Bamboo pack & Graphite pack fly rods that travel

Its not about the journey, but the destination.

We have always lead the fly rod industry in Bamboo pack & Graphite pack fly rods that travel. Sporting magazines and books have given us many kind accolade over the last

Kauai Hawaiian sun set

Kauai Hawaiian sun set

kane klassics graphite, five piece graphite pack rod awaiting to go fishing on a Kauai , Hawaiian flat.

kane klassics graphite, five piece graphite pack rod awaiting to go fishing on a Kauai , Hawaiian flat.

26 years for our pack rods that cast equal or better then standard rods. The pack rods allow you to travel to normal destinations and still have a fly rod available for

Now thats a prime flat with a five piece graphite fly rod awaiting a passing bone fish.

Now thats a prime flat with a five piece graphite fly rod awaiting a passing bone fish.

a quick afternoon or week of fishing. We recently traveled to Kauai, Hawaii and fished for some fantastic fish from the north island flats to inter island sugar cane lakes.

6 lb. prime Hawaiian Bone Fish and a Kane Klassics 5 pc 9' fly rod.

6 lb. prime Hawaiian Bone Fish and a Kane Klassics 5 pc 9′ fly rod.

Hawaiian waters have a good population of saltwater Bone Fish in the 4 to 20 lb. size ranges.  The sugar cane lakes have small and large mouth Bass, Talapia and Peacock Bass. While the family does the beach gig, you can be fishing some impressive and unique fisheries.

Pack rods are easily carried aboard airlines today as well.  Just dont have knives and pliers in with your rods.

Our guide, Nigel did a fine job sighting and showing us the best flats for the Bone Fish.  Contact him at 1-808-652-9038, or at  flyfishkauai@hotmail.com.

Sugar cane Large Mouth Bass on Kauai

Sugar cane Large Mouth Bass on Kauai

He can take you fly fishing all over Kauai including trout fishing.  Kauai is a little known great fishing destination which lets the family do their thing while you do yours! See the web site for more details on the varied and highly capable pack rods both in Bamboo pack & Graphite pack fly rods that travel.   www.kaneklassics.com

Sugar cane Peacock Bass in Kauai with a Kane Klassics 9' 5 pc fly rod

Sugar cane Peacock Bass in Kauai with a Kane Klassics 9′ 5 pc fly rod

 

 

 

 

Trout flies, why are trout fussy

This week this writer fished the American River around Auburn California on a limited access 8 mile section which had not been fished for at least four days before.  Always try to think like a fish, ask the question, Trout flies, why are trout fussy?  What makes them attack with lust or move away from your presentation.  When approaching  new water where wild trout have not been disturbed,  they are often quiet selective in what offering they will want.

A remote section of the American River

A remote section of the American River

Always start exploring with a mid sinking line with a leach or wooly bugger mid size, 12 or 10.  If no grabs you must rethink your offering.  The solution is to go smaller and slower in your presentation. As the mid range depth is fished with now grabs, try the top layer, still no garbs.. you are facing fussy fish that are actually intimidated by your larger size offering.  Try small nymphs and fish them in the same manner of depth slowly, still no grabs, go smaller still.  Start with a 12 and 14 trailing nymph, blood midge, hares ear your just searching.  Still not luck, go 16 and 18.

That was the secret for success and 15 native trout from 12 to 17 inches taker over a mid day four hour period.  Fish either swinging the tiny nymphs or under an indicator.  The largest fish an aggressive 17 rainbow took in a fast riffle, an 18 hares ear bead head.

The other observation when you begin searching is to watch and look.  That day no fish were feeding anywhere on the surface and it just felt like a shy day for the population.  This was proven when the tiny flies worked.  This writer has observed this condition many times over 30 years of fly fishing.  Trout flies, why are trout fussy… trout are in a sense weary of larger offerings.

looking at the riffle thats text book for nymphing techniques

looking at the riffle thats text book for nymphing techniques

On even selective trout fish a hares ear, prince nymph or Pt nymph slowly.  Its the size and dead drift that will save your day and up set theirs!

Hares ears nymphs, both bead head and standard 12-18

All hares ear in small sizes

All hares ear in small sizes

PT nymphs, both bead head and standard 12-18

Keep the size small

Keep the size small

Prince nymphs, both bead head and standard 12-18

The prince is king among searching flies

The prince is king among searching flies

For a great selection of the small size nymphs at a very reasonable $1.00 each,  see the flies at :  http://kaneklassics.com/shop/

Kane Klassics Myzithra Cheese Snow Crab Luguine, by Doug Kulick – bamboo rod maker

Kane Klassics Myzithra Cheese Snow Crab Luguine is an outstanding dish. This post is under outdoor cooking.  However during the winter you might want a very fine meal done inside your cabin or RV and this is one of my favorites.  Myzithra is a traditional, unpasteurized fresh cheese made with milk and whey from sheep.  You can find this at Whole Foods market and Trader Joes or your food store.

Snow crab ready for cleaning.

Snow crab ready for cleaning.

The crab can be any you favor, I like the Alaskan Snow Crab and you can find it for around $7.00 a pound at Win Co shopping market or a shopping store that is close to you.  Its always pre-cooked aboard ship and flash frozen and is as good as it gets following my directions.

Plan on 1 pound per person;  you will steam the crab for 20 minutes in a large pot where you added, two table spoons of white vinegar, one table spoon of pepper corns, and a pinch of garlic. I add a dark beer or a cooking wine to the water as well. Use a steaming rack and place just enough boil keeping it under the the crab. This steams the crab and does not  boil it.

Use a large pot with a steaming rack on the bottom , keeps the crab out of the boil.

Use a large pot with a steaming rack on the bottom , keeps the crab out of the boil.

 

The white vinegar and pepper corns counter any fishiness from the crab. This is one of the key secrets to a perfect dish. As the crab steams, prepare one stick of non salted butter to be browned.  Browned butter is simply melted butter over low heat until it browns. Your taste will determine how brown you want it.  Start your boiling water for the luguine by adding one table spoon of salt and a 1/4 stick of butter.  Boil to completion where you like the hardness of softness of the pasta.

pepper corns

pepper corns

 

 

Ok,  now your at 20 minutes, remove the crab and start cleaning;  see the picture to see the weapons you’ll need.

Most crab looses the fight to sharp scissors and garden clipper used only in the kitchen

Most crab looses the fight to sharp scissors and garden clipper used only in the kitchen

The crab is hot so be careful cleaning and do check on your butter and pasta as you clean.  This is a timing dance… crab cleaned, butter browned and the last step get your cheese grated per your liking.

adding browned butter

adding browned butter

Now your ready for the final prep.  Drain the pasta and rinse quickly in cold water, on top of your rinsed pasta,  add the crab, then the cheese followed by the browned butter. Chow down!

Ingredient list:

          Crab (0ne pound per person)

White Vinagar
Pepper corns
Myzithra cheese & Cooking wine
Liguine pasta
Unsalted butter
Garlic

“NOW THAT’S SOME MIGHTY FINE CHOW’ …unknown Marine

 

 

How To Care for Bamboo Fly Rods

How to care for Bamboo fly rod is very easy and is no more consuming then the care you would give to a fine Graphite rod.  Ill take you through the steps:

Female Ferrule care:

Use a clear Q-tip, I recommend the wooden stick ones as they are much stronger then the fiber stick.  Use a minor amount of Paint Thinner.  If you ooze out excess thinner it wont mare the bamboo coating in back of the ferrule or up on the ferrule.  This will remove dirt and grease making your male ferrule insert and tighten into the female correctly.  Once clear and clean the female is renewed and no more effort is needed:

Cleaning a bamboo fly rods female ferrule with a wooden stick Q-Tip and light amount of paint thinner.

Cleaning a bamboo fly rods female ferrule with a wooden stick Q-Tip and light amount of paint thinner.

Male Ferrule:

The male ferrule needs a light polishing with #0000 steel wool once or twice a year. this polishes any burrs and cleans the male.

Using #0000 steel wool to polish a male ferrule.

Using #0000 steel wool to polish a male ferrule.

Once clean use canning clear wax you would use in canning fruit to lightly lube the male.  NEVER USE NOSE OIL.  The use of the old fisherman tail of lubing ferrules with your nose oil will corrode and collect dirt in the female ferrule.  In How to care for your bamboo fly rods, this alone will save you untold ferrule sticking and damage. By sliding the male ferrule over the wax coats and lubes it correctly. Any excess will be pushed aside as you insert it into the female.

Lubing the clean male ferrule with canning wax.

Lubing the clean male ferrule with canning wax.

 

 

Bamboo fly rod Field sense:

When you break for lunch never lean your bamboo fly rods or graphite fly rods with the tip leaning against a barn, RV or tree in the sun.  Over your lunch break, either material can set up with a bend. Always assure you rest the rod with no load on it. you can set against an upright object, just dont induce a load bending the rod. The best method is to lay atop bushes or trees out of the sun with, again no load on the rod.  This also keeps the rod elevated for others not step on your bamboo fly rod or graphite rod.

Dont let your rod rest against a tree or RV in the sun over lunch, you could put a set in the rod

Dont let your rod rest against a tree or RV in the sun over lunch, you could put a set in the rod

Bamboo Fly Rods and Graphite Rods, a caring return:

Once home simple wipe down drying the rods sections, you can use some furniture wax on an old clean t-shirt to shine and protect the rods coatings.  Then leave the rod case open on the dinning room diner table for 24 hours.  This is usually a wide open and safe area to let the rod and case return to a dry condition to store the rod .  Doing this allows you the time

Fly rod and case left upon for 24 hours to dry following your retrun, safe on the dinning room table!

Fly rod and case left upon for 24 hours to dry following your retrun, safe on the dinning room table!

after a trip to inspect each section assuring the guides and ferrules as well as the reel seat are all in serviceable condition.  Fail to do this and ill be hearing from you for a repair or premature restoration.  So now you know how to care for bamboo fly rods and the same care is fine for graphite rods. See my link below for help if your rod needs it.

http://kaneklassics.com/custom-bamboo-fly-rods/

 

Bamboo Fly Rods – Catfishing on Clear Lake Calfornia

You read correctly! Fishing bamboo fly rods with my friend and outstanding Clear Lake Catfishing Guide, Tom Wheeler http://www.gutbucketsclearlakecatfishn.com showed that with the proper design Catfish up to 18lbs were nicely caught on Clear Lake.  The Clear Lake Channel Catfish is a hardy aggressive fish and very much a predator.  So with that in mind we set out to see if bamboo fly rods would hold true or be splintered by Mr. Catfish!

10 lbs plus Cat fish on a bamboo rod, Clear Lake California

10 lbs plus Cat fish on a bamboo rod, Clear Lake California

With Toms years of knowledge chasing Cats on Clear lake, that was half the battle.  Once into these large and hardy fish, the rods performed superbly. Tom’s expertise getting us into these fish proved that the rods worked as designed.

With Tom’s Clear Lake knowledge he helped us cover excellent water. I have never caught any Catfish under 10 lbs and up to 18lbs.  Very impressive indeed.

Sometimes we don’t as fly fishing warriors ever consider other fish, other then Trout and Bass.  Don’t under estimate the aggressive and power of a 10 plus pound catfish ripping line off your reel!

For a exciting day seeking a giant Catfish, contact Tom: http://www.gutbucketsclearlakecatfishn.com

For bamboo fly rods and Spinning rods, contact Kane Klassics and Doug Kulick: http://kaneklassics.com

 

Bamboo Fly Rod Maker’s Recommended Top Five Trout Flies

The number one choice of the top five Kane Klassics Maker's choice, The Parachute Adams

The number one choice of the top five Kane Klassics Maker’s choice, The Parachute Adams

 

Douglas Kulick, Maker and owner of Kane Klassics Bamboo Fly Rods, has been asked to recommend his top Five favorite trout fishing flies.  When we spoke to Doug on his favorites his comment was that all the flies offered by Kane Klassics are picked for versatility and a broad range of imitation offerings for trout all over the world.  We keep at him and finally he said that the following five he packed aboard the company plane’s emergency survival kit.  So with that answer what could we say!  If you had to survive, on five flies we’d certainly takes Doug Lead.

The top five Kane Klassics Maker's flies fly on every flight!

The top five Kane Klassics Maker’s flies fly on every flight!

The Maker’s Top Five Trout Flies:

Parachute Adams  http://kaneklassics.com/product/parachute-adams

Royal Coachman  http://kaneklassics.com/product/royal-coachman/

Caddis Dry Fly  http://kaneklassics.com/product/elk-hair-caddis-tan/

Bead Heard Hares Ear Nymph  http://kaneklassics.com/product/bead-head-hares-ear-light/

Bead Head Prince Nymph  http://kaneklassics.com/product/bead-head-prince-nymph/

Doug Kulick's proof on the catch ability of the Bead Head prince nymph!

Doug Kulick’s proof on the catch ability of the Bead Head prince nymph!

Bamboo Fly Rod Maker’s Recommended Top Five Trout Flies and all Kane Klassics Flies are available  on this link:    http://kaneklassics.com/shop/

Bamboo Fly Rod Facility Signage, Kane Klassics Reno Air Race Airport

Shop Manager Ken finishing his sign carving.

Shop Manager Ken finishing his sign carving.

When we decided to take on the Folding and Fat Tire Sand bikes, our distributors needed a shop with signage.  With the assistance of my good friend Dave Miller of Miller Speed Sports located here on the airport,  we took to heart his idea of stand off lettering on a fish 6′ long.  Ken and I glued three 6×6 timbers together, I provided the art to ken who up scaled it to the timbers and three days later you see the results.

Kane Klassics Shop decked out for the Reno Air Race showing off our new signage.

Kane Klassics Shop decked out for the Reno Air Race showing off our new signage.

We had untold numbers or air race visitors support our pilot folding bikes through out the air race week.  In-side we had more bikes on display as well. Many of you have asked how we did the sign so we wanted to let you know the effort of Ken, Dave and myself making it a reality.  when your in Reno call and stop by for a tour or to order you rod, putters or bikes. 510-487-8545  . http://kaneklassics.com/

 

Inside display at Kane Klassics

Inside display at Kane Klassics Bamboo Fly Rod facility

Bamboo fly rod and Graphite rod 10 1/2′ Kane Klassics Rod Testing

Mike with Buster looking on

Mike with Buster looking on

Kane Klassics advanced “Side Drifting” Bamboo Fly Rod and Graphite rod recently under went very successful testing. I experienced some outstanding fishing for large Steelhead with my Friend and Guide, Mike Assink: fish_boy72@yahoo.com  , Phone: 541-863-1568.  The Umpqua River in Oregon is fantastic for these rods and the following techniques described onward.

15 lb Steelhead Trout caught on a 10 1/2' graphite fly rod. Largest trout in the lower 48 I have ever caught and released.

15 lb Steelhead Trout caught on a 10 1/2′ graphite fly rod. Largest trout in the lower 48 I have ever caught and released.

14 lb Steelhead caught and released with the 10 1/2' bamboo 3 pc fly rod

14 lb Steelhead caught and released with the 10 1/2′ bamboo 3 pc fly rod


Over the course of several trips, together with Mike, we developed an indicator fishing technique, which equaled or did better then the spinning method of side bouncing egg patterns. The rods I designed are 10 1/2′,  providing lots of mending and critical hook setting quickness followed by superb fish fighting shock absorbing action. The graphite rod is a 4 pc rod with fighting butt and the Bamboo Fly Rod is a 3 pc with fighting butt.  Available in 7 – 12 wt line sizes.

you have to love Oregon weather. The Bamboo Rod taking a bending and going strong

you have to love Oregon weather. The Bamboo Rod taking a bending and going strong


The length of the rods assured easy casting and long leaders to meet the critical depth to put the drifted egg imitation or nymph in the fishes face. Other trips and testing showed these

details of fighting butt on the 10 1/2' graphite rod

details of fighting butt on the 10 1/2′ graphite rod

longer rods excelling at other Steelhead fishing techniques as well.  Swung flies, using spay casting and just dead drifted indicator fishing has shown exceptional control.  A longer rod is a tremendous help in fighting a large Steelhead.  I’ve often said its like a burr in a hound dogs fur, the fly is stuck and you can effectively fight the fish using the rods superior shock absorber action over its length protecting tips and knots.

 

details on the 10 1/2' bamboo rod

details on the 10 1/2′ Bamboo Fly Rod

Many times over a long fight I have mentally counted how many knots are being worked and will they hold.  The proof is in the pictures.

12 lb caught and released, dispite 12 knot leader!

12 lb caught and released, dispite 12 knot leader!

To order any of these capable fly rods see Kane Klassics Bamboo Fly Rod and Graphite link:  http://kaneklassics.com

Hare’s Ear Nymphs, the last fly standing

The most productive flies your fly box can have are a selection of Hare’s Ear Nymphs.  Either the bead head or standard,  they simply catch more fish, in more waters then all other nymph patterns combined.  The reason is the buggy life likeness of the fly’s rabbit hair tying material.

Hare's ear standard nymph

Hare’s ear standard nymph

In small sizes the Hare’s Ear Nymphs represent all forms of mayflies, and simply just edible chow for any hungry fish.  In larger sizes, any aquatic life form. They are a non-specific form of nymph, not matching any specific nymph but that in its own right justifies their number one edibility for any opportunistic predator.

I have often caught minnows that attacked and been hooked on this nymph where the nymph was half their size. I regularly hook 20 inch plus fish as well.

beadhead-hares-ear-dark

Hare’s Ear Nymphs can be best fished any number of ways.  As droppers under dry flies, dead drifted on floating and sinking fly lines, and under indicators. Here is a sure fire naughty trick when you really cant match an evening dry fly hatch.  Use floatant on a hare’s ear attached to a long leader and floating fly line; then and hold on. This effective floating the nymph in the surface film can make a lousy day excel. Always try Hare’s Ear Nymphs, you’ll be pleased.

See the kane klassics selection of quality tied hare ears on the links below.

BH Hare’s Ear Dark: http://kaneklassics.com/product/bead-head-hares-ear-dark/

DH Hare’s Ear Light: http://kaneklassics.com/product/bead-head-hares-ear-light/

Hare’s Ear Dark: http://kaneklassics.com/product/hares-ear/

Hare’s Ear Light: http://kaneklassics.com/product/hares-ear-light/

Fat Tire Sand Bikes – Strike Terror in Trout Populations

Its not about the journey, but the destination.

News Flash:
Our cargo trailers are the industry light-weight leaders.. the 6′trailer, a mere 27 lbs !

Kane Klassics has embarked upon building the finest, most off road capable Fat Tire Sand Bikes for the fly fishing purist.  In a cooperative venture with Tammisea Fat Sand Bikes out of the Miami Beach area of Florida, we have taken a solid performing Fat tire bike with the industries widest 4.8-inch tires and added Kane Klassics performance and usability upgrades.

Fat tire,  E-Bike installed electric motor system

Fat tire, E-Bike installed electric motor system

The Fat Tire Sand Bikes where design with aluminum and stainless steel components to with stand the salt environment of beach riding. We took this to a new level by the installation of the new Shimano internal shifting 11-speed rear axel gear pack and adding hydraulic brakes.  When combined with an E-Bike electric drive front mounted drive motor you have the ultimate all wheel drive off road fat tire bike for dirt, mountain, sand and snow riding.

The E-bike Electric kit is engineered and installed with a steel heavy-duty fork, and combined with oversize spokes to assure the long-term use of the front drive system.  The 48-volt battery provides 30 plus miles of level power and more range when you combine peddling. All this has been engineered using aircraft design and hardware to affix the battery; controller and accessories for long care free service life.

We use these Fat Tire Sand Bikes to haul the Kane klassics bike trailer (6′ trailer a mere 27 lbs.)with float tubes, float boats and gear around lakes in the area 100 miles radius from Reno NV.  Fishing on lakes can in fact be like fishing on a desert.  Until you know the waters and fish habits, you have to begin to fish, observe and react to what you see and experience.  Equipped with the fat tire bike and trailer, you can leave your car or truck safely parked on firm terrain and ride straight to the waters edge, launch and begin to fish.  Through your observations,  if you see more fish action down or up lake, load up the float device and peddle to that area.  No getting stuck in the beach sand as the fat tire bike and trailer with fat tires floats over the sand.  Your truck, parked on firm soil is safe from getting stuck.

One of the caught and released Trout now fearing the FAT TIRE scourge

One of the caught and released Trout now fearing the FAT TIRE scourge

The other key advantage of using the bike and trailer, your gear fits over the trailer wheels, which are under the flat bed. No other bike trailer offers you that oversize fly-fishing gear load capability.  Stay tune to more in-depth articles on the future use of our Fat tires.

Bicycle trailer , flat bed with the optional fly rod rack and show with a float boat equipped with oars and rowing frame.

Bicycle trailer , flatbed with the optional fly rod rack and show with a float boat equipped with oars and rowing frame. A mere 27 lbs. for the 6′ trailer’s weight.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information and details on the bikes and trailers see the links below,

Fat Tire Bikes: http://kaneklassics.com/montague-bikes/fat-sand-bikes/

Bicycle Trailers: http://kaneklassics.com/montague-bikes/bicycle-trailers-kane-klassics/