When I was little, I would run to the door as soon as I heard my dad’s truck pull into our driveway. Fishing was our favorite pastime as father and daughter, and I couldn’t wait to grab my pole and angle in the fresh waters. Fishing was reserved for life talks and occasional jokes. Being one of many daughters in my family, one-on-0ne time with my dad was special. After his passing in the fall, I remembered our fishing excursions, and I still remember “my” old fishing rod. It was an Orvis Flea Bamboo Fly Rod.
What Makes a Bamboo Fly Rod Special?
A bamboo fly rod is made from bamboo (some call it cane). Tonkin and Calcutta cane are used to make bamboo fly rods. Both are said to be the strongest of all species of bamboo because of their high density fibers. Anglers know that density and flexibility are the key to successful fly fishing. Another reason that rod builders use these species of bamboo is because of its well-spaced nodes, straightness, and its lite weight casting abilities.
The process of making a bamboo rod is quite intense. In fact, it can take over 100 hours to make one rod! Artistians hand-wrap the silk fibers from bamboo strips to create the the guide of the rod. Most bamboo rods are handmade, and the Orvis Limited Edition Flea Bamboo Fly rod is no exception.
Because of the extensive time it takes to make one of these special rods, some vintage mint condition bamboo rods cost over $15,000. Collector editions such as the Limited Edition Flea Bamboo cost between $1,500-$7,000. Because they are limited edition rods, their value will only rise over time. I have never had mine appraised, but I can guess that it would fetch a pretty penny as it shows minimal wear.
Features of the Limited Edition Flea Bamboo Fly Rod–
Anglers who want a lite weight rod will be please with this beautiful product. Hand made in Vermont for 2008 only, this split bamboo, 4-wt. 6 1/2, agile treasure mixes beauty with capability.
Split bamboo offers the lightest weight casting capabilities. I have used several different rods, and I find that this bamboo rod is far superior to its competitors’. Weighing in at just 4 oz, this rod is perfect for fishing low water creeks and streams. In fact, many reviewers prefer this rod when fishing in low waters. Tie a tiny fly on the Flea rod, and you have yourself a perfect fishing cohort!
This new version of the original Flea Bamboo Fly Rod offers the same taper specifications as the original bamboo Flea rod. Its updated hardware and hand-engraved nickel- silver sliding reel seat band offer style of yesteryear. A Wes-Jordan style tube, a leather and heavy gauge protective liner and an extra tip complete this fine, hand crafted product.
If you are thinking about purchasing this rod, keep in mind that its value will increase over time. This limited edition Flea was only manufactured in 2008, and it is a collector’s edition. I still look upon mine fondly. When spring comes this year, I will take my old bamboo fly rod out and think of my dad. After all, he taught me everything I know about fishing.