60/40 Split Cane

Welcome to 60/40 Split Cane Bamboo Fly Rods. Maker of fine bamboo fly rods and related artwork. My approach to bamboo rod making is simple. I strive to make the best rods that I can, every rod, every time. Period. Hand planed and hand crafted. Rods that are of superior taper design, superb in craftsmanship and timeless in aesthetic. All of my work comes with a three day inspection and a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship for the original owner. 

*60/40 simply refers to the 60 degree angles in hexagonal rod configurations, and 40 for my age when I hand planed my first bamboo rod. jc


On the bench.

Payne 102- 8’ 2/2 5#

E.C. Powell- 7’6” 2/2 4#

60/40 Split Cane Hollow Built Tapers

Bamboo Fly Rods and blued ferrules

The .50 Series #5 Medium Fast action

The .50 Series 5# 2/2 Available in 7’9” & 8’ 

A progressive medium fast delivery from a hollow built taper. Designed for lighter presentations on the surface and modest nymphing systems.

60/40 Split Cane “Wall hanger”


Available in Cork or Rattan (Spey Coming Soon)

Titled “Double helix“. These are original art pieces individually hand crafted by me with raw Arundinaria Amabilis bamboo and a fully finished hexagon bamboo rod section and grip. These works are my vision of what truly lies beneath the power fibers of a raw culm of bamboo. Inspired by many hours at the work bench, my thoughts translated. These works are signed by me and assigned a serial number. These works are custom made to order. I can also craft a piece to compliment your custom rod order. Email for more information. 





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Rattan grip bamboo fly rod

Rattan Grip with Silk Thread Inlay


Agate Stripping Guide

Words from the water

Bamboo Fly Rods and Trout


I couldn't be more pleased with my 60/40/Split/Cane fly rod. I have found it to be both tastefully and skillfully done. The fit and finish is executed to exacting standards, no distractions anywhere.

It is a pleasure to own such thoughtful work. 

Wishing you the best,

Thomas J. 


Hi John, 

  Well, I finally took receipt of my rod. I went down to the  central Post Office this morning (Saturday) and managed to get the lady to search for it.
 First impressions - it arrived packed perfectly and I dont believe that customs had even opened it. You had made a build that exceeded my expectations. Congratulations.
 As it happened, I was attending a casting school today for salt water fly fishing run by the Sage and Redington importers. I let the instructor have a peep, he was most impressed and jealous as his ambition is to own a cane rod.
I think the choice of wrappings , the handle and reel seat are perfect.
John - its beautiful. perhaps even faster than I expected and I know I am going to have many enjoyable hours fishing with it. In fact, I havnt taken it apart as I am enjoying going outside and having a few casts.

Owen P. 40 Series 7’9”

Tauranga, NZ


Thank you for building such a quality rod. Your finish work is expertly executed, with the highest degree of subtle artistry. You are maintaining the highest standards of a “lost art” and are surely one of the next generation of rod builders destined to become a master. I highly recommend all interested anglers take a close look at your new .45 taper. Superb!

 Mark K. 


I had a chance to fish the rod last night- superb action. It tossed bass bugs and streamers with power to spare. I think all in all it is a very impressive bit of craftsmanship- great fit, finish etc. and I'm really excited to be using it.
Rick (Proto 6)