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Bamboo rods cast a spell for fly fishermen looking to reconnect with natural world
Bamboo rods cast a spell for fly fishermen looking to reconnect with natural world

Midway through winter, a chilly fog surrounded Theaux Le Gardeur's shop. Hardly anyone would be out on the Gunpowder River that day, he said. But he didn't need the river or sunlight. He stood behind his fly-fishing store clutching three rods: graphite, glass and bamboo. One by one, he tossed them back with his forearm and flicked them forward, eliciting the characteristic swish of fly line cutting through air. Each rod carried the line, bounced back quickly and delivered the fly far ahead of Le Gardeur, depositing the insect imitations onto the slick grass next to Backwater Angler. To the drivers in the passing cars on York Road in Monkton, the rods were likely...

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