The Craftsman

Terry Grills

I started fly-fishing back in the early fifties when I was eight years old. I was using an old bamboo rod given to me by my late uncle. He also taught me the rudiments and the art of fly fishing. Bamboo has, ever since, held a certain mystical fascination for me. I suspect that having an engineering and mechanical background, as well as being a bit of a perfectionist, has contributed to my love of making things that require skill and patience. I was naturally motivated to take up the building of split cane fly rods. Over the years, I have perfected and improved my craft. I have added more handmade tools, jigs, and fixtures to create the kind of fly rod that I would be proud to present. I intend the workmanship to be of the quality that might, one day, be deemed worthy of passing down through generations.

Terry, Action Bamboo Fly Rods

Fishing in Alaska

David Taylor

Terry Grills arrived at our Alaskan wilderness fly fishing camp in mid July this past summer to try his luck on our large Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Grayling and Sockeye Salmon. Terry wanted to try out his 4 weight bamboo fly rod he had built on our very strong and acrobatic game fish. Several of us guides commented that he might be a bit under gunned using his 4 weight bamboo rod on our wild native fish. We were wrong! Terry’s bamboo 4 weight handled everything he hooked, large wild Rainbows 24”, beautiful 20”Grayling on dries, Arctic Char and even strong fresh Sockeye Salmon. I watch as he battled a big Rainbow to the boat with his little bamboo rod bent double. No problem. We were all astounded at the strength of his rod and the large fish he was able to subdue with it. I cast his rod one day for Grayling. The rod casts a nice loop and feels very good in your hand. Try one of Terry’s bamboo rods. You’ll love it. I think you’ll be amazed.

David Taylor, Reel Wilderness Adventures