Split-Cane rods;

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I built up one of the bloke xlsg blanks last year Gary, the 8' #5 3 piece and I really like it. I sourced all the parts separately but I see Mick is doing the full kit for £85 on eBay which is a bargain (less than I paid!). I can't compare it against any other glass rods and am not an expert by any means, I just wanted a cheap entry in glass rods to see if I liked them.... and I do😁.
That's amazing just checked it out, £59 for full kit, the only thing required is to whip on guides and varnish. I suppose China made but amazingly cheap.
 

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That's amazing just checked it out, £59 for full kit, the only thing required is to whip on guides and varnish. I suppose China made but amazingly cheap.
The one I bought was the XLSG Uni directional blanks which are a little more expensive but those kits are a bargain. They are quite a thick blank diameter wise, and probably not the lightest (again, can't compare to other glass rods) but for the price they are great and I find them lovely to cast with.
 

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Well this has tickled my interest...
Everyone knows you don't need to spend hundreds or even thousands to catch fish, but how good is the cheap stuff? ie less than £100.
Some quick googling revealed some brands with chinese made stuff, eg MaxCatch and other unknown brands from China on ebay for around £70.
I found a YouTube channel called Twig & Timber Fishing and Outdoors which specialised in affordable gear and they had a review on MaxCatch which he rated highly.
For sure any rod will catch fish, but how good (usability, durability, performance) are these cheap rods? Anyone have long term experience with them?
I built a 6' 3# on cheap Ali express blank a couple of years ago, it had quite a slow action but was fine for the small streams I used it on. It held up well for a couple of seasons before I tried to entertain my Bengal cat with it during the first lockdown! I suspect its a very similar blank to the other Chinese made rods.
Don't think you'll have any issues regarding durability with a fiberglass rod but whether its got the action you're looking for is a different matter.
I've also built an Epic 7'6" 4# and the action is much faster than the Chinese blank.
It all depends on what you're looking for.
 

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I built a 6' 3# on cheap Ali express blank a couple of years ago, it had quite a slow action but was fine for the small streams I used it on. It held up well for a couple of seasons before I tried to entertain my Bengal cat with it during the first lockdown! I suspect its a very similar blank to the other Chinese made rods.
Don't think you'll have any issues regarding durability with a fiberglass rod but whether its got the action you're looking for is a different matter.
I've also built an Epic 7'6" 4# and the action is much faster than the Chinese blank.
It all depends on what you're looking for.
I was just interested in what you actually get for one of these cheap blanks/rods. The fittings I know won't be the best, but whether it's a useful and durable product is what I was interested in.
I know that for graphite the technology got to the point where pretty much any blank would be a good performing thing, just wondered if it was the same for fibreglass.
I'd want something that has some performance when needed, lasts, feels really nice to cast, and looks good to boot. Are the cheap blanks able to do this? Or is it really only when you start paying £100 or more that this happens? Custom makers like Ijuin sell their blanks for around $190 so you could theoretically build a nice but simple rod yourself for £220 or so (rod building skills obviously a help).
 

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Hello there
I sadly do not know much about fishing but I have a T.Moran split bamboo rod left by my uncle. I was wondering if any of you knew the price of it. I have attached pictures. I have a lot of rods here that you may also be able to tell me what they may be w
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louisa
 

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stevel

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Hello there
I sadly do not know much about fishing but I have a T.Moran split bamboo rod left by my uncle. I was wondering if any of you knew the price of it. I have attached pictures. I have a lot of rods here that you may also be able to tell me what they may be w
Thank you

louisa
Hi Louisa,
Tom Moran is one of the most respected cane fly rod makers to come out of the UK.
The price depends on a lot of things, mainly model (shorter, lighter weight class models fetch the most), condition and market appetite.
On the Edward Barder site (another one of the best the UK makers) there are a couple of Morans from between £2500 and £2700.
Your uncle's rod looks in good condition and well used, so would come in under those prices listed by Barder.
I would say that you would get better prices in a forum across the pond, or one of the classic dealers though they do charge quite high commissions.
Regards,
Steve
 
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A thing of beauty. I would suggest keeping it as you will be hard put to find another one especially with the memories of your Uncle.
If your not a fly fisherman though ... then what a wonderful reason to try the sport and with a rod to die for.
Go on, It could be the start of something special 😉
 

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Hi Louisa

Your rod is beautiful but will only really appeal to aficionados as it is for a relatively heavy line size (6/7) but a short-ish length at 7’3’’.

Beautiful thing and you should carefully consider before parting with it.
 

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It's coming along now.


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I've gone for a "Blonde" cane finish. I'm not sure as of yet how I want the finished rod to look, I fancy maybe a bit of "Persil Green". I'll talk with Luke. But I'll need a new reel also. All good fun.
Fantastic! This is the best bit, working out all the fittings, exactly the way you want it. Of course the maker offers his opinions and may suggest adjustments to your wishes which are more harmonious with other components, but it's your creation!
Enjoy the ride!
 

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Hi Louisa

Your rod is beautiful but will only really appeal to aficionados as it is for a relatively heavy line size (6/7) but a short-ish length at 7’3’’.

Beautiful thing and you should carefully consider before parting with it.
This is true, it appears to be a salmon or seatrout rod for small rivers or tight spots, so extremely specific.
However, as Louisa is not a fisher person then I think a rod of this calibre deserves to be fished, not sat on a wall. I think that the best tribute to a fisherman, that his prized possession continues to be used to create more fishing adventures and memories.
 

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Perhaps I could help you with a benchmade reel to suit your now rod👌


Only if you accept vouchers?:) In that past, we used to get a Christmas bonus in a brown envelope. Times change though so I end up vouchers for Farlows, I work pretty close by. So I'll use them for a new reel. But thank you all the same.
 

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You can get high end top class bamboo rods for a fraction of the price of a Tom Moran rod but you’ll have to do your homework and research who are the gem of lesser known makers!
 

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You can get high end top class bamboo rods for a fraction of the price of a Tom Moran rod but you’ll have to do your homework and research who are the gem of lesser known makers!

Just to add: the added benefit in this process is that if you take the time to find the right guy, at worst you'll have a fantastic fishing tool to your liking, at best you will have the pleasure of having discovered the new Bjarne Fries, Glenn Bracket, Mario Wojnicky etc, could have mentioned many more) before everyone else!

My current liking is with Massimo Tirrochi. He's currently making me a third rod...Can't wait for it to come!!!!
 
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