Considered by many to be “The Contemplative Man’s Recreation,” fly fishing is also a favorite for craftsmen who prefer to make their own equipment –– be it tying a fly on the side of a stream or making their own fly fishing rods altogether.

But with well over 160 or so steps that go into making a high-quality rod that’s both delicate and strong, pursuing the craft of making rods from scratch is not for the faint at heart. Among others who have the patience of steel is Australian bamboo rod craftsman Nick Taransky.

As a devoted fly fisherman with over 25 years of experience, Taransky uses traditional fly rod building methods (hand tools) and materials (Tonkin Cane bamboo) to manufacture what is essentially a natural product with few metal components, adhesives or varnishes.

From the initial flaming of the bamboo to provide additional strength and stiffness to turning the hand grips with high-grade Portuguese cork, Taransky’s 160–step process for making a world-class bamboo rod is nothing short of the perfect example of commitment to craft:

Says Taransky:

“As well as bamboo’s aesthetics, and the connection with angling tradition, bamboo rods are unrivaled in many fishing situations. Small to medium streams and still waters are ideally matched with the precise, delicate presentation offered by quality bamboo rods. Well cared for, a bamboo rod will last many years of fishing. Like all quality equipment, a bamboo rod should be treated with respect.”

Find out more about his impressive rods over at NA Taransky Bamboo Rods.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.