10 Steps for Making a Bamboo Fishing Pole
These steps were adapted from Trails.com:
- Select several long shafts of bamboo. Imported Tonkin bamboo segments that are 2 inches in diameter are recommended.
- Cut the bamboo into long tapered strips with a thick-bladed knife. From these sections slice six narrow strips with a standard screwdriver that has a sharpened blade.
Heat individual bamboo strips with a blow dryer or heat gun. After heating, firmly clamp each strip in a vice to flatten its irregularly-shaped nodes.
- Plane inner two sides of each bamboo strip at a 60-degree angle.
- Form a round hexagon by placing the six strips of bamboo together. Bind tightly with string.
- Place bound bamboo strips inside a narrow pipe. Heat the pipe with a blow torch. This will dry out the bamboo strips.
- Glue bamboo strips together with a product like URAC 185, which is a modified formaldehyde adhesive. Rebind and let dry again.
- Polish the surface of your bamboo fishing rod with fine 200 grit sandpaper until it is smooth.
- Attach eyelets for fishing line with epoxy. The eyelets should be placed at 1-foot intervals starting 2 feet from the rod’s base.
- Assemble handle by gluing together cork rings of 1/2-inch to 1-inch thickness. Use tape, metal rings or plastic ties to fasten reel to the cork.
As you can see, this is not a quick DIY project. If you do undertake the project, leave us a comment and let us know how it worked out.