A Fly Rod With a Soul - Buch

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A Fly Rod With a Soul
The Bamboo Fishing Rods and Life of E. C. Powell, Angler

Das Buch von Per Brandin über das Leben und die Arbeit des legendären Rutenbauers aus Kalifornien und Pioniers hohlgebauter Angelruten.

Autor: Per Brandin  •  2021  •  240 Seiten  •  70 Schwarzweißfotos  •  Hunderte Farbbilder, Zeichnungen und Diagramme  •  auf Englisch  •  Hardcover  •  Fadenheftung

"I have learned a great deal from these pages and the many photographs presented here for the first time. If Icould turn back the clock, I suspect that I, too, might try to fashion some rods in the tradition of E. C. Powell and his growing band of followers."
Hoagy Carmichael

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledegments
  • Preface by Tom Morgan
  • Foreword by Hoagy Carmichael
  • Introduction
1. A modern perspective on the bamboo rod
  • Other materials used to build rods. Basic bamboo rod construction. Taper design is paramount. The significance of making rods hollow.

2. What sets E. C. Powell rods apart?
  • Tapers realize a ‘fine unity of action’, while the semi-hollow design yields a lighter weight rod. Longer rods with a plain aesthetic are the norm.
3. The California of E. C. Powell
  • California was teeming with fish and wildlife, while population growth and development changed the state radically during E. C.’s lifetime.
  • E. C. was inspired by the rivers and lakes teeming with fish and the demands of that fishing influenced his rod designs.
4. Getting started building rods
  • E. C. gets a leg up in business from his older brothers.
  • Racket Store merchant while developing fishing tackle business.
  • Unimpressed with rods from eastern builders, E. C. set about to build rods for his own use suited to the requirements of western waters.
  • Demand for Powell rods grows.
  • Move to Marysville and soon into full-time rod building. The unique Powell saw and tapers are developed. Myrtle Powell supports efforts with fly tying.
5. The A, B and C tapers; the foundation of E. C.’s rod actions
  • Smooth actions are the result of consistent mathematical taper progressions that E. C. termed ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’.
  • Specific tapers are for specific types of fishing and in line with the caster’s preferences or style.
6. The development of hollow and semi-hollow rods
  • Semi-hollow rods are copied from nature.
  • Cedar core and hollow scallops
  • E. C. Powell and Lew Stoner took different paths to a similar purpose.
  • Others were working on similar ideas in the same time period.
7. The Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club and the world of tournament casting
  • The GGACC was a mecca for fly-fishing on the west coast and a prime mover in tackle development.
  • Semi-hollow and hollow rods are developed at the GGACC by E. C. Powell and Lew Stoner in response to the demands of tournament casters.
  • Buddy Powell and Herman Hittenberger were great friends as well as casting competitors.
8. Standard and Special rod models
  • Certain models are the most commonly seen, while some desirable models and lengths are uncommon to rare.
  • Special model rods include the ‘Companion’, Combination Taper, Yerxa Dry Fly, Truckee River Special, Yuba and West Branch, and Tournament distance and accuracy fly rods and accuracy plug rods.
  • Rods built by E. C.’s son Buddy were a variation from the standard Powell rod.
9. The Makers
  • Many people were involved in making E. C. Powell rods other than E. C. himself; these included Wood Yerxa, Albert ‘Buddy’ Powell, Walton Powell, Clyde Powell, Max Yerxa, and Tony Maslan. Women in the Powell family, Myrtle and Mildred, tied flies as well as wrapping rods and writing inscriptions on rods.
10. Building Methods and procedures
  • All rods are built from a single culm of bamboo.
  • Up to a half dozen or more people work in the shop at one time.
  • Many details of how bamboo is handled are unique to E. C. Powell rods, including heat flaming, node placement, cedar lamination and semi-hollow scalloping.
  • The unique Powell saw takes four cuts on each strip to achieve the desired design.
  • Specifics of how rods are finished out result in a distinctive look to E. C. Powell rods and play a role in the rods performance.
11. Rod Production
  • About 10,000 rods were built during E. C.’s career.
  • One can often tell when a rod was built based on components used and other details.
  • Telling rods built solely by Tony Maslan.

12. E. C. Powell Pamphlets, writings and advertisements
  • Seven different pamphlets and leaflets were printed, from a Christmas greeting, fly lists, principles of casting and rod construction.
  • The Elusive Trout
  • A 1939 Outdoor Life article on casting and rod handling summarizes many of E. C.’s main points.
  • Unpublished writings
13. Fishing with E. C. Powell Rods
  • Different anglers have different favorite Powell rods for varying fishing applications.
  • Wes Drain and his passion for Powell rods
  • Jim Adams favorite dry fly steelhead rod
  • Author’s experiences fishing E. C. Powell rods
14. Western Builders evolve the E. C. Powell semi-hollow design
  • Walton Powell and Eugene Powell carry on the E. C. Powell legacy.
  • Mario Wojnicki and Per Brandin bring higher performance to bamboo rods using principles first developed by E. C. Powell and taken further by Michael Montagne.
  • Other western builders use refined versions of E. C. Powell and Stoner semi-hollow and hollow fluted designs to continue a revolution in bamboo fly rod performance.
  • The original E. C. Powell ‘solid cedar center’ rod is translated into the modern Hexagraph rod using modern synthetics.
  • A new look at cedar lamination yields faster, lighter rods from the early E. C. Powell construction.
15. Unanswered questions; an imaginary conversation with the ‘old man’
16. What kind of a man was E. C. Powell?
  • E. C.’s demanding nature was a challenge for family relations.
  • Men of genius often have difficult personal relations.
17. Selected Correspondence
  • Many letters reveal the importance of tournament casting to E. C. Powell’s rod business.
  • E. C. used a few well known anglers to represent and sell his rods.
  • Customers extoll the special virtues of the ‘Powell rod.’  
  • E. C. turns over rod production to his son-in-law Tony Maslan.
I. Current E.C. Powell resources

II. How to tell A, B, and C taper rods using micrometer measurements
III. Suggestions on silk thread and finishes to match E. C. Powell wrap colors
IV. Rod pricing over time

V. Selected actual rod tapers

VI. Guide spacing

A Fly Rod With a Soul