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Well I took the 7'3" Bum Rod out on Monday afternoon; temp 51, water temp 40.

Water was so low, almost could of got away with ankle high Mucks, that I almost went back to the truck but it would have been a lot of walking so I figured I would just see how this hot rod cast.

I lined the rod with a Phoenix DT 3wt and a 7' hand tied leader tapering to 5X and an #18 Griffiths Gnat. The rod loads with almost zero line out and looks like I could get 40 feet out if I needed too, which of course I do not, it's perfect from 10 to 30 feet, certainly all anyone needs on these creeks around here, so perfect for my favorite waters in the Alleghenies. It's not really a slow rod but a very smooth rod.

For the first hour all I saw was terrified brookie wakes from stumbling to lining those guys. I finally found a pot with some good depth and hooked and landed a 12" male (1st fish Shaku, no), the rod handling this dancing guy just right, a real beauty. About a half hour later another around 11" from another small pot, nice no dinkers although I would have liked to catch a couple of more.

The rod is very accurate too, light in hand, the grip is perfect for this type of rod, it will certainly get a lot of use around here. I believe this rod would easily handle a 16 incher although there pretty rare in this type of water, still I get into one a couple of times a year.

So give my accolades to Hidenobu Kotake San, both his rods are truly unique and also very practical fishing instruments and beautifully made too, spectacular. I think people over here don't know what they're missing out on.

I may go to the Blue Ridge conclave in late April and show them off, then again maybe not because then they will become harder to acquire. After Acquiring these rods in the last year what will I do with all the others.

One other thing too, I generally don't order new rods any longer because they take so long to complete, you group of builders complete them in a reasonable amount of time, which is a major plus for a guy like me.

Best Fishing,


Hi Gary,

Just received Kotake-San’s octagonal rod and am delighted with it. It is BEAUTIFULLY finished and casts very well; lays out a long, straight line. I would class it as more on the medium side of medium-fast. I wasted about 5 microseconds in getting a favorite 5wt. line on it and my only criticism is that the slide ring is too loose for all my Ross Gunnison reels. I will have to pack out the reel feet. I have a Christian Hörgren fly rod with the same problem. Maybe people outside the USA use different reel foot specs? In any event, not a problem for me. Gorgeous, gorgeous rod……..that’s my Xmas present! I drilled a tiny hole in the tube cap as I believe rods should “breathe”. Very happy and looking forward to the A6F. Also, thanks for the cutouts.


Bum rod is one of the most popular bamboo rod makers in our shop. The list price of Bum rods are all one tip model, but these sale models are two tips. Also these sale models are both A8F. The difference is the color. One is regular color, and the other is dark finish. These two rods are both made with Tonkin cane for the bigger size fish on the bigger size river. You will be surprised with its crisp but smooth action. For the details, please check "Bum Rod" on "SHOP" tab. We just have one each in stock. If you are interested in these sale rods, just give us an e-mail. First-come-first-served. The rod will be ready to ship after the heavy traffic of Holiday season (early January 2023). These two A8F are both improved version of 2023 which is hollowed up to the tip section. (Older model was hollowed only butt and mid sectio).

  1. 8ft #5 A8F DOC (Deformed Octagonal Construction) $1,890→SOLD

  2. 8ft #5 A8F DOC $1,989 (Revised price. We are sorry, but we put the wrong price)→Still Available as of December 12, 2022. (Dark Finish)→SOLD

DOC construction for A8F (The color of the rod blank and wrapping and shape of the grip handle are not the same as the sale model.)

Beautiful vanishing

Bum rod has many unique features to make the rod light other than its hollow construction. Top guide is not usual covered type.

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