Fish & Rod Stories

The making of Riffle Tamer III
By Matt Lubaway
Riffle Tamer III
Steps in a bamboo rebuild

Built for the 2015 Outdoor Raffle sponsored by MUCC’s Board of Directors. Representing over 110 hours of painstaking work, I transformed this vintage bamboo fly-rod from a neglected artifact to a stunning piece of art. Features include a Michigan buck antler butt cap and my exclusive Lubaway Thumb Wells handle with inlaid feathers.

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Techniques to Remove Old Varnish From Bamboo
By Matt Lubaway
tools used to remove varnish
As Shared With An Australian Rod Builder

After receiving an email from a fellow rod builder discussing techniques for removing old varnish from antique bamboo rods I thought the exchange was worth sharing. Tools, materials, steps, techniques and SAFETY WARNINGS.

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You Should Have Been There - Fish On!
By Matt Lubaway
Dan Kiefer with his fish caught with the Crown Jewel
As published in the Batson News

The Crown Jewel Spiral Rod was put to the test during the Fall of 2010. September 9-11, 2010 I lent the rod to Captain Henry Nabors and Dan Keifer on “The Alternative”. With their wives Nancy and Heidi, they put it to the test during a club tournament on Lakes Charlevoix and Michigan.

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Birth of a Custom Rod Builder
By Matt Lubaway
MPL with King
How I Got Into Restoration

It all began with an antique bamboo fly fishing rod, which was given to me as a gift in exchange for work I did for an Uncle. The rod had an unusual logo, “NFT” with snowcapped Mt Fuji above. Two problems with the rod were that it was so beautiful I would not use it and the rod was coveted by my friends and family; so I solved the problem by giving it away to my best friend.

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