Custom Bamboo Flyrods

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Testimonials

I received the rod today and was really tickled at how well it turned out. You are a true craftsman. The rod is beautiful and exceeds all my expectations. I already have a trip planned to Beaver’s Bend to christen it. When I catch the first good fish with it, I will send you a picture of it with the rod. Thank you for sharing your talent with me.

John

I finally got a chance to give the 5-weight a real workout.  Don McMurry and I just spent a week in South Fork, Colorado, with some of the Fort Worth club, and I fished the rod just about every day.   It was everything I wanted and more, particularly on the larger streams. It was perfect for the hopper/dropper combo I fished most of the time.

Bruce S.

  I received the rod and what a joy. The rod is perfect. I can’t tell you how much I am going to enjoy fishing and owning this fine piece of craftsmanship. Wonderful taper, it is going to fish really nice. What taper is it? I love the wraps and the finish is superb. Thanks again for doing such a nice job. I will work on some photos on my next fishing trip and send you some.
Scott

I just wanted you to know the 2 weight rod you made for me is my favorite rod.  That’s a high compliment as I’ve cane rods in a 3 weight, two 4 weights and a 5 weight.  When I first got it I thought I wouldn’t be able to cast it because it was so soft.  However, the rod casts incredibly well.  When I’m on my game it lays out line so beautifully and accurately.  It even seems to overcome my casting mistakes on those occasional days when I’m rushing my delivery.

Ron C.

Rod Making Classes

Learning to make rods the right way

2.5 day class $995 +
  • Choose your bamboo
  • Flame for color
  • Split bamboo for butt and tip sections
  • Stagger nodes
  • Rough into triangles
  • Hand plane each strip to taper
  • Glue rod sections
  • Install and fit ferrules
5.5 day class $1895 +
  • Choose your bamboo
  • Flame for color
  • Split bamboo for butt and tip sections
  • Stagger nodes
  • Rough into triangles
  • Hand plane each strip to taper
  • Glue rod sections
  • Install and fit ferrules
  • Install grip and reel seat
  • Varnish rod shafts
  • Wrap line guides
  • Final Varnish
10 day Masterclass $4995 +
  • Design your own rod taper
  • Tune your personal tools (optional)
  • Choose your bamboo
  • Flame for color
  • Split bamboo for butt and two tip sections
  • Stagger nodes
  • Rough into triangles
  • Hand plane each strip to taper
  • Glue rod sections
  • Make your own ferrules
  • Install and fit ferrules
  • Make your own grip
  • Make your own reel seat
  • Install grip and reel seat
  • Varnish rod shafts
  • Casting lesson from a Certified Casting Instructor
  • Wrap line guides
  • Wrap tipping at each guide
  • Final Varnish
  • Review any areas of difficulty
  • Learn special techniques
  • Hand Polish Varnish to mirror finish
  • Cast your finished, two tip rod

Pricing Philosophy

Flyrods Without Compromise

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I strictly limit the demands on my time so that the temptation to cut corners never arises. Quality work demands that no compromises are made in materials. Tonkin cane is carefully selected for each individual rod. Only the finest nickel silver hardware and ferrules I can make are used. Select hardwoods are used for reel seat fillers, each individually turned in my shop. Cork grips are hand-formed from the finest cork rings and custom shaped for each rod. Only the finest silks are used to wrap the best guides available.

The heart of a good rod is its taper. Though I have developed my own tastes in rods and build only on my own tapers, much is owed to the classic tapers of Payne, Leonard, Young and Dickerson. I know my rods well; let me help you choose one you will enjoy.

I’m accepting orders for 2014. Custom rods have been my forte’ since the beginning in 1995. Rods are available from six feet to eight and a half feet for lines two through eight. The input of each client is sought in every design aspect of each rod, from cane and wrap colors to hardwood fillers to grip sizes and shapes.

Rods smaller than eight foot six weights feature shop made nickel silver downsliding reel seat hardware. Rods eight feet in length and for line weights six and heavier offer the option of downlocking threaded seats as well. Stripping guides are banded agate or other semi-precious stones. Wraps are chosen to coordinate the color scheme of the entire package.

Custom Two piece rods are $1695. Three piece rods are $1995.

My Rod Making Specialties

My rod making specialty is three-fold.

  1. First, powerful, medium to medium-fast rods that fit today’s casting styles and fishing requirements.
  2. Second, very light line bamboo rods in two and three weight formats. The tips are so fine on these rods that many modern makers are reluctant to attempt making them.
  3. Third, hollow built rods have become so popular that about 1/3 of my rods are built hollow. The heart of a good rod is its taper.

 

Rod Design Options
Rods smaller than eight foot six weights feature shop made nickel silver downsliding reel seat hardware.  Rods eight feet in length and for line weights six and heavier offer the option of downlocking threaded seats as well.  Stripping guides are banded agate or other semi-precious stones.  Wraps are chosen to coordinate the color scheme of the entire package.

Hollow Building Option
Hollow building offers lighter weight without sacrificing strength for 7′ 6″ 4 weight and larger rods.  I hollow each section from butt to tip, and use internal tapers to make these rods great casters.  Hollow building your rod decreases the weight from 20-35%, and perhaps more importantly hollow building adds a “snap” or “crispness” to the feel of the rod.  Charges for hollow building vary according to length, line weight, and number of sections.

Our Warranty Promise
Every rod I make comes with my complete guarantee of satisfaction. Though I can’t offer the marketing gimmick of a lifetime warranty, I promise to stand behind my rods. If you break your rod, I’ll repair it.  Repair charges are determined case by case, and I will try to keep them as low as possible.  As of Summer 2014 I have made nearly 500 rods and had only five repairs.  Each of those were due to rod owner’s mishaps — a fall, a boat propeller, a walk through the woods, a misplaced foot in a boat, and a hung fly.

A Couple of Extras
Every Harry Boyd rod comes with a logo’d “Boycanerod company hatEvery Harry Boyd rod comes with a logo’d “Boyd Rod Company” cap, Ferrule Adjusting Instructions, Rod Care Instructions, and an Emergency Rod Care Kit. The cap is made from bamboo fibers and best suited for warm weather wear.

Personal Philosophy

A View Point Born Out of Experience

My mother taught me to fish. She showed me how to sift through flowerbeds for night-crawlers and black crickets. When crickets and worms were scarce she helped me mold a piece of white bread around a hook to entice little bluegills and “punkinseed” bream. As a little fellow my part was taking fish off the hook and stringing them up because Momma didn’t like to touch them. We ate everything big enough to scale and fry, having never heard of catch and release. Of course these days I release nearly everything I catch.

In the summer of my tenth year, our family vacationed at Roaring River State Park in southwest Missouri. Activities at Roaring River revolve around a rather contrived “put and take” trout stream. Fresh fish are stocked every night, a morning whistle starts the day’s action. I still have the first tan fiberglass fly rod my folks bought me at Roaring River. That rod and reel package came with a half-day’s instruction from the local flyfishing expert. After a few minutes coaching, I was hooked. For over forty years, fly fishing has been a part of who I am.

Though I can’t quite explain it, building bamboo fly rods somehow nourishes the creative part of my soul. The focused attention necessary for good work forces everything else out of my mind. Minutes in the shop melt away stress. Hours fly by like seconds when listening to the rhythm of a slicing plane, gazing on the beauty of a well-executed wrap, examining the clean lines of a delicate trout rod, or even studying computerized taper graphs.

My rod making skills are greatly indebted to the many folks who have patiently listened to and answered thousands of questions over the years. Knowing I will never completely master this craft keeps things interesting. Offering free rod making demonstrations and programs each year is a small way of returning a few of the favors others have done for me.

Bamboo rods are only one of my several deep passions. I thoroughly enjoy flycasting and have become a Certified Casting Instructor through the Federations of Fly Fishers. But family and faith are first in my heart.

My wife, Tami, has retired from her position as manager of a women’s fitness center here in town. I only half-jokingly refer to Tami as SWMBO – She Who Must Be Obeyed! Our only child, Sara, lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she is employed by Paris Parker Salons. She is a gifted aspiring writer and a beautiful young woman.

For twenty-three years I served as pastor of three different churches in Louisiana. I left the full time pastorate at the end of July 2008. The old Westminster Catechism had it right when it stated that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy God forever. I still enjoy preaching in traditional Baptist churches as well as occasionally filling the pulpit for my Christian friends in other denominations.

Writing about fly fishing and rod making is fun for me. I’ve written some articles for web publication, and other articles for the national print media and have three book projects in the works. Two of those focus on bamboo rods and rod makers.

My guide to building your own bamboo rod was published on the web at Global Fly Fisher and is now here on this site as well. The seven part series was written from 2000 – 2004. You can find those articles at globalflyfisher.com/rodbuilding. I revised these articles and have published them here on my own website in the Bamboo Rod Making section. I have also written for Fly Angler’s Online in the “With Bamboo” features section at flyanglersonline.com.

I’ve also written several articles on trout fishing in the Southern United States for FlyFish America. Some of those articles are available through their website at flyfishamerica.com.

Thanks for visiting my site, and may God’s best blessings be on you!

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