golden flamed cane, with matching brown mallee burl reelseat and ferrule plugs

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

A new ultralight 5'6" 2/2 1 weight, with subdued brown wraps, agate guide, blued hardware, and densely figured Amoyna Burl reelseat. A rod to make a 6 inch fish feel like a thumper!

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hardwood burl reelseats

engraved hardware

Recently I had the opportunity to see some rods I made a few years back from a customer that has become a good friend. It was nice to be able to take some photos of them. Though they have been fished regularly, they still look pretty good I think! They feature some outstanding engraving as well as custom reelseats, with clear guide wraps and coloured tipping.

UPDATE - The first picture on the left has unfortunately been used by a number of Chinese bamboo rod suppliers to advertise THEIR rods. In a way, it's flattering that they like my work enough to steal it. I only make mention of it here that I have NOTHING to do with any of these companies or their rods.

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bamboo rods by nick taransky

(NEW Pictures added Aug 2011)

fly rod from taransky bamboo, hand made in Australia

leather fly rod case leather fly rod case

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fly rod from taransky bamboo, hand made in Australia fly rod from taransky bamboo, hand made in Australia

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fly rod from taransky bamboo, hand made in Australia fly rod from taransky bamboo, hand made in Australia

fly rod from taransky bamboo, hand made in Australia

 

A recent Collectors rod, "The Downunder 21", a 7'7" #5/6 3/2, featuring:

- Kookaburra engraved on the butt cap, with flies on the slide band, scrollwork on the locking nut, and wattle on the ferrules

- Spring green wraps with lemon tipping

- Black and white agate

- Brown Mallee Burl reelseat spacer with matching belled fighting butt.

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bamboo rods by nick taransky bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky bamboo rods by nick taransky

A recently commissioned rod for a local Canberra customer.

The rod, a 6'8" #3 3/2, features

- Kiwi engraved on the butt cap, with Silver Ferns on the slide band, scrollwork on the locking nut, and phutukawa on the ferrules.

- Spring green wraps with lemon tipping

- Black and white agate

- Rare NZ Kauri reelseat spacer with matching belled fighting butt

- Matching Kauri and cork ferrule moisture plugs

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

 

A recent commissioned 7'3" #4/5 2/2 rod featuring a Bear with a fish on the butt cap, and other engraving, and Chinese Red wraps with rifle green tipping and a matching red agate stripper, with a red mallee burl reelseat.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
A recent collectors rod for an American customer, featuring scroll engraving on the ferrules and engraved reelseat hardware, and a red mallee burl reelseat.

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

"The Tea Stick" - Avaiable for immediate sale at (SOLD) http://www.codella.com/binventory.htm

This rod was made to celebrate Tonkin Cane, or "Tea Stick" Bamboo (as it is known in China) as a rodmaking material. Rather than fitting a cork grip and wooden reelseat, a large butt swell was used to form the grip and reelseat. This required double building the butt sectoin of the cane. The under grip and swell area was then hollow fluted before glueup to retain a light feel of the rod in the hand. The seat was turned down to accomodate slide bands, and flamed/scorched for additional character. The rod was finished with a hexagonal butt plate, and clear wraps to maximise the visibility of the cane beneath. A honey agate stripping guide reflects the flamed colour of the bamboo.

The rod was completed with a hexagonal wooden case, of alternating Jarrah and Spotted Gum strips.

Built as a 6' 2/2 #3, it casts a very sweet line too...

bamboo rods by nick taransky
Two rods for great friends. Top is a fast action #4 for fishing mate Troy, and bottom is a Monaro56 7'3" for my wife Miri.
bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

"The Taranaki"

This rod, made on a Monaro 56 taper, is for my wife Miri. Miri is from the Taranaki region of the North Island of New Zealand. The rod features:

- A semi hollow built butt and mid section to reduce weight

- New Zealand colours - fine black signature wraps and a black and white striped agate stripper

- Stunning engraving of a rata flower and kea parrot

- Black ferrule wraps and dark blued ferrules

- Clear guide wraps to highlight the medium flamed cane

- The Australian connection is a brown mallee burl reelseat!

bamboo rods by nick taransky
Agates agates agates! We carry a huge range of agates from Snake Brand Guides. As part of your custom rod you can choose your own colour/pattern of agate.

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

 

A recent custom Monaro Series rod (6'6" #3/4/5 2/2) with:

- Fiddleback Tamanian Myrtle Burl reelseat spacer

- Blued ferrules

- Medium brown wraps tipped with black

- Agate stripping guide and bronze snakes

- Engraved butt cap featuring Southern Cross and wreath

bamboo rods by nick taransky
Peerless Reel and "Monaro 45" rod on the bank of a New Zealand stream.

Taransky bamboo fly rods

Taransky bamboo fly rods

Taransky bamboo fly rods

Taransky bamboo fly rods

Two recent fast action, dry fly 3/2 #5 weights, made for a couple of VFFA members.

Made from a single culm, one rod is finished slightly darker, with golden chocolate wraps, with the second rod flamed a little lighter, with bugundy wraps. Both rods feature cork reelseat spacers, and blued hardware.

 

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

A recent 7'7" #5/6 2/2, with

- Signature flaming, medium gold with lighter contrasting nodes

- Chinese Red wraps, tipped with Black

- Agate stripper and Titanium Carbide snakes

- Tapered Cigar grip

- Unique heartwood/sapwood cherry burl.

bamboo rods by nick taransky
A custom 6'6" 3 piece rod, with 3 different tips and two butts (one fast, one parabolic), which can be configured from a 3 weight to a 6 weight. I made this rod for myself, to demontstrate different tapers and actions to customers. The fast butt configuration is based on my Monaro taper, while the parabolic one is derived from a Paul Young action.
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Closeup of the same rod, showing the swell on the fast action butt section.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Closeup of the hexagonal check, swelled butt, and signature wraps.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
A Paul Young Para 15 Taper, finished in subdued Granger Green thread, and blued ferrules.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Closeup of swelled butt, signature wraps, winding check, overbound ferrules, black chrome guides and tiptop bound with dark blue thread, on a 3 piece 3 weight.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Closeup of swelled butt, signature wraps, winding check, overbound ferrules, black chrome guides and tiptop bound with pale olive thread (tipped with dark olive), on a 3 piece 4/5/6 weight.

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

The Australian Tribute Rod

 

This recently completed custom rod includes a number of unique features and an Australian theme:

- Alternating blonde and flamed strips

- Gold and Blue wraps (** colours of Australia, as featured on the Coat of Arms **)

- Wattle engraving on the reelseat slideband

- River gum leaves and nuts engraved on the ferrules

- Brown mallee burl reelseat spacer

bamboo rods by nick taransky
The twins! Two identical rods made off a single culm for a pair of Trout Bums!
bamboo rods by nick taransky
A 6'3" Fast action #4/5 3 piece which packs down to 26".
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Australian hardwood burl (brown and red mallee) reelseat spacers (downlockers for rods to 7'6").
bamboo rods by nick taransky
More mallee burl seats...
bamboo rods by nick taransky
And more - upockers for rods over 7'6".
australian hardwood timber reelseats from tarannsky bamboo

And more! Left to right:
Fiddleback Tasmanian Blackwood (Bellinger Upsliding Hardware)
Brown Mallee Burl (CSE Downsliding Hardware)
Tasmanian Myrtle Burl
Brown Mallee Burl - Tiger figuring
Yellow Box Burl
Red Mallee Burl

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Engraving

For that special rod, I have access to Dick Chapman, a leading shotgun engraver. Below are some examples of his amazing craftsmanship (and more in the "Rods" section above").

Dick Chapman engraving on a rod for Mike Stevens by Nick Taransky
Brown trout rising to mayflies on a rod for Mike Stevens (see more pictures above in the "Rods" section).
Match swimming platypus engraving by Dick Chapmand on Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod
Matched pair of platypi on rods for a father and son (see more pictures above in the "Rods" section).

Water Dragon Engraving by Dick Chapmand on Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod

Water dragon bust and scale pattern (see more pictures above in the "Rods" section).
Norfolk Engraving by Dick Chapman on Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod
"The Norfolk" (see more pictures above in the "Rods" section).
Water Dragon and Gang Gang engraving by Dick Chapman on Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod
Water Dragon and GangGang (see more pictures above in the "Rods" section).
Dick Chapman Bald Eagle engraving on Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod
Bald Eagle (see more pictures above in the "Rods" section).
Dick Chapman Engraving on Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod
New Zealand theme scroll on a Bamboo Spey rod for Peter Hayes (see more pictures above in the "Rods" section).
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Scroll and initials on a Bush Creek (see more pictures above in the "Rods" section).

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Platypus, Mayfly Dun, Klinkhammer and Ferrule registration mark on a downlocking threaded barrell reelseat (see more pictures above in the "Rods" section).

Kangaroo Engraved on a Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod Platypus Engraved on a Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod Wombat Engraved on a Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod

Kangaroo, Platypus and Wombat Engraved on a reelseat slideband on "The Crackenback" (see more pictures above in the "Rods" section).

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salmo trutta taransky bamboo fly rod brown trout theme engraving

"The Salmo trutta" - Brown Trout theme on a 4 piece "Monaro 45 " 6'6" 4/5/6 taper (featured above in more detail in the "Rods" section).

Campbell Cetlic engraving on taransky bamboo fly rod engraving

"The Campbell" - Campbell and Celtic theme on a 4 piece "Swagman" 6'6" #3/4/5 taper (featured above in more detail in the "Rods" section.

Dick Chapman engraving on taransky bamboo rod - "The One Gun Man" Dick Chapman engraving on taransky bamboo rod - "The One Gun Man" Dick Chapman engraving on taransky bamboo rod - "The One Gun Man"

Dick Chapman engraving on taransky bamboo rod - "The One Gun Man" Dick Chapman engraving on taransky bamboo rod - "The One Gun Man"

"The One Gun Man" - a matched pair of rods (featured above in more detail in the "Rods" section.

Swan engraving on Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod

Black Swan engraved on a butt cap

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Celtic Knots on a recent Bush Creek rod

Water Dragon Engraving
Water Dragon head on a CSE butt cap. See "Rods" above more more pictures of this rod.

River Blackfish Engraving

Trout Cod Engraving Macquarie Perch Engraving

Australian Native fish: A Two-Spined Blackfish, Trout Cod and Maquarie Perch on Bellinger Reelseat Hardware. See "Rods" above more more pictures of this rod.

engraving with artwork

Celtic Engraving Celtic Engraving

Engraving from a rod for artist Jeff Cassidy

The butt cap features engraving based on a 2B and 4B Graphite Pencil on Arches Paper work by Jeff Called "The Illusion of Permanence". Note that the original artwork is 60cm x 50cm, and the engraved butt cap is 2cm x 2cm!

The slide band features Celtic Strapwork.

Engraving on Peter Hayes Rod
Engraving on a fly rod for master casting instructor and guide, Peter Hayes. See "Rods" above more more pictures of this rod.
Engraved hardware Brown trout engraved butt cap
Mayfly Lifecycle and Brown Trout on reelseat hardware. See "Rods" above more more pictures of this rod.
Engraved rose Engraved Scottish thistle
English Rose and Scottish Thistle. See "Rods" above more more pictures of this rod.

Reelseat Engraving

Ferrule Engraving

Engraving on reelseat hardware and ferrules on a series of rods for a Canberra customer. See "Rods" above more more pictures of this rod.

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

Scottish Thistle and Celtic Strapwork from an 8' #6 3/3 Payne based taper.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Swimming platypus for an upcoming platypus tribute rod
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Osprey in flight on a butt cap. See "Rods" above more more pictures of this rod.

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

 

Scrollwork on ferrules of two recently completed rods. See "Rods" above more more pictures of this rod.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Perons tree frog engraved on a butt cap.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Flies around a reelseat slideband. See "Rods" above more more pictures of this rod.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Kookaburra on a butt cap. See "Rods" above more more pictures of this rod.
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Silver Ferns and Kiwi on reelseat hardware. See "Rods" above more more pictures of this rod.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Phutukawa flowers on ferrules. See "Rods" above more more pictures of this rod.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Fishing Bear and other reelseat engraving work. See "Rods" above more more pictures of this rod.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
The New Zealand Kea engraved on the "Taranaki" Rod. See "Rods" above more more pictures of this rod.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
The New Zealand Rata flower on the "Taranaki" Rod. See "Rods" above more more pictures of this rod.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Engraved hardware for a matching pair of 1 piece 2/3 weight rods.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Southern Cross and wreath for an Australian Airforce Officer.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Wattle engraving on the Australian Tribute Rod. See "Rods" above more more pictures of this rod.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Gum leaf/flower/nut ferrule engraving on the Australian Tribute Rod. See "Rods" above more more pictures of this rod.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Lightly blued scrollwork on ferrules.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Platypus on a butt cap.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Mayfly dun, with tiny Mrs Simpson flies around the locking nut.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Mayfly nymph, with tiny Mrs Simpson flies around the locking nut.
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Water Dragon, on one of my own rods. These little guys frequent some of our local streams.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Brown Trout on the butt cap.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Engraved slide band and locking nut with a custom turned brown mallee burl fighting butt.

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Rodmaking Classes

taransky bamboo rodmaking classes

taransky bamboo rodmaking classes

taransky bamboo rodmaking classes

Rodmaking Classes 2016

The 2016 Rodmaking Classes were an outstanding success. It was wonderful to see several students return from last year to make another rod, as well as helping others begin their bamboo journey with their first rod. Bookings are already filling for 2017 so contact me for more information and to secure a place.

At left are the students from this year, and below some photos of the classes.

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N A Taransky Bamboo Rodmaking Classes at Hayes on Brumbies Cressy Tasmania

N A Taransky Bamboo Rods Rodmaking Classes Hayes on Brumbies Cressy Tasmania 2015

N A Taransky Bamboo Rods Rodmaking Classes Hayes on Brumbies Cressy Tasmania 2015

N A Taransky Bamboo Rods Rodmaking Classes Hayes on Brumbies Cressy Tasmania 2015

Rodmaking Classes 2015

Over the years I've taught a number of people one on one to make their first bamboo fly rod. In September/October 2015 I ran my first series of Bamboo Rodmaking Classes at "Hayes on Brumbies" in Tasmania.

I was lucky to have a fantastic group of students, who can now call themselves Bamboo Rodmakers! I was very impressed with the quailty of the rods that were produced, and I think that all of the new rodmakers were justifiably proud of their hard work as well. At left are the new rodmakers, and below some photos of the classes.

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Field Testing

NEW

Snowy Mountains /Monaro Season 2010/11

With the best rain in a decade, the 2010/11 Season is already going well and will improve even more whan things warm up. Contact Paul Bourne from Snowy Monaro Fly Fishing if you want to experience fishing like this...

Fishing the sticks with bamboo

small stream brown small stream brown

Lovely small stream browns around 10-14 inches from a forest freestone creek. (March 2011)

small stream trout fishing golden brown trout

Lovely golden Kosciuszko browns from a tussocky high plains creek. (Jan 2011)
A brown slamming a hopper
A mountains brown slams the hopper (closeup on the right)! (Jan 2011)

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snowy mountains and taransky bamboo

huge snowy mountains brown trout on taransky bamboo big brown trout on taransky bamboo bush creek

A late November trip to a small Snowy Mountains stream. We caught some lovely rainbows, and Troy polaroided this thumping brown to test his new Bush Creek on.

taransky bamboo and snowy monaro fly fishing spring creek brown on taransky bamboo

taransky bamboo on a spring creek vivid small stream brown on a taransky bamboo cane rod

brown trout dry fly cane rod catch and release

The Benefit of Local Knowledge!

Throughout October 2010, many were talking about all the rain and high water in the mountains. We dry-fly fished a number of creeks at ideal water levels with local guide Paul Bourne, from Snowy Monaro Fly Fishing.

 

trout rising taransky bamboo

leaping brown trout

brown trout on taransky bamboo

The rise/strike, leap, and release of an early season Snowy Mountains brown trout.

 

Snowy Mountains /Monaro Season 2009/2010

Well, Season 09/10 is looking great in the Snowy Monaro region. Below are some pics from trips out in November 09. Contact Paul Bourne from Snowy Monaro Fly Fishing if you want to experience fishing like this...

wild freestone brown trout on bamboo wild snowy mountains brown on bamboo

peerless reel, bamboo rod, secret stream native been on mountain stream

A Mid November 09 trip to a Snowy Mountains Freestone with long time local guide Paul Bourne. Interestingly, native bees were in abundance, and fish seemed to even be jumping to them.

tiny spring creek with bamboo wild spring creek brown

monaro spring creek taransky bamboo on wild spring creek

butter brown from the monaro

Early Nov 09 trip to the Southern Monaro. We fished some wild spring creeks for beautiful brown trout, from 8" gems to fish of 2 1/2lb plus. If anything the water was still a little high - great news for the rest of the season.

 

 

New Zealand North Island Taranaki Trip January 2009

January is starting to become an annual thing to visit the Taranaki region of NZ, combining family visits and fishing. Read a bit about the trip on the "What's New" page, or a more detailed report in issue 116 of New Zealand Trout Fisher

Taransky bamboo, peerless reel, terenzio line, filson vest
Wading one of the many Taranaki Streams.
New Zealand brown, filson vest, taransky bamboo
First fish of the trip (relief)! A typical 4 pound Taranaki freestone brown. This fish, lying deep in fast water, was one of the few we caught on a nymph. Most came up to the dry.
close stalking large brown trout in taranaki, New Zealand
Doing my best to look like a rock (as opposed to rock star) as a large brown cruises past a rod length away.

golden taranaki freestone 4 1/2 lb brown trout

The Taranaki browns show great diversity in colouration and spot pattern. This 4 1/2 pound fish was as golden as melted butter.
New Zealand Hangi - Sweet As
Miri's dad Tama turned 76 while we were there. He put on a Hangi for us in his home made Keg based Hangi. Like the T Shirt (and Tama) says - "Sweet As"!

 

 

New Zealand North Island Taranaki Trip January 2008

Read a bit about the trip on the "What's New" page. My wife Miri is a Kiwi from the Taranaki region, so we combined a trip with family get togethers and some great fishing.

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Miri fishing one of the local streams. Mount Taranaki dominates the landscape. A lone peak of over 2500m, with 40 major and countless other trout streams radiating across the ringplain. Why aren't we living there? watch this space...
bamboo rods by nick taransky
A typical Taranaki brown of about 4lb that we watched cruising and rising from a bridge. Did we catch it? You'll have to ask Miri...
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Miri with a couple of beautuful, but quite differently marked Taranaki browns.

bamboo rods by nick taransky

Yours truly bringing a brown to the net. Note the rod upturned and held back, to avoid high sticking, and to be in a good position to react to any sudden movement of the fish.

 

Season 2007/2008

This season is looking the best in years with much needed rainfall throughout the region. For those wanting to learn the best way to fish the area, do yourself a favour and check out Paul Bourne at Snowy Monaro Fly Fishing

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

Troy Macnab, Miri Robinson and I recently spent a day on a typical small Snowy Mountains stream. This sort of tight, tumbling pocketwater is ideal for close range fishing and bamboo rods. Keeping low down and using available cover, the fish can be polaroided and seen taking the fly right under your nose. Though the fish aren't large in general, they make up for it with beautiful colouration.
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Typical early season 2007/2008 brown, taken with Paul Bourne from Snowy Monaro Flyfishing.

 

New Zealand South Island Trip March 2007

Read a bit about the trip on the "What's New" page. We had great fishing, saw wonderful places, met some great people and experienced four seasons (five maybe?) in two and a half weeks.

bamboo rods by nick taransky
Playing a fish on a typical freestone Southland river. Note the rod turned over, and the low rod angle, using the powerful butt of the rod to play the fish, rather than the tip. Apologies for the hat.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Bleak weather on an Otago river. Be prepared to tough it out in NZ, or drive a lot to chase the elusive better weather.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Bow and arrow casting to a tight willow feeder. Bow and arrow casting is fine with bamboo, if performed properly. Separate the hands widely BEFORE loading the rod.

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A real fish and a real hat to go with it.

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  Season 06/07 and earlier in Australia
the baron at work
Haydn Jenkins "fishin the sticks"...
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Miri Robinson with a lovely spring creek brown.

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

Peter Morse of Wildfish fame has just come back from a trip to Brumbies Creek with Peter Hayes, where he got some lovely shots of Peter throwing tight loops with a 6'3" 1 piece #5/6/7 weight.

I've even put a #7 on this rod and thrown deerhair poppers and dahlbergs around snags and overhanging trees for Australian Bass. It's a definite pocket rocket!

bamboo rods by nick taransky
Little rod, big fish! Peter Hayes with a 7 pound brown on the little 6'3" 1 piece #5/6/7.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Beautiful, wild, small stream rainbow...
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Paul Bourne of Snowy Monaro Flyfishing plays a rainbow.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Paul with the rainbow, and a Peerless Salmon reel.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Troy Macnab fishes the shaded undercut on a high plains creek.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Miri Robinson playing an early 06/07 season rainbow in the mountains.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Proof of the pudding!
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Me with an Oct 06 mountains rainbow.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Peter Hayes, master casting instructor and top Tasmanian guide with a lovely Tassie river brown on a prototype 6'3" 1 piece #5/6 weight.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Me in the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, USA. Beautiful Brook Trout water.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
A lovely brown trout from a small Snowy Mountains stream, on a Taransky Bamboo and a Peerless 1A reel.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Troy Macnab on a Snowy Mountains Stream in NSW, Australia.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Troy Macnab on a Snowy Mountains Stream in NSW, Australia.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Paul Bourne on a Southern Monaro stream.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Haydn Jenkins with a lovely small stream brown on a Taransky Bamboo.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
A beautifully red spotted brown.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
A nice brown from a Snowy Mountains stream on a bamboo rod and silk line.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
A Western Lakes brown from Tassie.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Me landing a rainbow from a Snowy Mountains Lake. Note the rod turned over and held back, to reduce stress on the rod tip.

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Customer Photos

Below are pictures from Taransky Bamboo customers. Contact me if you'd like to have your photos included. I'm also happy to a link to your business or website if you like.

NEW

New Zealand Trout on a Taransky Bamboo Bush CreekNew Zealand Trout on a Taransky Bamboo Bush Creek

New Zealand Trout on a Taransky Bamboo Bush CreekNew Zealand Trout on a Taransky Bamboo Bush Creek

New Zealand Trout on a Taransky Bamboo Bush CreekNew Zealand Trout on a Taransky Bamboo Bush Creek

Roger Gibson Christening his Bush Creek Rod and Peerless Reel on some fantastic New Zealand Browns and Rainbows!

 

4 1/2lb Tasmanian Brown Trout on a Monaro 56
Ernest Gstrein with a 4 /12lb Tasmaninan brown trout on his new Monaro 56 7'3" 3 piece #5/6 "Tranquillitas".
Tench on a dry fly and bamboo rod!
Don Urquhart christened his Bush Creek on a tench, caught on a dry fly! It was soon followed by a brown trout.

Ian Sambell with his Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod

Ian Sambell with his Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod Ian Sambell with his Taransky Bamboo Fly Rod

Ian Sambell christening his new #4/5 Driggs River.
f e thomas brown trout taransky bamboo
Chris Bannerman christened his 6'8" F E Thomas #3 on this lovely little Snowy Mountains brown.
Grayling on Taransky Bamboo
A lovely grayling from Nick Careless on a Monaro 45 dedicated to his daughter - "Little Grace".

taransky bamboo fly rod

cutthroat on taransky bamboo

Kai Larson in action on an American Cutthroat stream with his "Osprey" Monaro 56. This rod is featured above in the "Rods" section of the gallery. Read more abot his rod at his website here.
atlantic salmon on taransky bamboo
Don't try this at home kids. Rodney Garlick and Peter Hayes with an Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon on Rodney's 6'6" Bush Creek. That's some way to Christen a rod!

bass on taransky bamboo bass on taransky bamboo

saratoga on taransky bamboo

engraving with artwork

 

Artist and Fly Fisherman, Jeff Cassidy with an Australian Bass and saratoga on his 7'6" #5. He has even caught trout on it! The engraving on Jeff's rod came from a work of his called "The Illusion of Permanence". More pictures of his rod can be seen under the "Engraving" section of the Gallery. Note that the original artwork is 60cm x 50cm, and the engraved butt cap is 2cm x 2cm.

You can read more about Jeff and see his art at his website:

www.freshandsaltwaterflydesigns-australia.com.au

gold reel and hardware

custom reelseat presentation grade rod

taransky bamboo fly rod

taransky bamboo fly rod

walnut stock

Dan Flynn is an acclaimed Silversmith. You can visit the Flynn Silver site here:

www.flynnsilver.com.au

Bling! Dan Flynn now has a gold plated reel to match the gold plated hardware on his 6'6" Bush Creek!

He now has two rods from me. A Bush Creek and a Paul Young Boat rod.

You can read more about Dan's rods and the custom reelseats we worked on together under the "Rods" section of the Gallery.

 

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Misc

JAPAN PHOTOS May/June 2012

Some photos of the incredible people we met and places we saw. (Click for a larger image and the back button on the browser to return)

Taransky Bamboo - Tokyo Skyline - Ginza Day Taransky Bamboo - Tokyo Ginza Skyline - Night

Taransky Bamboo - Ginza Coffee Shop Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Tomonori and Yumi Higashi

TOKYO

View from our Hotel room in Tokyo - Ginza - day and night

Coffee in Downtown Ginza, at Cafe Lambre. Superb coffee since 1948. The guy pouring the coffee is a passionate fly fisher. http://www.h6.dion.ne.jp/~lambre/

Dinner in Tokyo with Tomonori and Yumi Higashi. Thank you both so much for a special, life changing trip.

Taransky Bamboo Japan Trip - Yano Silk Lines Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Yano Silk Lines

OSAKA

Kouji Yano - Silk Line maker - Yano Silk Lines

 

Taransky Bamboo JAPAN visit 2012 HARIKI FERRULE Taransky Bamboo JAPAN visit 2012 HARIKI FERRULE

OSAKA

Toshiyuki Hariki - precision Ferrule and Reelseat designer / maker - Hariki Ferrule

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Harada Rod - Le Grand Soir Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Harada Rod - Le Grand Soir

OSAKA

Harada-san - Rodmaker - "Le Grand Soir"

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OSAKA

Dinner at Kitchen Nico in downtown Osaka, with the Higashi's Yano, Hariki and Harada.

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Kyoto Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Kyoto

KYOTO

Temple Gardens in Kyoto. Thank you to the lovely Mukaida family for a sumptuous dinner in Kyoto at their home and their extended hospitality.

 

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Harada Rod - Restaurant Food Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Harada Rod - Train Food

Restaurant food (Shinjuku) and Train food (Tokyo - Kiryu)

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Kenshiro Shimazaki Studio Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Kenshiro Shimazaki

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Ushu NakamuraTaransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Ushu NakamuraTaransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Ushu Nakamura

KIRYU

Kenshiro Shimazaki - Tiemco Hook and product designer, Fly designer

Ushu Nakamura - Rodmaker

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Sao-Naka Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Sao-Naka

TOKYO

Sao-Naka - Fly Rodmaker and traditional Japanese Culm rodmaker, Actor

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Kensuke Yagi - Flyfisher Editor Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Akita Food

AKITA

Kensuke Yagi - Editor in Chief - Japan Flyfisher Magazine

Dinner at the Shingoro Inn

 

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Akita Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Naoto Shibuya Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Naoto Shibuya

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Tomonori Higashi Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Tomonori Higashi Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Higashi - Yamame

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - akita - weir Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Akita - Iwana

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AKITA

Naoto Shibuya - Rodmaker, Guide, Author, Tackle Designer - Kawatsura Rod

Wonderful fishing, company and learning with Shibuya-san and Higashi-san.

 

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate -Kazuake Kikuchi - BTHR Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate -Kazuake Kikuchi - BTHR Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate -Kazuake Kikuchi - BTHR

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate -Kazuake Kikuchi - BTHR Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate -Kazuake Kikuchi - BTHR Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate -Kazuake Kikuchi - BTHR

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate -Kazuake Kikuchi - BTHR Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate -Kazuake Kikuchi - BTHR Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate -Kazuake Kikuchi - BTHR

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate -Kazuake Kikuchi - BTHR Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate -Kazuake Kikuchi - BTHR Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate -Kazuake Kikuchi - BTHR

IWATE

Kazuaki Kikuchi - Rodmaker, guide - BTHR (Big Two Hearted River)

Another wonderful learning experience with Kikuchi-san and Higashi-san. A very special time. I hope that we can one day reciprocate and show you guys our unique fishery here too!

Lovely accommodation and hospitality at the Warabe Inn (not a link to Warabe as such but a blog with some info on the area and more pictures of Warabe).

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate - Ken Tsurusaki

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate - Seiji Sato

Ken Tsurusaki - World reknowned Fly Fishing Photographer

Seiji Sato - Author, Instructor, Native Japanese Trout Researcher (right, with Higashi-san at left)

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate - Tohoku Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate - Tohoku

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate - Tohoku Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate - Tohoku

Taransky Bamboo Japan visit 2012 - Iwate - Tohoku

 

IWATE - TOHOKU TSUNAMU DAMAGE

Kikuchi-san wanted to show us the damage still left behind from the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. It was very sad, but I think important for use to see the scale of the damage and the huge impact that it has had. I have never seen anything like it, and hope to never again.

While the rest of the world has moved on with the news cycle, the people of the region have many years work ahead of them to try and rebuild their lives.

We also met some poeple from the region in Tokyo, fundraising at a small market - and I said that I would mention their blog here - Marine Pal Onegawa. Among other things they were selling some hand carved fish (some of which are making their way back here via Surface Mail)...

 

More Misc Photos

epic glass rod, finished by nick taransky

epic glass rod, finished by nick taransky

epic glass rod, finished by nick taransky

epic glass rod, finished by nick taransky

epic glass rod, finished by nick taransky

Epic Glass Rod

Carl McNeil is well known for his fly fishing films, and more recently his Epic fibreglass fly rods. He very kindly gave me an 8' #5 blank to try out. I've also had the chance to cast a few others in the range while down at Peter Hayes' fly fishing weekends at Cressy.

The Epic glass rods are very nice to cast (and fish), and extremely durable. They're a bit stiffer/faster than most glass rods - somewhere in between what most people expect from glass, and graphite. Check them out at Car's site here.

Talking glass, Callum Ross at Indi River Rods, as well as making lovely bamboo rods, has been putting together quite a few glass rods from Epic as well as some other glass rodmakers from around the world. You can see some of his work on his site here.

Often seen as the poor cousin of bamboo(and even graphite), fibreglass is an excellent material for making a wonderful casting and fishing tool. Anyone thinking of getting into bamboo, but not quite ready to take the plunge, should think about an Epic glass rod, or trying some other glass that Callum is putting together. They are nice fishing rods in their own right, and are a good way of getting used to a more flexible loading rod for those fishing stiff graphite currently and looking to get a bamboo rod. (Quite a few of the same benefits apply to glass as bamboo - you can read about some on the "Why Bamboo" page). More and more anglers are finding that easier loading rods are less effort to cast and fish, are easier on your body, and are better at a whole range of aspects of fishing than stiffer rods. And, they are just a lot of FUN too!

Pictured left is the rod I made up from Carl's blank (the blanks come in a range of colours, but I like the colours that hark back to the glass era of the 1970s - yellows and browns etc. I finished the yellow blank with (varnished) lemon guide wraps and clear ferrule wraps, TiCH stripper and snake guides, 6" tapered cigar grip, and brown mallee/cork Bellinger deluxe seat with blued hardware to match the guides.

Japanese Style Banskia Landing Net
Another Japanese style offset handle landing net (see below). The hoop is laminated Tonkin Cane, while the handle is formed from a slice through a Banskia Nut.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Recenty I had the chance to catch up with my rodbag maker, Chris Revell (my mum), who was visiting from Adelaide. All my rodbags are made to custom length for each rod, complete with a hanging loop and hidden French seams.

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

Recently I've used some leftover bamboo strips, and spare reelseat burls to make some landing nets in different shapes and sizes...
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Our friend Maria made these awesome dolls of me and Miri, complete with waders, vests, bamboo rods, and fish (yes, Miri's fish is a little larger than mine)!

bamboo rods by nick taransky

bamboo rods by nick taransky

"The Snowy River" Reel, by Terry Hayden, for Taransky Bamboo Fly Rods

This Australian made reel is a classic, simple, smooth fly reel that will compliment any fly rod! Check out the "Other Products"page for more informatio!

bamboo rods by nick taransky
Haydn Jenkins (see his tattoo, below), one of my fishing mates, is a talented artist, whose landscape paintings capture the colours and moods of our high country streams. Haydn is available for commisioned fly fishing and other artworks. Contact number is 0415 195 394. Check out some of his other paintings HERE, or his MYSPACE site.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Last Autumn I collected a bunch of leaves and made a collage on the computer of the trout in the region...
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Great tatt Haydn! Haydn Jenkin's brown trout tribute!
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Small dragon from the mountains
mallee burl carving
2" miniature Brook Trout carving from an offcut piece of Brown Mallee Burl
bamboo rods by nick taransky
One of my rods with a passenger - Australasica Dun from South Australia (Chris Bassano photo)
cane day
VFFA Cane Day, 2005 (cane day or hat day)?
bamboo rods by nick taransky
VFFA Cane Day, 2005. Rick Keam selects a rod from the forest!
bamboo rods by nick taransky
VFFA Cane Day, 2005. Malcom Elms and Sam Thomas share a bamboo moment.

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Restoration

Though I don't offer a restoration or repair service for old rods or other maker's rods, I have done some of this in the past. Here are some examples.

hardy fly reel repaired at taransky bamboo

vintage hardy fly reel repaired by taransky bamboo

Bamboo Repair of a Hardy Princess Reel

I bought this Hardy Princess recently with a section missing from the frame. I repaired the frame with a heat-bent piece of bamboo, pinned internally into the frame, and reinforced with a thin bamboo laminate over the join. It's come up well, and highlights the strength of bamboo!

   

Repair/restoration of a Kosmic rod section

This rod, circa 1891-2, has a connection with bamboo rodmaking history, being a product of the F.E. Thomas, E. Edwards, Loman Hawes and Ed Payne venture.

This rod was acquired in need of repair by the current owner. The mid section was 4" short at the top, and had been hand whittled to refit the female ferrule. The mid-tip ferrules had been damadged, so the owner had sourced appropriate replica ferrules from the USA.

Instead of using an oblique scarf to add the 4" back to the mid section section, I utilised the existing hand tapered end, and built a new, internally hollow piece to fit around it. This maintained as much as possible of the existing rod. The scarf join was reinforced and concealed beneath one of the intermediate bindings.

kosmic repair by nick taransky
The original section, with the whittled region (after some tidying up)on the right, and the new, hollowed section, layed open to show the internal hollow taper, on the left.
kosmic repair by nick taransky
The new section rolled partly closed to show the hollowing.
kosmic repair by nick taransky
Closeup of the new section, rolled closed to show the thin surface cross section at the end of the scarf.
kosmic repair by nick taransky
The new section fitted over the original, after glueing.
kosmic repair by nick taransky
The finished repair. the scarf ends at the first intermediate above the top guide.
kosmic repair by nick taransky
Closeup of the scarf join (hidden under the intermediate wrap). The oringinal rod was made from Calcutta Cane, so some faux burn marks were added to the new section on the left to blend in with the overall character of the rod.
   
 

Restoration of a Bill Southam "Talbingo Rod"

This rod, made by the famous Sydney rodmaker, was in basically sound shape, but some bindings were cracked, or had been rebound with wire, tape, and twine.

bamboo rods by nick taransky
A hook keeper had been installed over the original wraps, the signature writing had partly worn off, and the narrow signature wraps had partly come off. The hook keeper was removed, the writing touched up, the signature wraps re done, and the area re varnished.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
A number of guides had been rebound with a mixture of tape, wire twine and nailpolish. The guides were rebound with silk, colour preserved, and varnished.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
The ferrule wraps were cracked and were coming free, and the finish on the ferrules hard worn off. The ferrules were rebound in silk, colour preserved and varnished, and the ferrules were re blued.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
The grip was sound but dirty, so it was given a light sand and clean.
   
 

Restoration of a Bamboo Spinning Rod

This rod, which was originally belonged to the owner's father, was basically sound, but with some delamination of strips just above the grip. The varnish was alligatored, the wraps were loose, some guides had been crushed, the reelseat and grip were soiled, and the rubber butt cap was perished. The rod was basically spruced up for the owner, and the delamination of the butt strips repaired.

rod repair and restoration
Before: Grip section. Cork and reelseat soiled, butt cap perished.
rod repair and restoration
After: Grip section. Cork and reelseat cleaned. butt cap lighly rubbed back to clean rubber.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Before: Signature section. Varnish alliatored. Strips delaminated.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
After: Signature section. Delamination glued. Stripped and revarnished (decal preserved). Wraps re bound.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
Before: Guides. Guide crushed, thread worn, faded and loose. Varnish Alligatored.
bamboo rods by nick taransky
After: Guides. Guide reshaped, cleaned and rebound. Rod revarnished.

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