Podcast: Bamboo Confidential with Bernard Ramanauskas

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The Itinerant Angler Podcast: Season Two

Episode Six: Bamboo Confidential with Bernard Ramanauskas

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In 1960, no one clamored for rods made by Glenn Brackett, Tom Morgan, or Mike Clark, but today those makers command top dollar for their exquisite bamboo creations. For Bernard Ramanauskas, this is 1961: if you haven’t heard his name yet, you’re one of an ever-diminishing number. At 36, Ramanauskas has achieved what some well-regarded luminaries never do–his creation, Eden Cane, became so well respected that he was offered the chance to Lazarus a major bamboo studio: Scott Cane. The new SC rods he developed draw heavily from techniques pioneered at Eden Cane, putting other makers on notice. Listen carefully as Bernard gives us a masterclass in the finer points of bamboo fly rod design–you may want to grab a pen and paper!

Special thanks to Old
Crow Medicine Show
for their permission to use “Gospel Plow” in The Itinerant
Angler Podcast. For more excellent modern bluegrass music, visit www.crowmedicine.com. More thanks to Ben Winship and Brian Wicklund of BenWinship.com and FishingMusic.com for supplying their album “Big Twang” and the compilation album “Fishing Music.” Check them out through the website or on iTunes!

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