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Greg McGowan Bamboo Rod



7' 4wt handmade bamboo rod and handmade matching reel. Sold seperately or as a set.

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Greg McGowan

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Greg McGowan handmade 7' 4wt bamboo fly rod and reel set. This is truly an outfit to behold.

Greg’s bamboo fly rods are made from Tonkin Cane (Arundinaria Amabilis) the bamboo of choice because of the climate and growing conditions in the small are of China where the cane is grown and harvested in the same way that it has been for decades.  Each rod begins with the selection of the culm of cane that will be split into the many individual pieces which will be milled, planed, heat treated, glued and fashioned into the sections that will make up each rod.  His bamboo fly rods are typically made as two piece rods with two tips (3-piece rods can be custom ordered).  Each rod is ferruled with the finest Nickel-Silver ferrules available and he uses only Nickel-Silver fittings for his reel seat hardware.  Typically he will use either Walnut or Mesquite reel seat inserts which have been chemically stabilized.  All of his rods use Snake brand guides, regarded as the best available.  He also uses genuine agate Stripping guides in a color to complement the rods silk wrappings.  All rods are finished with two to three coats of Spar Varnish and are hand rubbed to a semi-gloss finish.  Each rod comes with rod-sack and an engraved-aluminum rod tube fitted to the length of the rod.  His rod tapers are modified from the classic tapers of Dickerson for his linear tapers and Paul Young for some of his parabolic tapers.  Most of Greg’s bamboo fly rods take between 45 and 60 hours to make.
Every piece of Greg’s classic style fly reels are manufactured by him with the exception of the stainless steel machine screws.  His reel frames are typically machined from Brass or Bronze, with the spools made from a single billet of 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminum. Spools are anodized by Greg in-house.  Each reel is individually fitted and the stainless steel spring pawl and ratchet drag fitted and adjusted.  Each reel takes approximately  40 hours to machine, build and fit.

Mad River Outfitters is pleased to offer Greg’s bamboo fly rods and classic reels seperately or as a custom package in order to insure the angler a balanced outfit that will provide the owner a link to the true roots of fly fishing  in America as well as an heirloom to be passed on to the next generation of the owners family.

Make This an Outfit - Purchase a fly line and reel along with this rod. At checkout simply pair the two together and choose your backing color. We'll put the correct amount of backing on the reel and load it up properly for FREE.

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Having a complete outfit is essential to your success out on the water. We've made it simple, so when you purchase the basics for your fly fishing outfit, we'll put it all together for you so you're ready to go.

Here's how it works:

• Purchase a Rod, Reel and Fly Line
• On the first page of the checkout process, click on the green Setup Reels/Outfits button (top and bottom of page).
• There you will find a tool where you can pair the three together and choose your backing color. No need to worry about the amount or size of backing as we'll take care of that for you. We know what to do.
• That's it! 

From there, we'll load the appropriate amount and color of backing and the line on the reel for you (no need to buy backing). The backing, rigging and shipping is all on us. Free of charge.

Additional Information

• Fly Line Backing comes in 20lb and 30lb test. It also comes in white, fl. orange, blue, black, optic green, fl. yellow and red. Again, no need to make any decisions here other than what color you want. 

• Reel retrieve is selected at the point of purchase on each reel. We will load the line onto the reel and make sure that the retrieve is set up as you selected. 

• Feel free to call us or e-mail us with any questions as we will also do the same if we have any for you.

We're passionate about putting together the Fly Rod and Reel Outfit that's perfect for your time out on the water.

Let's get started:

• Select your fly rod
• Select your fly reel
• Select your fly line
• Open the Setup Reels/Outfits tool on the first page of checkout and pair the three items together. Simply choose your backing color.....and we'll do the rest!

Give us a call or email if you have any questions or rigging requests

It's really that simple. We aim to take all the hard work out of your fly fishing experience.