The Spokane Fly Fishers has an extensive library available for our members. At our meetings, we have many video cassettes for those that still have that VCR laying around gathering dust. Ask Larry Ray about the availability as we are phasing these out.
We’ve been working on our collection of DVD’s and now have a catalog of 40 titles, we have over 300 titles of print materials. The list encompasses every category, including humor, history, tying, destinations, novels and instruction. Nearly all of these books have been donated to the club from members estates and as such you’ll find some historical, out of print and hard to find books. We welcome donations of new and gently used books and digital materials, contact Larry Ray to make such a donation.
Both the book and DVD collections are now located at the club meeting site and are available for lending at meetings. Checked out materials are to be returned at the following monthly meeting unless otherwise arranged with Larry Ray, the club’s Librarian. If by chance you have any books or library materials please return them at a meeting or by contacting Larry whom can be reached at 425-299-1488, or online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BOOK OF THE MONTH
By: Larry Ray, Librarian
Something for the Bamboo Aficionado. In my May Barbless Flyer column I told you we had received a donation which included two books on bamboo fly rods. I said I would review them in the September Barbless Flyer. I apologize for the fact that this review is a month late. Hopefully, better late than never.
Like a few of you who aspire to fish with bamboo, or perhaps already do so, I have been long fascinated by the possibility of fishing a northwest coastal stream, cane wand in hand, pursuing cutthroat and steelhead as did the pioneers of northwest fly fishing. I have even gone so far as to purchase several old rods. However, I have yet to attempt the actual rebuilding of any of these. Fear of making a mistake, as well as that old enemy of all ambition, time, served as discouragement. Where to obtain the necessary guidance? Well, the SFF Library now has two volumes that can help eliminate the intimidation.
The Fine Bamboo Fly Rod by Stuart Kirkfield contains 186 pages of instruction accompanied by marvelous photography. When read carefully and with patience, this book relieves the anxiety associated with bamboo rod restoration. The introduction is enchanting and puts the neophyte at ease. The first two chapters deal with assessing the quality and value of an old rod, even including photos of the proper way to remove it from the tube and sleeve. Simple repairs, such as rewrapping guides or cleaning the cork grip, are described. However, Kirkfield also delves into such dark and mysterious topics as varnishing, as well as major fixes like repairing fractures, mid-section as well as at the ferrules, and removing old ferrules that have been pinned and glued. The writing style is such that it is neither overly technical nor intimidating. Throughout are photos of equipment and materials needed, even down to various glues that are used.
Handcrafting Bamboo Fly Rods, by Wayne Cattanach, is written more in the form of a technical manual. Instead of rod restoration, this book deals primarily with the crafting of new bamboo rods. It, too, contains many informative and reassuring photographs. It is not without its humor (read the introduction to Chapter 11, in which the author describes the necessity of designing and locating his finishing tube so as not to upset his wife!). It’s 235 card-stock pages, which can be removed from the binder for shop use, delve into great detail regarding such topics as proper tapers, stress curves (including charts and graphs), heat
treating, and all the various equipment, tools, and materials used in rod construction.
Other publications in the SFF collection touch on the subject of bamboo rods –
John Gierach, in particular, describes his love of bamboo and provides some particulars about collecting in several of his pieces. But, the two volumes above now provide us with much more. If you, like me, are looking to remove some of the mystery of bamboo, and perhaps have a go at finishing and fishing your own cane rod some day soon, a leisurely read of either of these volumes will provide much encouragement and assistance.