I enjoy fly fishing but every once and awhile I head out on the boat with a spinning rod. The last few times I went fishing with my trusty fiberglass spinning rod I knew something was missing. I missed the pleasure of looking down and seeing that beautiful amber bamboo in my hand.

So, I pulled out a rod design a friend had give me last summer for a bamboo spinning rod based on an Ovis taper and went to work. The process was pretty much the same as a fly rod with the exception of the guides and reel seat.

In addition, I picked up a classic German made D.A.M. (Deutshe Angelgeräte Manufaktur) spinning reel at an antique shop this summer as the perfect accompaniment to the rod. After a few practice casts I think I’m really going to enjoy heading out to one of the local lakes next summer.