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Harper Creek Shop Series

Custom Bamboo Fly Rods



     While the golden age of bamboo may have given way to lighter, faster, graphite fly rods, the fact is that bamboo fly rods are both classic and timeless! A completely natural material and, one of the oldest materials to be used to build fly rods, there is something unexplainably pleasing  about owning and fishing with a classic bamboo fly rod.

      Therefore, at Harper Creek Custom Rods, we meticulously handcraft each of our Old School series custom fiberglass fly rods using custom made, 1 piece or, 2 piece blank with a classic Payne taper. Also, each of our handcrafted bamboo fly rods receives a level of care and attention to detail that is simply not possible from a factory-produced fly rod where the workers are either paid by the number of rods they build in a day or, are under the strictures of a quota to produce as many as possible per day. Therefore, we can afford to take the time necessary to straighten the blank and then, we hand-carve a custom designed fly rod grip from Flor grade cork for each rod we build prior to assembly!


Fly Rod Action -


      The action of a fly rod is determined by the percentage of the blank that normally bends during casting. For instance, a Moderate-Fast blank bends from 1/3 to 2/5 of the way down the blank when casting. See the chart below:

Blank Action

Bend %age

Extra Fast
Fast 15-25%
Medium Fast 25-35%
Moderate Fast 35-40%
Moderate 50%
Slow 100%




Harper Creek "Old School" Shop Series custom bamboo fly rods -


     Harper Creek :"Old School" sereis custom bamboo fly rods are the perfect choice for thos fly anglers who prefera a more firendly fly rod that moves at a slightly slower pace. Specifically designed to load easily at short ranges and yet, are still capable of launching a 40 foot cast with ease, the Harper Creek Old School series is the ultimate fly rod for fly fishermen who like to fish small, mountain, Spring Creeks and/or placid Limestone Streams.

     In additon, all Haprer Cree Old School series custom bamboo fly rods feature hand-crafted, flamed, heat treated, hexagonal, bamboo blanks (made in the U.S.A.) and include your choice of eiter a Bellinger "Payne" modle nickel silver, slide band, downlocking, reel seat with a stabilized Amboyna burl wood insert or, an REC, model NSGX, nickel silver, threaded barrel, uplocking reel seat with a stabilized Amboyna burl wood instert, a Flor grade, custom, Modified Ultrafine cork grip or, a Flor grade, custom, Modified Full Wells grip and, a hexagonal, nickel silver, winding check. In additon, they also a Struble, nickel silver, stripping guide with a coffee agate instert and, bright chrome, double foot, Snake Brand Universial Wire Guides wrapped with marron silk thread and maroon and metalic silver trim rings with a matching decretive butt wrap.


  • Single tip "Old School" series custom bamboo fly rods: $800.00
  • Dual tip "Old School" series custom bamboo fly rods: $950.00



Note: All Haper Creek Old Shcool sereis custom bamboo fly rods (except one) include two tips, a rod sock and, an aluminum rod tube. Shipping is free on all fly rods.


Harper Creek "Old School" Shop Series bamboo fly rods are available in:


      Taper              No. Pcs.                  Action                      Length            Line Wt.

       #98                  2 pc.                          Fast                             7'                     4 wt.


       #98                  2 pc. + 1                   Fast                             7'                     4 wt.

       #100                2 pc. + 1                   Fast                           7' 6"                  4 wt.

       #214                2 pc. + 1               Parabolic                      7' 9"                  5 wt.

       #102                2 pc. + 1            Medium Fast                    8'                      5 wt.



*Note: Any Harper Creek Old School series custom bamboo fly rod can be customized to your specifications by changing the reel seat, the insert, the grip shape, the guides, and/or the guide wrap colors to your specifications.


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