Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Let­ters -

In re­sponse to Si­mon Bel­lamy’s let­ter (T&S, July) and Richard Donkin’s col­umn (T&S, June) I, too, have an ob­ses­sion with cane rods, and hoarded an old dou­ble-handed Bernard & Sons rod for many years be­fore first us­ing it on the Tweed sys­tem. Then I took it to the Camp­bell River on Van­cou­ver Is­land. Un­for­tu­nately, spey cast­ing caused the fer­rules to come apart. The lo­cal tackle-shop told me it was a valu­able col­lec­tor’s item and that I should not have any re­pairs done that would un­der­mine its au­then­tic­ity. In­stead I should “hang it above a fire­place”. That very evening I or­dered a spliced new suc­ces­sor: “The Skeena” built by mas­ter rod-builder Bob Clay (River­watch fine bam­boo rods) in Bri­tish Columbia. This is de­signed for mod­ern shoot­ing heads. I have since used it with great plea­sure on the Moy, Cork Black­wa­ter, Suir and Nore. The old rod now hangs above the fire­place of my fly-fish­ing li­brary. An­dreas But­timer, West­meath

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