Who better to feature here then Jeff & Casimira of JD Wagner Rodmakers? They are highly skilled & knowledgeable rod makers who have been at this for a while now. Of course, I'm very biased, as I consider both Jeff & Casimira two good friends & our friendship goes beyond fishing & rod making. That's because they're two of the nicest people you're ever going to meet!! (like I said, I'm biased towards my friends).
But all that aside, the video below - made when the television show "A Craftsman's Legacy" featured Casimira & Jeff for a full episode - does a very good job of taking us through the all the steps of how a bamboo fly rod is made by hand. By the end of the video you'll get the idea of just how much detailed hand work goes into making a rod & the time involved. It's not easy to make a bamboo rod, but with the proper guidance almost anyone can learn & make their own. I think A Craftsman's Legacy did a good job of getting that point across.
Even if you're not the least bit interested in making your own bamboo rod, the video below will give you a better appreciation of what you hold in your hand when you fish with one. If you've never tried a bamboo rod, be prepared to be inspired to try one as you watch this episode!