I will require a deposit of 25% at the time of placing an order. I currently accept personal checks, money orders, cashier’s checks and Pay Pal. The balance is required before shipping.
Once the rod is complete it will be photographed and the pictures emailed to you. If payment is not received within two weeks of notification or other arrangements have not been made, I have the right to sell the rod to recover the balance outstanding. Deposits are not refundable in this case.
Shipping & Insurance
Within the United States I prefer to ship via USPS Priority Mail. Delivery time ranges from 4-8 business days on average. Shipping fees within the US usually run between $15 and $20. Insurance is recommended and this can be in the region of $5-15. The weight of the package is normally between 3 and 4 lb. To get a better estimate on the shipping costs go to USPS.com. Should you however prefer I ship using one of the carriers such as FedEx/UPS this can also be arranged. Please note all shipping costs and insurance is for your account.
For locations outside the US, I only ship by one of the carries. At the time of placing your order I can provide you with a shipping estimate should this be desirable, should there be any import fees and duties I am unable to estimate these costs.
Fly Rod Maintenance
The Polyurethane finish I have put on your bamboo rod will give you years of protection from UV rays and splash water. It is however important that you still wipe down your rod and make sure it is thoroughly dry before putting it back in its bag/tube.
When breaking the rod down make sure that you do not twist the bamboo. If you have to twist it grasp both sides of the metal ferrule and then give it a little twist while pulling it apart. A little lubrication on the male part of the ferrule before assembly will assist in it breaking apart more easily. Rub the male ferule on the outside of your nose where the nose meets the cheek to get a little skin oil lubrication; this is all you’ll need. Clean the ferrules regularly as over time they will accumulate dirt and grime. If they become too tight for your liking use a little steel wool size 0000 to clean both ferrules, be careful not to overdo this as they will become too lose and they will have to be replaced with new ones. Make sure you wipe both male and female parts of the ferrule with a clean soft cloth to remove any fine metal fillings before attempting to insert one into the other. A little dry soap from a soap-block is also a good lubricant.
Over time the bamboo will develop sets especially in the tip section. To straighten the set use a hair dryer to heat up the section and then bend it in the opposite direction. Be careful not to apply too much heat as this can damage the finish or cane. Repeat the operation a number of times rather than trying to straighten it all at one time with a lot of heat.
If you should be hanging your bamboo rod horizontally for any length of time, it is important to turn it periodically to avoid what has just been explained.
Remember your bamboo rod is a living thing take good care of it and it will serve you well for many decades.