The tradition continues at Sweetgrass Rods;
crafting fine bamboo fly fishing rods

Thanks for the wonderful craftsmanship. You guys are amazing.
Frank D.

Own one of our rods?  Care and maintenance is simple, and a little will ensure a lifetime (or two or three) of use from your heirloom rod.

  1. Don’t put the rod away wet.  This simple rule is easy to violate.  Ironically, water is the enemy of bamboo rods…while modern adhesives and varnishes will protect your rod much better than bamboo rods of the past, Bamboo Fly Rod Careit is a good idea to wipe the rod off after fishing, and don’t put it back into it’s sock and tube until after it has sat out to dry overnight.

  2. Keep your ferrules clean.  This simple rule will ensure that your rod sections slide together smoothly at the beginning of your outing, and, equally important, slide apart smoothly at the end of your day.  The process of cleaning ferrules is simple and, once you get into the habit, one of the joys of owning a bamboo rod.  Consider how much joy it has given you during your time together, and when you take the 60 seconds necessary to clean your ferrules, you are giving something back to the rod.  It really is a relationship, and as such, requires regular maintenance.

    First, wipe the male ferrule and swab out the female ferrule with a tissue and cotton swab respectively, each soaked in a bit of alcohol.  The choice of alcohol is yours to make…but generally, we use denatured alcohol at the shop. Second, take a little bit of plain paraffin and wipe the male ferrule with this.  A little goes a long way.

    Now, slide the ferrules together to provide a little wax coating to the female.

That’s all it takes. 

 Should you find that your ferrules are sticking after this procedure, give us a call and we can take you through some additional steps which may improve the situation.

Sweetgrass Rods ~~ P.O. Box 486 ~~ 121 West Galena ~~ Butte, Montana 59703
406.782.5552 ~~
(shipping deliveries to 60 West Galena)

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