Dana Gray Rod-maker

I have been working with bamboo rods for over 25 years. In the 8+ years prior to his death, I had the unique privilege to work beside "Sam", one of the true masters in the art of bamboo rod building.  We built numerous rods together, and he patiently taught me all the aspects of rod building, the way he built them. I bought the company and rod shop after "Sam" passed in 2002. My rods will continue to be built with the same strict attention to detail "Carlson Rods" have become known for and all components other than guides will continue to be made at my shop.

The Tonkin cane used to build these rods are
from a supply that is more than 50 years old. This cane when properly selected for it's specific function, and heat treated to a rich brown tone, becomes the heart of the Carlson "Four".

Rectangular construction offers 2 horizontal planes for casting accuracy braced on two sides by vertical planes for casting strength.  Ounce for ounce, the "Four" is stronger, more powerful and more accurate than cane rods of other design.

Our cane joints (blanks) are developed with tapers that suit specific action requirements and are bonded with a fine, highly water resistant adhesive which has given a good accounting of itself for many years. The proper selection of these tapers in various cross sections, is the basis for any desired action, whether the rod be two or three piece.  The length, action and type of reel-seat are major factors in the finished weight of all rods.

The ferrules that I use are produced in my own shop of 18% nickel/silver tubing, individually drawn to close decimal tolerance and hand fitted at assembly.  Female ferrules are equipped with water stops.  Units are serrated and mounted in such a way as to nearly eliminate the removal of the cane at the ferrule station. The finish may be oxidized or bright as rod model or individual taste may dictate.

Classic tungsten snake guides and tip-tops will be used on all fly rods while supplies last.  Carbide stripping guides are used and are available in black or bright finish. Application of guides and other windings is done by hand with silk thread with colors which are standard for various models.  All rods are coated with a premium grade of exterior varnish.

2 Piece   6 1/2' to 8 1/2' lengths in various weights
and actions to carry compatible lines.......$2700.00

3 Piece   7 1/2' to 9'  lengths in various weights and
actions to carry compatible lines...........$2950.00

All rods are equipped with two tips and are protected
by a quality cloth sack and aluminum case.


Robert R. Selb

Classic Fly Fisherman

231 S. Broad St.

Lansdale, PA 19446

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