Tips & Techniques

Welcome to the Tips & Techniques Information page for Brasstown Creek. We have often needed to know how to do something but couldn’t easily find the information explaining how to do it.  So as we either found or developed the information, we placed it in the form of Tips & Techniques for a variety of subjects which we think you will find helpful and cut down your own search time.  For example, we offer very detailed steps for attaching a braided leader to a silk fly line and another for attaching a furled leader.  We also discuss heat treating bamboo, list line weights, and compare the modulus of some graphite rods.

Our Tips & Techniques have several articles describing how to measure and cut bamboo blanks in order to size the sections for ferrule mounting, how to feather nickel silver ferrule tabs, file snake guide feet, how to wrap the guides with silk, and how to varnish the completed bamboo fly rod.  We describe FLOR and Super grades of Portuguese Cork used in grips (there is no industry standard); each distributor grades the cork – what may be Super grade this year would be FLOR next year (or vice-versa).

We are especially pleased to show how to build your own extraction motors for dipping tubes and we give suggestions where to buy the motors and components.  Using a double-pole-double-throw switch and reversible DC electric motors, you can control the direction of your bamboo rod section with a flick of your thumb. Our own work shop has 4 dip tubes with corresponding motors enabling us to dip a three piece rod (with two tips) at one time.  Considering the slow extraction rate we use, this arrangement saves quite a bit of time.

Just click on the topic you want to see more about.

Nickel Silver Ferrules

A short description and history of Nickel Silver Ferrules and their use on Bamboo Fly Rods.  Also an example of the alloy’s composition.

Silk Fly Line: Manufacture and Care Information

A discussion of how Silk Fly LIne is made and how it should be cared for to insure a longer life.

How To Attach A Furled Leader to Silk Fly Line

Process uses Phoenix Furled Leader, YLI Silk Thread, a fly tying bobbin, Phoenix Silk Fly Line, Cyanoacrylate, etc. to attach the furled leader to the silk fly line.

How To Attach A Braided Leader to Silk Fly Line

This process uses Phoenix Braided Leader, YLI Silk Thread, a fly tying bobbin, Phoenix Silk Fly Line, Cyanoacrylate, etc. to attach a braided leader to the silk fly line.

Furled Leader Information

A discussion of Furled Leader attributes.

Line Weight

A Table showing Fly Line Weights as established by The American Sportfishing Association (ASA).

Tippet Information

A Table showing a relationship between tippet size, line diameter, and fly size.

Modulus

A limited description of fly rod Modulus and a table with some examples.

Bamboo Fly Rod – Tips, Techniques, and Other Disasters

Various Tips and Techniques we have learned from others and worked through ourselves when fixing (or trying) our mistakes.

Heat Treating Bamboo Fly Rods

Brasstown Creek’s approach to heat treating bamboo fly rod blanks and a hyperlink to Bamboo in the Laboratory.

Cork Ring and Cork Grip Information

A short history of Portuguese Cork, cork rings, cork grips, grading information, etc.

Brasstown Creek Bamboo Fly Rod Dip Tube and Multi Extraction Motor System

Disclaimer The information below for setting up dipping tanks with Extraction Motors is the system used by Brasstown Creek, Inc. to dip our Bamboo Fly Rods.  While this works for us, there are many other methods, many are better, most are cheaper – but this is what we use.  We are not electricians and recommend anyone working […]

Brasstown Creek Bamboo Fly Rod Three (3) Piece Rod Wrapping Information Measuring and Cutting Rod Blanks

A description of how to take blanks for a three (3) piece bamboo fly rod, calculate the correct section lengths, then measure and cut them.

Brasstown Creek Bamboo Fly Rod Three (3) Piece Rod Wrapping Information Preparing and Installing Ferrules on Rod Blanks

A description of how to take blanks for a three (3) piece bamboo fly rod, prepare the nickel silver ferrules and ferrule stations on the bamboo rod blanks, then install them.

Brasstown Creek Bamboo Fly Rod Three (3) Piece Rod Wrapping Information Preparing and Installing Reel Seats

A description of how to take blanks for a three (3) piece bamboo fly rod, prepare the wood insert and nickel silver skeleton, and install it on the butt section of the rod.

Brasstown Creek Bamboo Fly Rod Three (3) Piece Rod Wrapping Information Preparing and Installing Guides

A description of how to take blanks for a three (3) piece bamboo fly rod, prepare snake guides, stripper guides, and a strap and ring hookkeeper, then install them.

Brasstown Creek Bamboo Fly Rod Three (3) Piece Rod Wrapping Information Dipping Rods

A description of how to take blanks for a three (3) piece bamboo fly rod and dip the rod sections in varnish.