"In a world of high-modulus graphite, a handcrafted bamboo fly rod is a pure and beautiful thing." This is how Garden & Gun magazine sums up the magic of an Oyster rod. Bill Oyster, a master bamboo rod maker, has created fly rods for big names and serious fishermen like Jimmy Carter and Ted Turner from his cottage workshop in Mineral Bluff, Georgia.
Oyster's rods won a 2010 Made in the South Award and here is an bit about why the rods were at the top of Garden & Gun magazine's list. "A Bill Oyster fly rod is not only American-made: Every one of the forty custom rods he makes each year, Oyster makes by hand from imported bamboo at his shop in Georgia. 'I split each twelve-foot length of cane into six strips,' Oyster says. 'Then, depending on the length, number of pieces, and action wanted, I plane each strip of cane to thousandths of an inch. I also engrave all the nickel and silver hardware, which takes as long as the actual creation of the rod.' What emerges is a form of functional American art. With their distinctive engravings and elegant rattan grips, plus an action faster than a typical cane rod’s, every Oyster fly rod is both elegant and remarkably fishable. 'We’re making a faster rod,' Oyster says, 'with action more like a graphite rod.'"
If you are a fly fishing enthusiast, no explanation is necessary as to why Oyster’s rods are so sought after and celebrated. Oyster explains, Why Bamboo? “In the mid 1800’s the hexagonal bamboo fly rod was developed and popularized by eastern anglers of the fledgling United States. Designed in a time when things were made to last, the simple, sturdy construction of varnished bamboo creates a rod that is a true lifetime investment. Beautiful, supple, and elegant, the American split bamboo fly rod has become the standard of fly fishing tackle by which all others are measured.”
Purchase a gift certificate towards the creation of your very own masterpiece, custom designed just for you or as a most unforgettable gift. A certificate will be mailed to you or the recipient with all the information to begin the process of creating one of the best fly rods in the world.
Oyster’s Personal Guarantee: "I William S. Oyster, do hereby guarantee that you will be satisfied with any product we sell, we will find a way to make you happy, or we will refund the initial purchase price. If one of our rods fails to live up to your expectations either in appearance or performance, send it back. If there is a flaw in workmanship or materials, we will make it right. If you stick your rod in the ceiling fan, fall on it in the stream, or otherwise abuse your rod, I will do my best to repair or replace it at a reasonable cost. In other words, we are only interested in happy customers and will do everything in our power to keep you that way. We are not a "cyber-business". "We" are myself, my wife Shannen, my eight year old son Cutter and three year old Veronica. I am a man in a workshop who splits cane, sands, planes, varnishes, sweats, bleeds, sweeps up and checks e-mails. Call me on the phone, stop by the workshop, wave at me when you see my Jeep, or come shake my hand on the stream... but not if the fish are rising. Tight Lines, Bill Oyster"
- Made in the South Winner
- All models can be customized or personalized to suit.
- Options such as length, line wt, number of sections, cane color, grip shape, wrap colors, etc. can be customized at NO CHARGE
- Each rod is made from a single culm of genuine Tonkin bamboo.
- All rods are hand split, hand planed, hand engraved… 100% made in the USA.
- Traditional nickel silver reel seats and ferrules
- Elegant agate stone stripping guides
- Super fine silk thread
- Ultra flor grade Portuguese cork (no filler used)
- Powder coated aluminum tube and cloth rod bag
- Duplicate tip sections are made from the same position, on the same culm as the original
- Oyster’s exclusive tapers result in a medium progressive action rod which loads easily at short distances, but is stiff enough in the butt to power out those longer casts.
- All orders are custom made on a “first come” basis