Agua Fria Alchemy Bamboo

Dickerson 7012
Dickerson 7012

Last summer I commissioned my friend and local bamboo rod builder, Mike Johnson, owner of Agua Fria Alchemy, to build me a rod. I’d been pinching the pennies I made from tying flies and finally saved up enough to get the ball rolling. After talking with Mike for quite a while about bamboo and casting/fishing a couple of different tapers, we decided upon a Dickerson 7012 in a 4 weight and the journey began. When Mike finally let me know that the rod was finished and ready to fish, I was blown away by how sweet it cast, and not to mention the beautiful craftsmanship. If you’re looking for a gorgeous handmade bamboo rod here in Arizona, give Mike a shout. You can find him through his blog Agua Fria Alchemy or his facebook page.

Here she is – start to water

Bamboo Rod
Curls
Bamboo
Agua Fria Alchemy
Bamboo rod
In the shop
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The man himself
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Torpedo grip
Agua Fria Alchemy Bamboo Rod
“Mino”
J.W. Young Pridex
J.W. Young Pridex
Agua Fria Alchemy Hand Crafted Split Cane Rods
Agua Fria Alchemy Hand Crafted Split Cane Rods
Southwest Custom Rods
Spalted Maple Reel Seat courtesy of Southwest Custom Rods
Pridex
Ready to rock
Bamboo
Brown trout and bamboo
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Agua Fria Alchemy
bamboo fly rod
On the water
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15 Responses to “Agua Fria Alchemy Bamboo”

  1. walt

    At first I thought the rod is 4-sided, but a beauty either way. Should be lots of fun on AZ water. Reminds me of a custom rod that’s finally coming my way after a 2-year wait. An interesting exercise in patience.

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    • azwanderings

      Thanks Walt. It sure is a fun rod. The wait has a way of building that anticipation. Best of luck with your new stick.

      Ben

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  2. anselmo

    Nice! Bamboo rocks. warning: Once you start, you can’t stop. I’ll predict that will quickly become your “Go-to” rod 🙂

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    • azwanderings

      Anselmo, 10-4. I’m already feeling the addiction setting in.

      Ben

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  3. 33AD

    Spalted (or burled) wood classes stuff up. Great legacy piece for the kid one day…

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