Going to the Water Old School

Monday, I’ll head North for a week of wading some of my favorite waters, campfires, copious amounts of cigars and bourbon, and a testing of an old stick made new.  The weather prognosis for the next ten days, which is fluctuating wildly every twelve hours it seems, is tolerably conducive to some fine early season flyfishing.  The Fishing Report, which is updated weekly and thus lacks the wild fluctuations of the weather prognosis, is also tolerably conducive to some fine early season flyfishing, though, as the fishing report suggests, the catching of trout may very well also fluctuate wildly.

This time of year makes me feel quite a bit like a kid at Christmas, not only because trout season is opening, but because I’ve an old stick made new to take to the water, an 8’ Granger Victory Bamboo flyrod, which was made sometime in the 1920s or 1930s.  When the rod was given to me, last year at this time, it was sorely in need of some TLC, so off to RKP Cane Rods it went.  The rod’s stay at RKP was extended, I just picked it this past Wednesday, and it was worth the wait.

Here’s a couple of pics, which do not do the rod justice.

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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/21 at 10:25 AM
  1. Any before pics?

    Beautiful looking rod.

    Have fun up there.

    My new favorite “stick” of another kind is the Arturo Fuente Anejo, if you get a chance…

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/21  at  01:19 PM
  2. Chris, sorry I didn’t hang onto any before pics.  Probably should have.

    I’ll stop by my tobacconist’s on my way out of town and pick one of those Fuente Anjeos up.  I’ve already got laid in a good deal of 858 Flor Finas, Cubanitos for in between, and a few real Cuban Cohibas I’ve been saving for almost a year just for this occasion.

    Don’t worry, there’ll be lots of fun goin’ on up there.

    Posted by John Venlet  on  04/21  at  04:55 PM
  3. Beautiful piece of work.  Walnut handle?

    The mayfly sleeve and the metal holder are interesting, too.  Are they from the same era?

    Have you tried any Angel’s Envy bourbon?  Smooth.  And a pretty bottle.

    Have fun in the great north.

    Posted by Mike Soja  on  04/21  at  10:36 PM
  4. Hey, Mike.

    The reel seat is walnut.  The seat that was on the rod when it was given to me was not original, and was pretty ugly, some cheap repair made in the past.  Since original reel seats are scarce (should be shiny brushed metal reel seat), I had R of RKP custom make that one.  He did fine work.

    I’ll have to try that bourbon you note, since I haven’t had the pleasure.

    I can’t help but enjoy the North.  Cold up there this a.m.  Was 19 degrees at 7 a.m.

    Dang, forget to address the tube and sack for the rod.  The tube is from the era, Mike, at least as far as I can tell.  The rod sack in the photo is custom made, I think.  I have the original, which is a wide waled corduroy, and the rod is already back in that bag.

    Posted by John Venlet  on  04/22  at  07:59 AM

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